Celebrate Belfast 2005
Join us in celebrating the best of Belfast’s rich and diverse
Politicians have been scrapping with one another in for many years
in Belfast’s City Hall council chambers, but (this
Saturday1st Oct) children from all over Northern Ireland
will teach them how to put up a real fight.
Kickboxers as young as six years of age will help launch the Opening
Ceremony of the Celebrate Belfast initiative, demonstrating their
skills in self-defence and combat.
A boxing ring will take centre stage on the City Hall’s lawn,
where a number of other sports will be displayed, and world champion
Gary Hamilton will also perform in an open-air bout.
The young kickboxers hail from the east Belfast-based Prokick Gym
franchise and their head coach, Billy Murray, a former four-time
world champion said onlookers will be pleasantly surprised by his
“People have misconceptions about combative sports and it’s
great that the Belfast City Council is giving the likes of kickboxing
an opportunity to put itself on display. My members do not join
my gym to fight. They come to learn self-defence and get fit.
“The children come to regular classes and are graded with
belts as they improve. We have a three-word code - Truth, Discipline
and Respect - that they must practice inside and outside the gym.
“Often parents tell me that their children have changed for
the better since becoming involved in our sport. We have kids aged
five and grandparents aged 56 and no-one is pushed toward competitive
fighting – that’s a choice they make for themselves.”
Murray, chairman of the East Belfast Sports Forum, believes the
Celebrate Belfast programme will boost other so-called minority
“For many years we battled against the mind-set that kickboxing
was an undesirable sport but today it is the fastest growing sport
in Northern Ireland. I know the frustrations facing other sports
but with perseverance they can become as successful as kickboxing.”
Tickets for the December 19 KICKmas BOX show at the Ulster Hall
are now on sale at the Prokick Gym, 028 90 651 074. Tickets prices
are: Ringside £50; Ringside Two £40; Ringside Three
£30; Outside seating £25; Outer Ring £17.50; Choir
seating £15; Balcony (unreserved) £20; Family (Choir
area), Two adults, Two children £40.
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