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Rachel Gledhill

Chief Instructor/Kru

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My name is Rachel Gledhill and I have been Thaiboxing for over seventeen years and teaching for over ten.  

 

The name 'Red Kite' comes from the origins of my surname 'Gledhill' and refers to the bird of prey.  I am a keen ornithologist as well so the name seemed fitting.

 

Red Kite is affiliated with the UKMF who is striving to become the only National sporting body for Muay Thai. Red Kite is now 9 years old and the classes have grown a great deal.

 

As one of only a small handful of women in the country that I know of that run they're own Thai Boxing gym, I am very pleased with how it is going and the loyalty and dedication my students new and old have shown. We train for fun, weight loss and body shaping, for competitions and of course to keep fit! There is no obligation to be involved in all these activities and many of my students have different goals with regards to their training.

 

Since we opened in November 07, we have entered into Inter Club Fights where novices can experience what it is like to compete in a ring and in front of an audience. We have done gradings where everyone passed with excellent grades and have had various results at competition level.

 

Please keep checking on our Home Page and check the news feed for updates. I hope you enjoy the Red Kite site and more importantly, I hope you might like to bob down and try a class or at least come and watch and see what you think.....but I warn you in advance.......if you do decide to come and watch, bring your shorts or track suits bottoms as I guarantee you'll want to join in!!!

About the Coaches

Rachel Gledhill

Chief Instructor/Kru/Director

 

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Chief Coaches:

Jamie Burgess

Instructor

18 years muaythai experience.  Taught briefly for 'D'fend.com prior to opening my own club in 2007.

 

Jeff Bullock from Elite Thaiboxing Skelmersdale

Sandy Holt from Bolton Thaiboxing.  

 

Alice is our youngest Instructor but also one of our most accomplished.  Alice has trained with us since 2012 and has progressed quickly into pro rules competition along with Matt.  She too has been identified as an up and coming student on the muaythai circuit and has also shown a passion for coaching.  She is very popular with the young Redkite students and is well respected by her more senior class mates.   Alice has a lot to offer Redkite students of all ages. 

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Tom Brodie from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Mark Tognarelli from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

 

Alice Smith

Instructor

 

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Matt Ball

Instructor

 

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Matt has been at Redkite since 2011.  During his training he has showed determination and commitent which is reflected in his style and ability within the art of Muaythai.  He has shown a particular skill in competition fighting where he is steadily progressing through a competative weight catagory.  He has been identitfied as an up and coming young talent and we are excited to welcome him onto our coaching team where he will hopefully help others progress and succed in his footsteps.

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Tom Brodie from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Mark Tognarelli from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

 

Alice Smith

Instructor

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Matt Ball

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Jamie Burgess

Instructor

 

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Barry Joyner

Trainee Instructor

 

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Barry Joyner

Trainee Instructor

Barry Joyner is husband of Kru Rachel Joyner.  Barry has been thaiboxing for 7 years though as had a couple of years off when their daughter was born.  Barry is back now and back into his Trainee Instructor position and enjoying his training.  He's in charge of the Tiddlers Thai on a Saturday morning where he has somehow managed to get the under fives to understand their stance, their guard and even stand on the spot for five minutes!!!  All without having a nervous break down!

 

He enjoys his role and being able to coach their daughter at the sessions too.  He manages to keep his training up on Saturdays and has a cracking skill set and attitude and really helps to motivate and advise the guys in the weekend sessions he attends.  Dad skills!

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

 

 

Jamie started at Redkite back in 2011 and is now well and truly 'part of the furniture'! Jamie not only has a lovely nature but is also a great thaiboxer.  His loyalty, commitment and dedication is second to none.  Jamie has never been interested in taking his skills into the ring but will give any of my fighters a run for their money during sparring sessions.  His main focus is on coaching and continuing to achieve his own personal goals.  He and his classes prove to be very popular and I was delighted to be able to add him to our awesome team of coaches.

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Tom Brodie from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Mark Tognarelli from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

 

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Daniel Fletcher

Trainee Instructor

Daniel Fletcher

Trainee Instructor

 

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Dan came to Redkite in the Spring of 2014.  He arrived with a 2nd Dan in Taekwondo and a desire to improve his sparring in a different arena.  His Taekwondo experience has certainly helped Dan with his progress in Muaythai.  Known as 'Tank Legs' by some at the gym he can 'pack a kick' for a 60 kilo fighter.

 

Dan has shown a real desire and commitment to Redkite and the sport.  He has overcome and continues to over come confidence issues and has started to write a blog about his experiences:  https://switchingstance.wordpress.com/.

 

Dan is a determined character with high standards and some impeccable technique.  I am very happy to have Dan on our training team.  If you read his blog you'll be able to see what a motivation to others he can be.

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Tom Brodie from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Mark Tognarelli from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Jamie Burgess from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

 

 

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Mark Tate

Trainee Instructor

Mark Tate

Trainee Instructor

 

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Mark also joined us in 2014.  With no previous experience, Mark has developed his skills at Redkite.  Mark may look stern but is just a precious flower underneath that poker face!  He's become a tough and composed novice fighter and is a fantastic guy to have behind the scenes at shows where his calm and confident approach and sense of humour has been a welcome presence for the coaches and other fighters.  He's an honest guy with good manners and a really bold fighter.  At a walking weight that matches Matts, they spend a lot of their sessions beating each other up and helping each other to improve.  

 

Another real assest to our Redkite team.  I look forward to helping Mark develop his coaching skills as well as increasing his fight record.

 

 

Rachel Gledhill from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Tom Brodie from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Mark Tognarelli from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Jamie Burgess from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Matt Ball from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.

Alice Smith from The Red Kite School of Thai & Kickboxing Preston.