July 27, 2020

Contenders MMA are hosting the very first MMA Live Show with an audience as an outdoor ‘drive-in’ event on Monday 17 th August 2020 at Taverham Hall near Norwich.


With two of the UK’s most accomplished strikers, Dean Pattinson and Charlie O’Neill headlining, the
show will take place in an elevated cage outdoors. Whether you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Boxing or not; Contenders events have always been renowned for b...

March 12, 2020

Elijah Everill is already one of the most successful British martial artists ever. His record of World, European and British Championships, along with countless international Grand Championship wins is enviable by anyone's standards.

He recently cemented his claim to number one status by taking an incredible victory in the Grand Champion category of the acclaimed Irish Open. After defeating his allstars team mate, point fightin...

February 28, 2020

British titles were recently decided at the WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organisations) British Championships in Nottingham.

It was a record breaking weekend in terms of competitors and the perfect warmup for British fighters heading to this weekend's headline kickboxing event, the Irish Open.

Household names Elijah Everill (-79KG), Chris Aston x2 (-94KG, +94KG) and Natasha Baldwin x2 (-65KG PF & LC) were expectedly ato...

February 25, 2020

You may or may not already know about Vitali Klitschko's Light Contact Kickboxing career, but here is the video of his 1992 WAKO European Championship final bout with Pele Reid.

Klitschko, who went on to become the Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World in an era of dominance with his younger brother Wladimir, was first and foremost a Kickboxer.

Competing in the +89KG Light Contact division, Vitali twice reached the WAKO Europ...

February 12, 2020

Hungarian fighter Alex Veres reigned supreme with Italian Federica Trovalusci at the 2020 Watford Open Nationals, each taking home three titles.

Alex took the Mens Grand championship by beating home heavyweight Chris Aston in the final, whilst twice beating Brit Craig Harrington in the final of the -79 and -84KG point fighting divisions.

Italian Federica claimed the women's Grand Champion title along with two divisional titles,...

February 6, 2020

When coming up against a fighter who likes to press forward with sharp strikes or kicks in sparring, there is something thing you can do to help turn the tide in your favour.

'Faking' or feinting is a skill which allows you to draw your opponent off balance, break their timing, and generally put them off their attack.

In these circumstances, it sometimes feels impossible to get your opponent to move back. You can use faking skil...

January 31, 2020

Chris Aston took two gold medals at the WAKO Kickboxing Golden Glove tournament in Italy including a brilliant win in the Grand Champion division, taking victory over German Toli Kuschnir.

Heavyweight Chris added silver in +94KG and a second Gold in -94KG in another face off with the German Kuschnir.

Elijah Everill took his customary title under 74KG but could only manage silver in the heavier -79KG, Hungarian Alex Veres taking...

January 23, 2020

Parents, coaches and sport club volunteers are being supported to spot and guard against child sexual exploitation through a low cost course created by national child safeguarding charity NWG Network and funded by Sport England.

The 30-minute course is designed to provide an introduction to safeguarding issues for all those involved in sports at a local level and will be available for just £5. The course available here https://...

January 2, 2020

The ability to throw effective punches is up there with the most important aspects of combat martial arts and sports.

A common mistake when sparring / fighting is the failure to keep your feet directly under your punches. Overreaching puts you off balance and isn't conducive to delivering quality high impact strikes.

Having good balance increases your punching power, allows for better counters, and gives your greater defensive a...

January 1, 2020

Jess Roper claimed two English Kickboxing Titles in 2019, firstly at under 53KG and most recently the higher weight division of -56KG after defeating Ebony Bevan.

Jess travelled across the country, to Chippenham in Wiltshire, to compete for the vacant World Ring Sport Association under 56kg English kickboxing title.

Having won the under 53.5 kg English title earlier in July, and beaten her opponent Ebony Bevan before, Matt Brayb...

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