Martial arts fans show off their skills to raise money for charity

C141506-1 Bog Jan15 Kickathon  phot kate'Toby Byne, five, front, with the kickboxing fundraisers, from left: Sophie Wright, Patricia Davis, Paul Stanley, Om Phulphan, and Mark Fisher.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141506-1 SUS-151001-235913004
C141506-1 Bog Jan15 Kickathon phot kate'Toby Byne, five, front, with the kickboxing fundraisers, from left: Sophie Wright, Patricia Davis, Paul Stanley, Om Phulphan, and Mark Fisher.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141506-1 SUS-151001-235913004

PUNCHES and kicks flew for a good cause at the weekend.

About nine members of the tao Dragons martial arts classes took part in a charity kickathon on Saturday.

The event saw them manage 100 punches a minute and 274 punches a minute for short bursts in a two hour sponsored spell.

The exertions were set to take the group’s fundraising for the Hemihelp charity to several hundred pounds.

Mark Fisher, who leads the Tao Dragons, said the punching and kicking was a tough mental and physical challenge.

“When you are doing a 100 punches a minute, it takes a lot of core strength, a lot of concentration and you need to keep your breathing pattern regular,” he said.

The event was held at Dream Fitness in Bognor Regis High Street.

The charity was chosen because one of the group’s young members 
has hemiplegia – the condition for which Hemihelp exists.

The condition is a form of cerebral palsy which affects different parts of a person’s body.

Mark said: “We decided it was a good idea to help out in any way we could.

“We thought we would see how many kicks and punches we could do in a set time.”