BRITAIN’S oldest female kickboxer is in training for her first official fight at the age of 76.
Gran-of-three Jean Baldwin is known as The Beast despite suffering arthritis and having had both her knees replaced.
Kickboxer Jean Baldwin is preparing for her first official fight at the age of 76[/caption]
The gran-of-three is known as The Beast because she goes ‘full beast mode’ when she enters the ring[/caption]
She took up the combat sport after her husband died in 2013.
Jean said: “When I lost Peter I didn’t want to speak to anybody, I didn’t want to do anything.
“It took me quite a few years to get my confidence back.
“My son suggested I take up a sport and I saw these people kickboxing and I thought, ‘Why not give it a try’.
Now she is to fight a woman 16 years her junior in a charity match.
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Jean, of Smisby, Derbys, added: “I can’t explain how good it makes you feel. It’s so invigorating.
“Even though I’m full of arthritis, I feel absolutely great.”
Coach Jamie Fearn said: “She goes into ‘beast mode’. She’s so nice, but she does not stop.”
Jean is Britain’s oldest female kickboxer[/caption]
She took up the sport in a bid to combat her grief after her husband Peter died six years ago[/caption]
Jean says kickboxing is ‘invigorating’ and that it makes her feels absolutely great, despite her arthritis[/caption]
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