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.



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!