Kickboxing originated in the mid-seventies in America under the guidance of the PKA (Professional Karate Association). It was initiated as a result of the frustration felt by many martial artists with the Karate Tournament Circuit. Initially known as Full Contact Karate with most of the original champions coming from a Karate background; Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Joe Lewes, Benny “The Jet” Ugiduez it increasingly came to be known as kickboxing. Though some saw it as detrimental to traditional karate as it combined a mixture of styles and disciplines, others felt it opened the door to a more practical form of fighting.
Kickboxing came to the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and established itself as a demanding and exciting sport. Though martial arts are usually thought of in terms of a style or a system, kickboxing is an eclectic martial art that gives credit to most of the fighting arts in its application. The hand techniques of the boxer are combined with the kicks of many different martial arts from the orient.
Chris Kent, the founder of Kicks came from a Karate background into Kickboxing. He was the first British PKA Champion retiring undefeated after three years of competition, and rated 6th in the world.
Chris Kent is a 7th Degree awarded by the ISKA. In the eighties and nineties he was a major participator, promoter and teacher of kickboxing in the UK, Europe and the USA, though he has taken more of a backseat in the last few years. His fighters have toured world wide and been televised on SKY and EUROSPORT.
Fighters have included Professional Welter Weight World Champion Nick Clark and Professional Super Welter Weight World Champion Jim Caldecourt, Professional Super Welter Weight Intercontinental Champion Tom Montgomery, Amateur World Champion Anthony Hogbin, and Amateur World Flyweight and Professional European Champion Tiffany Williams.
Kicks was one of the first clubs to develop a grading syllabus and we offer a variety of classes to accommodate those from Beginners to Black Belt. Our classes are taught in a safe and structured way and meet the needs of both those who want to compete and those who want to train in order to improve their strength, suppleness and general levels of fitness.
We are very fortunate at Kicks Kickboxing to have always had a line of instruction which comes from our Chief Instructor Chris Kent and are proud of our achievements over the years. Chris Kent is still actively teaching; and both Juniors and Seniors are able to benefit from the strategic and technical nature of his classes. Teaching with Chris at Kicks is former World Champion Jim Caldecourt who has been with our club right from the start of his training and fighting career. He has invaluable knowledge and expertise. Jim is part of the kicks grading panel and is also an ISKA Qualified Referee and Judge and can be seen on the circuit in this capacity.
Also teaching at Brighton Kicks, and at external clubs and venues, is former European and Amateur World Champion Tiffany Williams. Tiffany specialises in Womens Only Classes. She also teaches mainstream grading classes, sits on the grading panel and enjoys ensuring students work to their maximum capacity. Keeping it a family affair Shane Kent has been training, absorbing and studying martial arts all his life, and instructs at Kicks Brighton; The Underground Gym and at Tyedean Hall, Telscombe Cliffs. He leads our very popular Junior Sessions as well as teaching Adult K1 and Circuit Sessions. Also on our Brighton team is Angie Cross who runs our popular girls Kickboxing Circuit.
At our outside Kicks Clubs Instructor Stitch Sayers runs the ever expanding Kicks Eastbourne, and Donna Torrance who runs the London Kicks, Also on our team are loyal and long standing Brighton Kicks Competitors and Members; Shah Amin, Natania Lomberg, and Odile Rapoport who are always happy to step in when needed as fully qualified cover instructors.
Below is the list of the tiles won by Kicks Kickboxers over the years.
|1979 – 1982
Chris Kent PKA British Pro Lt. Wgt
Phil Von Lathem – PKA British Pro Wel.Wgt.
Norman Greenaway WKMA British Pro Light Wgt
Roger Silsby Brit. Pro.Wel.Wgt
Roger Silsby – European Pro Mid.Wgt
Tom Montgomery – BIKMA Brit.Pro.Sup. Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – ISKA S.Area. Amt. M.Wgt
Nick Clark – ISKA Brit.Pro.Wel. Wgt –
Nick Clark KICK Brit.Pro Sup.Wel.Wgt
Antony Hogbin – ISKA Brit. Amt.Wel.Wgt
Tom Montgomery – ISKA Brit. Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – ISKA Eng. Amt Lt. Mid.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – ISKA Brit.Amt.Lt.Mid.Wgt
Greg Firth – ISKA Engl.Amt.Feather.Wgt
Anthony Hogbin – ISKA World.Amt.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Robbie Langford – ISKA Brit.Amt.Mid.Wgt
Robbie Langford – ISKA Intern.Amt.Mid.Wgt
Robbie Langford – ISKA World.Amt.Mid.Wgt
Anthony Hogbin – ISKA World.Amt.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – ISKA World.Amt.Lt.Mid.Wgt
Nick Clark – ISKA Engl.Pro.Wel.Wgt
Tom Montgomery – ISKA Inter. Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Terry Newton – WKOSA Pro.Mid.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – ISKA ENG.Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – WKUMA Int. Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – WKUMA Euro.Pro.Lgt.Mid.Wgt
Steve Chessell – WKUMA Brit.Pro.Lgt.Wel.Wgt
Nick Clark – WKUMA World Pro.Wel.Wgt
Antony Hogbin – ISKA Eng.Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Peter Muffett – ISKA S. Area Amt Wel Wgt
Terry Newton – WKA Int.Pro.Mid.Wgt
Si Thompsett – ISKA Brit.Am.Wel.Wgt
Si Thompsett – WKO Eng.Pro.Wel.Wgt
Si Thompsett – ISKA S.Area Pro Wel.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – WKA Brit.Pro.Mid.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt – WKUMA World Pro.Lgt.Mid.Wgt
Si Thompsett – WKUMA Brit. Pro. Lgt.Mid.Wgt
Anthony Winters – BIKMA S.Area Amt.Lgt.Wgt
Jim Caldecourt ISKA World Pro.Sup.Wel.Wgt
Si Thompsett WKUMA Brit.Pro.Lgt.Mid.Wgt
Tiffany Williams BIKMA Eng.Amt.Fly.Wg2002
Tiffany Williams WKMA Brit.Amt.Fly.Wgt
Tiffany Williams WKA World Championships(Italy) Silver Med
Tiffany Williams IKF Euro Amt.Straw Wgt
Tiffany Williams BIKMA Brit Semi Contact (Under 55kg)
Zac Etheridge BIKMA Brit Semi – Contact (Middle Wgt)
Sam Campbell 1st Place at WKA Southern Open Championships 11 – 12yrs (38 – 40Kgs)
Sam Campbell K1 Southern Open Tournament Champion 12 -13yrs (Under 45Kgs)
Regan Maher IKF English Open Tournament Champion 10 -13 yrs (Under 45Kgs)