Watford Open Nationals

The team smashed the medal haul at the Watford Open Nationals! A strong team led by head coach Andy Cleeves along with coaches Andy Gill, Gio Marchese and Matt Roberts.

The latter coaches all competed with Gio claiming a gold in the -69kg advanced light continuous with a win over long-time rival David Higgins. Matt Roberts claimed a silver with two convincing victories before losing out to world champion Chris Aston by 8 points in the final. Andy Gill beat rival nemesis coach Peter Felix before losing out in the next round by 1 point!

Mike Andrews won a bronze in the -75kg novice points category with a hard fought semi final where he ultimately missed out on the semi finals with a 6-2 defeat.

The juniors all fought gallantly as the medals and experience all came in droves. George Sherlock claimed a gold in -37kg intermediate points and then went on to win a bronze in the advanced -32kg category. Rowan Redgers stepped up to the -37kg intermediate category and didn’t win his fight but he gained valuable experience. His older brother Tyrese went on to win the -51kg intermediate points category to take gold.

Oliver Hiscutt lost by 2 points in the quarter finals as he fell just short of the podium fight, as did Dean Andrews after a energetic 6-1 victory in his opening fight, he fell 4-1 to a GB fighter who himself went on to have a nasty injury in the final. The club wish him a speedy recovery. Alex Fellender-Evans claimed 2 golds, one in the -28 and one in the -32kg points categories. His typical movement and counter fighting techniques were too much for his opponents to handle.

Rhiannon Bater stepped up to the advanced categories and was unlucky not to place, Harrison Dent earned a hard-fought bronze in the light continuous -51kg category. It was one of the fights of the day! Sean MacDonald claimed a bronze in the -28kg Points category in which he lost to team mate Alex Fellender-Evans.

Ewan Thain narrowly missed out on the podium twice with 2-1 defeats in both the -25kg points and -30kg points. Jess Andrews missed out in the -55kg Advanced points but picked up valuable experience against her main competitors. Summer Lonsdale picked up a bronze in her first major national tournament. She lost 7-5 in the semi finals but it was enough to land her on the podium!

Alisha Miles lost 4-2 in the -55kg and 8-1 in the -50kg to narrowly miss out on the medal placements and Ryan Chapman was even closer losing by 1 in his -28kg! The -32kg category was close but he couldn’t quite turn a deficit around to advance in that one.

Katie Williams took a bronze in the -60kg points losing 8-4 in the semi finals. She lost 4-0 to a GB fighter in the +60kg category. Ollie Lawler lost out narrowly in his -37kg categories. 4-3 in both of his fights as he came close to claiming silverware. Fin Cozens lost in the semi finals to take a bronze in his -42kg continuous category.

Connor Chapman was unlucky in his -42kg Advanced points category as he fought up a category for the first time. He also was very competitive in the -42 intermediate points section and gave his opponents a lot of issues with his lethal left leg but a harsh call as the referees missed a head kick on the buzzer meant that he missed out on a medal. Peter Lonsdale lost 4-2 in his advanced -37 category and he was agonisingly close in the -32 section as he lost 4-3 on the medal fight!

Dylan Hunt took a gold in -37kg Light Continuous category after pulling off the technique of the day with a spinning sweep! He also took a bronze in the -37kg advanced points.

Next up for team EPIC is the Karlovac Open in Croatia!

EPIC Celebrations

We celebrated 2017 in style with two different Christmas parties, as is custom for our academy.

First off on the 9th December we had our kids Christmas party. EPiC took over the showcase cinema at Avonmeads, which has become tradition, to watch the animated film ‘Despicable Me 3′. With over 130 of our students, plus their parents, attending it was a busy morning! Each student who attended was gifted a goodie bag with tasty cinema-friendly treats and once the film ended it was onto the awards.

Our top 3 academy awards went as followed:
Pat Cleeves Shield: Harrison Doyle
Student of the Year: Harvey Tyler
Fighter of the year: Alex Fellender-Evans

We are immensely proud of all of the winners of individual class awards but these 3 stood out in 2017, with two of them becoming junior European championships, all of them training like professional athletes and young Harvey Tyler being at almost every event we did last year whether it was promotional, competition or internal. We would like to extend gratitude to the parents of these 3 for their continued support and to all of our wonderful students’ parents for their energy and commitment.

Also a special mention to Jess Andrews who was promoted to Junior Coach, which is a prized role within EPIC. There is nobody more deserving than Jess.

On the 22nd it was the adults turn to party as we invaded the Hilton Hotel at Bradley Stoke. It was a lively night and one that celebrated the senior success within the club.

Special mentions to:
Student of the year: Emma Thomas
Fighter of the year: Rakan Sabbah

Also we must congratulate the official unveiling of Amy Kingscott as a senior coach.

The dance floor was lit up, the bar was drunk dry and the photos were in abundance.

Congratulations to all of our members on a successful 2017, here’s to next year!

SW Series Wrapped Up

The 2017 South West Series concluded on Sunday at the Chepstow Leisure Centre as we hosted our first tournament in Wales.

The event was attended by hundreds and with teams from BBBA, UKC and other clubs we had a successful day. There was a large crowd too that made the atmosphere all the more enjoyable.

The pick of the fights was Harvey Tyler vs Brandon Swaby in which is always a well matched battle, with the former this time coming out on top to edge the victory for Team EPIC. The crowd had all gathered for this showdown that went into into an extra 30 seconds of light continuous action.

The grand champions received their belts and they had photos taken. There was food and drink that successfully sold out and to conclude the event the main parties (coaches) sat down and laid out the 2018 series!

EPIC went to INFINITY and beyond!

On Sunday 24th September EPIC martial arts visited the much anticipated 2017 edition of the Infinity & Beyond competition. The competition was moved from its previous location in Yeovil to a place closer to our home location so we took a decent sized team down there! It was also a good turn out for our instructor team, with most being available.

Ryan Chapman enjoying the spotlight

The club recorded a haul of 35 medals on the day with 12 being Gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze. 26 of the 35 medals were for points fighting and 9 of them were for light Continuous as well as both of our junior teams reaching the final of the teams event.

Congratulations to Harvey Tyler, Teia Doyle and the captain Kam ‘jedi’ Doyle for taking the £150 cash prize money and winning the team event. Well done to our other team Harvey Pollard, Ellie Doyle and Brooklyn James for beating all other opponents and setting up an all EPIC final.

Connor Chapman overcame nerves to come through his -4 ft 10 novice points category to win gold and went on to claim a bronze in the same category at intermediate level. His younger brother Ryan Chapman demonstrated a good reading of the points game as he took a bronze in the -4 ft 6 novice points category.

Coach Gio Marchese with the two junior EPIC teams

Alex Fellender-Evans took a gold in the continuous -4 ft 6 category as his slick movement and crisp combinations helped him to finish his fights in the judges favour. In the same category but for points he came close in a tense final but narrowly missed out and took silver.

Teia Doyle did a great job in her categories on the day, winning 3 gold and a silver on the day. She also was part of the winning junior team. Her second gold came in the -4 ft 2 points, her final gold came in the continuous -4 ft 2 category and her silver came in the -4 ft 6 points category.

Ellie Doyle took a clean sweep of the medals chart as she took a gold, silver and bronze in her categories before claiming a silver in the teams too. She took a gold in the -5 ft 2 points category, her silver in the -4 ft 10 points category and her bronze in the -5 ft 2 light Continuous division.

Fin Cozens showing his loot off

Sean MacDonald came through his opening fights in both the intermediate and advance categories in the -4 ft 6 section but unfortunately couldn’t beat his second opponent in either. George Sherlock took a bronze medal in the -4 ft 6 continuous division but didn’t place in his points category of the same height.

Oliver Hiscutt took a bronze in the -4 ft 6 Intermediate section but didn’t manage to place in the advanced version of the same height. Harvey Tyler had another good day at the office as he took another 2 gold medals in the junior teams and his points category respectively. That totals 25 golds for the year now! He then went and added 2 silver medals, narrowly missing out in both of his continuous categories.

Rhiannon Bater continued her successful 2017 competition journey with another bronze in the -5 ft 2 points category but incredibly won a tough -5 ft 2 continuos division to claim another gold! Ollie Lawler also won gold in the -4 ft 10 intermediate points category. He was unlucky with injuries preventing him from progressing in the advanced points and continuous categories. Y

Ellie Doyle takes centre stage with Jess and Rhiannon in 3rd!

Jess Andrews added a silver and a bronze medal to her previous nights win (at Total Valour). Her silver medal was in -5 ft 2 light Continuous category and her bronze was in the -5 ft 2 points category. Dean Andrews didn’t place in either of his categories but did manage to perform well. He was still buzzing after his win at Total Valour 5 the night before.

Emma Thomas took a clean sweep of the medals too as she claimed a gold in -65kg mixed ability ladies Continuous, a silver in the -65kg novice ladies points category and a bronze in the +65kg novice points category. Alisha Miles took a gold by hammering her opponent 7-3 in the -5 ft 2 novice points girls category. Connor Mitchell lost 5-4 on the buzzer in the men’s -75kg advanced division in a close bout!

Lenny Tindall lost 11-7 in his first external competition fight which is a great effort for the 6 year old. This was in the -4 ft 2 novice points division. He also fought gallantly in the mixed ability -4 ft 2 continuous section and made his coaches proud. Brooklyn James took a silver in the team events, beating all of his opponents with ease before having to come up against the Jedi, Kameron Doyle, in the final.

Tyrese Redgers showing off his winners trophy!

Filippo Figari stunned spectators with his quality performances as he stepped out of the interclub scene for the first time. He took silver in the novice -4 ft 10 light Continuous section, he lost a tough first fight against a hard hitting opponent in the novice points section but went one better in the intermediate section narrowly missing out on a semi final place.

Finlay Cozens took bronze in both the -4 ft 10 advanced points and continuous sections. His strength and determination are shining as he gets ever closer to dominating these categories. Kailem Mulligan earned himself a bronze in the -4 ft 6 novice points division and was unlucky not to place in the -4 ft 6 advanced points and mixed ability light Continuous category.

Peter Lonsdale overcame tough opponents on his way to a silver medal in the -4 ft 6 novice division and added a further silver in the -4 ft 10 mixed ability Continuous category thereafter. He didn’t place in the -4 ft 6 advanced points category. Harvey Pollard showed steel and determination taking gold in the -3 ft 10 points category and added a hard earned silver from the -4 ft 3 continuous division. He didn’t place in the -4 ft 6 advanced points section.

Ollie Lawler wins gold with Connor Chapman close by in 3rd

Tyrese Redgers won a gold in the intermediate -5 ft 2 light Continuous category as he dominated his opponent in style. He added a bronze in the same standard and size category but for points. Rowan Redgers got to the 2nd round of his mixed Continuous category and was unlucky in his points division not to make it to the podium.

The team will next be performing at the Dorking Cimac Open.


September Success at the Cimac

EPIC took a team to the Cimac on September 17th at Windsor and had a great medal return of 21 medals from 17 fighters with head coach Andy Cleeves and senior coach Matt Roberts as coaches.

In semi contact points fighting we won 6 gold, 2 silver and 5 Bronze medals. In light Continuous we took 2 gold and 6 silver medals from our team of fighters.

Team EPIC at the Cimac

Alex Fellender-Evans claimed gold in the -28 light continuous category and added a further bronze medal from the same weight division in points. Harvey Pollard kept up his ‘pingu power’ by claiming a gold in the under-7-years points category. He then narrowly lost out in the final of the light contact and took a silver.

Oliver Hiscutt wins gold

Oliver Hiscutt got better and better as he went through his -36kg points category, needing a last gasp winning technique in his opening round. He then went about dismantling his opponents as he got through to the final and claimed gold in style.

Harvey Tyler added more to his comprehensive trophy cabinet as he took gold in the -30kg Points category. He added 2 silver medals in the -32kg and -34kg categories in light continuous. George Sherlock took the silver medal in the -30kg points category and which was a competitive fight against above mentioned teammate Harvey.

Harrison Doyle took one of each type of medal, winning gold and bronze in his points categories while the current European champion took a silver in light contact. Ellie Doyle also took a gold and a bronze in points and added a further gold in light contact. Teia Doyle took a silver in her light contact category and a bronze in her points category. Team Doyle adding a total of 8 new medals to their vault of bling!

Rhiannon was on fire this day

Rhiannon Bater performed at her best and was rewarded with a strong silver medal in -45kg points and having to retire in the final through injury but had already claimed a gold earlier in the day in the -45kg points category. Aaron Mountford took a bronze in the boys +52kg, cementing his rise from beginner to comprehensive competitor in such a short space of time.

We would like to congratulate everyone who competed on the day, those who didn’t place were back on the mats the day after and prepared for the following weekends’ Infinity Competition.


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!

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






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!

Coaches corner: Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of coaches corner, the exclusive weekly release feature of EPIC Martial Arts. This feature will cover all of our coaches, junior coaching team, admin and those who make the club tick.

We’ve so far heard from Ben Gill, current WAKO world champion Kam Doyle, Matt Roberts and the lovely Jane Lewis in the opening 4 weeks. Now it’s time for someone else to be under the spotlight.

Who is it? Well it’s none other than our lovely junior coach Olivia Davies. Liv is one of the coaching team at Portishead on a Tuesday and trains on a Monday night, Tuesday night and when she can after recovering from a bad injury and operation.

Want to know more about ‘the Major’?

Q: What do you think the most important aspect of martial arts training is?
Liv: I think discipline has to be the most important for me. For many children it can help them with behaviour in school and at home and also respect for people like teachers and parents and even friends.

Liv 'The Major' Davies

Liv ‘The Major’ Davies

Q: How long have you trained in martial arts for and what styles do you do?
Liv: I have been training for nearly 9 years in which I have done point and continuous, definitely favour points. Although I have to take a year out due to my knee injury.

Q: If you had to have a dance off with one member of epic who would it be and why?
Liv: Steve Cruse would definitely have to be my choice, he’s got the moves!!

Liv (left) with her mum Helen (right)

Liv (left) with her mum Helen (right)

Q: Would you win that dance off?
Liv: definitely not me haha

Q: How many times do you train in a week?
Liv: I try to train twice a week because with work, driving lessons and homework I have to squeeze everything in however I would prefer to train at least 3 times a week

Q: Of the letters in EPiC’s name which stand for Energy, Positivity, Inspiration and Confidence, which one resonates with you most? Why?
Liv: um, it’s got to be inspiration for me. The role models that our senior coaches set inspire me along with many of the students who look up to all of our EPiC coaches including junior and assistants.

Q: Who do you least like sparring and why?
Liv: I think I’d have to say Kam, he’s so good and reads people so easily but he makes you really think about what you’re doing which is so good!

Q: What is your standout EPiC moment of 2016?
Liv: my standout moment has to be quite recently at Ed Byrne’s interclub when I returned to fighting, after nearly 2 years out, and fought a challenging round robin drawing in 1st place and then getting second overall.

A young Liv, ready for action!

A young Liv, ready for action!

Q: If you were to take 3 members of EPIC on holiday who would it be and why?
Liv: I would definitely have to say Molly, Carmen and Lady G- Grainne that would be so fun!!

Q: Which is a better martial art: kickboxing or Kung fu?
Liv: this is difficult as I believe both give different skills. Kickboxing is good for sparring skills and techniques and Kung fu gives a more traditional approach to martial arts. For me, I will always feel most comfortable with Kung fu syllabus as that’s what I’ve graded in.

Q: What are your aspirations and goals for 2017?
Liv: Next year I want to be back competing on the circuit and would like to go to an international competition too.

Liv with fellow coach Matt Roberts in 2015

Liv with fellow coach Matt Roberts in 2015

Q: Finally: if you could win one tournament outside of the worlds or euros which would it be?
Liv: this would definitely have to be the Irish open, winning the biggest competition would be a huge achievement for me and a dream I want to one day come true.

Liv is looking forward to 2017 and the challenges it will bring. All the coaches are looking forward to her getting back to sharpness and what she will do on the circuit next year. Along with the fighting she is a budding young coach who revels in the challenge of leading the younger children to success not only in martial arts but also setting an example to follow as they grow into successful and bountiful adults.