Local Martial Arts Coach, Wayne Baker (46), of SESMA (South Eastern School of Martial Arts www.sesma.co.uk/) in Norwich is fighting fit as he flies out to Orlando this week to represent Great Britain in the Kata and Kumite teams at the World Martial Arts Games (www.wmagc.org/)…
Wayne, who has been teaching Martial Arts for 25 years, started karate when he was just nine years old, achieving his Black Belt at 16 before going on to represent England four times in Karate winning gold, silver and bronze medals. In 2017, Wayne has continued with competing and is currently 2nd place in the Norfolk Open Grand Prix and the Peterborough Grand Prix Series.
Due to recent success, he was invited to compete in the National Martial Arts Commission qualifying series for the Great Britain Team in Florida this month. After over 20 years retirement from competitive martial arts, being selected for Team GB is a fantastic achievement!
On Saturday 9th September, Wayne will be competing in Japanese Kata and also Korean Forms. Since competing last minute in Kumite (sparring) at a GB qualifying competition, he was also asked to enter the Kumite competition which required him having to lose over a stone to get into the weight category, so Wayne will also be fighting in the Kumite competition on Sunday 10th September.
To attend the World Championships, competitors have to fund their own campaign, so Creative Chiropractic, among other local businesses, is co-sponsoring Wayne. Creative Chiropractic’s Linda says: “Wayne has been a patient at the Practice for two years, receiving chiropractic and massage treatments.”
Wayne often gives his sponsors a shout out on social media from his Facebook Page: “Creative Chiropractic do wonders for me! In particular, my glutes, hamstrings and IT (iliotibial) bands take a lot of punishment from my sport, so regular treatment prevents me from getting serious injuries.”
Everyone at Creative Chiropractic wishes Wayne the very best of luck at the World Martial Arts Games!