Gladstone academy pair want more gold in Hervey Bay
MARTIAL ARTS: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy dynamic duo Nate Gourley, 11, and Hayden Clement, 12, are bullish about their chances on Saturday at Hervey Bay.
The pair will compete at the Rip it by the Beach event and Hayden said he hoped hours of training would stand him in good stead.
"I train mostly five to six days a week all between 90-120 minutes," Hayden said.
"I enjoy martial arts because mostly it's fun and I have made lots of friends."
Hayden's father Michael Clement started Muay Thai 20 years ago and Hayden has followed in his footsteps.
GMAA head coach Rob McIntyre said the boys devoted their time to the sport before and after school.
"They train very hard. They run before school almost every day and then train with each other every afternoon after school only to come in again on Saturday morning for hard sparring," McIntyre said.
"They train harder than most adults in martial arts.
"I expect a tough fight for Nate this time because I see him improving every week and I think he can shock his opponent in Hervey Bay."
Nate has been training at the GMAA for five years and will enter his ninth Muay Thai fight this year.
This will make him the most active ring sport fighter in Central Queensland in either junior or senior ranks.
He is fresh off a dominant points win at the Rocky Rumble promotion in July.
"I'm expecting more gold medals in Hervey Bay," Nate said.
"Now I'm not as nervous and I know what to expect before competition."
Nate described coach McIntyre as someone who supported and encouraged but there was a 'dark' side.
"He gets mad when we're lazy," Nate laughed.
Nate also does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and already has 20 gold medals in his young career.
He trains in Mixed Martial Arts and holds a junior black belt under McIntyre.
And Nate is also aiming to compete in MMA cage fighting bouts next month and in November.
"The boys are in full prep mode for September and have more potential fight opportunities in October, November and December to cap off a huge year," McIntyre said.
The Gladstone Martial Arts Academy is a non-profit club offering classes for children in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai-Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
Visit gladstonemartialarts.com.au or the GMAA Facebook page.