European Kickboxing Champion teaches children in St. Giles

By NickiBlake on October 30th, 2012 - comments

Children in St. Giles are enjoying the opportunity to learn the art of kickboxing from European Champion Shawn ‘Boom Boom’ Burton.

The club, run by Lincolnshire Active Community Network (LACN) at the Jubilee Halls, has 38 local boys and girls aged between 4 and 14 years attending every Tuesday at 6pm.

In between his regular day job, running his own gym and training for his upcoming fight, Shawn decided to take his skills and experience into the communities who might find it difficult accessing his gym, The Lincoln Fight Factory.

Shawn said: I really enjoy it, the children are all improving in concentration, behaviour and kickboxing skills, that’s what I find rewarding.

Shawn is introducing the grading syllabus in the New Year as many of the children and parents are keen to work towards their kickboxing belts. The grading process can be expensive for some families and Shawn is eager to find a way of reducing this cost. Sam Marshall, operations officer at LACN said “LACN are very keen to support activities around Lincolnshire and enable these children to achieve a grade in kickboxing, we will be donating funds to the club”

Shawn is also asking for support from local taxi firms or a car dealership to sponsor transport to enable him to collect the children from the community clubs himself. Any funding opportunities or donations to the club will be gratefully received.

In November LACN and Shawn will be opening another community kickboxing club at the Priory centre in the St Park area of the Lincoln.

Other activities offered at St Giles Jubilee halls include Bokwa, street dance, bootcamp and dance for the over 50’s.

If you are interested in the kickboxing club or any other activity offered around the county by Lincolnshire Active Community Network contact Sam Marshall or Shane Ward on 01522 585 580 or visit

The staff at LACN and the children from the St Giles Kickboxing club wishes to thank Shawn for his hard work and commitment and to wish him luck with his upcoming title fight.