Newcastle-born martial arts world champion inspires North East youth
Christine Thomas in conversation with Kevin Brewerton via Zoom (brings out PR)
Submitted by Keith Newman
A five-time martial arts world champion, actor, author and artist, has traveled virtually to his hometown to inspire underprivileged young people who are taking their first steps into the world of work.
Kevin Brewerton, who was born in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, spent much of his youth growing up around Jesmond Dene.
When he was 12, he discovered that the woman he believed to be his sister was actually his mother and that his biological father was from Ghana.
By channeling his emotions into sports, Kevin quickly became a big name in the world of martial arts and kickboxing. He traveled across the UK and beyond to participate in competitions.
After moving to London, then LA, to work in the health and fitness industry and teach martial arts, Kevin began an acting career, which included roles in Hackers and The Fifth Element.
Kevin is now sharing his story with young people in the North East on a live video podcast, with help from Building Self-Belief CIO – a charity based in Consett, County Durham.
The association offers vulnerable young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in team building, art, employability and emotional well-being programs.
Christine Thomas, CEO of the charity, said: “Kevin’s story is truly inspiring. He shows young people that it is possible to turn extreme negatives into extreme positives. His many accomplishments are something to be very proud of.
“Kevin’s interview podcast will be shown to youth across the North East so they can learn from his experiences and be inspired by this fantastic, multi-talented world champion Geordie.”