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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 the weekend of May 23rd TEAM EPIC descended on Budapest, the capital city of Hungary and took 11 competitors to battle against some of the world’s best fighters in a massive tournament. The Hungarian world cup was into its 23rd year and attracted 2600+ fighters to compete across points fighting, light continuous, kick light and full contact.
The EPIC team that went was: Andy Cleeves, Harvey Pollard, Sean MacDonald, Alex Fellender-Evans, Ben Davies, Rakan Sabbah, Brooklyn James, Teia Doyle, Ellie Doyle, Harrison Doyle and Dylan Hunt.
TEAM EPIC finished 14th out of 156 teams which is a massive step and progression for the Bristol-based club who are locking horns with some of the best teams in the world and are quickly establishing theirselves as such. With 5 of the 10 gold medals that GB fighters won out there, this also states the national standard in which the team often dominates medal tables. The overall medal haul was 5 gold, 1 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Sean MacDonald made his international debut at the delicate age of 8 but this young warrior pushes from strength to strength as he won a bronze medal in the 8-9 year old -25kg category. He then came 5th in the 8-9 year -28kg, narrowly missing out on the semi finals by losing in the round of 8. He did however win another bronze in the male children white and yellow belt category -28kg.
Harvey Pollard, also making his international debut, fought in the -25kg mixed children category and the 7-year old showed much heart and passion as he battled but narrowly missed out in the quarter finals. He fought well in the -28kg mixed category and was unlucky to miss out on a quarter final place against a very tough opponent who went on to win the division. Pollard, 7, also stepped into the -28kg white and yellow category and again fell short in the round of 16 but has taken away alot of experience.
Brooklyn James fought in the -57kg category for points, continuous and Kick light and was unlucky not to place in any of them. It was his first competitive go at kick light and he held his own which was pleasing for his coaches to see.
The Doyle sisters were the stars of the show as they won 2 golds each, Ellie won a silver too and Teia won a bronze in the -32kg points. Ellie smashed her kick light category to get through to the final and used slick movement and crisp techniques to beat her final opponent and claim gold. She then went and did the same thing in her continuous category. She bossed all of her fights against some tough opponents. A slightly off-the-pace performance in her final in the points prevented the clean sweep of golds but after so many fights to claim the silverware in her other categories she was still putting her all into it. Teia Doyle, 8, won opening points category and stood on the centre piece of the podium and savoured the moment. She then went on to win in the points -25kg category, displaying those flexible kicks and stunning timing as she dismantled her opponents’ fight plans and once again topped the podium.
Harrison Doyle went into the tournament in a very busy -42kg light continuous category and came out with a bronze medal. He won a couple of tough fights to set up a semi final place. The fight was very close but unfortunately for the Bristolian fighter on this occasion the decision went against him and he took away experience as well as a bronze medal for his efforts.
Rakan Sabbah won a gold in the kick light -80kg intermediate category after winning his opening fight with robust hitting and persistence when under pressure to set up a semi final fight against a Ukrainian opponent. Sabbah was too much to handle for his opponent and set up a final against a home-national. Despite the Hungarian being favourite on home soil, Sabbah had other ideas and demonstrated heart, power and ‘always believed’ he would win. He did! He had previously won a bronze in the light continuous -80kg after losing to a greek fighter in the semi finals who was very ‘leggy’ and landed several head kicks on the Jordanian Team EPIC fighter. On the Sunday Rakan fought in the advanced -74kg category for light continuous and after beating a Hungarian in the first round, he then lost to a Slovenian in the quarter finals.
Alex Fellender-Evans was unlucky to lose out in the quarter-finals of both the -28 and -32kg points categories. He is moving better than ever and clearly understands the sport well as he sets up wonderful leg passing techniques and quick blitzes through movement of the front foot but was just unable to beat his two quarter final opponents in those two categories. Evans however did win a bronze in his -28kg light continuous category with a fine set of performances.
Dylan Hunt won a few fights in his respective categories but couldn’t quite find the answers past world-class opponents in the quarter finals. He was unfortunate to not get a few decisions but his knowledge of the sport is growing as has committed himself to progressing with the kickboxing. As a talented gymnast Hunt has a very agile and quick style which can be a real pleasure on the eye.
Andy Cleeves started with his usual flair as he first blitzed his opponent and then swept him clean to the floor as he stepped into him and took his standing leg. The greek opponent came back stronger in the second round with a staggering kicking ability. The fight ended close but a couple of head kicks meant the Greek progressed to the next round.
Ben Davies also produced fine performances to get through the earlier rounds in his categories and eventually lost out in the quarter finals of his categories to strong opponents. Some very close-fought encounters went in his opponents favours but the performances were good and in a marginal sport these fights can be decided by one mistake or bad call. Davies, a current British champion, will be back and win plenty on the circuit.
Team EPIC entered a children’s team which was: Alex Fellender-Evans, Harrison Doyle, Ellie Doyle and Dylan Hunt. The team came 5th, losing out narrowly in the quarter finals. The team are planning to enter more team events soon.
Team EPIC are proudly sponsored by Safety Horizon South West.