Thriving martial arts group handed cash boost

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 11 December 2018

Epic Martial Arts Karate Club.

Epic Martial Arts Karate Club.


EPiC Martial Arts was selected as Persimmon Homes Severn Valley Community Champions of the month, winning £750 for the club.

A thriving martial arts group which operates in Portishead has been handed a cash boost by a leading housebuilder to help pay for new equipment and running costs.

EPiC Martial Arts has been selected by Persimmon Homes Severn Valley as the housebuilder’s Community Champions winner for the month, scooping £750.

The club, which is due to open a new class at the Lyde Green development, has more than 300 students, ranging from age four to 60 years.

This year eight of the club’s students were selected to represent Great Britain at the World Kickboxing Championships – the largest representation from any club in the UK. Of those eight, two became world champions and a further three won medals.

Head coach Andy Cleeves said: “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Persimmon Homes.

“Sadly, kickboxing is not a funded sport, so all equipment, travel and competitions are funded by parents and club fundraisers. EPiC Martial Arts offers a unique way to promote health and wellbeing.

“Martial art brings together people across the community and teaches children respect and values while keeping them active.”

Carly Spear, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We’re delighted to support EPiC Martial Arts with this funding.

“We are proud to support sports clubs, charities and community groups in the areas in which we build with thousands of pounds through our Community Champions scheme.”

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