In its bid to discover and groom these young fighting talents, YOKKAO launched the Next Generation Kids initiative. The inaugural YOKKAO Next Generation Kids competitive event organized in partnership with SuperShow, was held on 26th November 2017 at the Barnsley Metrodome with resounding success. A fully packed venue saw a stacked card of 59 junior fights with visiting fighters from France, Holland, Ireland and Spain on top of the homegrown competitors.
Novices as young as 6 years old took to the stage along with young world champions in the energetic event. Besides regular bouts, the event also hosted 2 4-fighter tournaments and 3 world champion titles on the line. Adequate protective gear such as body protectors and headgears were provided to ensure safety for the novices and younger fighters.
YOKKAO Kids Fight Team members, Joe Ryan and Ellie Barker both starred on the card for the first ever YOKKAO Junior world title and the Intercontinental title respectively. After a hard-fought battle, both YOKKAO Kids fighters did themselves and the Fight Team proud by clinching the belts.
They may be kids but at the debut YOKKAO Next Generation Kids event, the young competitors proved they can put up a fight just as the grown-ups do.