Lions Shine and Take Home Gold 

By bellmannews / February 13, 2024

By Craig Mitchell

On Friday evening two Lion’s Den TCK Stonehaven fighters were competing on the WKC combat series ring show in Renfrew.

Harry Gauthier who attends Banchory Academy made his ring debut against Jack McFaite of Robert McCallum Kickboxing in a four-round thriller.  Harry who has been sparring for little more than six months did not let the occasion get to him.  He controlled the ring using his range well and executed the game plan from his Coaches Sensei Malcolm Evans and Sensei Nathan Fothergill.

With the roar of the travelling Lion’s Den support Harry came away with a unanimous decision victory.

Brooke beats English warrior opponent

In the Co main event was Mackie Academy 5th year pupil Brooke Mitchell three days shy of her 16th birthday.

Sensei Brooke, one of the instructors at Lion’s Den, was competing for the cadet -66kg full contact international title against an English opponent Jess Hallewell from JBS martial arts in Telford.

Jess an experienced ring fighter known for her forward pressure felt the power of Brooke’s biggest weapon her sidekick early on.  These young warriors put on a fight of the night display giving everything over five rounds. As the fight went on Brookes meticulous training camp and technical prowess gained her control of the fight.  Executing the basics perfectly to her young students attending and those who had stayed up to watch at home via live stream cheering on Sensei Brooke.

As the fight drew to a close the judges awarded Brooke the title via unanimous decision. 

A fantastic achievement in what has been an outstanding year for this young martial artist adding to a gold medal in point fighting at the WKC world championships in Florida in October.

What’s next for Brooke?  She will continue to pass on her knowledge and inspire the next generation of martial artists at Lion’s Den TCK modern martial arts alongside Senseis Malcolm and Josh Evans and Nathan Fothergill. In April she will be competing in the WKC Scottish Open in Glasgow where she will be moving up an age category, looking to add to her previous Scottish titles.

Harry, Brooke and Sensei Malcolm Evans

Feature image – Brooke on the podium at the WKC world championships in Florida