HAVE-A-Go Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, put on his boxing gloves to find out more about the world of kickboxing.
The attempt at the martial art came during a visit to the Kuei-Ling Kickboxing Club, which is based at South Shields Fight Factory.
Coun Gibson, had been invited to the gym, in Frederick Street, South Shields, to see how the club has progressed, as well as meet the champions the club has created over the years.
Coun Gibson, who used to do judo himself, also had the chance to speak to youngsters who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of older members – including world WKA champion Jamie Moore; the British 72kg champion, Lewis Nelson, and North East title holder at 64kg, Laura Burnett.
Coun Gibson said: “I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen. It’s just amazing how many groups there are in South Tyneside who are flying the flag for the borough in their various specialities.
“The talent we have here is overwhelming, and it has been great to have been invited to the club to hear not only of the achievements of the adults, but those of the juniors too.”
The club is run by coach Steve East and holds sessions for both adults and children throughout the week.
Mr East said: “I wish I had met the Mayor earlier. He is such a nice genuine bloke who really took an interest in the club.
“He had a great rapport with the young people, and he’s got a canny punch on him too.
“It’s nice he has taken the time out to visit the club so he can see what we are about.
“He was also interested in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is run here by Scott Ramsay and how the two clubs work side by side. We are both doing extremely well and have really grown over the years.”