YOUNGSTERS attending a recently-formed kick boxing club at De Ferrers Academy were treated to a visit from a real professional with six-time world champion Iman Barlow dropped into the class.
The group has only been up and running for two weeks, but those attending last night were given the chance to see where they could get if they kept going with the sport.
Miss Barlow showed the group – which also included some staff – some of the moves she uses in her world-class fights, and showed off some of the belts she has won during her career.
Kay Clarke, who is the student support officer at De Ferrers and also teaches the class, told the Mail: “We are delighted to welcome Iman, whose dedication and commitment will be an inspiration to our students”
Miss Barlow, who has been involved in the sport for 16 years, since she was just four, went to the school on the invitation of one of the teachers, who had seen her fight in a bout in Jersey.
She said: “Kick-boxing helps your confidence, and it’s good for discipline, as well as self defence. People think it really brutal, but it doesn’t have to be.
“It’s helped me as a person, as I am quite shy. If I didn’t do it I would just be shy and fat.
“I think the kids will see that whatever they put into it, they will get out.
“I like to work with children in the community to show them that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. I enjoy passing on my knowledge and skills to others and then watching students grow.”
Miss Barlow will soon be aiming to defend her title of Fusion World Champion at 54 kilograms.