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Jade impresses best in world

PUBLISHED: 11:01 24 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:29 03 July 2010

Jade Munro of the 3 Lions Gym pictured in Thailand with Thaiboxing world champion Yodsanklai.

Jade Munro of the 3 Lions Gym pictured in Thailand with Thaiboxing world champion Yodsanklai.

TWELVE-year-old champion Thaiboxer and kickboxer Jade Munro, a double British Junior Thaiboxing champion, has just spent two weeks training at the world-famous Sidyodthong and Fairtex camps in Thailand.

TWELVE-year-old champion Thaiboxer and kickboxer Jade Munro, a double British Junior Thaiboxing champion, has just spent two weeks training at the world-famous Sidyodthong and Fairtex camps in Thailand.

The Great Yarmouth ace trained with and met Thaiboxing legends like former world champion Kongteranee and current

world champion and Contender Asia ITV4 programme winner Yodsanklai.

Jade became the first junior from the region to win a British Thaiboxing title for 15 years - since Great Yarmouth's Bin Tyler won consecutive junior Thaiboxing titles in the early 1990s.

Jade, accompanied by her dad, former British light-welterweight Thaiboxing champion Dave Munro (in 1993-1995), trained twice a day every day of the two-week trip.

She worked with the world's best coaches in pad work, clinch work, technical sparring with Thai juniors including a top female Thai champion, and experienced Thai-style body conditioning.

The coaches at the Sityodthong camp were so impressed with Jade - saying that she's the strongest

12-year-old girl they've ever worked with - that they asked her to return to Thailand next year to fight in a top Thai stadium against a Thai schoolgirl champion - a huge honour for a westerner!

Jade beat Niamh Kinehan from Manchester's Beastmasters Gym for the WKA British junior 45 kilo and under Thaiboxing title, and then she beat Liverpool's Sasha Ryan from T Mas Gym, for the WKMA British Schoolgirl Thaiboxing under 45 kilo title this year.

She has been training hard preparing for her trip to the junior world championships to be held in Spain in October where the world's best juniors will be battling it out for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals.

It is kick and Thai boxing's version of the Junior Olympics where the Yarmouth girl will be representing England at both the Thaiboxing

and kickboxing events, a huge achievement for the Lynn Grove pupil.

Jade is looking for sponsorship for the world championships as the travelling costs and accommodation for the week-long Junior World Championships has to be met by the competitors.

Anyone who can help can contact the gym on 07789108711.

Jade is back in action in Liverpool - as no local girls her age and weight will fight her - this weekend, where she is fighting a Liverpool girl in a five-round mixed martial arts bout, one round boxing, one round kickboxing, one round freestyle, one round k1 rules, and the fifth round Thaiboxing.

Junior training at the 3 Lions Gym is on Tuesday/Thurday evenings 6.15 to 8.30pm and Saturday afternoons at 1pm.

Liam Plant the current English and Eastern Counties welterweight Thaiboxing champion was in action in Norwich a fortnight ago, when he knocked out his Norwich opponent in the first round with a right cross, at the Talk of the East nightclub.

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