High Peak ten-year-old secures place on England kickboxing team

Joshua Buller with his bronze medal at the national championships in Bradford
Joshua Buller with his bronze medal at the national championships in Bradford

A ten-year-old boy is to represent his country at the World Kickboxing Championships in Ireland later this year - but he needs your help to get there.

Buxworth Primary School pupil Josuha Buller ranked third in the British Championships in Bradford last month, securing him a place on the England team to compete at the world championships in October.

Mum Kayleigh Leonard, 30, said: “I’m so torn. I’m a mum first so don’t like watching in case anyone gets hurt, but on the other hand my boy is representing his country and I am so proud.”

Joshua, who trains at New Mills Mixed Martial Arts in Whaley Bridge, holds a blue belt, despite only taking up the sport three years ago.

His win in Bradford has secured him a place on the national team, in a sport he only started out in as a hobby.

Kayleigh said: “When he first started he had low self esteem and joined because his friend was doing it.

“He has found something that he not only enjoys but is really good at too, and we want to do all we can to support him.”

Both of Joshua’s parents will be travelling to Dublin for the week to support him.

Kayleigh said: “He can’t go without us, but it costs £600 per person so it all mounts up quickly. I never thought when he first started out it would be anything more than a phase, but he will be representing England on an international stage and my heart is just swelling with pride for him, seeing all the hard work he has put in pay off.”

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