Students top class

BEST OF BRITISH: Five national titles were won at the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools British Championships in Birmingham by exponents from its Widnes centre while seven of its members collected their black-belt certificates from Fiddes himself.

Students top class to earn British titles

NATIONAL titles with the biggest martial arts school in the UK and Europe have been clinched by exponents from its Halton centre.
Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School has 20,000 members in this country alone and held its own British Cham­pionship in Birmingham.
Competitors from the Widnes school, at Marshgate Trading Estate, returned with three championships and three runners-up spots.
Rebecca Cosgrove from Ditton, won the 10-12 black belt point stop and took second place in the continuous sparring.

Fellow 12-year-old black belt Sam Clemson of Halton View won the boys' continuous sparring title at the same age group.
Deputy black belt lan Duggan, 31, from Great Harwood won the men's continuous sparring championship.
Second places went to black belts Michael Southern, 13, from Halton View in the forms and patterns and 27-year-old Aron Stacey who lives in Accrington, in the men's point stop.

The event attracted 500 competitors




to the National Exhibition Centre.
Steve James, who teaches in Matt Fiddes' Widnes school as regional training director, received his second dan accreditation from the organ­isation's head.
Fiddes, a 27-year-old martial arts Master and friend to the stars, also handed first-dan certificates to Clem-son, Southern, 12-year-old Samantha Plaskett of Presort, Cosgrove, Liam Overend, 10, from Runcorn and Widnes man Jan Hall, 27.
A .fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon-do,'Fiddes has made frequent guest appearances on television and in national magazines.
His celebrity friends include Michael Jackson and Uri Geller.
Fiddes' students follow a self-style art form which brings together kick-boxing, tae kwon-do and kung fu as. the "ultimate martial arts learning experience".

Regional training director James said: "We took 25 students from Widnes and Runcorn to the British championships and got some good






Students top class

FLYING VISIT: Matt Fiddes put Jack Leese and James Hill through their paces
when he visited his Widnes school's Marshgate gym in May.

Article and Pictures Courtesy of the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News