EPIC MARTIAL ARTS at the W.O.N!

On Sunday 29th January the EPIC team took to the road again for the 2nd national level competition of the year. The Watford Open Nationals (WON) is a prestigious tournament and there were fighters from 10 nations present at the tournament. 19 EPIC warriors fought on the day.

Filled with budding enthusiasm and armed with tactics from their coaches the fighters (aged 6 up to late 20s) took to their task of taking home as much silverware as possible. The younger categories got underway with Harvey Pollard taking a bronze, Sean MacDonald taking a silver and a bronze and also golds for Katie Williams and Robyn Humphreys.

Harvey Pollard on the podium

Harvey Pollard on the podium

Tyrese Redgers took two bronze medals to add to his steadily growing collection.

Sean MacDonald, aged 7, overcame a tough semi final opponent where he was losing by 3 points at one stage before a rallying last 30 seconds saw him win by 9-6. He then came from 5-0 down to 5-4 in the final but the time ran out before he could level things up. His silver was more than merited.

Robyn took her first opponent apart with skilled kicking followed by quick hand techniques that allowed her to comfortably progress. The final was tough against a girl from Fighting Falcons, she twice fell behind on points before registering a win by a margin of three points.

Ashleigh Nelson (left) and Robyn Humphreys (right) show off their gold

Ashleigh Nelson (left) and Robyn Humphreys (right) show off their gold

Ashleigh Nelson met Katie Williams in an all-EPIC final and took gold with a late come back to win 3-2 from 2-0 down. This also meant that Katie added a silver to her gold. Daisy Humphreys narrowly missed out on gold by stepping out of the area, which gets you deducted a point, to lose by 1 point. She fought well and has sharpened up massively since the turn of the year.

Katie Williams then went on to take another gold with effective use of reverse punch countering, then following up with a bronze. She ended the day with 2 golds, 1 silver and one bronze! Ashleigh Nelson held her own to take a silver to add to her gold.

Alex Fellender-Evans and Harvey Tyler battled through their Light Continuous division to reach the final together. Tyler pulled out a stunning head kick to make sure of the points at the end and take gold, with Fellender-Evans having the silver. Harvey went on to add a 2nd and a 3rd too!

Alex Fellender-Evans (left) and Harvey Tyler (middle) on the WON podium

Alex Fellender-Evans (left) and Harvey Tyler (middle) on the WON podium

In the adults sections Molly Hershaw narrowly missed out 10-9 in her fight and in the dying seconds too, which was undeserved. Sarah West took on a highly skilled fighter in her continuous category and took a bronze despite the result being very close. Senior coach won 4-2 to reach the semi finals but fell on one technique and made one mistake at the end to lose 5-4 to a skilled fighter from Michael Page’s (MVP) Hands Down academy and take a bronze. Rakan Sabbah took home gold in the very last category to run of the competition. Three tasty fights which entertained the gathering crowds for the finale. Sabbah’s fitness told as he continued to push forward and attack.

Bronze for Matt

Bronze for Matt

Full results:
Gold Medals- Katie Williams (2), Harvey Tyler, Robyn Humphreys, Ashleigh Nelson, Rakan Sabbah,

Silver Medals- Alex Fellender-Evans, Daisy Humphreys, Katie Williams, Sean MacDonald, Harvey Tyler.

Bronze Medals- Tyrese Redgers (2), Finlay Cozens, Matt Roberts, Sarah West, Katie Williams, Sean MacDonald, Harvey Tyler, Harvey Pollard.

Those who came Close- Molly Hershaw, Jack Pollard, Dylan Hunt, Finlay Haynes, Harry Rhodes. Oliver Hiscutt.

EPIC ranked second in the U.K. in this tournament. Next up: EPIC Open and British Championships.

Also a big mention and massive well done to all 70 competitors for Saturday’s beginner interclub competition!

Coaches Corner Issue 8

Week 8 of Coaches Corner is one that is with a younger member of our coaching team. This person is hard working, smiley and a fantastic practitioner.

A member of the coaching team at Portishead and Bradley Stoke, always on the ball with health screening forms and one of the top Kung Fu instructors at the club.

Of course it’s Amy Kingscott! So without further ado..

Q: Amy, how long have you trained at EPiC for? And how old are you now?
Amy: Since the formation of the club

Q: Other than martial arts what other hobbies do you have?
Amy: Going to the gym, photography and childcare.

Amy and partner Ben training

Amy and partner Ben training

Q: Who, in your opinion, has the worst dress sense in EPiC?
Amy: Matt Roberts

Q: How often a week do you train now?
Amy: I train at the gym 3 times a week and with Epic once to twice. As well as this I am a Junior Coach and teach 4 times a week at multiple venues.

A very young Amy K

A very young Amy K

Q: What is your favourite colour and why?
Amy: Blue because it is the current colours phase I am going through.

Q: If you had to choose one song to listen to for 24 hours on repeat, which song would it be?
Amy: James Arthur, Say you won’t let go

Q: What’s your ONE standout best moment on your martial arts journey so far?
Amy: Achieving my 1st Degree Black Belt

Amy with young student Presley

Amy with young student Presley

Q: What are your plans and goals for the next 12 months?
Amy:
1 – Achieve my 2nd Degree Black Belt
2 – Compete on the Kickboxing Circuit
3 – Pass my Level 3 Early Years Education Certificate (Year 1)
4 – Make progression at the gym and within my personal fitness

Q: What is better: dogs or cats? Why?
Amy: Dog, because they are loyal and reassure you when you are feeling down.

Q: If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Amy: Committed

Q: What are your honest opinions about teaching martial arts?
Amy: It is very rewarding and allows you to help others progress and gain knowledge through different experiences.

Q: What is your dream job?
Amy: To become a Early Years Practitioner/Teaching Assistant

Amy with fellow coaches at EPIC

Amy with fellow coaches at EPIC

Q: Final question, if you had to have one member of EPiC to sing at your future wedding, who would it be and why?
Amy: Steve Cruse! It has to be! He is a great and very individual character, who enjoys to entertain.

Amy has set some tough goals for 2017 but we know she will achieve them as she is committed and always on top of what she needs to do.

Join us next week for Issue 9 and a new victim!

Member Weekly Update WC Mon 16th Jan 2017

*** Attention WEEKLY UPDATE ***

 

Afternoon lovelies, it’s Monday and the team are fired up for more progress! We have started the year as we mean to go on with two amazing competition performances and with so much to look forward to it’s important that we remind you about all of the exciting things ahead for you and your children.

 

Just before I do I wanted to inform you of a few things that have happened already in Jan:

 

  • Sat 14th saw the start of a new intake at our weekly sparring academy in Filton. This is an invite only session run by senior coach Andy Gill and team every Saturday from 11am-12noon. After lots of students successfully graduated in Dec 16 we are very excited about the new comers starting our development program. The session is designed to help members from all our locations that are interested in learning the fundamentals of sparring in a view to progress into club and then national competitions. The session also acts as a selection process for considering new members for our national competition squad Team EPIC. If you are interested in your child being considered for the program please discuss with your instructor.

 

  • Sat 14th also saw the start of our weekly advanced sparring class taking place every Saturday in Filton. This is for Team EPIC members only and gives our competition team a chance to meet up once a week on top of our additional Squad trainings. If you have graduated from the academy and are a member of the team please do your best to attend the weekly session starting at midday.

 

  • Weekly advanced sparring that was taking place in Filton every Thursday is no longer running. This has allowed Senior Coach Gio Marchese more time to concentrate on development of our competition team and attend more competitions. His increased focus will surround ring combat and mat continuous and we are busy compiling a number of seminars and sessions to help student’s progress in these areas. We want our competition team to be cable of multi disciplines and be well versed in all the stand up combat arts. Gio’s increase involvement will also see him welcoming beginners again very soon as he starts new weekly sessions on a Friday in Brislington. More details of the new class options will follow shortly. In the meantime for those adults and children that are missing the Thursday advance sparring class please remember that Bristol Central with Matt Roberts and Team Captain Kam Doyle is available to all Gold members every Thursday from 6.45-8pm.

 

  • Yesterday we had a superb outing at the KWON Grand Slam Series. I am sure all of you have seen lots of updates surrounding our success however look out for the comprehensive report that will be posted on our website news page later this evening. In summary our army of 36 competitors cam away from one of the UKs largest competition series securing 12x Gold, 16x Silver and 15x Bronze medals! Various press releases have gone out today so please also look out for the results in your local newspaper.

 

  • On Sat 14th we also helped our young student Toby Parker from EPIC Nailsea celebrate his 5th birthday EPIC style. Please remember that we run EPIC Birthday parties at both our Chepstow and Portishead locations so feel free to email jane@epicmartialarts.co.uk if you are interested in making your child’s birthday party a little different this year.

 

So lets talk about all the diary dates we have to look forward too in Jan and Feb:

 

  • Our next EPIC Lil Dragon & Beginner Kids Interclub takes place Sat 28th Jan @ the hub gym in Portishead. Full details including how to register can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1346995162019084/. It’s been great to see all of the registrations rolling in but we still have lots of students who would benefit from taking part that are yet to register. If you are unsure about the suitability of your child to take part then please ask your instructor. An updated list of registrations will be posted in the coming days.

 

  • Our next National Competition for Team EPIC members only will be The Watford Open National Championships taking place Sun 29th Andy Gill will be posting registration details and travel arrangements in the next few days but in the meantime if you would like to consider divisions, timings and costs more event information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/358658801141600/

 

  • Our next Team EPIC Squad Training Session will run Sat 4th Feb @ the hub gym Portishead from 1.30-4.30pm. This is invite only and a MUST attend for all team members.

 

  • We will be running two half term courses in the Feb Half Term:

Tues 14th Feb @ hub Portishead from 10-3pm

Thurs 16th Feb @ hub Chepstow from 10-3pm

More details will be uploaded to our website and Facebook events created very shortly.

 

  • Our next club competition the EPIC Open will take place Saturday 11th This will be one of two EPIC Open’s that will be held in 2017 as part of the new South West Series. The 5 event comp series will take place as follows:

 

EPIC Open Feb Portished | BBBA Open Apr Cornwall | Urban Open Gloucester June | BBBA Open Sept Exeter | EPIC Open Dec Chepstow

 

Fighters will be able to win points at each event that will contribute to additional awards fro overall winners at the end of the series.

 

  • Our next evening show and club social Total Valour 4 will take place Sat 24th Feb 2017 @ Gordano School in Portishead. The fight card is fully underway and if anyone is interested in being matched then please inbox me. Tickets will be available very soon for those interested in joining us for night of competitive bouts and entertainment.

 

  • Other dates in Jan and Feb to remember:

 

BKFA Brown Sash Course Sun 29th Jan

WAKO British Championships Sat 18th and Sun 19th Feb

Fund Raising – Bag Packing at Tesco Golden Hill Sun 26th Feb

 

Finally remember all diary dates will be uploaded to our website and Facebook events created to provide as much comprehensive information about each offering as possible however if you have any questions please talk to you instructor or feel free to contact us direct.

 

If you are yet do so please write us a 5 Star review on or Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TeamEpicMA/reviews

 

We would also love a Google review, which can be done by searching “EPIC Martial Arts” in the Google search bar and then simply clicking the “Write a review” box on the right hand side of the web page.

 

That’s it for now but if you need any further information on any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Thanks peeps

 

Andy

 

 

 

Coaches Corner Issue 7

With Christmas well and truly over we’re back to business with coaches Corner. Issue 7 is time to investigate into one of our senior coaches.

A hard working, tidy and witty person who prides himself on many things that are hard earned. He looks afye
Q: What car do you drive? Do you like it?

Andy: A Gildo mk4 turbo ( AKA the JAAAAAAGGGGG) and yes love it, always liked cars as my Dad was a chauffeur and drove lots of VIP’s including the royal family so been into cars since I can remember.I love cleaning and looking after my cars to the extent that I am a bit obsessive with the cleaning etc ?
Q: Apart from kickboxing what other sports are you into?

Andy training with fellow coach Matt Roberts

Andy training with fellow coach Matt Roberts

Andy: I played Cricket to a high level, was quite a quick bowler best bowling figures 8 – 15 runs which was pretty good ? I played for Shirehampton for many years before my knee injury, for those who don’t know I’ve had 9 ops on my left knee which sometimes effects my Martial Arts although with Andy C’s help I’ve made it a lot stronger than it was.

Q: What’s your role within EPiC?
Andy: Senior Coach and also Head Coach of the Sparring Academy, absolutely love my roles within Epic as so rewarding to see the progress of the students

Andy with wife Theresa

Andy with wife Theresa

Q: Who has the best sense of humour in EPiC, besides yourself?

Andy: has to be Steve Cruse, he’s a legend, although the Banter between the Senior coaches always has me in stitches especially on the road trips

Q: What’s the best thing about teaching, the one very best thing?
Andy: Can only be the students progress and seeing them achieve their goals, I’ve coached most of the Epic Squad in some capacity and some of our senior fighters started in my classes all those years ago ? there is still no better reward than seeing them achieve great things.
Q: What is your single most proudest moment as a coach?
Andy: Gradings and competitions, handing the belts and score to the students, gets me a little emotional if I’m honest

Q: What styles of martial art do you teach and train in?
Andy: Lau Gar Kung Fu and also did Wado Ryu Karate during my teens.

Andy coaching at Total Valour

Andy coaching at Total Valour

Q: What size feet do you have and what’s your preferred footwear: Slippers/Shoes/sandals/trainers/bare foot?

Andy: Unlike one senior coach I have big feet, lol I’m size 10, love wearing slippers, Im lucky enough to work from home a lot so can wear slippers all day long if I like, I love bath bombs also ?

Stretch Armstrong! Andy showing his flex

Stretch Armstrong! Andy showing his flex

Q: What are your goals for the next 12 months?

Andy: a good question and the answer is to fight once more in the old buggers categories if at all possible, as I mentioned I stoped fighting on the circuit after my last big knee op, it knocked a huge amount of confidence from me to have the trust to push it to the limits needed to fight on the circuit,as a result I rarely push myself to my ability when sparring as scared of another injury, plus I’ve lost a little of my ability to use my left leg re kicking although Im working on that,a lot of it is mind set so with Any C;s help thats my goal for 2017 if possible

Q: Who’s got the worst haircut in EPIC?
Andy: Me although there are others I could mention but that just starts a war

Andy with a flying front kick

Andy with a flying front kick

Q: Final Question, If you were to be dropped into the middle of the Sahara desert with just ONE item (other than clothes) what would it be?
Andy: ah easy one sun tan lotion, Gildo loves a sun tan

All in Aid of Daz Ellis

The 2017 competition season began yesterday with a trip up the M5 to north Solihull for the Daz Ellis championships.

Daz Ellis is the head coach of NSKA (national sport karate association) club and was a fantastic competitor back in his fighting days. The championship was to help raise money towards pioneering treatment to cure a condition Daz has called Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS)

Daz Ellis

Daz Ellis

Team EPIC took a small group up a day after our opening squad training of the season and 6 people competed.

Coaches: Andy Cleeves, Matt Roberts, Kam Doyle

Competitors: Kam Doyle, Ellie Doyle, Teia Doyle, Harrison Doyle, Katie Williams, Alex Fellender-Evans.

Kam Doyle opened his campaign with 2 golds, a straight final win in Light continuous without getting out of 2nd gear. The current world champion had a busy opening fight to his points category, beating a tough opponent 7-1 and dropping his with a trademark jump spinning back-kick. He won 6-0 in the semi finals before going to to dismantle another sharp opponent 4-1 in the final.

Teia Doyle fought well in her new categories. She had to step up from the under 8 categories and is now fighting bigger opponents. Her coaches pulled her out of her last fight before it started due to at least a whole foot difference in height and the boy had dropped an even smaller girl than Teia with a front kick to the head in the previous fight.

Ellie Doyle came back to win a bronze on a day where she could have won more. A disappointing semi final defeat left her with a third place fight off which duly returned a better performance. Ellie showed glimpses of sharpness and movement throughout her performances, scoring some good techniques but was undone with simple errors. She will be back with a bang at the KWON.

Harrison Doyle took a gold in his continuous category, beating his opponent in a close match. He slipped punches nicely at times and made his opponent move for the first half of the fight picking him off with combinations followed by roundhouse kicks. Harrison lost by a point conceded in the final few seconds of his points category.

Katie Williams took 2 golds and a silver from her 3 categories which is a strong start to 2017. She took on the advanced category which was impressive after such a short time in the sport and went against a vastly experienced competitor and gained some valuable experience before dismantling her other two categories!

Alex Fellender-Evans took a silver in points narrowly losing out 4-3 in a nail biting final! In what was easily the biggest category of the day, the young warrior dismantled most of his opponents on the way to the final before a high paced fight was decided by a single technique. Alex lost his bronze medal fight in his other category but fought well and is looking sharp at the start of 2017!

Next up is the KWON on Sunday!