Judo stylist uses grappling to steal Pokemon cards
ASHLEY MCKENZIE BECAME JUDO CHAMPION AFTER CHILDHOOD SCRAP OVER POKEMON CARD
Ashley McKenzie is one to watch during the London 2012 Games
Tuesday July 3,2012
By Charlotte Meredith for express.co.uk
ASHLEY McKenzie is one of the UK’s brightest stars for the fast-approaching Olympics, already gaining gold in several international events.
The 22-year-old was not always so controlled with his sparring however, often getting into fights as a youngster, before he realised that behind his childish scraps hid a natural talent.
Ashley, who has recently returned to the UK from an intensive training tour, became interested in judo after he was attacked walking the streets of London near his home.
“I had one of those top Pokemon cards,” he explained– a shiny Charizard one for those who will understand the significance– “when this guy came up to me and snatched it off me.
“I went to grab it back and the next thing I knew I was flipped straight over his head,” he added, talking exclusively to express.co.uk.
Ashley was left stunned by the powerful move, he said: “I thought this is not right, what he has just done to me is not right.
“I googled the move when I got home and judo came up, so I found the nearest judo club and there he was,” he said.
After confronting his attacker and getting his Pokemon card back, Ashley realised that judo could offer him the opportunity to use his fighting skills for the better.
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