Family gets its kicks together
MARTIAL arts are obviously something the whole family can get involved in if the Campbell family is any guide.
Mum Tabitha, dad Reece and their two daughters, Jade and Billie, are often found at Coffs Harbour’s Diamond Martial Arts Centre working on their various programs.
Reece competed in Lismore last weekend in the Underground MMA Cagefighting series.
It was Reece’s debut into the cage and he has been training five days a week in standup, cardio, strength and conditioning, Brazilian ju jitsu and MMA.
He has also been putting in extra training at home, along with a strict diet to maintain his fighting weight.
Tabitha recently competed at her first state tournament and came home with a silver medal in poomse (patterns).
Jade and Billie are happy to join in their ‘ Little Dragons’ Class twice per week. Despite being aged only four and two, the girls have learnt not only basic martial art skills of punching, kicking and shell (protecting the head), they are also improving in their co-ordination, fitness and their self-discipline.
Mum sees the discipline side with tremendous pride.
“After the first couple of weeks of training we were at Jade’s swimming lesson and she was jumping around and being a little naughty; as soon as I told her to ‘stand at attention’ she stood up straight and listened to the swimming coach,” she recalled.
“We have seen such an improvement in her concentration and discipline, we just had to get Billie enrolled as soon as possible.
“The little dragons program is for ages three years and above but we gave Billie a go and she has taken to it like a duck to water.”