Sport student Corey is kickboxing champion of the world!


A Rugby College sport student has been crowned a world champion kickboxer.

Corey-Ellis Judge, 16 from Rugby, is currently in the first year of his Level 2 Sport course and took up kickboxing just over four years ago after breaking his knee when he was 11. He has since risen through the ranks, winning inter-club tournaments, regional and British titles before his success at the World Fight Sport and Martial Arts Council World Championships in Manchester.

Corey, who trains with Rugby School of Kickboxing and G Force Martial Arts, competed in the under 65kg category. He said, “Winning the Worlds was a real achievement – I was pretty chuffed to say the least! I train six days a week and that hard work all paid off.

“In the future I would like to move to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC, and maybe go into personal training too. I currently teach kids aged 4-13 and also take adult fitness classes, which I really enjoy, and means I can apply what I learn at college straight away.

“Martial arts is great for young people – it teaches you all about respect and discipline – I’m even teaching my nephew, Ellis!”

Sam Starvis, Head of Sport at Rugby College said, “We’re really proud of Corey’s achievements, and it’s great that he is sharing what he has learned by teaching young people, passing on his skills to the next generation. He’s a great example and we look forward to his continued success in his sport.”

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