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Kickboxer, Raja ChiripalRaja Chiripal

Raja Chiripal is a young kickboxer from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Raja has trained in kickboxing, from age six, and since then he has made great progress, achieving a junior black belt in December 2005. With this he has overcome many problems he experienced when he was younger, including confidence and weight problems. Raja started competing nationally in 2006, and is now one of the top competitors in Britain for his age and weight class - coming first in the 2009 WAKO British Championships in the 63kg weight category and second in the adults section. Raja’s dedication extends beyond his training; he also voluntarily instructs children and adults for his club, the South East Academy of Martial Arts.



September 2010

Raja received a further 250 grant from the JWCT to help him with his costs relating to training and attending competitions. This year he won the British Championships at Under-18 level again and came third in his weight division at Adult level, meaning he qualified for Serbia and became a squad member for the Adult team, with a reserve place for the Adult European Championships in Greece in November 2010.

August 2009

This year Raja secured places in the British squad for the Adult World Championships in France, and Junior European Championships in Croatia. In 2008 he attended the World Junior Championships in Naples, Italy, losing to the World champion in the second round. He is three times British champion in WAKO, ISKA and the former IAKSA governing body (now merged with WAKO), and has won bronze medals in the kickboxing 2008 WAKO Austrian Classics and the 2007 WAKO World Cup in Italy and a silver in the 2007 WAKO Flanders Cup.

Raja won the Sir Steve Redgrave Sports Bursary in 2007 and last year appeared on Blue Peter on BBC1, demonstrating kickboxing techniques on TV with the presenters. He balances a heavy training schedule with a high standard in his academic work; he is currently studying for his A-levels.

In August 2009 the JWCT awarded Raja a 500 JWCT grant. Raja said (prior to being awarded the grant) “I feel honoured to represent my country but due to lack of funding feel I might miss out on the chance to represent this year. It is very hard as kickboxing is not a Sport England recognised sport, so chances of grants and sponsorship are few and far between.”

Paul Busby, Raja’s coach, commented “I really cannot thank you enough. When I read your email and realised we could now get Raj to the Europeans [Championships] I nearly cried there and then . . . You wouldn't believe how much a little help like this means to us.

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