Woolridge heads to China ultimate test

  • Local San Shou fighter Jermal Woolridge will represent Bermuda at this month’s Sanda World Cup in China

    Local San Shou fighter Jermal Woolridge will represent Bermuda at this month’s Sanda World Cup in China

San shou fighter Jermal Woolridge will put his skills to the ultimate test at this month’s Sanda World Cup in Wuyishan City, China.

The Bermudian will square off with the remaining top three +90kg san shou fighters in the world at the 6th Sanda World Cup to be held October 21-26.

Woolridge is due to depart today for China where he will find his work cut out for him.

“It’s a knockout tournament so only the winners advance,” he said. “There’s no margin for error so it’s even more important to win the first fight this time because there’s only four us fighting.

“Whoever I draw in the semi-final and whoever wins in that semi -final round goes on to the final. And going into this event I basically want to try and minimise mistakes and basically come out uninjured.”

The 14-year martial arts veteran has travelled twice to Canada to prepare himself for what will be his biggest test to date.

“I done two-and-a-half weeks at Extreme Couture MMA Gym in Toronto and been working with a trainer friend of mine Kevin Kempcke on strength and conditioning while I have been home,” he said.

Woolridge qualified for the Sanda World Cup after claiming the bronze medal at last year’s 11th World Wushu Championships in Turkey. He is the first Bermudian to medal at this event.

Woolridge will be accompanied in China by Bermuda coach Garon Wilkinson who attended last month’s Junior World Wushu Championships in the same country.

“I am very happy with Jermal’s preparation for the World Cup,” Wilkinson said. “I have to offer him praise for taking the initiative to invest in his own development by travelling overseas to train in order to better his skills and fitness level. This gives him the opportunity to train and spar with bigger and better opponents, something he cannot do here locally.

“All of his preparation this year has been for this upcoming tournament, so we are hoping that everything comes together.”

Woolridge will face Yanzhao of China, Rudkovskyi Oleksandr of Ukraine and Sang Jung Lee at the Sanda World Cup.

“We have seen all of his opponents in action before and we both realise that his biggest challenge will be from China who he has not met before in the ring,” Wilkinson added. “We know the strategy to emerge the victor, it’s just a matter of being able to implement it.”

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Published Oct 16, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm)

Woolridge heads to China ultimate test

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