Kickboxing & K1 – Chad Sugden
“As a junior I won 1x English title, 4x British titles, 1x Commonwealth title, 1x European title, 5x World titles, 2x World gold medals. I have also done amateur boxing, where I competed for the Midlands to get to the national schoolboy final.
“Kickboxing has meant a lot to me in my life. When I was younger it was a fun hobby, which my Dad coached me in. When I got to about 10 years of age, I won my first title and realized I could do really well in it, from then I trained at every session I could to make myself better.
“My Dad really helped to get the best out of me and made me train in ways that would get me prepared physically, mentally and technically for my fights. After I turned 16 and had won everything I could as a junior, I started taking the training even more seriously as I was now fighting adults, so I changed my style from kickboxing to K1 (a blend of different martial arts).
“In kickboxing you can only punch and kick, whereas in K1, you are able to knee and low kick as well, which is more entertaining. I took K1 on for a challenge and also now I am professional and can make a lot of money out of it.
“I am also practicing my jujitsu and wrestling skills to maybe have a future in mixed martial arts. Kickboxing and K1 make me feel unbeleivable; it is a real test. You are one-on-one with someone who’s trained for 6-8 weeks to try and beat you; it’s a battle of will and skill.”