College Student Picks Up Kickboxing World Championship Bronze
Tue, 2001-11-06 00:00
East Durham College student, Jack Langlan has recently picked up a Bronze Medal after representing England at the WKC 2012 Kickboxing World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Jack, 18, from Peterlee, travelled to Montreal after qualifying to represent the England team back in February.
In Montreal Jack battled his way to the Semi-Final’s of the Junior Boys classification where he was narrowly beaten but still picked up a highly creditable Bronze medal for his performance.
Jack said: “I went to Canada to fight in the world championships at the start of October and I won a couple of fights which got me into the semi finals which unfortunately I lost in a tough fight.
“I was disappointed not to get into the final and compete for a gold medal, but I am still extremely proud at getting into the semis of the World Championships and being able to come home with a medal. It was a fantastic experience.”
But it was a huge achievement for Jack just to qualify for the tournament, as last December whilst competing Jack tore cartilage in his knee.
He then had to go to the qualifying event in Manchester fighting with the injury and only had an operation to fix it weeks before travelling to Montreal.
Jack said: “It was an amazing achievement. Especially because of the surgery I had on my knee.
“Last year in December my cartilage slipped into the middle of my knee whilst fighting and it tore. So when I was in Manchester trying to qualify I was fighting with cartilage in the middle of my knee.
“So it was a really big achievement just to get to the World Champs and then what I did in Montreal felt fantastic as I had to push through the pain.”
And it’s a real family affair for Jack who trains at local Peterlee club Kygorou Martial Arts Club alongside numerous members of his family.
“I’ve been training for five years at Kygorou Martial Arts club now which is based at Dene Community School in Peterlee. I really enjoy training at the club as I get to do it with and around my family as my little brother and uncle both train with the club and my dad’s cousin is the main instructor,” added Jack.
Jack chose to continue his study at the College in September after completing a BTEC Diploma in Sport. He is now studying on a Foundation Degree in Sports and Exercise Development.
And he will have a busy year mixing time with his study and competing as he aims to qualify for next year’s World Kickboxing Championships in Italy.
Jack said: “Next year is WKC Italy, so am hoping to do a lot more competitions over the next year to qualify for the event and be ready and fully fit for that. Hopefully I will be able to go one stage better than this year.”