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EPIC OPEN WAS EPIC!

What a great weekend we had at the EPIC Open at Gordano school, Portishead. Fighters from our ranks met with fighters from BBBA, Terror Squad, Jamie Woodlands academy, Bristol Martial Arts and Body Focus. As always we welcomed the other coaches in and are thankful for their participation at our events. With 60 divisions to get through and roughly 300 fights the day was a busy one but it was a great success.

The officials made sure that the day went as smoothly as possible and the coaches kept their fighters in toe for the event to progress as it did. A huge congratulations to all the medal winners and a massive thank you to all who took part. Also a thank you to all the spectators for a brilliant atmosphere where everybody came out and thrived with the right circumstances around them.

The food went down well and the hog roast was, as always, popular!

We will see you all on the next one!

First comp of 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, As you know we begin our competition circuit for 2016 on Saturday (a week from today) as we host the little dragons and kids beginner inter-club at HQ! This is the perfect introduction to sparring and we expect to see everybody who attends the sparring academy who is a little dragon or […]

EPIC MANTIS PREMIER

imageSTART 2016 ON OUR MANTIS PREMIER COURSE

Epic Martial Arts have taken another step forward for 2016 by landing the exclusive rights to teach the UKs only government endorsed self defence course for children.

MANTIS means manage any nasty trouble in society and is an 8 week course based around simple movements and breakaways without any striking or unnecessary force. The techniques work on adults just like they work on children of the same size and age as those who participate.

A few weeks ago EPIC’s own Andy Cleeves, Matt Roberts and Jane Lewis underwent a full day of training for this and have been accepted and licensed to teach the course that is working alongside the anti-bullying alliance.

The premier course will launch on Friday 5th February and will take place at the Fitness Hub (EPIC Portishead HQ) gym between the hours of 5-6pm. The next 3 classes of the course will take place at the same time each Friday on the subsequent weeks and then there is a one week break while we are in Dublin for the Irish open. The course then concludes on April 1st as long as the team don’t travel to Milan for the points cup. So from the 5th February, the following dates are course dates:

Feb: 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar: 11, 18, 25

Apr: 1st (tentative due to international competition)

The costs are as follows:
£49 for Existing EPIC members
£79 for non EPIC members

Both price plans give you the MANTIS DVD (RRP £19.99) and 8 hours tuition. You will be expected to practice and follow the DVD each day between sessions so that you are fluent with the moves.

Please contact us to book your place now before it’s too late!
Email: info@epicmartialarts.co.uk
Phone/text: 07802 666239

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

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!

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!