BURNLEY’S Black Knights were well represented at the ISKA English Championships.
The men competed in amateur MMA, while 11-year-old Ryan Marsden competed in the light contact kick boxing.
Ryan fought his way to the final, but had to retire in the second round with an injury. He came away with a very well-deserved silver medal.
Four young men competed in their first-ever competition.
John Taylor, the youngest of the group at 18, took silver in the featherweight division, Kieran Joyce won bronze in the welterweight division, and John Lloyd just missed out on the medals also at welterweight.
Callum Krzysik also came away with two silvers, having decided to compete in both middle and light heavyweight divisions.
In one of the finals, after time, it was a draw so it went to extra time, and Callum was caught with a take down which gave his opponent the advantage.
Callum is now going to Italy to compete in the European Amateur Championships.
Allan Clarkin of the Black Knights thanks professional MMA fighter Ben Whitehead for looking his members on the day, as he wass at the British Wrestling Academy in Salford selecting fighters for the FILA Pankration Championship Show Case event for the Martial Arts Show at the NEC.
Lee Hasdell, the godfather of MMA, having competed for many years in all the world’s top events, sent Allan an e-mail complemented the attitude and efforts of his fighters - praise indeed from a man of his standing.