Shift to new site hails new kickboxing era

Last updated 10:46 30/10/2012

NEW BEGINNINGS: Members of the Alpha Muay Thai Club have new premises and are looking to bring kickboxing back to the Bay.

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Alpha Muay Thai is getting back to where it all began.

The Porirua kickboxing club has moved out of its Porirua Hospital grounds base, setting up in an industrial building in Woodcarver Lane in Titahi Bay. It officially opens its doors on November 5.

Alpha's Kevin Dick would not comment on the reason for the move, but was positive about the change.

"All the members are fizzing about it. Our new home is smaller, but it's more intimate, warmer and there's going to be a good atmosphere here."

The concrete walls will be covered in mats, the ring goes in shortly and all the other elements needed for a kickboxing club will be provided, Dick says.

"It's time for a new start and while we have members from all over, we're keen to welcome people from the Bay as well.

"We're close to Onepoto Park for runs, the beach is right there, it's going to be good."

Speaking to original Alpha members, Dick has discovered the club began a few streets away from its new setup, so has come full circle.

He says childrens and womens classes will be offered and the club can cater for everyone from beginners to professional fighters. Nato La'auli, Ra and Henare Redden, and Michael Radford are among the names that Alpha can count among its champions, and Dick says the club wants to help more Porirua kickboxers achieve their ambitions.

While the building in the hospital grounds was a good size to host revenue-raising fight nights, other venues will have to be looked at for future events, Dick says. Right now, the focus is on growing the membership and appealing to a wide audience.

"It's not all about hardcore kickboxing, we're an option for people to get fit and lose weight."

Trainers include himself, Mark Spencer and La'auli. Dick says while they might break for a week around Christmas, the club will be open through the summer. Call 027 265 6434 for more information.

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