The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon played host to one of the south’s biggest martial arts championships, attracting over 1,300 people through the doors.
The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Southern Championships took place on 5 April 2014, with martial arts fanatics attending the event from as far north as Scotland.
The event was a great success and saw Swindon students come away with a staggering 38 trophies.
Students of all ages took part, even those as young as three. For joining in, all students were awarded a medal – the competition was seen as a friendly event, not a competitive one.
During the event each year, one special person, who has committed themselves to helping Matt Fiddes Martial Arts’ students grow and succeed, is awarded the Scott Wilson memorial cup – in memory of an outstanding Matt Fiddes Martial Arts franchise owner and instructor, who died suddenly five years ago.
This year, a Wiltshire woman, Jane North, whose two grandchildren attend the Pewsey martial arts school, was awarded the cup. Jane was awarded custody of two of her grandchildren in 2009 and since then she has worked non-stop to help develop their self-confidence.
Jane was awarded the memorial cup for her outstanding service to Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, and supporting her two grandchildren at the popular martial arts school.
Jane commented: “The team at Matt Fiddes Martial Arts are like my family. I can have a cry with them, and have a laugh with them – they are my rock.
“I knew taking on two young children would be hard, and no one knew how it would turn out, but I’m proud to call them my grandchildren, they are an inspiration to me and my family.”
The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Southern Championships are normally held in Portsmouth, but Matt Fiddes, who is a celebrity trainer and Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard, hopes to hold all future events at the Oasis.
He commented: “The Oasis Leisure Centre has been the perfect venue for our championships, and we’ll be hosting them here again. The turnout was absolutely amazing – over 1,300 people from across the UK attended.
“I am proud of every single one of our students; they all try so hard to be the best they can. I hope that the championships give them even more of a chance to shine.”