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December Gradings and New Black Belts

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on December 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (173)

2015 has been a great year packed with hard work and great progress, and our students rounded it off with a fantastic set of gradings this December. We had several students grading for their very first time who are proud to leave their white belts behind them, and a good selection all the way up to the highest belts!

Lil' Dragons Jasmine Bumrah, Joshua Jackson, Joseph Mello and Joshua Lathangue all took their Lil' Dragon Black Belt grading on Sunday 12th December and all of them showed really good concentration and excellent technique. This a great achievement for these students and shows dedication, hard work and a fantastic attitude too!

The following day we had some fantastic displays from Peter Norton, Finley Dean and Instructor Daniel Hayles taking their brown belts, and Jenny Cade taking her brown stripe. The same afternoon, Senior Instructor Brendan Martin underwent several gruelling hours of testing before taking home a very hard-earned black belt.

Finally, a big congratulations to our BJJ team who also completed gradings this December. Jack Mathias, Henry Grimble and Harpreet Manku earned their blue belts, and both Higo Gomez Da Silva and BJJ Instructor Nick Fielding were awarded their purple belts - a fantastic achievement!

Well done to everyone who graded, you did the Academy proud!

Guildford BJJ Team on a Winning Streak!

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on October 28, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

It's been an incredible month for the Guildford Academy's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fight team; instructor Nick Fielding and his team have competed every weekend without fail and what's more, they brought home a selection of medals from every competition without fail! Here's the rundown...


Saturday 3rd October - Dorset & Hants BJJ Open

Pictured with coach Ivam Maciel (centre), the team relax after a hard day's fighting. Harpreet Manku, Higo Gomez da Silva (silver), Annalees Lim (Bronze), Ellen Riches, Henry Grimble (gold) and Guildford Instructor Nicholas Fielding who not only took home silver in his category but absolutely smashing the Absolute category (open weight), bringing home a gold medal becoming the Absolute Dorset Champion!


Saturday 10th October - Plymouth Open
Harpret Manku competed in two categories in this exciting event, bringing home the bronze medal in Gi Jiu Jitsu and a gold in No Gi! Awesome work Harpz!


Saturday 17th October - IBJJF London Fall International Open

The boys show off their medals - Bronze for Harpreet Manku and a Silver for Higo Gomez da Silva!


Sunday 25th October - ADCC British Open

The team finished off a triumphant month in style with the ADCC British Open in Manchester. Instructor Nicholas Fielding brought home a gold medal in his category; Harpreet Manku, Higo Gomez da Silva and and Henry Grimble took silver in their catgories. Finally, in the Absolute categories both Higo and Henry took home gold medals - two champions! An amazing end to an absolutely incredible month for our up-and-coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team!

CIMAC Superleague, Dorking

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Sunday 18th October saw some fantastic results at the CIMAC Superleague in Dorking. The Guildford Predatorz took eight of our fighters to this national competition for an exciting day of semi contact and light continuous kickboxing.

Both Isaac Mulligan and Frankie Bevans competed for the first time in a while and it was great to see them practising their skills on the mat again! Finley Dean and Alex Legassick both competed in their first national tournament; they both fought hard but unfortunately lost out in the first round to much more experienced. Well done for stepping up to nationals boys! Richard Hartman is currently training for his Black Belt and has been putting in a lot of hard work. Competing in the veterans points, he fought very well, unfortunately losing to the eventual winner.

Helen and Meghan Milne proved that they are a ferocious mother-daughter duo to be reckoned with; both of them took home gold medals! Meghan fought three tough fights in her points category to emerge victorious. Helen took gold in a straight final in the continuous; she also won two of three fights in her points category to take home a bronze medal.

Giorgio Visioli is quickly becoming one of our most consistently successful fighters, steaming through three tough rounds of his continuous category with style. He fought hard and managed to bring home another gold medal for the Guildford Predatorz. Well done to everyone who competed!

Bristol Open 11-12th October 2015

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on October 24, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (2)


Over the weekend of the 11th-12th October, the Guildford Predatorz Kickboxing team competed at the Bristol Open. This is one of the biggest UK competitions and attracts some of the best fighters from Europe and America. The competition is spread over two days, Saturday hosting the Continuous, Tag Team Points Fighting and the Open Weight events. Sunday covers all the rest of the Points fighting divisions.

On Saturday we had 5 competitors and first up we had a very talented prospect, 12-year-old Giorgio Visioli in the -37kg Continuous boys. Off the back of taking 2 golds and a silver at the Hands Down interclub the weekend before, we were hoping for his good run to continue. Unfortunately in the 1st round he came up against an excellent and very experienced fighter and although it was a very close and exciting fight, Giorgio lost by a very small margin. His opponent took silver in a very big and high class division which will give him plenty of experience for the future.

Next to feature was Lizzie Bell in the ladies +60kg Intermediate Continuous. In the semi finals she had a very tough fighter from an excellent gym. They had a fast and furious 2 round fight which swayed one way then the other, before Liz started to edge ahead taking a memorable victory. Her final was a more tactical affair which Liz won with superior kicking and movement taking a very hard earned gold!

Then Mary Hatton was up, fighting in a Continuous division for the first time. After two battling displays Mary managed to fight her way to final of the ladies -60kg Intermediates and although gave everything she had, see narrowly lost out to a more experienced fighter. However a silver medal was fantastic achievement at her level.

Next up was Chief Instructor Alex Kennedy in the Advanced Mens -84kg Continuous Division. Having won this title 2 years ago and taking silver last year, he was determined to take the title again. In the semi-final he came up against a German international fighter, after the early exchanges Alex quickly gained control of the fight and effectively stopped his opponent with around a minute left in the second round, when he pulled out due to a chest injury. In the final Alex came up against an opponent he beat in the final of this years WAKO British championships. His opponent was very determined to avenge the defeat from early on in the year and started with real intent. The first round was very close with only a point or so in it. The beginning of the second started in the same vein, however soon Alex started to take control and finished strongly ending up the clear winner.

Finally Helen Milne took to the tatamis, competing the Advanced ladies -55kg Continuous. In the quarter finals, Helen had a very energetic and quick opponent, but Helen kept the score close and used her experience to take the fight with a very strong finish. In the semi finals, she had a similar styled opponent, and after a high paced two rounds Helen lost out marginally to the eventual winner. However she took an excellent bronze and finished what was a superb day.

On the Sunday both Liz and Mary competed in the intermediate points. Mary in the -55kg division came up against a much more experienced fighter in the first round and although she gave a great account of herself lost 7-3. Liz fought in the -70kg division and started really well, winning her first fight by clear 10 points. In the semi final she had an excellent Greek fighter and after an enthralling 3 minutes it was tied at 11 all. In the extra time though, Liz held her nerve to win out 13-11. In the final, the previous days fighting and the days high paced fights caught up with her and although she fought very well, she narrowly lost out in the final by a couple of points. All in all it was an excellent two days of competing with some great results and fantastic performances.

New Lil' Dragon Black Belts!

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on October 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

We are proud to announce that two of our students have recently earned their Lil' Dragon black belts! Hasan Babar and Kai Gregory graded at Cobham's Hand Down Martial Arts Academy and both did extremely well! Congratulations guys!

Only the Strong & Hands Down Interclub

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on October 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (1)

It was a busy weekend for the Guildford Academy of Martial Arts, with competitions on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.

Instructors Daniel Hayles and Brendan Martin fought at the Only the Strong fight show in Watford on Saturday night. This renowned competition saw some of the best british kickboxers currently on the scene stepping into the ring together. Daniel faced a fighter from BKO in three tough rounds. He got progressively stronger, landing some good kicks and combinations, finishing with a strong back kick and winning the fight!
Brendan competed in the Ultimate Warrior round in which he faced two different fighters. The first of his opponents was a good technical fighter; Brendan kept in close, beat him to the punch consistently and won the fight. His second round was an epic war with an accomplished Watford Freestyle fighter. The two were very closely matched and fought two very tough rounds. Brendan's opponent ultimately won by one point, but it was a very close call and he was unlucky not to take the title.

The Hands Down Interclub took place at the Chessington Sports Centre on the Sunday. We took a small team of fighters to this event and it was great to see the Academy represented at this popular competition. In the Lil' Dragons we had Jonny Milanese performing his yellow belt form. Next up was junior C.I.T. Meghan Milne, who fought in two different categories. She won her Light Continuous category, showing some great skills, and fought very well in the Points, eventually taking second place after a few unlucky decisions. Cameron Milne did fantastically well in the +160 boys points, he fought hard and got to the third place fight off which he won with style, taking a bronze medal. Competing in his first tournament, Alexander Legassick faced a much taller brown belt in his first fight but nonetheless managed to draw! Although he was out in the next round this was a very strong start and we look forward to seeing more of Alex's fighting at future tournaments.

First of the adults to compete was C.I.T. Mary Hatton, who did very well in her continuous category, taking 3rd place against some more experienced fighters, and then went on to win her intermediate points category! Helen Milne continued her impressive record, winning both her continuous and points categories instyle!

Fighter of the day was indisputably Giorgio Visioli, competing in three different categories. He utterly dominated in his light continuous category, winning both fights by miles and showing how far he's come since he joined the Academy. In the -150 points category he won all of his round robin fights and unleashed some blinding kicks, only to narrowly lose out in the final. He then stepped up to the +160cm points despite being a head shorter than everyone else in the category - only to smash his way through every round and take home a gold medal!

Well done to everyone who fought this weekend and thank you to everyone who came down to support our fighters!

Surrey BJJ Open and WAKO European Championships

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on August 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (26)

Some brilliant results over the weekend as five of our students took part in the Surrey BJJ Open. Held at the University of Surrey in Guildford, this exciting tournament had a wide range of weight divisions for both men and women as well as an open weight category. Instructor Nicholas Fielding fought exceptionally well and took home a silver medal, and students Jack Mathias, Henry Grimble, Harpreet Manku and Ellie Riches each took home a bronze - a superb result for the Academy!

We are also delighted to announce that student Meghan Milne (below left) has been selected to compete in the WAKO European Cadets & Juniors Championships! She will be travelling to San Sebastian in Spain next week to fight Points (Semi Contact) in this prestigious international competition. It's a tremendous honour to be selected and we wish her all the very best!

Brighton Open 25th July 2015

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on July 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Great results from the BJJ crew at the Brighton Open on Saturday. Nick Fielding got a amazing bronze in the purple no-gi and a bronze in the blue belt open weight, Jack Mathais did fanatically well and claimed his first gold in the gi white belt and bronze in the no-gi, Gomez Da Silva show great skills in getting bronze in gi and silver in no-gi blue belt Masters and Annaless Lim put in great performances in claiming her first gold in her White Belt section. Great work guys!

CIMAC World Cup 2015

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on July 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the biggest events of the Kickboxing calendar took place in Birmingham last Sunday. Held at the North Solihull Sports Centre, the CIMAC World Cup is a well established tournament with semi contact (points) and light continuous divisions ranging from Under 7’s to Adult Seniors.


The Guildford Predatorz took a strong team of six fighters to this competition and it was great to see everyone in action.


First to fight was 11-year old Frankie Bevans in the -46kg advanced girls’ semi contact, she lost her first round but fought bravely.


Giorgio Visioli competed in both the -35kg advanced boys semi contact and continuous categories. He showed a knack for semi contact, winning his first fight and losing to the eventual winner in his second. He lost to a very experienced fighter in the first round of light continuous.


In the -57kg advanced boys’ points, Cameron Milne gave a much improved performance and took home a bronze medal.


With less than a year since she started, Mary Hatton has shown an aptitude for semi contact and on Sunday she competed in the ladies novice points in this international competition. She fought fantastically and lost out to a more experienced fighter.


Another relative newcomer to the sport, Liv Bell competed in both the advanced +65kg ladies semi contact and light continuous categories. She faced a more experienced fighter in each category but fought hard to claim a bronze medal in both.


Academy owner Alex Kennedy entered both the +80kg and open weight advanced men’s light continuous categories. He faced a very good heavyweight in the open weight final and took a hard-earned silver medal. In the +80kg he faced the GBMAA’s Kalon Page, where he lost out in the semi finals following a good fight. Alex’s last fight of the day was the veterans semi contact. He lost narrowly in an exciting fight with the overall winner.


It was an adrenaline-fuelled day and it was great to see the Guildford Academy represented at such a major event. Congratulations to everyone who fought on Sunday and thanks to everyone who came along to support our fighters!


Watford Open

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on January 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Some fantastic results at the Watford open at the weekend!

First to fight was Meghan Milne in the -130cm girls advanced points. Meghan won her first two fights against good opponents and in the final narrowly lost in a fantastic and close fight taking silver


Second up was Isaac Mulligan in the -150cm boys points category. This was a huge section with over 20 kids involved. Isaac did tremendously well winning 4 fights before narrowly losing out in the semi final the eventual winner taking a well earned bronze.


Third to fight was Finnan Waterfield, competing in the boys -130cm points. This was Finnan's first national level tournament and although losing narrowly in the first round, he put and good performance and I am looking forward to seeing his progression over the year.


Next up we had Lizzie Bell competing in the women's novice +62kg points in her first competition for the Academy. Lizzie dominated this section winning all of her 3 fights comfortably and showing enormous potential.


Also making their debuts for the club were Alice Foster and Mary Hatton in the women's -62kg novice points category. Although both went out in the semi finals, they showed tremendous character and both put in amazing performances showing there is plenty to come from them.


Next was Helen Milne in the -60 Advanced women's points, Helen being the team vice captain got off to a flying start, beating an Irish international in the first round in superb fashion. Unfortunately she lost narrowly in the quarter finals to a top fighter but a great start none the less.


After Helen, Lizzie then competed in the +62kg novice continuous section, again winning both her fights convincingly taking double gold in her first tournament!


Helen then fought in the -60kg vets advance points, she won her semi final by a big margin but in the final lost a real chess game of a fight by the narrowest of margins but took a well earned silver!


Next up was Daniel Hayles, one of the Academy's instructors, competing in the +85kg Advanced Continuous section. Dan came up against a seasoned competitor and although fought well he lost a close battle at the semi final point.


Finally Brendan Martin, one of the Academy's senior instructors, took stage and entered two Advanced Continuous categories, -80kg and -85kg. In the -85kg, which was up first, he won the semi final against a very technically solid opponent but controlled the fight and in the final he dominated from start to finish against a GB team member and took a great scalp in the process. Shortly after he started the -80kg category, again coming up against a team GB member and won by a good margin. In the final he came up against a 2 time world champion and although fought superbly the previous rounds started to catch up with him and he couldn't push as hard as he would have liked. However a gold and silver was a tremendous effort.


So overall great results for the team and a great start to the year!