Kickboxing legend Kevin Brewerton gives Sunderland fighters a masterclass

Kickboxing champion Kevin Brewerton, front right, held a seminar for the Sunderland Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kick Boxing club. He is pictured with club leaders Paul Rooks and John Laughlin, centre.

Kickboxing champion Kevin Brewerton, front right, held a seminar for the Sunderland Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kick Boxing club. He is pictured with club leaders Paul Rooks and John Laughlin, centre.

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KICKBOXING champ and movie star Kevin Brewerton paid a special visit to a Wearside club.

The five-times world champ held a seminar at Sunderland’s Lau Gar Kung Fu Club, which meets weekly at St Gabriel’s Church, Chester Road.

Kevin, who featured in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Fifth Element, gave a masterclass to members.

Now living in Los Angeles, Kevin has been on a two-week whistle-stop tour of the country giving seminars in London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

Former international team-mate Paul Rooks, who runs the club, was delighted that his friend decided to make the visit to the city.

He said: “It was a real honour for us to have him here. He trained here 25 years ago and we were in the England squad 15 years back.

“He started his career off in Newcastle so we thought we would contact him on Facebook to see if he would come – and he did.”

Kevin decided to move to America to try to build up his own style of fighting after dominating kickboxing in the UK.

He has since moved into the world of art, becoming a photographer and painter as well as starring in movies.

His appearance drew the attention of other clubs in the region with people coming from as far as Blyth to watch the master at work.

Paul added: “We were very lucky that he came to the club as it was his last stop before he flies back to America.

“We managed to catch him just at the right time and all of our members were impressed by the show that he put on.

“We obviously built up a very good friendship in our time with the national team and it is so pleasing that he could come and do this for us.”

After giving the demonstration, Kevin signed autographs and posed for photos with members of the club.

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