Many people in Chesterfield may not be aware that local lad Aaron Cobley from Staveley is a multiple World and European ITF Taekwondo Champion and multiple World Kickboxing Champion. Local MP Toby Perkins met with Aaron at one of his training sessions to see him in action and is hoping that more people will become interested in the sport and celebrate Aaron’s achievements.
Toby said, “Aaron is a real athlete with a determined and professional approach to taekwondo and kickboxing. To have a multiple world champion, who has won trophies, championship belts and medals in numerous international competitions, is something that Chesterfield people should be very proud of.”
Aaron first took up taekwondo aged just six years old and started to compete when he was only 8. Aaron’s achievements so far include: numerous bronze and silver medals in World Taekwondo and Kickboxing matches from 2012 to present
2015 UITF Open World Taekwondo Championships Gold Individual sparring, Gold Team Sparring
2015 WKU European Champion Gold light contact Gold Kumate
2015 WKU World Kickboxing Championships Gold light contact, Gold Team light contact Gold Team Kumate
2016 UITF European Taekwondo Championships Gold sparring Gold destruction
2016 WKU World Championships Gold Team Sparring
2017 UITF Taekwondo World Championships Adult -71kg Gold sparring
2017 WKU World Kickboxing Championships Gold sparring Gold Team Sparring
2018 ITF Open European Taekwondo Championships Adult -71kg Gold sparring
2018 WKU World Championships -65kg Gold sparring Gold kumate, Gold team sparring Gold Team Kumate, Gold Team kick lite.
Aaron now works full-time, as well as training almost every day and providing his own training sessions for people who want to learn from a world champion.
Aaron said, “I simply love to compete in both Taekwondo and Kickboxing. Being on the mats in second nature to me as soon as I step on the mat I know what I have to do. I dream of becoming a professional fighter. I am now preparing and training for my debut K1 match in Sheffield. I wish to thank all my family friends and coaches for their ongoing support as without them I would not have achieved this success. Special thanks to my Taekwondo instructor Mr Wagstaff from Outwood Taekwondo Academy in Chesterfield and Master Bradshaw”
Toby added, “It takes a lot of time and money to compete at this level. There are costs for travelling overseas, buying equipment, training venues and entering competitions. Unfortunately, there are not the grants and sponsorship available to Aaron that exist in many other sports and so he has to self-finance most of these things. If there are any local businesses or sports enthusiasts who would be interested in sponsoring Aaron, to help ensure he stays at the top of his field, I hope they will get in touch.”
This year he will travel to Austria for the WKU World Kickboxing Championships and Scotland for the world Taekwondo Team Championships. His debut K1 match is at Brammall Lane Sheffield on Sunday 7th April.
People can follow his achievements via his professional Facebook page or Instagram @aaronthebarbariancobley. Any individuals or companies interested in sponsoring Aaron please contact him via email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07429618995