ProKick Kickboxing Review 2010
KICKBOXING’S Billy Murray is not the boastful sort but he should be for what he has accomplished for his club and for sport in Northern Ireland. Looking back at 2010 It’s been a busy year for the Prokick club but really there has been no let-up or difference from the last 20 years since ProKick was set-up as a fitness centre with a KICK
Few would begrudge Billy Murray the opportunity to shout out with confidence that the sport he loves is now a major player in the entertainment world.In a country besotted by boxing, Murray has fought against the grain for over 30 years as a fighter and promoter.But after a hugely successful 2010 Murray is confident kickboxing will become "bigger and better" in 2011.
The Belfast man was involved with twelve shows over the world in the past 12 months and took his young fighters to compete at the Place des Nations at the UN HQ Geneva for the International Day of Peace. Murray's Peace fighting initiative received a green light from Belfast City councillors and an endorsement by the Irish president.
On top of that events in England, Republic of Ireland, France, Geneva, Malta, Dubai, concluding with a trip of 15 members from all over Northern Ireland on a far-east tour of the home of martial arts - Japan.
- It happened - the World of Kickboxing came together on this day 20th November in Geneva Switzerland at the hotel de la Vendée. This was the first time that all world kickboxing sanction bodies agreed to sit together for the good of the sport as personal differences where left outside - Belfast's Billy Murray was a part of the Inaugural historical meeting.
Murray's TV productions have been receiving reruns on television stations across the world, with a new wave of coverage across the world.
"I never thought I'd say this, but kickboxing is now a big player in Irish sport and across the world. I am a big boxing fan and the people I know and respect from that fraternity are now telling me they are kickboxing fans even within the hype of the MMA frenzy."The most encouraging thing for me this year was the response of the media right across the world. Journalists and sports editors now recognise the value of kickboxing and I look forward to working with more of them in 2011."
Murray has changed his focus on marketing in the last couple of years as a lot of his energy has been directed to his web-site ProKick.com which is independently ranked as the highest rated sports web-site in Northern Ireland and growing daily. "It's exceeded my expectations," said ProKick founder and Irish Kickboxing lynchpin Billy Murray.
"I have always thought that at ProKick we lead rather than follow. We had a very good functioning site 10 years ago - before most organisations really even thought of it.
And a decade on, we wanted to have the best sporting site in the country - and I think we are very close to that now. It's more interactive, there is space for all sorts of audio and visual and it's the most important one-stop space for news and information about kickboxing, Irish Boxing and MMA events in Ireland and beyond."
Below are the top 20 events that have helped make ProKick the premier kickboxing club in Ireland.
Bash n Mash- a black tie dinner awards night with bouts as entrainment.
Two Ernesto Hoost Seminars K1 legend teaches to up-n-coming fighters Part 1 & Part 2
Billy's Boot Camp - a 6am tough no-nonsense training camp for those who wanted more.
Alex Reid (Katie Price's husband) hits ProKick for training.
England Vs Northern Ireland in Belfast.
Malta was invaded by ProKick team on two separate events.
Mazan France, Gary Hamilton competes for a world title
Web-site ProKick.com independently ranked as the highest rated sports web-site in Northern Ireland and growing daily.
Murray's TV productions have been receiving reruns on television stations across the world, with a new wave of coverage across the world
The return - Northern Ireland ProKick team compete in Middlesbrough, London and Newcastle.
More beginners through the ProKick doors in 2010 then in any other year.
France, ProKick members compete in championship.
Fab Five -Prokicker's new elite members have joined the ranks of black belt.
World Kickboxing groups unite for the first time - the World of Kickboxing came together on this day 20th November in Geneva Switzerland
The Peace fighters - exchange blows at the UN headquarters Geneva - ProKick Kids from different committees compete as one.
Japan - competing, training, taking-in the biggest kickboxing event in the world the K1world Grand prix final.
Twelve Kids events along with the ones we attended away for home, finishing with a visit from Santa.
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