Raw food vegan wins British kickboxing competition
London 10 April 2006 --- James Southwood of North London, a vegan of ten years and more recently of a raw food diet, defeated all opposition at the British Savate kickboxing League in March.
Boxe-Francaise Savate is a ring fighting art that uses fists and feet in quick, athletic strikes. To win, a fighter must be skilled, aware, physically fit and flexible. At the recent Great Britain Savate Federation League meeting, held in Cambridge on 19th March, James won all his fights to lead the field in ranking points. James chooses the raw food vegan diet for its optimum health-giving edge.
"Training five times a week as hard as a professional athlete, I need the right sort of nutrition." says James. "I would feel less able to do this without the nutrients available on a raw food diet and the health and well-being it provides.
As any of my opponents will tell you, my fitness and endurance are my big advantages in a fight. As I don't weigh myself down with unnecessary animal products or processed food, working flat out in the ring or in training is no problem."
At 186cm and 80kg, James is perfectly weighted for his height (BMI of 23).
With the World Championships in Paris a distinct possibility for James in September, how will he be preparing?
"Bodyweight exercises plus lots of sparring on the physical side - lots of green veg, fruit and nuts on the nutrition side, along with relaxation and meditation."
Anyone doubting the vegan role in optimum fitness is invited to train and spar with James five times a week in Camden, Holborn and London Victoria.