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Rodney Ramlal, responsible for the growth of T&T
kickboxing in 2013.
KINGSTON---Injury-plagued fast bowler
Jerome Taylor has shown encouraging signs in
training, according to Jamaica cricket head
coach Junior Bennett.
Taylor, the victim of a series of back-related
injuries over the years, is a part of a 45-member
squad recently called up to begin preparations
for the upcoming Super50 and Four-day regional
Bennett said the side-lined West Indies pacer
showed good rhythm, even though not at full
throttle, in a recent squad game played over two
"He bowled a few spells in the game and there
were no complaints. He bowled without pain or
anything like that. He s taking his own time
easing back into the cricket.
"He bowled a five-over spell to start with and
I think he bowled a four-over spell after that.
It s a good start, it s a very good start. He bowled
with good rhythm, but not at top pace because
you really don t want him to be at top pace so
As time goes by he should be increasing his
pace and everything, but for the moment it s
looking encouraging," Bennett told the Jamaica
Observer yesterday. Taylor played 29 Test matches
between 2003 and 2009 and took 82 wickets at
He also has a Test century. In 66 One-Day
Internationals, the 29-year-old has taken 98
wickets at 26.82. After suffering a back injury
in Australia in late 2009, Taylor returned in mid-
2010 to participate in the limited-overs phase
of the series against the visiting South Africans,
but that comeback was frustratingly curtailed
by more backrelated ailments.
Bennett stressed that Taylor s adherence to
his training programme in the off-season and
careful monitoring of his current preparation are
key components for him to remain injury-free.
"Definitely the background work is important.
We have to keep our eyes on things and keep
our fingers crossed that everything goes well and
he overcomes the obstacles.
"I spoke to him and he is good. He spent the
entire day in the field during the practice match
and that s something he hasn t done for a very
long time," Bennett said.
The squad is now on a break for the Christmas
and Boxing Day period before returning to camp
for a 2:00 pm session on December 27th. Another
two-day practice game will follow on the 28th
The Super50 competition will be played in
Trinidad & Tobago, starting on January 30.
Led by Sensei Rodney Ramlal, the kick-
boxing division was the most active group
of the T&T Karate Federation (TTKF) this
year, and the federation is encouraging
more T&T kickboxing clubs to register for
Sensei Ramlal was graded to 4th Degree
black belt by the global arm of the Brazilian
Traditional Kickboxing Federation (CBKBT).
The CBKBT, led by president Carlos Silva,
is recognised by the Brazil Sport Ministry
and has over twenty thousand members in
Brazil with branches in 17 countries, includ-
Sensei Ramlal is also a 2nd degree in
Shito-Ryu karate and 3rd Degree in Nihon
ju-jitsu. In addition he is also a graduate of
the American Sport Education Program
(ASEP) Coaching Principles course.
Ramlal, once ranked ninth in the world
under the International Kick Boxing Fed-
eration (IKBF), was encouraged by Silva to
run kickbxing in T&T. Earlier this year,
Ramlal became the director of kickboxing
in T&T and the country has seen a surge
in the art form. Sensei Ramlal was proactive
in 2013, bringing the sport to the forefront
of T&T martial arts by targeting rural areas
of the country such as Rio Claro.
Ramlal would like more semi-contact and
full contact kickboxing tournaments in T&T.
He believes contact kickboxing is important
for self defense. In the upcoming year, Ramlal
plans to bring Silva to this country to have
workshops and coaching sessions to improve
the standard of kickboxing.
The TTKF is confident that under Ram-
lal s continued supervision, kickboxing will
keep expanding. Ramlal already has several
tournaments planned for the new year. T&T
kickboxing clubs can contact Sensei Ramlal
at 706-4583 to register for 2014.
well in practice
Busy year for local kickboxing
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