Luke Tibble, Head of Motorsport in our Pipercross division has been selected to fight for Great British Squad in the World Stick Fighting Championships in Las Vegas this July. Luke has been competing in the sport for a couple of years in which he has won two British Titles and a 3rd place in the European Championships in Poland last year. Standing 6ft 3in tall and weighing 123kg he fights in the Super Heavy weight class.
The sport its-self has seen continued growth over the years with applications to the Olympic committee to try and get it a recognised Olympic sport. It originates from the Philippines where the art of Kali Stick Fighting is hugely popular. It is a full contact martial art with competitions ranging from low armour (just gloves and a helmet) to full armour with arm and body protection. Competitions are in single or double stick and are scored by 3 judges looking for movement, control of opponent and ring, striking and defence.
Luke and the whole of the GB squad fly out to Vegas on the 15th July where they will compete in 5 days of competitions in a knock out tournament. The Championship named ‘Dual in the Desert’ is sure to be a great event with teams entering from all over the world including Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Phillippines, Hungary and many more. We would like to wish Luke and the team the best of luck in their Championship bid.