Mastery in everything you do…
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Not a martial arts post this, but an interesting bit of news about our Chief Instructor, Master Richard Olpin.

Yesterday he was tested for the IAM Roadsmart ‘Masters’ level driving test. This is recognised as the highest level of civilian driving in the world and is compared to ‘a Police advanced driver, without a blue light..’

Master Olpin was tested by a Police examiner on very challenging roads for nearly two hours, and just to make things interesting he also had the examiner’s boss in the back seat – who is head of driving standards for the whole of the UK. No pressure then!

After the test, which not only included driving at the very highest level but also a comprehensive examination of theory, Roadcraft and legal knowledge he was informed he’d not just passed the test, but had been awarded the highest level distinction, which is held by only about 380 drivers in the UK.

For a bit of perspective, there are around 36 million qualified drivers in the UK, so that means it’s that only about one in every 100,000 drivers have achieved this standard.

That’s an example of Black Belt Excellence. Never accept anything less than your very best. Whatever you do, aim for greatness!

 

Master Olpin on the front page of the Gloucestershire Gazette after saving two women from a ferocious dog attack

Our chief instructor Master Olpin was branded a local hero this week after he stepped in to save two women and their dog from a ‘frenzied’ attack by a ferocious bull terrier.

Both the ladies were badly hurt needing hospital treatment, and their dog sustained serious injuries but thankfully Master Olpin was able to subdue the attacking dog and restrain it until Police arrived

Master Olpin on the front page of the Gloucestershire Gazette after saving two women from a ferocious dog attack

 

The Academy has a summer break for two weeks from 14th – 28th August and no classes will run during these two weeks.

We’re still able to check phone messages and respond to emails during this time but please allow a little extra time for a response as we won’t be in the office every day.

A great little article in the Gazette this week about Master Olpin celebrating the Academy’s 20th Anniversary here in Cam.

It’s a little late as the actual anniversary was back in September, but the paper only just picked up on it recently..

In the photo with Master Olpin you’ll see our two leadership team assistants, Robbie Hirst and Shirley Williamson who are undoubtably the two most loyal students we’ve ever had, along with Shona Thornhill who was Master Olpin’s first black belt graduate back in 2000..

Here’s to the next 20 years eh!

Newspaper article in the Gloucestershire Gazette 08/10/2015

A piece in the Gazette this week about the free self defence course we’re running from next week.

 

"Victim tells of vicious attack" - Gloucestershire Gazette, Thursday 16th September 2014

“Victim tells of vicious attack” – Gloucestershire Gazette, Thursday 16th September 2014

We’ve had a number of calls from local residents looking for self-defence classes after reading about recent reports of violent attacks in both Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge. 

Whilst these things are thankfully very rare, we’d still like to do our bit for the local community and so we’re making our next adults personal safety course available FREE of charge.

The course will run on Mondays from 6th October

Mondays, 6:45-7:30pm for six weeks
Cam Everlands School, Birch Road, Cam

All teens/adults welcome. No previous experience required.
Intro level martial arts, kickboxing drills, bags & pads and some basic self defence.

Please spread the word and invite your friends!

To register for a free place please add your details via the mailing list form on the front page of our website, or give us a call any time.

Any questions, please feel free to send us a message, or call Master Olpin on 07973 368304.

If you’re on Facebook you’ll find an event on our Academy page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/322339711279873/