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An interview with…. BEN GILL.

Ben Gill: senior coach
Ben Gill: senior coach

Ben is the youngest senior coach at EPiC Martial Arts and has been speaking about his past, present and future. We fired some questions at him and have documented below his responses.

Ben teaches Kung Fu in Bradley Stoke and Filton, he also coaches at the Sparring Academy. Son of senior coach Andy Gill, Ben has been involved with EPiC since the start.

Here is his interview:

Q: How many years have you been training martial arts and what are your thoughts on it now compared to when you started?
Ben: I have been training for 16 years now in Kung Fu. My thoughts on it now is it is still an amazing thing to learn and teach and pushes you even harder than ever.

Q: What’s your favourite type of takeaway?
Ben: Has to be a cheeky Chinese

Q: Describe how taking a black belt in Kung Fu feels as you’re doing it?
Ben: taking a black belt in Kung Fu is the most amazing nerve wracking thing I have ever done but is the best feeling in the world that you have final got to the goal I have dream for since I started.

Ben Gill with friend and fellow coach Matt Roberts in 2016
Ben Gill with friend and fellow coach Matt Roberts in 2016

Q: If you had to take one celebrity on a night out (as a friend) who would it be and why?
Ben: It would have to be Bruce Lee because he has always been my idol and someone that I looked up to as a role model.

Q: Are you working outside of teaching Kung Fu? What do you do for work?
Ben: I work nights for a courier company which is TNT

Q: What is the worst song of all time in your opinion?
Ben: It would have to be Call me maybe

Q: If you had to have a rap battle with anyone from EPIC who would it be against?
Ben: Andy Cleeves

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Ben loves fishing in his spare time

Q: What are your thoughts on martial arts movies?
Ben: love watching them best films every especially the karate Kid.

Q: What is training with Andy Cleeves like?
Ben: training with Andy Cleeves is the most challenging thing ever he pushes you to your max and gets the best out of you. When you spar him he hits you around the mate but also to get the best out of you. It is awesome to train with someone that wants the best out of you and is a privilege to train and teach with Andy.

Q: What’s the most rewarding thing about teaching Kung Fu?
Ben: seeing all of the students pick up there next belt in their martial arts journey.

Q: Are you training in any other style of martial art?
Ben: No

Ben with Jess and Dean Andrews
Ben with Jess and Dean Andrews

Q: Final Question, If you were to go on ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ who would be your EPIC ‘phone a friend’ contact?
Ben: it would have to be Amy Kingscott

Ben is looking forward to the Christmas party along with everyone else from the coaching team and will see you there!

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