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!

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

Coaches Corner.. week 6!

Welcome to week 6’s edition of Coaches Corner. The previous 5 weeks have indeed been entertaining and numerous.

Last week we spoke to our lovely Liv Davies but this week we have picked on someone a little older. That’s correct this person has been around the circuit in many disciplines, no it’s not Andy Cleeves’ turn yet.

This man is a genuinely top person and is one of the best sparring partners anyone could ask for. He’s fought on TV, he was a world champion- twice and he also is EPiC’s head ring sports coach.

Yes of course it’s Gio ‘The Jackal’ Marchese!

Gio with friend and Bellator star MVP

Gio with friend and Bellator star MVP

Q: Your nickname is Jackal, why is that?
Gio: Well when I was a kid doing learning TaeKwonDo my instructor used to refer to me as a little Jack Russell as I was a yappy little thing full of energy always jumping around snapping at heels. As I got older & started fighting on shows a fellow Kickboxer who was watching said my style was less like a Jack Russell & more like a wild Jackal & it just stuck from there.

A very young Gio breaking a board

A very young Gio breaking a board

Q: If Italy and England were to play in a football match, who would you support?
Gio: Well fortunately for me England always go out early so I end up supporting Italy as they are so much better but when they play head to head my passion is still English football so I do lean towards England.

Q: You have achieved many great things in your martial arts career so far, what’s been the standout ONE best moment for you?
Gio: Without a doubt winning my first World Championship Gold in Continuous Kickboxing. I had made it to the final 3 World championships in a row, in Spain, Scotland & Germany & unfortunately I lost all 3 of those finals against the same German fighter. A very tough well known experienced guy called Guido Rodel. As we were both seeded in the category the only way we could meet was in the final & sure enough in 2012 in Florida USA at the Hilton at Universal Studios we met for the 4th time & this time my arm was to be lifted for Gold. The whole England team went nuts, that was a day I will never forget.

Champion Marchese

Champion Marchese

Q: What is your favourite type of food?
Gio: Pepperoni Pizza (How Italian!)

Q: If you had to live in the big brother house and could only take 3 other people who would they be and why? (You’re not allowed to choose family)
Gio: Conor McGregor so we could train & spar.
Gordon Ramsey for the good cooking.
Lee Evans for the entertainment.
Besides my family there are 3 things I love the most which are training/fighting, Good food & laughter.
With these 3 guys I’m covered & they all have cracking banter so never a dull moment. If Chef Ramsey gets to mouthy Conor can sort him out lol.

Q: What age did you start training martial arts and what style?
Gio: I started training at 9 years old & the style was Tae Kwon-Do which is a South Korean martial art & was taught by Antonio Puma in Bath, he was a great man & I owe him a lot for inspiring me & fuelling my passion for competition.

Gio with fiancée Annie and his two daughters Mischa and Darcie

Family guy: Gio with fiancée Annie and his two daughters Mischa and Darcie

Q: What is your all time biggest martial arts idol?
Gio: That would have to be Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon which is my all time favourite film was ground breaking & it changed the game & how the western world perceived Chinese martial arts. He was more than just a film star though, he was a philosopher, leader, master, a Dad, an innovator & an absolute character. A truly great man, a Legend.
Q: If you had to fight one professional fighter from any style who would it be?
Gio: I’d fight Prince Naseem Hamed as he was my boxing idol growing up. His movement, showmanship, ring craft & overall flamboyant skill set were inspiring to me & something I always tried to emulate and imprint into my kickboxing style.

Gio with Andy C and Kam D

Gio with Andy C and Kam D

Q: Do you sing in the shower? If you do what is usually your choice of song?
Gio: I don’t sing in the shower but I do rap (badly) haha my girlfriend hates it when I bust out my best Eminem impressions.

Q: You work in the daytime too, what do you do for a job?
Gio: I have 3 jobs, I am a Personal Trainer at Clifton College Gym, I am Team Technician at Stage Electrics & I teach Martial Arts for Epic.

Gio with Sean Viera, Andy Cleeves and Ross Arscott

Gio with Sean Viera, Andy Cleeves and Ross Arscott

Q: What are your thoughts on world politics?
Gio: World Politics wow where do I begin lol. This year has shown that the people simply want change, With Brexit & Trump winning the votes it shows that the Western World has taken a firm anti establishment stance & movement. Whether this is for the best or not only time will tell. It’s all smoke & mirrors & propaganda so it’s very tough to know what to believe. My humble advise is to stick to researching local politics & find out the things that immediately effect you, your children & your community for the best.

Q: Where has been the best location you’ve ever fought at?
Gio: Orlando was amazing as the venue was next to Universal studios & Disney, I also love City West in Dublin but for atmosphere it would have to be the London Troxy which is where I’ve had 5 K1 fights, The combination of it being an old Theatre & the East London crowd along with the West Country barmy army who have come in their numbers (which I’m eternally grateful) to support me makes for a very loud, intense special occasion.

Q: Final Question, If you had to move abroad (other than Italy) where would it be and why?
Gio: Hong Kong as I love the Chinese culture, people & way of life.

Marchese vs Barnett, Gio won this bout (again)

Marchese vs Barnett, Gio won this bout (again)

Gio was the UCMMA bantam weight champion until September 2016, he is looking forward to see what challenges 2017 brings as he grows his personal training experience and shares his expertise on the mats by stepping up his coaching commitment.

Join us on the 23rd for coaches corner round 7!