A flourishing kickboxing school has reached its first birthday this week and marked the occasion by starting up extra classes at a new location.
Paragon Heanor is part of the Ilkeston-based Paragon Kickboxing Organisation.
Under the tutelage of John Parry, classes have been meeting at Marlpool Church Hall on Tuesday nights since January 2013.
These classes have been growing in popularity over the past 12 months and now offer ‘little ninjas’, juniors and adults sessions, with those currently taking part aged 3-43.
Due to the popularity of the set-up, there will be now be three new classes on Sunday afternoons in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Langley Mill, the first of which took place on Sunday, January 5.
John Parry has seen the school expand from one class a week to its current busy status.
He explained the appeal of kickboxing, particularly for youngsters.
“It’s good for fitness, for confidence building, and particularly because they can get to meet new people, so there’s a social side to it for them which is appealing.
“You can see with the kids who come here that the appeal is pretty much instantaneous. If they like it, they really get into kickboxing straight away, which is good to see.
“But the classes are not just for children, there is plenty that adults can get out of it, and the same reasons apply for its appeal.”
John continued: “Kickboxing is something that is growing in popularity all the time across the country but even so I have been pleasantly surprised by how well it has all gone here.
“I was always hopeful that it might appeal to people and it seems to have done that so we are pleased with it.
“There is no pressure on people to fight.
“They go at the pace that suits them and grading comes along as part of their development, when we feel they are ready.
“The most recent grading saw 19 juniors and nine adults successfully pass. They all worked hard and sweated a lot!”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Paragon Heanor classes can contact 0115 9300090.