Tom Symons: US Open World Martial Arts Championships On 20 February I won the WAKO British Championship for both my weight category and the heavier category making me current British Champion in both categories. Having competed in the UK and Europe already this year my next big challenge, both financially and competitively, is to get to the US Open in Florida in July where I will represent Great Britain and endeavour to bring home another title. The US Open is the biggest open kickboxing tournament in America, and doubles as the ISKA World Martial Arts Championships. It will be a great achievement to compete there and be successful in winning a medal or World title. Training and tournament costs mount up very quickly and unfortunately kickboxing is not funded. I am fortunate to have been sponsored by the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ to date, and they have been behind me 100% in every way. However, in order to achieve my ambition I need additional funds so your support would be wonderful. Any donation to my fund to help me achieve my goal of making it to the US Open would be greatly appreciated. In addition to being able to compete at the US Open your support will also allow me to continue my rigorous training schedule as well as attending other UK tournaments ensuring I am competing at the highest level.