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Christchurch-based marital artists need to raise £10,000 to enter World Martial Arts competition in Florida

Two martial artists who host classes in Christchurch have been picked to represent Great Britain at a competition in Florida next month.

Mike Bushell and Abi Bartlett, who also live in the area, will compete against rivals from around the globe in the world Martial Arts Games beginning on 29th July.

Members of the Inner Strength Martial Arts Academy
Members of the Inner Strength Martial Arts Academy

First they have their sights set on raising £10,000 to enable them to compete.

The two athletes, who are a part of Inner Strength Martial Arts Academy, are sponsored by Christchurch-based Bridge Health & Wellbeing, which specialises in physiotherapy, chiropractic, sports massage, Pilates and more.

The last World Martial Arts Games took place in London in 2019, with Great Britain top of the medal table, winning 133 gold medals.

The games will feature a wide range of disciplines but Bushell and Bartlett specialise in Wado Ryu Karate, a traditional style of karate.

Bridge Health & Wellbeing founders Paul and Louise O'Connell, whose son Henry is taught by Mike, said: "We have known Mike for several years and greatly respect him as a teacher. The fact that he has been selected to represent Great Britain demonstrates just how skilled he is.

"We are lucky to have such a talented sensei in our local area and are delighted to support him on his journey to Daytona.

"Hopefully, Mike and Abi will come home as winners this year.”

To help reach their target the pair will be hosting various events and car boot sales and are also seeking individual and corporate sponsorship.

To support Mike and Abi or to donate email contact mike@mbmaa.club

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