On Sunday, September 16, Ellie Harber, aged 12, and Emilia Azarova, aged 11, both triumphed at The Open Midlands Competition in the K1 discipline.
The event which was hosted by WKU KWON association, saw both girls win their Midland Open titles over three one minute rounds.
K1 is a type of kickboxing which combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Savate, San shou, kickboxing and traditional boxing.
Emilia said: “I am so proud of winning this title. This is what I train hard for. I love what I do, and my coach ensures I am in the best condition to fight, whoever is put in front of me.”
Both girls are currently coached by Colin Lewis at Lions Watford Muay Thai and Boxing club and have had a year of success in their chosen disciplines.
Ellie has won two world championship titles in K1 and Muay Thai as well as a bronze medal at the Euros and a European Super Fight.
Her fellow fighter Emilia has also been victorious, wining a British title in Muay Thai and two bronzes and one silver at the World Championships.
On her success Ellie said: “I look forward to each fight, focusing on that fight, ensuring I listen to my coaches both for fitness, technique and ensuring I eat right. It is this that enables me to enjoy the success.”
Lions Watford, a community based gym, which specialises in Muay Thai and Boxing, was founded in 2010. It is owned and run by Colin and Sally Lewis who strive to create an environment where people can become the best versions of themselves and accomplish their goals.
The focus is very much on improving physical ability, developing a healthy attitude towards nutrition and ensuring that athletes maintain a positive mindset.
Ellie and Emilia are both competing in the UKMF Southern Trials on October 21, which is the first step in them trying to get into the Olympic team for 2020.
Colin Lewis said: “As a coach you strive to ensure you inspire and develop your fighters, so they are the best they can be, and with both Emilia and Ellie I am proud that they continue to learn and grow as fighters. They are working hard and looking to the future, however to support the club and these girls we need sponsorship. We have already gained funding from two sponsors, Jazz Apple and Broadway Construction, so we thank them, but we need more to ensure our fighters can be at the next Olympics.”
If you would like more information about joining the club, please visit www.lionswatford.co.uk