Beginners Sparring Academy Graduation – May 2018

Many congratulations to the following students, who have just completed the 8 week Beginners Sparring Academy; Evie Jones, Sam Gifford, Harry Fletcher, Jet Morgan, Tilly Fowler, Louisa Alford, Alfie Allen, Jed Knight, Manning Yeomans, Max Prewitt, Lawrence Hinchcliffe and Travis Cecil.

Senior Coach, Andy Gill commented ‘all students have improved greatly with their technique and their understanding of all aspects of the classes covered, they now all now need to practice these techniques and implement this knowledge in their weekly classes’. A special mention to Evie Jones, who showed superb progress and improvement.

Andy also said a huge thank you to his assistant coaches, Amy Kingscott, Ben Davies, Ben Gill, Katie Williams and Jess Andrews. They have given up their time each week and made this one of the best academies to date.

Following this course, a 3 week trial in the Advanced Sparring Academy has been given to Jet, Tilly and Louisa. And a huge well done to Evie, Sam and Harry, who have been invited to move up to the Advanced Sparring Academy.

Congratulations again to everyone who completed the Beginners Sparring Academy. The date for the next course will be announced soon.

Hungarian Kickboxing World Cup, 18-20 May 2018

The Hungarian Kickboxing World Cup 2018, was held in Budapest between 18-20 May. Team Epic had a team of 9 fighters, these were Teia Doyle, Sean McDonald, Alex Fellender-Evans, Ellie Doyle, Harrison Doyle, Rhiannon Bater, Kam Doyle, Tom Warburton and Rakan Sabah.

Head Coach, Andy Cleeves said ‘The team were on fire this weekend, from start to finish. I was extremely proud of each of them, for achieving such great results. They all showed great technique and determination competing against some of the best fighters in the world. The event was fantastic, so well run and professional’.

The team did incredibly well, finishing 10th on the medal table from over 190 teams, with 7 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.

There were golds from Kam Doyle in PF JM -63kg, Sean McDonald in PF 8-9 years, white, yellow & green sash +28kg, 2 golds for Alex Fellender-Evans in PF YC -28kg & LC YC -28kg & 3 golds for Teia Doyle in 8-9 years PF -28kg & -32kg and white, yellow and green sash -28kg.



Northants Open – 20 May 2018

On Sunday 20th May, Team Epic sent a team to the Northants Open, coached by Andy Gill and Gio Marchese.

Both coaches commented on how well the team did as a whole and how everyone listened so well to instruction, particularly the 2 youngest warriors in the team, Harvey Pollard and Ryan Chapman, who both fought incredibly well in all their fights, with both of them winning golds in their categories.

It was a very high standard of competition and there were many powerful performances and podium appearances. Particularly a great gold and silver for Dylan Hunt in his points fighting and light con categories and from Fin Cozens, in both of his light con categories.

Overall the team took home 5 golds and 11 silver and bronzes.

3rd South West Series Event – Chepstow 13/5/18

The 3rd Interclub in the South West Series of 2018, was held in Chepstow on Sunday 13th May.

As usual, there were large teams attending from Ed Byrne’s BBBA in Cornwall and Carl & Kyle Swaby’s  Terror Squad from Gloucester.

There were some excellent performances on the day and some very close battles. This was summed up by the brilliant battle for the -125cm tag team trophy, between an Epic team and a Terror Squad team. This was fiercely contested and both teams showed excellent skills and determination. In the end the Epic team of Ewan Thain and Harvey Pollard we’re victorious, much to the delight of the spectators who had gathered to watch.

From the 61 divisions contested, 20 of these were won by Epic fighters.

The day ran really smoothly, thanks to the referees, timekeepers and helpers, so a huge thank you goes out to all of them.

The 4th event in the 2018 series, will be the urban Open in Gloucester, hosted  by Carl and Kyle Swaby on Sunday 8th July.


Epic Coppa BJJ

Epic Coppa BJJ Head Coach, Marcelo Coppa has had a very busy couple of months, not only teaching his students in Portishead, Nailsea and Clevedon, but also training, teaching and refereeing around Europe and the Middle East.

March 11th saw Marcelo, a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, refereeing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, part of the UAEJJF world ranking series.

April saw Marcelo attend a training camp in Israel.

May has seen Marcelo in Belfast, where he has been instructing new referees on a UKBJJA referee course. Last weekend he was refereeing at the IBJJF Paris Spring International Open. Further instructing trips to Newcastle and Sicily this month, where Marcelo will be sharing his expertise, will conclude a very busy and productive time for our Head Coach.

For further details on Epic Coppa BJJ class times and locations, please visit

Be More Ben Charity fun day demonstration 7/5/18

A very hot bank holiday Monday, saw Epic Martial Arts give a very active and very entertaining demonstration at the Be More Ben family fun day, which was held at Portishead Football Club.

Be More Ben, is a charity local to Portishead, set up to support the wonderful help and work that Children’s Hospice South West provides, in memory of Ben Pritchard. Ben was only 8 years old when he passed away from a brain tumour, his wonderful parents, Sarah and Shane have created this charity to fundraise for CHSW, so that it can continue to provide the care and support to families in their time of need, that they received.

It was a wonderful day and we felt truly honoured to have been asked to do this demonstration.

For future Be More Ben charity events, please look on their Facebook page, or to make a donation to CHSW, visit

CIMAC Superleague 6/5/18

The 2nd CIMAC superleague event of 2018 was held on 6th May in High Wycombe. A relatively small Epic team was expertly coached by Amy Kingscott and Rakan Sabbah.

There were some excellent performances on the day, including 2 brilliant golds from Rakan, leading from the front in his Light Con and Kick Light categories.

Another highlight was from 9 year old Teia Doyle, who trains in Portishead, Brislington and Filton, who fought back from 4-1 down in her -30kg, 12 and under points fight. She pulled the scores back to 4-4, and was then narrowly beaten in extra time, first to score, against a much taller 12 year old.

The team did really well on a very hot day, and overall won 6 golds and had 13 other podium finishes.

For future CIMAC events, visit

Jadi Tention Seminar 5/5/18

A very busy weekend for our students started with the Jadi Tention Experience Seminar at Kingsdown Sports Centre in Bristol.

Jadi is a 6 time World Champion and holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Kuroshi Do and the Nashid System of Martial Arts. He has trained for almost 30 years, originally from New York, he now teaches across the globe, holding practical seminars and sharing his expertise.

Jadi talked through some of his signature moves, including his counter side kick and back fist, and exhibited his incredible speed when trying to out-wit an opponent. There was then a chance for these moves to be practiced and our students showcased their excellent sparring skills. Head Coach Andy, also got his sparring kit on and was mixing it up with Jadi, and showing the kids how it’s done.

The seminar was brought to a close by a really inspirational talk by Jadi, that was not only relevant to the world of Martial Arts, but life in general.

Check out Jadi on You Tube, for more training tips and some of his fights, particularly between Jadi and Raymond Daniels, another Martial Arts legend that some of our students were lucky enough to meet at a seminar in snowy Dublin in March.