GLOVES ON: The Whitsunday PCYC will soon host junior MMA classes for interested youth. Back: Whitsunday Boxing Club coach Anton Zafir, Lachlan Scanlon, Brandon Gould, head coach Paul Barrett, Jeff Darlington and Liam Payne. Front: Cooper Cremor, Lachie Byers, Josh Allan, Christian Tallis and Bailey Flannery.
GLOVES ON: The Whitsunday PCYC will soon host junior MMA classes for interested youth. Back: Whitsunday Boxing Club coach Anton Zafir, Lachlan Scanlon, Brandon Gould, head coach Paul Barrett, Jeff Darlington and Liam Payne. Front: Cooper Cremor, Lachie Byers, Josh Allan, Christian Tallis and Bailey Flannery.

PCYC to hold more martial arts

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

KIDS in the Whitsundays will have another form of martial arts to take part in when the Whitsunday PCYC kicks-off Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) classes next month.

The PCYC already hosts tae kwon do and other forms of martial arts classes for both juniors and seniors, but Whitsunday PCYC activities officer Kylie Smith believes the new classes will enhance their options further.

The idea of the program is to give Whitsunday youth a taste of the sport and then if they want to become competitive, they can move on to train with Whitsunday Boxing Club (WBC).

“The idea is for the PCYC to be the feeder for WBC,” she said.

“Those kids that want to move on to competing can do so with WBC.”

Experienced MMA fighters and WBC coaches Paul Barrett, Dan Zealand and Anton Zafir will host the classes.

Head coach Barrett said this was an opportunity to learn more than just self-defence.

“It's character building,” he said. “Most people think it's all about self defence, but usually it's more about self confidence and discipline.

“The lessons they have are things they can take into life in whatever they choose to do.”

The sign-on day for the new classes will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 9am.

On Saturday, April 9 there will also be a display from MMA fighters and coaches on offer at the PCYC as part of the Sport and Youth Activity Expo.


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