GARY GRANT STILL LIVES ON.
No matter what, how, when, the name of Gary Grant will still live on forever. My best mate Gary died of Cancer back in October 2002. At the time I had just started setting up a Thai/Kickboxing club. The club became so successful that at this present day 350 pupils weekly attend my classes.
My main job was working for Solicitors for 18 years, which I ceased in Oct 2006 to further this sport as a career that I love. The name of the camp is the “G” Camp. A lot of people ask about that name, and what it means. I called Gary “G” for short, and this how I came across this idea. I’m still amazed as to how much the camp has grown in such a short space of time. So many people come to my classes from all different types of backgrounds, colour, and race. Everyone is welcome. The ‘G’ camp began with just one class a week but due to a large increase in demand grew to 13 classes a week. People join to improve self-confidence, lose weight, get fitter, socialise. It’s like one big family, especially when students are representing our camp in competitions.
Back in November 2004 the ‘G’ Camp held it’s, first ever interclub.
It was the biggest ever staged in Greater Manchester, with a record breaking number of 600 spectators at the show, held at the Trafford Exhibition Centre. It was a great night, and is still being talked about by a lot of people who went and those that just heard about it. It was even more emotional for me when a young lad called Hayden Buckley-Smith won us the British Title Belt (this is what I promised Gary I would achieve for him on the night when I went by his grave side the day of the show). Since that show I have had a few exciting shows. The youngest “G” Camp member to compete for me was only 4 and the eldest was 49 years old.
I believe discipline implemented through Thai Kickboxing can help young people, especially those who have started to
drift the other way. We are like mentors. Parents will ring us and ask if we can have a word with their children if they are getting into trouble or hanging around with the wrong crowd. It is good to see Gary’s brother helping me out with classes. SPECIAL THANKS TO TREVOR GRANT.
MY BEST FRIEND AND SOMEONE I COULD TRUST HAD TO BE GARY. I LOOKED UP TO HIM LIKE AN OLDER BROTHER. I SHARED ALL MY PROBLEMS WITH HIM AND HE GAVE ME SOME VERY GOOD ADVICE. HE WAS A PERSON WHO KEPT HIMSELF TO HIMSELF. HE NEVER EVER WANTED ANYONE TO FUSS OVER HIM. HE WAS A GUY THAT I ALWAYS COULD TRUST. HE WAS SO GOOD WITH CHILDREN AND KNEW HOW TO SPEAK TO THEM. HE WAS VERY WELL RESPECTED. SOME OF THE KIDS THAT HE LECTURED ON THE STREETS TURNED BAD AND SOME TURNED OUT GOOD.NEVERTHELESS THEY STILL SHOWED HIM A LOT OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION. ONE THING ABOUT GARY THAT I LIKED THE MOST WAS THAT HE SPOKE HIS MIND, AND IF HE WASN’T HAPPY WITH A SITUATION HE WOULD TELL YOU STRAIGHT.
GARY SLEEP TIGHT, GOODNIGHT AND GODBLESS.
Michael Embrack(Chief Instructor)