Combat Martial Arts in Eastbourne and East Sussex has received funding from Active Sussex and the National Lottery, in partnership with Sussex Downs College, to offer affordable Mixed Martial Arts sessions to low income and disabled people. Sessions with the training group start today (16 November) at the College and teaches participants skills in various disciplines including Judo, Karate, Jujitsu and more.
Mick Poil is Vocational Course Leader in Motor Vehicle Body Repair at Sussex Downs College and runs Combat Martial Arts. He said, “We wanted to make Martial Arts accessible to all and we are able to do this thanks to the funding from Active Sussex and the National Lottery. It gives students the chance to learn skills in Mixed Martial Arts, have fun and increase their strength and stamina.”
The first session was held at Sussex Downs College last week with Foundation Learning’s E2 students from the College. Students learnt basic Muay Thai techniques (known as the art of eight limbs). “We did various combinations of Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut and then moved onto elbows, knee strikes and round kicks. We even incorporated some Maths, using addition and multiplication of techniques into combinations. It was great fun,” enthuses Mick. “The great thing is that we’ve made Mixed Martial Arts inclusive to everyone.
The disability session takes place Wednesday lunchtimes, 12.30pm-1.30pm at Sussex Downs College Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne.
The low cost/free sessions run on Wednesdays, 7pm-8.30pm at The Martial Arts Centre, (First Floor), 24 Longstone Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3SN.
A ‘Stand Up’ session takes place on Tuesday nights (7pm-9pm) at The BIG Studio (in 6 The Old Printworks), 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3AW.
For more information on these classes and the discounts available please contact Mick on 07833 723 590.