EPIC Interclub Competition

Tomorrow sees the latest EPIC interclub competition in Portishead hosted by Andy Cleeves. Gordano School’s main hall will see over 120 fighters compete for the medals and trophies that are attributed to those who finish in the top 3 of each category.

With 42 categories there will be plenty of fights across the 3 sets of mats, with each area having 4 referees to keep scores it will sure be a busy occasion. There will be a hog roast available in the afternoon as well as plenty of refreshments that will be sold from a stall. Spectators can watch all of the action unfold from 10.30am for just £7 per person, fighters pay £15 but can enter unlimited amounts of divisions (as long as they qualify for the description of the category.) The competition will see fighters from Cobra martial arts, Jamie Woodlands Academy, Byrne Black Belt Academy, Body Focus Martial Arts and of course the EPIC team.

All fighters must check in at 9.30am so that they are able to watch the demonstrations and are all ready to start at 10.30am sharp. The categories are as follows:

1. Boys little dragons 4-5 years
2. Boys little dragons 6 years
3. Boys little dragons 7-8 years
4. Mixed little dragons light contact 4-6 years
5. Mixed little dragons light contact 7-8 years
6. Girls little dragons 4-6 years
7. Girls little dragons 7-8 years
8. Beginner boys -4ft 6
9. Beginner boys -4ft 10
10. Beginner boys -5ft 2
11. Beginner boys +5ft 2
12. Beginner girls -4ft 8
13. Beginner girls -5ft 2
14. Beginner girl +5 ft 2
15. Intermediate boys -4ft 6
16. Intermediate boys -4ft 10
17. Intermediate boys -5ft 2
18. Intermediate boys +5ft 2
19. Intermediate/advanced girls -4ft 8
20. Intermediate/advanced girls -5ft 2
21. Intermediate/advanced girls +5ft 2
22. Advanced boys -4ft 6
23. Advanced boys -4ft 10
24. Advanced boys -5ft 2
25. Advanced boys +5ft 2
26. Girls light contact -4ft 8
27. Girls light contact -5ft 2
28. Girls light contact +5ft 2
29. Boys light contact -4ft 8
30. Boys light contact -5ft 2
31. Boys light contact +5ft 2
32. Beginner men points (1st 3 grades)
33. Intermediate/Advanced men points (4th grade+)
34. Beginner ladies points (1st 3 grades)
35. Intermediate/advanced ladies points (4th grade+)
36. Men’s light contact -75kg (open grade)
37. Men’s light contact +75kg (open grade)
38. Kids tag team 5-7yrs (2 per team) any height
39. Kids tag team 8yrs+ (2 per mixed team) -4ft 6
40. Kids tag team 8yrs+ (2 per mixed team) -4ft 10
41. Kids tag team 8yrs+ (2 per mixed team) -5ft 2
42. Kids tag team 8yrs+ (2 per mixed team) +5ft 2

The venue address is Gordano School Main Hall, Saint Mary’s Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7QR.

For more information call 07802 666 239

We look forward to seeing you there!

An EPIC Fortnight

The last two weekends were, as is becoming the norm, very successful ones for EPIC with 5 events all going to plan.

Firstly two Saturday’s back saw our new instructor Matt Roberts have a chance to show off his reality based skills as he, alongside Andy Cleeves, taught the Total Combat seminars. The adults were taught the full version and revelled in the effectiveness and blunt force behind real life threat-stopping! The that Sunday saw a double dose of EPIC, firstly we had several members representing us in the CIMAC league at Windsor which turned out to be successful with gold medals and a special mention to instructor Gio Marchese for a successful return after a lengthy injury. Whilst this was taking place Andy Cleeves alongside new coach Matt Roberts went to Yate shopping centre to promote the new club there.

Our event team at Bradley Stoke

Our event team at Bradley Stoke

The weekend just gone saw a quality pre-grading session take place at Filton Hill school and then another promotional day, this time at Bradley Stoke’s Willowbrook centre. We were situated just inside the 24 hour tesco and had a demo team as well as the child-friendly giant dragon coming out for the second weekend in a row.

A big thank you to all those who took time out on a Sunday to be a part of the EPIC demonstration team, you were brilliant.

Kam on the podium at the CIMAC event

Kam on the podium at the CIMAC event

The self defence seminars were a success with the adults thoroughly enjoying the new experience and taking to it well. Covering many aspects of street based assaults including knife situations, basics of ground survival, chokes and grabs and unarmed assault. The little dragons then had a lesson in stranger danger which saw all 15 of them excel in escaping dangerous situations with unknown adults. They had to complete many skill based games which added the necessary fun element with the goals being informational and to escape from the EPIC instructors who played the role of strangers. Finally the children’s seminar was attended by over 25 kids and was another success. The session was based around anti-bullying and how to deal with bullies. As well as the verbal dissuasion skills and de-escalation tactics the children learned the necessary break-aways to keep them safe and what avenues they can use to report situations.

Pre-graders for October

Pre-graders for October

The CIMAC super league was also successful for TEAM EPIC, with instructor Gio Marchese returning to action after a long 6 months out with a groin injury and took gold in a strong category. The Doyle family had a strong representation at the event with Kam picking up gold medals in -54kg and the -63kg points and a silver in light continuous, unfortunately there was spinning kick that wasn’t scored for Kam in that final. Ellie lost in the final by one point to pick up silver in the -31 female category, however she went into a even tougher -37 category and lost to our 15 year old Carmen Jones to take silver in the final (Ellie is 10) which is a massive achievement. Harrison took on very ton categories in the -33 points and light continuous as well as the -40 points and lost out to third in all three but performed brilliantly to win his first two rounds in the categories. Harvey Tyler lost his first round fight in -28kgs points advanced after going to extra time , he came 2nd in -28kgs light continuous advanced after winning 2 hard fights which is a good result as it is his first time in the advanced category.

This weekend saw a pre grading session at Filton Hill school which was attended for all those grading at higher grades in both Lau gar and kickboxing. The session was taken by head coach Andy Cleeves and was good to see everyone there in the build up to October 3rd grading at Gordano school. Finally another successful promotional day- this time at Willowbrook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke, which saw more people than expected stop by and looked to be involved with EPIC.

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We are almost through September now but still have next Saturdays Interclub competition taking place at Gordano school and then into October we have the grading on the 3rd then the 10th and 11th are the prestigious Bristol Open. If you want to be involved with any of the above mentioned events then it’s not too late to book now on our events part of the site!

New Timetable Starting Soon

Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls we have a new training timetable starting just a few weeks from now at EPIC. The new timetable will begin October 5th 2015. Here is the new timetable please refer to the key to explain what the colours represent, any queries then please then please contact info@epicmartialarts.co.uk

 

Timetable effective October 1st

Matt’s 7 Tips to Self Defence Success

EPiC Yate’s Reality based self defence instructor Matt Roberts has spent some time this week giving some advice on how to be a successful practitioner in the art of self defence. By successful there are several meanings but generally it is reflected in your approach to training and how you would realistically handle a real-life situation. So here goes:

 

Matt Roberts (Left) with Andy Cleeves (right)

1- My first tip is always to remain focused on what you are training for and to not get too carried away with unimportant questions. Typically in a good school your instructor will answer most of the questions you will have as you learn, just pick one thing up at a time. There are many questions that waste alot of time such as “what ifs” and “how comes” the real question is why you are learning it and the best person to answer that is yourself. You will be there for your own reasons and a good instructor will set different drills and moves which will improve your skills in many different areas. Remember talking will take time away from repetition, the best time to do repetition is when an expert can give you tips- questions are for after class but make sure they are the right questions. REMAIN FOCUSED.

2- The second tip for self defence would be to cover the basics at home outside of class because when you need to learn the basics properly in a system that revolves (you cover different things in blocks that cycle) you will need to keep fresh with all the important basics. Other than the fact that it will help push you towards gradings, the basics are what will statistically keep you safer in a real life nasty scenario. The more complex a move it then the higher chance of messing it up on the street and in certain situations where your life may depend on making no mistakes, this will ultimately cost you. KEEP IT SIMPLE.

3. Next on the list would definitely be to make sure your instructor knows what he or she is doing. Research their background and go for the free trial (if they don’t offer one that’s concerning in itself) before joining and signing anything. Take time to look at alternative training in the area because let’s be honest, why should you pay for something that could be second rate training? We all want value for our money. This is true for every part of your life and any form of training should follow suit. Before you sign up look at reviews and ask the instructor for proof of certification, insurances and necessary DBS checks if your children are going to be training too. Don’t just ‘do it’, make sure you are investing in something worthwhile. KNOW YOUR INSTRUCTOR.

4. Tip number 4 is that you protect yourself from letting an ego build up as you get better at what you do. Learning self defence is important and I personally believe that it should be taught to children in schools as a life skill from a young age (watered down to be relevant obviously.) The flip side to the coin is at people are at risk of being better inside their head than they are in physical skill. Why does this matter? Well a lot of training for survival is about psychological strength and once this is lost its a steep slope consequentially, if you have built up too high an opinion of yourself this will fall faster when things get real. Also it will distract you from the vital things- training basics, fitness training, psychological conditioning and also your personality within the class will change. Your attitude affects those you train with and the way you conduct yourself can also affect your control in training with others. You are far more likely to injure someone if you think you’re better than you are and the main reason is because you will try more complex moves faster and ignore learning them properly. STAY EGO FREE!

5. Another thing to remember when you’re training self defence is that you need versatility, in your training and in your answers to situations. Training one single movement will get you so far but what you’ve got to remember is that real life situations aren’t like they appear in classrooms. Several factors change; the adrenaline rush is huge and will restrict your physical and psychological responses, the amount of force will be far superior to what you face in class and this can overwhelm you very quickly and the amount of damage you will take can stop you in your tracks in a split second. Versatility in movement, versatility in releases and strikes and also the ability to change what you’re doing and escape very quickly are all vital attributes in survival. So make sure you keep an open mind and once you’ve got comfortable with a move try and find (or ask) for alternatives. Another reason why you need versatility is because everybody is a different size, strength and shape which means in simple terms that a move you learn may work on 95% of people but what if you’re attacked by a member of that 5%? Exactly.. LEARN TO BE VERSATILE.

6. Train with many different training partners would be tip number 6! This is vital because there are people stronger than you and there are people weaker than you, there are people taller than you and people shorter.. You need to get to terms with them all. The way you react to people will depend on your personal threat identification and natural responses, this will vary depending on what you are comfortable and uncomfortable with. So if you can lose fear of certain types of people due to training with them (properly with resistance) then you will have the answers for if a situation occurs with a person of this stature in real life. There are many different ways to train too, depending on which skill set you are trying to improve and you need to mix this up too. You are doing this to potentially save your life and limit damage for reality, not to have a meeting with one training partner each week- that’s what pubs are for! MIX UP THE TRAINING.

7. My final tip to be successful at self defence is that you need to learn to be aggressive. Controlled aggression is single handedly the most effective way to deliver a physical response to a nasty situation. Be loud, be assertive and if the situation calls for it countering violence needs to be done aggressively or you will come away a lot more hurt than you could have been. Self defence is all about the element of surprise, Attackers won’t expect you to react and fight back and if you are effective and fluid at your responses then you will psychologically (and hopefully physically) overwhelm your enemy- this is a major turning point in any situation. Loud noises and shouts from close range can startle the assailant and also draw near by attention from onlookers and passers by, which then gives you witnesses. If you display an unnerving assertiveness when confronted then there is also a chance that you can turn the situation on its head and talk a would-be attacker out of doing anything physical. However I must stress that you should always be prepared for the worst and that way you won’t beat yourself psychologically if the worst comes to worst and you have to use physical force back. LEARN TO USE CONTROLLED AGGRESSION.

We hope you find these tips helpful, these were the seven things Matt found useful on his journey through learning Krav Maga.

For more information or for any questions please contact matt@epicmartialarts.co.uk

Two Epic Weekends

The last two weekends were as always very successful ones for EPIC with 3 events all going to plan.

Firstly two Saturday’s back saw our new instructor Matt Roberts have a chance to show off his reality based skills as he, alongside Andy Cleeves, taught the Total Combat seminars. The adults were taught the full version and revelled in the effectiveness and blunt force behind real life threat-stopping! The that Sunday saw a double dose of EPIC, firstly we had several members representing us in the CIMAC league at Windsor which turned out to be successful with gold medals and a special mention to instructor Gio Marchese for a successful return after a lengthy injury. Whilst this was taking place Andy Cleeves alongside new coach Matt Roberts went to Yate shopping centre to promote the new club there.

The weekend just gone saw a quality pre-grading session take place at Filton Hill school and then another promotional day, this time at Bradley Stoke’s Willowbrook centre. We were situated just inside the 24 hour tesco and had a demo team as well as the child-friendly giant dragon coming out for the second weekend in a row.

A big thank you to all those who took time out on a Sunday to be a part of the EPIC demonstration team, you were brilliant.

The self defence seminars were a success with the adults thoroughly enjoying the new experience and taking to it well. Covering many aspects of street based assaults including knife situations, basics of ground survival, chokes and grabs and unarmed assault. The little dragons then had a lesson in stranger danger which saw all 15 of them excel in escaping dangerous situations with unknown adults. They had to complete many skill based games which added the necessary fun element with the goals being informational and to escape from the EPIC instructors who played the role of strangers. Finally the children’s seminar was attended by over 25 kids and was another success. The session was based around anti-bullying and how to deal with bullies. As well as the verbal dissuasion skills and de-escalation tactics the children learned the necessary break-aways to keep them safe and what avenues they can use to report situations.

The CIMAC super league was also successful for TEAM EPIC, with instructor Gio Marchese returning to action after a long 6 months out with a groin injury and took gold in a strong category. The Doyle family had a strong representation at the event with Kam picking up gold medals in -54kg and the -63kg points and a silver in light continuous, unfortunately there was spinning kick that wasn’t scored for Kam in that final. Ellie lost in the final by one point to pick up silver in the -31 female category, however she went into a even tougher -37 category and beat a 15 year old to take gold in the final (Ellie is 10) which is a massive achievement. In the tag team Ellie and Carmen Jones came second, losing by a point again to take silver. Harrison took on very ton categories in the -33 points and light continuous as well as the -40 points and lost out to third in all three but performed brilliantly to win his first two rounds in the categories. Harvey Tyler lost his first round fight in -28kgs points advanced after going to extra time , he came 2nd in -28kgs light continuous advanced after winning 2 hard fights which is a good result as it is his first time in the advanced category.

This weekend saw a pre grading session at Filton Hill school which was attended for all those grading at higher grades in both Lau gar and kickboxing. The session was taken by head coach Andy Cleeves and was good to see everyone there in the build up to October 3rd grading at Gordano school. Finally another successful promotional day- this time at Willowbrook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke, which saw more people than expected stop by and looked to be involved with EPIC.

Our event team at Bradley Stoke

Our event team at Bradley Stoke

We are almost through September now but still have next Saturdays Interclub competition taking place at Gordano school and then into October we have the grading on the 3rd then the 10th and 11th are the prestigious Bristol Open. If you want to be involved with any of the above mentioned events then it’s not too late to book now on our events part of the site!

Ed Byrne Inter-Club Report

Last Sunday the EPIC team fought at Ed Byrne’s interclub competition in Bodmin. We took 9 fighters down and came back with enough medals to fill a treasure chest. After a 2 1/2 hour drive down to the Cornish site called Lakeview, a picturesque country club set in front of a mountainous backdrop, we checked in to the hall ready for the day’s events. As we walked into the competition hall upstairs we were greeted with the site of at least 60 competitors and their parents. There was two matted areas where the 62 categories would be contested.

Andy with FinlayStarting was the boys intermediate points and Childrens gladiators categories we already had medals on the board win Teia Doyle taking gold against a strong opponent in the final of the latter and Harvey taking gold in the -135 intermediate boys. As the first hour came to end we had further medals in the bag with Harrison Doyle winning a silver in the -145 intermediate points, Brooklyn James winning gold in the -155 intermediate points and Teia Doyle winning gold in the -125 girls points.

Finlay Haynes won back to back gold medals in the -135 and -145 boys beginners on points while on the other mats Teia Doyle comfortably won gold in the -6 years points category. As the second hour passed Fin Haynes took on and won gold in the boys -135 boys beginners continuous. The -145 advanced points category passed with Harvey Tyler drawing a tough opponent and being knocked out in the first round and although a first round victory for Harrison Doyle, he was beaten in the second round by the eventual winner. The -135 advanced boys category yielded yet another medal for our EPiC team, with Finlay winning a bronze medal. The last category before the break saw Harvey win gold in the -155 intermediate continuous final.

The Epic 9At 2pm we had a break for the raffle to be drawn out. Almost predictably the Doyle family won multiple prizes including some ‘Top Ten’ gloves and Andy Cleeves winning a bottle of wine after he went on about how much he wanted to win it. Some people are so jammy it’s unreal!

At 2.15pm the competition got back underway with the girls -135 advanced points which Ellie Doyle walked to victory and a copy cat performance with some wonderfully timed strikes in the -145 advanced girls straight after. The -155 advanced boys category saw Brooklyn come 3rd after a tough semi-final defeat and Ben Jones go one better with a silver medal, losing to the same opponent in the final. Meanwhile Harvey Tyler won a silver medal in the -135 advanced continuous category on the other mats.

As 3 o clock came and passed we continued to add to the medal haul with Ellie Doyle displaying an untouchable range of skills in the advanced girls continuous category and unanimously winning every fight to take gold with ease. Meanwhile Carmen Jones‘ long wait for her category finally came to an end when she beat three much bigger opponents in style to take a gold medal in the +155 advanced girls much to her parents (and the coaches) delight. As we went past 4 o clock Kameron Doyle had destroyed all his opponents without getting out of 2nd gear in the +155 advanced boys, winning 7-3 in the final.

As we neared the end of the day Harrison Doyle took silver in the Superstars under 11s category and Kameron Doyle comfortably won gold in the Superstars under 15s category. The last categories to be contested were the tag team events which we took gold in all 3 we competed in. Firstly Brooklyn James dominated his opponents opening up an unassailable lead before tagging his partner in who saw them across the line for the first gold. Kam Doyle single handedly won every point during in his tag team category which saw the second gold and the last fight of the entire day ended up with our own pair of Harvey Tyler and Ellie Doyle overwhelming their opponents to take our 31st medal of the day and wrap up the competition EPIC style.

It set the stage perfectly for the EPIC inter-club competition which will be held at Gordano school in Portishead on Saturday 26th September. Well done to all who participated and made the journey down south.

The Epic Team
Teia DoyleTeia Doyle: Had a great day by winning the opening ‘gladiators’ competition, followed by 4 further medals including 2 further golds! Fearless and on the front foot in her points fights. She also got strangely pushed into extra time in a continuous fight that she absolutely dominated but attacked again and left both referees no choice but to award her the win. 5 Medals.

Kameron Doyle: Entered 3 categories, won all with 100% success and never really got out of 2nd gear. Hammered his opponents with ease and he also won his tag team category which he single handedly scored every point for. 3 Medals.

Harrison Doyle: Fought well and was unlucky in the first category he competed in with a couple of poor decisions not going his way. Came second in the superstars category where he had to go through 3 rounds to get to the final. Strong performances and a willingness to compete against anybody following his bronze medal at the recent WAKO European championships. 4 Medals.

Ellie Doyle: Strong performances and obliterated her opponents in both styles. Very strong 4-0 win in her -145 advanced girls category and also fought very well in the mixed tag team with Harvey. Focused and lightening quick combinations in the continuos rounds which she won easily. 4 Medals.

Carmen JonesCarmen Jones: Carmen had to wait 4 hours for her first fight but showed her talent as she came straight out of the blocks against an opponent much bigger than her. She won comfortably and progressed into the next round against an even bigger opponent again, after a tense start Carmen hammered her 8-1 with precision, power and speed. The final was a closer affair but once again a fearless Miss Jones overcame her bigger opponent to take the gold medal with Andy directing her with every point, her proud parents could be heard from Bristol! 1 Medal.

Ben Jones: Ben fought valiantly against tough opponents in the -155 advanced boys with a very comfortable first round win including two almost landed head kicks. A second round victory also with a stunning head kick this time landed, Ben found himself in the final. The final was a close affair and the referees failed to score a Blatent point and gave a 50/50 decision the other way which ultimately cost Ben the gold but a proud runners-up medal for the talented youngster. 1 Medal.

Finlay Haynes: A very pleasing-on-the-eye display throughout the -135 boys beginner category won Fin his first gold of the day, followed by another gold In the -145 beginners. He went on to take further medals In the -135 beginners continuous (gold) the -135 advanced category (bronze). A successful day for young Master Haynes. 4 Medals.

Finlay Haynes And Harvey TylerHarvey Tyler: A successful day for Harvey and proud dad Simon as he fought his way to 5 medals. Add to this an unlucky second round defeat in the -145 intermediate points category and it leaves nothing to the imagination about how well Harvey fought. His first category was 4 rounds of fights too which was to set the tone for the rest of the day. 5 Medals.

Brooklyn James: Fought well in his first category and won it without conceding a point! 4-0 and 5-0 wins gave him his first gold of the day, he went on to add a bronze, silver and another gold on a memorable day for the young star. Strong performances in the tag team event landed a gold and a good capping off to show his talents. 4 medals.

Team total: 31 Medals

Attending Coaches:
Andy Cleeves and Matt Roberts

Parents:
Amber James, Simon Tyler, Emma Doyle, Andy and Julieann Jones- thank you all for your continued support and dedication!

 

Brooklyn James in ActionThe Doyle FamilyHarrison DoyleEllie DoyleBen JonesBrooklyn with Proud Mum AmberKam Doyle Coaching

EPiC Yate Launch

EPiC martial arts is growing and at quite an exciting pace which means if you are from North Somerset, Bristol, North Bristol and now South Gloucestershire we have schools for you! We have a new school opening up in Yate under senior coach Matt Roberts, who joins us as a combat specialist and reality based self defence instructor.

The new club in Yate will have all the same benefits as all the other clubs, world champion instructors and a full structured coaching network. With Junior coaches and assistants, the quality of coaching in each class will be very high along with the standard of the training. The academy boasts many talented martial artists already and we are looking forward to adding more from Yate and the surrounding areas.

The classes will be held on Wednesday nights with the launch night being held on September 30th. To find out more about the launch night visit our Facebook launch event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713781672190628/

At EPiC we teach everybody aged 4 and above, here is how our classes will work on the Wednesday nights:

Little Dragons (aged 4-7) | 17.00-17.45
Kids kickboxing (ages 8-14) | 18.00-19.15
Adults kickboxing (age 15+) | 19.30-21.00

 

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With a full syllabus that boasts massive gradings and opportunities to compete in competitions around the country, EPIC Yate will be an opportunity to build yourself up as a skilled martial artist and be part of our family-like academy.

 

Yate senior coach Matt Roberts (stood up)

Yate senior coach Matt Roberts (stood up)

Senior coach Matt Roberts, who will be taking the lessons, is a combat specialist who has trained in multiple countries in the world and across the UK. He has 5 years of Krav Maga training under his belt as well as a black belt in kickboxing. To add to this he is an instructor in the Filipino art of Eskrima (also known as rapid arnis) and is an apprentice instructor in Jeet Kune Do/Kali Concepts under Marcie Harding. Matt has tested himself in some very tough training in Israel as well as learning from some of the best from America in seminars over here in the UK! He has also had some real life experiences with defending himself which qualifies him to know what works in these situations and what doesn’t. Matt is now turning some attention to competition fighting with EPIC as well as delivering structured self defence classes. He also offers one-to-one tuition in self defence outside of class time at the Hub Gym in Portishead as well as other locations in Bristol.

We are going to be at Yate shopping centre this Sunday (13th) to display a promotional day in which you can put your name down for the launch night at the end of the month. You can Find out more on www.epicmartialarts.co.uk.

See you there!