17 SEP 2014

Minister for Sport and Maidstone MP Helen Grant on the mats at Combat Martial Arts

Wednesday 17th September 2014: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport, popped in to a Combat Martial Arts training session in Hunton Village Hall last night to check out the facilities and rediscover some of her old Judo moves.

Mrs Grant is a former under-16 Judo Champion in North of England and Southern Scotland.

CMA is a Mixed Martial Arts club which trains in a mixture of Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Semtex Muay Thai and western Boxing and Kick Boxing. The club, led by Mick Poil, runs training sessions in Staplehurst and Hunton and caters for all ages and abilities.

Helen said:

"It was fantastic to get the opportunity take to the mats at Combat Martial Arts in Hunton last night.

"It's been over 30 years since my last session and it was exhilarating to don a Judo suit and rediscover my O Goshi and Tomoe Nage!

"I am really grateful to Mick for inviting me down and want to pay tribute to his work in the community.

"Judo was a big part of my life growing-up, giving me confidence, raising my self-esteem and instilling discipline and drive.

"It's great to see so many people – of all ages and abilities - having a go and keeping active"

Notes to editors

Picture: Copyright Mykey Day Martial Arts Photography

Pictured: Helen Grant MP attempting a Tomoe Nage with a brave volunteer

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