The sparring academy is an hour long class on a Saturday morning that is specifically designed to improve sparring skills and confidence. Due to the nature of what this is and the high demand please note that its not a class that you can just walk into its by invitation only.
At EPIC we take our competitions very seriously. Our ethos is that everybody tries their absolute best on the mats and the coaches put their heart and soul into helping each and every individual progress through this. To develop our competition team we have a specialised sparring academy ran by director of development and senior coach Andy Gill in Filton. This programme is for beginner to intermediate standard students and has 6 further academy coaches to make sure that each student gets the maximum attention needed to improve.
The academy started in 2015 and has regular attendances of well above 30 students each week. This is for all age ranges that we cater for and regardless of whether a kung-fu or kickboxing student you will find that the drills are functional in developing your skill level. Fitness drills, dynamic points fighting blitz padwork, continuous strike and movement padwork, footwork drills, conditioning drills and of course sparring itself are some of the things you can expect here. The academy coaches are specialists at what they do and have had experience on the mats in competitions across the UK and some of them across Europe and the US.
Once a student surpasses what we would class an intermediate standard then they will moved up into the advanced sparring group.