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:


Last Saturday 11 of us took part in the gruelling Tough Mudder event at the Bathurst estate in Cirencester.

Team Ilyokwan at the Finish Line

Team Ilyokwan at the Finish Line of Tough Mudder South West 2014


“Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. Tough Mudder is Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet. Probably”


Want to join us for a future event?  Keep an eye on our Tough Mudder page for more info

Here’s a little article in the Gloucestershire Gazette today about our three latest junior black belt promotions, plus Master Olpin’s promotion to 6th Dan and his “Instructor of the Year” award from last xmas (old news!).

Black Belt Promotions and a National Award for Richard Olpin

Winner Stamp

10333384_10203954933058060_8162691365475721389_oCongratulations to Gemma Webb! 

We just pulled your name out of a hat (ok, a random number generator on a spreadsheet!) and you’ve won a FREE positive start membership at the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy!

And while we’re at it, if anyone else would like the chance to win, just add yourselves to our mailing list (either send us a message with your email/phone no) or add yourself via the form on the front page of this site website..

We’ll do a draw every month, and the occasional bonus draw on special occasions too

Last weekend we saw a post on Facebook from the mum of one of our junior students. This is what it said..

I have had a private text from school asking me to attend assembly tomorrow and not to say anything to Alex….. Can’t help thinking whats he done or not done?! 

Sounds ominous, but then the next day’s update:

He got a Gold Star!! For being kind, working hard, making his teacher laugh every day with his sense of humour and growing in confidence daily. Result was I cried but am so very, very proud of him

Excellent, thats great to hear!  Even better when she followed that up with:

I think the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy has been the greatest thing helping his confidence. Thank you Richard Olpin!!!

Alex S

This is the real power of personal development through the martial arts programmes we teach here at the Academy.

It’s not just about punching and kicking, it’s about developing real life skills.   Here we see a child developing into a kind, hard-working and confident young man and his mum attributes those improvements directly to the positive start he’s gained from his training here at the Academy.

Well done Alex, we’re so pleased, and very proud of you!

Thanks again to our friends at St Joseph’s School in Nympsfield.  We have a number of students in common and I know we share some similar goals to help them develop as well-rounded, confident and positive individuals.

If you’re interested in giving your family a real a Positive Start in life, then get in touch. Try our programmes  free of charge as our guest for 30 days, and you’ll see the rewards for yourself!