THE sixth Welsh Rumble took place at Fairwater Leisure Centre on Sunday, organised by the Welsh Kickboxing Union.
There was a range of disciplines on show, including taekwondo, points kickboxing – where competitors receive points for making contact with their opponent’s body or head – and continuous kickboxing, where competitors fight for a set time before a winner is announced.
Over 300 fighters, some as young as five and as old as 50, took part in 53 age- and height-based categories from raw beginner level to advanced.
The most recent Welsh Rumble had taken place in Bridgend in March, and the biannual competition is becoming a staple of the Welsh kickboxing calendar.
The event was organised by President of the WKU Jeff Copp, a seventh-degree blackbelt in taekwondo and kickboxing.
A keen boxer during his stint in the army, he took up taekwondo when he was demobbed in 1969.
Jeff is quick to recommend taking up kickboxing or taekwondo to anyone.
“The benefits are countless,” he said. “You improve your discipline, fitness, health, attention span, deportment, coordination, confidence, team work, and of course self-defence.”