Help Aleks get to world championships in Portugal

Aleks Smith is an 11 year old kickboxer from Middleton. Already in his short career he has won medals at national and international events.

As we reported last year he won a silver medal for England at the WKC World Kickboxing Championships in Orlando, Florida. Now he has the chance to go one better having qualified for this year’s championships in Portugal.

Aleks loves the sport and trains 5 days a week with British Military Martial Arts, runs junior parkruns at the weekend and competes in local and national competitions one or two times a month. Despite training for less than 3 years and starting a bit later in his years he has shown dedication, determination and trained very hard to get to an advanced level, earning himself a place in the club’s fantastic fight team.

Aleks is currently a Brown belt, and will be going for his Brown belt, Black stripe in the very near future, which will put him within one tough preparation period and grading of achieving his Black belt 1st Dan.

Competing at the world championships is not funded and so the family have to raise the funds to take part themselves. They have launched a Go Fund Me campaign and Aleks’ mum Dorota says:

“I would like to invite you to get behind Aleks once more and show your support with a donation towards the cost of his trip, in his bid to become the WKC World Champion 2024.”

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One Reply to “Help Aleks get to world championships in Portugal”

  1. You go get it & bring the title back! Your passion and drive & determination could inspire so many others to have a passion like yours. Well done to your Parents and trainers, anyone who helps and supports you to achieve your dreams

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