Posts Tagged ‘Kickboxing Malta’
Martial Arts Malta – Three Blacks Belts for Team Noel
Written by Reuben Azzopardi TUESDAY, 30 JULY
Malta / Local Report
Three Blacks Belts for Team Noel
In June the Maltese Kickboxing Federation (MKBF) held a grading and three students from Ying Yang’s Team Noel Kickboxing Club acquired their Black Belt.
Isaac Chetcuti, Althea Vella and Courtney Vella were the athletes from Team Noel who worked for three whole hours to finally get the much desired Kickboxing, Black Belt.
Master Noel Mercieca now has a total of 15 Kickboxers with Black Belt level. Together with these three, from the same club, there where Jonathan Curmi who reached the 2nd Dan, while Daniel Zahra and Terence Cilia reached the 4th Dan.
The grading was divided into sections of how to teach this sport, stamina, display of kickboxing techniques and the use of such techniques in sparring. Any athlete who wishes to reach this level must demonstrate discipline in all of them. The section which involves the most amount of energy is the last one where the athletes have 20 full minutes with Kancho Adrian Axisa which although they are at the end of their strength he encourages them to work with him on the focus mats to show their determination.
Team Noel had a total of 40 athletes who took part in the grading in all the belt levels. Women and men, adults and children, gave all their best and more to take their Belt. Their examination time and the number of techniques that had to do all depended on the Belt level.
The athletes and their respective belts were: Yellow: S.Leuelfan, H.Mifsud, M.Darmanin, K.Vanhear, M.Abela, N.Camilleri, N.Desira, M.Mallia, P.Kudella, B.Spiteri, R.Cassar, S.Bugeja, A.Azzoppardi, P.Fiteni, Orange: N.Lautier, G.Dimech, A.Bonnici, M.Fenech, A.Grech, A.Attard, R.Azzopardi, K.Pace, M.Azzopardi, E.Stanmore, M.Grech, Green: J.Chircop, A.Psaila, Purple: A.Scicluna, Blue: M.Scicluna, Brown: J.Flores
Clean Sweep for Team Noel @ “Gladiators Night” 5
(L to R Osman Yigin, Noel Mercieca, Isaac Chetcuti, Stephan Cabrera & Adrian Axisa)
Internationally renowned, local, Martial Arts trainer Noel Mercieca, recently lead his team from Ying Yang, Kickboxing club of Fgura, Malta, to a five out of five victory during “Gladiators Night 5”. This fight night included a spectacular bout which ended in four seconds and a ‘World Kickboxing Network’ (WKN) World Title challenge for local favorite Daniel “The Jet” Zahra.
(Malta Thai Boxing - Team)
‘Team Noel’ (Ying Yang) consisting of Daniel “The Jet” Zahra, Brandon Spiteri, Darren Borg, Melvin Fenech and Darren Doneo kept the thousand strong fight fans at the Greek Theatre in Ta’ Qali entertained with some high quality bouts. A total of eighteen Kickboxers form various local clubs participated in this event.
In the main event of the evening Daniel Zahra defeated Portuguese, Bruno Torres in a 5×3 WKN World Title fight under K1 rules. Both fighters were relentless in their determination to win, offering a spectacle of different Kickboxing techniques. In the first two rounds both fighters seemed balanced, with attacks and counter attacks and a number of well executed moves. In the third round Zahra seemed to edge ahead and began to take control of the fight, Zahra on several occasions executing leg and knee combinations landed blows to Torres’s head. At the end the judges had little difficulty in delivering a unanimous decision in favour of Zahra and crowning him as the new WKN world champion for his division.
Brandon Spiteri left everyone in awe by winning his match against Christian Schembri kickboxing in a record four seconds of the first round. Spiteri opened up with a front attack followed with a house kick to the head which had his opponent down, who although managed to raise from the canvas the referee decided that enough was enough and counted Spiteri’s opponent out.
Darren Borg returned to kickboxing after doing a stint in classical boxing was in total control throughout his bout and won every round on points. Melvin Fenech and Darren Doneo completed the perfect fight night for Ying Yang’s, Team Noel by taking wins on points for their respective bouts.
This event was promoted by Noel Mercieca and Isaac Chetcuti, of Gladiators Promotions. Adrian Axisa, President of WKN Malta / MKBF &, WKN President, Stephan Cabrera were event supervisors. Also present for this fight night was Thai Boxing legend Osman Yigin and a representative of the Malta Sports Council.
Gladiators Promotions would like to announce their next big Show on the 1st of November 2013 which will consist of an 8 MEN K-1 Tournament 75-80Kg Winner Takes ALL 2000 Euros in Prize money.
For more information visit Gladiators Promotions on Facebook or contacted Master Noel Mercieca on 00356 – 79208283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Alexander Zammit – 9 June 2012
In a few hours time Malta’s number one fight night of the year gets underway at the MFCC (Fairs and Convention Centre), Ta Qali. This year ‘Gladiator Promotions’ is offering a total of eighteen kickboxing matches - The main card will consist of two world amateur kick boxing titles under the World Kickboxing Network (WKN), 9 bouts will be for local titles and there will be no less than 7 other bouts on the under card.
The double billing will see Reuben AZZOPARDI (Malta) take on Stefani JACOPO (Italy)for the WKN KICKBOXING AMATEUR WORLD TITLE – 76.4 Kgs andRuth TANTI (Malta) vs Ewa Bos (Poland) for the WKN KICKBOXING AMATEUR WORLD TITLE – 50.0 Kgs.
At yesterday’s well attended press conference, Gladiators promotions president Mr. Noel Mercieca spoke about the ever raising popularity of the Gladiators fight nights and WKN titles inMalta, he also thanked all those who had in some way supported the promotion, with special thanks going to the sponsors & media.
Gladiators VP, Mr. Isaac Chetcuti echoed the sentiments of the promotions president, noting that the ever raising popularity was also reflected in the number of martial arts clubs participating in the event.
Fighters Quotes at the conference and weigh-in
Reuben AZZOPARDI (Malta) “I am feeling very confident – fighting for this WKN title is a dream come true – I am proud to be representing my country”
Stefani JACOPO (Italy) “ Malta is a beautiful country and I have received a very warm welcome by the Maltese – I will be doing my very best to win of course that is why I am here”
Ruth TANTI (Malta) “ I have trained hard for this fight – I feel confident and relaxed – I am going into the ring giving my maximum”
Ewa Bos (Poland) “ First I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome we have received, this is a beautiful country and we are very honoured to be here – I expect a tough fight but I will of course do my best to win the title – I hope that after this fight there will be more exchanges between Malta and Poland in this sport”
Main Fight Card
WKN KICKBOXING AMATEUR WORLD TITLE – 76.4 Kgs
Reuben AZZOPARDI (Malta) vs Stefani JACOPO (Italy)
WKN KICKBOXING AMATEUR WORLD TITLE – 50.0 Kgs
Ruth TANTI (Malta) vs Ewa Bos (Poland)
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT – 62 Kgs
Kylie Blenes vs Rachelle Cutajar
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT – 67 Kgs
Clayton Micallef vs Darien Doneo
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT – 66.7 Kgs
Lorna Mifsud vs Farren Borg
WELTERWEIGHT – 69.9 Kgs
Garth Galea vs Joseph Dimech
SUPER WELTERWEIGHT – 72 Kgs
Tyron Muscat vs Ivan Frendo
MIDDLE WEIGHT – 76 Kgs
Adrian Debono vs Isaac Chetcuti
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT – 79.4Kgs
Eman Zammit vs Andre ‘JAPAN’ Spiteri
SUPER CRUISERWEIGHT – 92.5 Kgs
Joseph Fenech vs James Flores
SUPER LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – 85.5 Kgs
Richard Vella vs Anthony Wood
Justin Cassar vs Steve Buhagiar
Nigel Buttigieg vs Neil Farrugia
Ryan Cachia vs Glenn Aquilina
Luke Booth vs Brandon Borg
Brandon Spiteri vs
Chris Lagana vs Shaun Ellul
June 9 / 2012 . MALTA . MFCC venue
WKN International promoter : Mr Noel MERCIECA and Isaac CHETCUTI
WKN International supervisor : Mr Adrian AXIZA
- UNDER THE COORDINATION OF WKN MALTA REPRESENTATIVE MR ADRIAN AXIZA
GLADIATOR FIGHT NIGHT : ENJOY THE POSTER !
WKN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KICKBOXING ORIENTALES RULES . 76,400 kg . 5×2 mn
Reuben AZZOPARDI ( MALTA ) vs Stefani JACOPO ( ITALIA )
WKN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KICKBOXING ORIENTALES RULES . 52,5 kg . 4×2 mn
Ruth TANTI ( MALTA ) vs Deborah CANDELORO ( ITALIA )