Last weekend saw Yeovil become home to two new world champions thanks to the success enjoyed by young Yeovil based Melissa Rogers, aged 8 and a half and Yeovil’s Adam Ridout, aged 23. The occasion was the World Martial Arts Championships in Manchester at Wright Robinson College. Both champions are pupils at Yeovil based Panthers Martial Arts Academy.
Melissa Rogers took on her biggest challenge yet to defeat multiple Martial Arts Champion, 9 year old Emilia Tischer from Germany. Her second round saw her claim the WFMC (World Fightsport and Martial Arts) Under 12 Female under 30kg Light Contact World Championship with a unanimous judge’s decision. She was applauded for her sportsmanship following the fight when she hugged her opponent and held her hand up in respect.
23 year old Adam Ridout fought German opponent Roman Clausnitzer. Sensei Kire Antoski, owner and chief instructor at Panthers Martial Arts who trained Adam, told how from the start Adam took control of the fight, finishing the 1st round with domination in his favour. At the start of the second round Adam piled on the pressure and by the middle of the round finished the fight with a knock-out (KO), claiming the WFMC World K1 title -80kg.
Both Adam and Melissa have trained at Panthers Martial Arts Academy for several years, with Melissa starting from the age of four, attending the Lil’Panthers kickboxing group and Adam from the age of 15.
Adam is also a black belt in kickboxing and holds a purple belt in classical ju jutsu and mixed martial arts. He works as a qualified instructor at Panthers and is currently teaching children aged 4-8 who attend the Lil’Panthers kickboxing group as well as several junior and adult K1 kickboxing groups plus, juniors and adults learning classical ju jutsu, mixed martial arts and BodyMaX Fitness.
Last year Adam won his first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) full contact fight in Cheltenham with a Knock Out (KO) and not surprisingly he holds the fastest KO record at Panthers Academy, finishing the fight in just five seconds!
Eight year old Melissa shows off her gold medal
Two new world champions from Yeovil. L- R: Adam Ridout, Melissa Rogers in fighting form with Sensei Kire Antoski from Panthers Martial Arts Academy.