King’s own Karate Kid, Sam Wilcock, will be taking on the world in November when he represents England in the 11-12 year old boys under 50kgs points kick-boxing competition.
The Year 9 pupil, who is a second dan black belt, is one of three superb young fighters to qualify for the World Karate Championships from the Paul Roberts Modern Martial Arts Academy in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Sam took up kick-boxing six years ago and now trains for anything up to 10 hours a week both in Chapel and at home.
“You have to develop speed, strength and flexibility,” said Sam, who is also a gifted mathematician “and you have to be able to size up your opponent and know when and how to attack. Above all the discipline is founded on self-defence so knowing how to keep your opponent away from you is at the heart of the sport.”
Thousands of young fighters will travel to Dublin for the World Championships in a vast range of age, weight and style categories and Sam is hoping to make an impression on the international stage.
“I have won medals in some local, regional and national events representing the club alongside fellow kick-boxing students Jacob Roberts, Matthew Powell, Penny Lowes and Billy Harrison, but this will be my biggest event yet.”
He added: “My dream is to fight in the Olympics, when kick-boxing qualifies as an official sport. If it doesn’t work out I’d love to do something with my mathematics.”
He concluded: “My friends think it is pretty cool and I get a lot of support both at school and from my family.”