Gym looks back on a knockout year

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2013 proved to be a knockout year for Ripley School of Boxing and Martial Arts and the team there is hoping for more of the same in 2014.

Ripley School of Boxing and Martial Arts opened its doors in March 2012 in the former Triangle snooker hall on Park Road in Ripley, and in the last year has flourished.

Joint owners Phil Murray and Lee Wragg have put a lot of hard work into the gym and the number of students training there has risen, in either boxing, kickboxing or fitness sessions.

Ripley School of Boxing Amateur Boxing Club is a newly established club within the gym and holds boxing and boxing-based fitness sessions five times a week and now has three registered level one coaches and eight registered amateur boxers who are either already competing or will be competing soon.

Some of the boxers who have started competing have had a mixed bag of results and are still learning their sport. The amateur boxing club has had a really good boost by local company Cast Fireplaces, who have kindly sponsored their new boxing strip

The kickboxing classes at the gym are run by Wragsters Kickboxing Academy, established for around 12 years.

2013 has been exceptional for them. Being based at the gym has given the fight team a new lease of life, winning medals in the WUMA Welsh open, Wuma battle of Britain, a British Full Contact Kickboxing Title and having two fighters travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, to compete in the World Martial Arts Games and coming away with one World Champion with a gold medal, three second places with silver medals and a third place and bronze medal. And as if that wasn’t enough, Lee Wragg was named sportperson of the year at the 2013 Amber Valley Sports Awards.

The amateur full contact fighters are doing very well with one fighter with two wins out of two with one K.O, and another with one win by K.O. Their next show is booked for March 8 at the Genesis Centre in Alfreton, where there will be World, European and English Titles being fought for.

In June, three of Wragsters coaches did a sponsored 100-round challenge to raise £1,000 towards £250,000 needed for lifesaving treatment for Amelia-Mae Davies, a two-year-old who had stage four neroblastoma.

With help from Wragsters students and Ripley School of Boxing ABC students they smashed their target, raising just under £2,500.

Sadly young Amelia-Mae lost her battle and passed away in her sleep. All money Wragsters raised was sent to The Amelia-Mae Neuroblastoma Foundation, to help and support other children with neuroblastoma.

The gym is also available to rent and there are two MMA clubs using the facilities. Tap or Snap Ripley train twice a week and Impact MMA Fitness train there once a week.

For more, call Phil 07908 129062 or Lee 07811 451617 or find them on Facebook.

Ripley School of Boxing And Martial Arts.