Wow, what a great year for Team phoenix. The gym goes from strength to strength literally every week.
we have a stable core of people who seem like they have been here for ever and are part of our hearts and furniture but this year we have had a whole load of new crazy folk joining us and settling in quickly and very well and adding even more atmosphere to the gym.
its always been a fantastic place to train and 2008 has been no different, everyone gets on so well and its just a great laugh training together.
summing up 2008:
competitions: northeast of england grappling champs, 2 IKF/AKA kickboxing shows/1 total combat/3 strike and submit championships/2 battleground shows/lee hasdells combudo show/bad company novice show.
thats not bad considering we dont make fighting our priority here.
seminars held at Team phoenix in 2008: Ron balicki/Jeff Espinous/Johan Skalberg/Bad company/Eddie Bravo (promoted by combat base northeast)/Karl Tanswell
gradings: 2 kickboxing gradings, 1 Muay Thai grading, 1 Kali grading
places i (matt) have taught at and trained at this year: Belgium, Poland x 2, Germany, Thailand, Chicago...the perks of martial arts!!!
we have also managed to paint the gym again and get the curtains up, that was more stressful than anything else!!!
thanks to all team phoenix members for helping us to make the gym the fantastic place is it and thanks to all of our assistant/apprentice instructors for always being able to count on you. thanks also to all of my own instructors and friends in the martial arts world for all your support and help.
roll on 2009......