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Evade students kick themselves to Germany glory
Thursday 9th June 2016 @ 11:34 by Adam Higgins
Sports

Evade Martial Arts school in Glossop is celebrating after achieving a host of gold, silver and bronze medals at a prestigious tournament in Germany. 

Eight students competed in various disciplines over four days when visiting Stuttgart with Team England for the ISKA World Championships. 

Eve Loughman became the first gold medallist from the UK in the light continuous finals and only lost narrowly in the semi-contact final to claim silver. 

Archie Casson claimed two World Bronze medals in both K1 and Continuous – two different forms of kickboxing – while Georgia Kinder and Joseph Burns both won silver in K1. 

David Breed and Evade students

Fighting fit: The Evade team pose for a victory shot

Ryan Durbridge had only previously fought once before but was a silver medallist in the continuous finals, in which Jake Johnson took bronze after battling nobly against a German champion. 

George Barn fought well but was beaten by Scotland in the quarter-finals while Damien Bray unfortunately lost out at the same stage. 

EVADE founder and chief instructor David Breen congratulated the team on their success and thanked the support they received throughout. 

“I’m still on cloud nine! I couldn’t be prouder of them,” he said. 

“The families that came over to support were awesome. There were very strong teams from all around the world. However it’s the fights that count and there were so many crackers. 

“The way team Evade has worked together and the support from everyone across the UK team has just been awesome to be part of. 

“Team England has some great people. I’d like to thank all the Evade group and congratulate the students who have a newfound belief that they are up there with some of the best in the world.”