A CLACKS electrician is bidding to become home kickboxing world champion next week.
Dylan Christie is set to challenge for the full contact kickboxing world title in Alloa at the end of the month.
The 24-year-old, who trains at the Scottish Martial Arts Center in Tullibody, began training martial arts when he was six years old.
Beginning his martial arts career at his uncle’s taekwon-do school, he realized his talent after winning the British Championship at the age of eight.
From there, he became one of the youngest black belts in the center when he achieved the rank in 2012, at just 14 years old.
As a teenager, Dylan added kickboxing to his training and began competing around the world in various competitions.
He won a silver medal at the WKA World Championships as well as a host of national titles.
“Martial arts was a great thing to do as a teenager,” Dylan said. “It kept me focused and away from the distractions that are all too common at this age.
“The discipline and values she taught me have helped shape my future and achieve things that many would find impossible.”
As an adult, Dylan set modest goals for himself and, with the help of his coaches and teammates, was able to achieve them and raise the bar.
He first became WKA district champion, then set his sights on the national championship.
After beating Scotland’s best fighters, he was crowned WKA and WAKO Scottish Champion.
He then faced a tough English champion winning the WKA British title.
Again the bar was set higher and Dylan was looking to take on the best Europe had to offer.
After battling the Polish champion to win the European title, his coach Adam Paterson said, “We try to instil that attitude in all of our students, from kids to adults.
“Define your goals, break them down into manageable accomplishments, then reevaluate and move on to the next one.
“Next on the list for Dylan was the ultimate world champion goal.
After the pandemic changed the competitive landscape, Dylan turned to coaching to help pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation.
He is taking a teenage kickboxing course and a TKD tiger course at the Scottish Martial Arts Centre.
He said: “I’ve always enjoyed helping out with lessons, but now that I’m learning myself, it’s really great to see what the kids get out of the training.
“Hopefully they can avoid distractions like I did and make something of themselves.”
With event and travel restrictions easing, the date has been set for Dylan to challenge for the WKA world title against France’s Amaury Ducoutumany.
For the first time, Dylan will have home advantage as the Frenchman travels to the Alloa town hall on Friday, September 30.
Coach Adam continued: “We are really excited about this, Dylan has been training hard and we know it will be tough but we are confident going into the fight. I hope as many people in town come out to support him as much as possible, it can make all the difference.
Fight night later this month will also feature a full undercard of local boxers and kickboxers with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, from £25, are available at the door and from SMAC based at Dumyat Business Park on Bond Street, Tullibody.