20,000 EPIC kicks for charity

On a sunny Saturday afternoon lots of our younger students gave up their time to take on a challenge to help others. The task was a collective total of 20,000 kicks performed in one sitting. We had 12 students put themselves forward and they were grateful for some help from their mums and dads during the afternoon also. Each student sourced friends and family to sponsor them for the challenge and all proceeds will be going to charity.

 

We started off in lines of 3 with each student performing 10 kicks at a time. All kicks had to hit the target with contact and be above waste height. As time went on the group had to come together to keep each other motivated and focused on the job in hand. The group reached the 10,000 half way point just after 2pm. At that point parents had started to limber up and they were jumping in to hold pads, tally strikes and even throw some kicks. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone remained so positive all the way until the end. We were shocked at the pace the children started and what was even more impressive was how they continued with the same momentum all the way to the end.

 

We finished with a group of tired students and parents but everyone came away feeling accomplished and satisfied that the afternoon was spent working to help others. Proceeds are being collected in the coming 2 weeks of which 50% will be allocated to those WAKO GB members who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Kickboxing championships in Spain this August. The remaining 50% will donated to Children’s Hospice South West and the Jessie May Trust in association with the Impact Trojans Charity Rugby programme.

 

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Trio of Golds at the KWON UK Kids Open

Three young EPIC and Team Bristol fighters travelled to Birmingham Sunday 19th July to take part in one of the UK’s largest junior competitions. Seven fighting areas were laid out at North Solihull Sports Centre to set the stage for a day of electric combat.

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Alex Fellender Evans who trains at EPIC Nailsea, Portishead and Filton took part in the  -130cm novice points, -130cm novice continuous & -130cm tag team. Each division was round robin in the respect that all fighters fought each other. He managed to win all 5 fights in his continuous division moving through his opponents one by one with speed and fruitful attacks.  He had 20 competitors in his points division, concluding in 10 fights with only one narrow loss. Both performances resulted in 2 very hard earned first places.

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George Sherlock was in the 9-14yrs -140cm novice division. He had 3 convincing wins to take him through to the final. His determined kick attacks followed by well timed hand combinations kept his winning streak alive in the final. This time it was a lot closer coming away champion by a single point margin. This was Georges first win at a National competition which is testament to his hard work and determination during many hours spent training at EPIC Portishead and Filton over recent months.

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Last but not least was Harvey Tyler who fought in the -130cm intermediate and -130cm advanced divisions. Harvey trains extremely hard at EPIC Portishead, Filton and Bradley Stoke. Harvey battled in 9 fights over the two division. He demonstrated accurate timing and superb movement leading him to be victorious in 8 out of the 9 contests. Harvey has a very cool and calm approach on the mat giving him the sensitivity to read the fighters in front of him and work a game plan accordingly. He defended well and attacked when necessary to result in a 1st and 2nd place.

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Finally Harvey and Alex entered the -130cm Tag Team event. Both fighters were shining once more and used tactics and cohesiveness to out smart their opponents. With 2 convincing wins they reached a tougher test in the final. Both of them stepped up once more to win outright.

Special thanks to EPIC Martial Arts senior instructor Greg Langson for a focused day of coaching.

Overall a tremendous event, progress from each of the competitors and great results for the club.

 

An EPIC display at Portishead primary school summer fete

On Saturday 11th July, 20 of our EPIC Martial Arts students from various training locations in Portishead, Nailsea, Bradley Stoke and Filton came  together to deliver a demonstration at a primary school in Portishead. The setting was superb with a packed event and gorgeous weather for an outdoor display. Our team consisted of varying Kung Fu and Kickboxing grades including three of our junior coaches. The crowd were very welcoming as we delivered some fitness, flexibility, line work, pad work, traditional syllabus, self defence and sparring. We handed out lots of flyers to a large crowd of interested Kung fu and Kickboxing prospects. We are hoping to demo at Portishead Primary School again in 2016.

 

Here are some pictures of the team in action…

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EPIC HQ provides the very best combat & functional fitness facilities

We just wanted to drop a short post to let people know the improvements we have recently made to the EPIC martial arts HQ in Portishead. The hub gym in Portishead, North Somerset provides us with a cutting edge facility to deliver our weekly fitness, Kung Fu and Kickboxing classes. The unique family run gym has recently expanded to incorporate dedicated combat, functional fitness and CrossFit zones. We have added some pictures so you guys can see what we now have to offer.

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