Frank Bruno surprise guest at special day

Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu represented martial arts for the seventh year at the Presidents’ Day for disabled children from all over Norfolk and Suffolk – and former boxing star Frank Bruno was a surprise guest.

Instructor Trevor Steward said: “During our first session, we had a surprise visit from the President Frank Bruno, who I have always wanted to meet from when I was an amateur boxer.

“The BBC Look East film crew were also there to do an interview with Frank and Ishin Ryu about all the great work that the Presidents’ Sporting Club does for disabled children.

“I also got the chance to do a technique on Frank. We also got lots of photos with Frank and all the children which was the highlight of the event.”

There were sessions non-stop throughout the event.

There were many different activities inside and outside on the playing fields of Thetford Leisure Centre.

Each school had 30-minutes sessions on each activity, and the chance to experience the traditional and practical art of Ishin ryu Ju-Jitsu for the first time.

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Steward said: “All the pupils worked extremely hard and many of them showed true talent and dedication and gave 100 per cent effort.

“It was great to see pupils that we had taught over the years and see their faces light up when they came onto our mats to see us again. By the end of the day everyone was tired but had a great feeling of satisfaction and gained confidence in the short time they had with us.”

He added: “Disabled children can and should have the chance to practise martial arts, as they have just as much ability or even more then children without any disabilities. It is always a privilege to be invited to these events, and i would like to thank my instructors for giving up their free time to help on this wonderful event.

“It was a fantastic day for all the pupils who took part, and they were all very tired by the time they went back to their schools.”

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