Kickboxing champ heading to Spain

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

North Island WKA junior kickboxing champ Kelvyn Jones is off to compete at the Unified World Champs being held in Spain.  The world's biggest combat sports tournament where he'll compete against some the best athletes from across the globe.

Born and raised in Flaxmere, 18-year-old Jones has found that kickboxing has changed his life.

"It's massive, training has completely changed me as a person, made me a better person, it's helped a lot with my discipline," says Jones.

He took up kickboxing in 2012 and has since claimed the WKA 65kg junior title after beating Orewa's Ethan Moverley last year.

In a few days he'll be on a plane heading overseas for the first time to Spain, where'll he compete against athletes from more than a hundred different countries in the 65kg category.

"The tournament is the biggest combat tournament in the world, thousands of competitors competing in various styles which makes it unique," says his trainer Patrick O'Brian.

A former Karamu High School student, his focus in on carpentry while also fitting in training five times a day twice a day.

"It's a big sacrifice not being able to have much time to spend with friends, but I know it will pay off," says Jones.

Jones will head over with the New Zealand team to Benidorm in Spain ready to do battle on November 3 over a six day period, ending on November 8.