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Kickboxing star Angel Driscoll trains in Thailand ahead of World Martial Arts Organisation European Championships

World champion kickboxer Angel Driscoll has been preparing for the World Martial Arts Organisation European Championships with an intensive training trip to Thailand.

The 12-year-old Herts & Essex High School pupil, who has trained at Impact Karate in Sawbridgeworth since she was six, headed east as part of her bid to win the prestigious European -40kg title later this month.

Driscoll secured the World Kickboxing Association ring world title in Rome in November with a stunning first-round stoppage, before also claiming the English ring title in Birmingham in February.

Angel Driscoll sparring in Thailand
Angel Driscoll sparring in Thailand

She will return to mat kickboxing this month for her next title attempt, and further showed her versatility by training in Thai boxing on her Asian adventure.

She had sessions at gyms in Buriram as well as the famous Yokkao Gym in Bangkok.

"Needless to say, all of the coaches were exceptionally impressed with her technical standard and professional approach," said her Impact Karate coach Grant Nicholls.

"She trained nearly everyday, starting with a three-mile run at 6am each morning and concluding with pad work, light sparring and technical skills in the evening. It's too hot to train in the middle of the day."

Angel Driscoll in Thailand (9886960)
Angel Driscoll in Thailand (9886960)

This year will continue to be very busy after the Europeans for Driscoll, who has added Spellbrook's Challenge Gym to her list of sponsors, with numerous top-level tournaments and ring shows, including October's International Sport Karate Association National Championships.

For more information on Impact Karate, which offers pay-as-you-go classes, call Nicholls on 07587 234320.

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