Frontline Martial Arts
was formed by a group of senior grades and students who found that
we could no longer train under the framework laid down by the
organisation to which we were affiliated. Attempting to stay loyal
to the strictly "amateur" code of the arts was no
longer possible, so we were forced to look elsewhere.
Thus Frontline Martial Arts came into being.
Frontline Martial Arts celebrates 10 years of classes in Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
Sensei Alex Field of the University of Gloucestershire Jiu Jitsu club, visited our dojang to give us an introductory session of Jiu Jitsu, as part of our guest instructor programme.
Sadly, the Ninja Niņos class, in Horfield, has had to close. Andy Morris has been running this class for 3 years but now, due to other commitments, he is unable to continue running the class.
By popular demand, Master James and Mister Tovey host another series of womens self-defence sessions in Downend, Bristol.
A second "in-house" tournament is held at the Alveston Youth Centre, giving the Juniors and the Mighty Mites an introduction to competition Taekwondo.
Mister Andrew McGrath (2nd Dan Tang Soo Do and 1st Dan Yun Jung Do) joins the team.
The "Ninja Niņos" hosted an in-house tournament, to give them their first taste of competition Taekwondo.
The "Mighty Mites" class moves to the Alveston Youth Centre, allowing us to provide a larger matted space to train on.
Master Evans and Master James host a series of womens self-defence seminars in Downend, Bristol.
We take delivery of 12 new mats, now allowing us to set up 2 6m x 6m rings.
Frontline Martial Arts are invited to give a demonstration at the Alveston Youth Centre Open Morning, a showcase event for all community groups in Alveston.
Both Master Evans and Mister Morris complete formal First Aid training. All of our team of instructors are now First Aid trained.
Our training now starts to include training in traditional weapons - particularly the sword, short staff and Junsado sticks.
Frontline Martial Arts take delivery of 24 new mats, funded by the Alveston Parish Council Grant Aid. Many thanks to the council for their generosity.
Frontline Martial Arts is approved for Grant Aid, by Alveston Parish Council. This allows us to increase our matted space to 60 square metres.
Master Evans and Mister Morris host the first of a series of self-defence classes for women, in the Alveston Youth Centre, at the request of a local community group.
Master Evans, Master James and Mister Morris took the first step towards formal coaching qualifications.
Mister Andrew Morris has opened a new class, in Horfield, Bristol, for children aged 4 - 7.
The "Ninja Niņos" offers an introduction to martial arts, teaching self-defence with a mix of fun games and traditional training.
UK Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo formally resigns it's Kukkiwon affiliation in favour of closer ties to World Chung Do Kwan.
Master Evans paid a visit to his original instructor's new dojang. This was the first time Master Evans had trained in GrandMaster Davies' school in roughly 15 years.
Master Simon Evans is invited to run a series of seminars in sport martial arts and self-defence, for the year 11 pupils at Marlwood School, in Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
Master Simon Evans is promoted to 7th Dan by the senior masters of the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation, in a special ceremony in Newbury.
Master Mark James is promoted to 4th Dan black belt and Mister Steve Ballard receives his 1st Dan black belt, in the 6th black belt grading hosted by Frontline Martial Arts.
The Alveston Mighty Mites class, for under 10s, celebrates it's 5th birthday.
Taekwondo England releases a statement, confirming that that they are only interested in promoting Taekwondo as a sport, not as a Martial Art. Following this, Frontline Martial Arts relinquish our membership of Taekwond England, joining the newly formed UK Taekwondo Commission.
Regular competition style training sessions begin.
After discussion with the club members, Frontline Martial Arts become Full Members of UK Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo and Taekwondo England, following the expiry of our AMA membership.
Frontline Martial Arts take delivery of 36m2 of training mats.
Des, Michelle, Connor and Lewis French return from Spain and resume training with Frontline Martial Arts.
Master Evans is invited to train with former World #1 Aaron Cook.
Frontline Martial Arts host our second guest instructor, with a seminar in Wing Chun Kung Fu from Sifu Neil Young of Bristol Ving Tsun Academy.
Frontline Martial Arts holds it's fifth Dan grading, promoting Demelza Emmerton, Megan Day, Graham Brook, David Kingsland-Wain and Jacob Ford to 1st Dan and Mike Tovey to 2nd Dan.
Frontline Martial Arts begins a series of regular sessions with guest instructors from other styles of martial arts, with an intructory session of Aikido from Sensei Dave Reynolds of Thornbury Aikido.
Frontline Martial Arts become Associate Members of UK Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo.
Mister David Kingsland-Wain qualifies as an ABA boxing coach.
Master Simon Evans and Mister Andrew Morris qualify as 1st and 2nd Class WTF style tournament referees.
Mister Des French opens the Mixed Martial Arts Academy, in Spain.
Master Evans is promoted to 6th Dan by the senior examiners of the British Council for Korean Martial Arts.
A fourth Dan grading promotes Mr Des French, Mr Connor French, Mr Andrew Morris and Mr Mark Coombs to 2nd Dan.
Mr Lewis French is promoted to 1st Dan in Frontline Martial Arts' third Dan grading.
"Mighty Mites" - training for children aged 5 - 9 opens in the Jubilee Hall at Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
Frontline Martial Arts holds it's second Black Belt grading - promoting Mr Des French and Mr Connor French to 1st Dan.
A second training class opens in Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
Frontline Martial Arts undertakes it's first Black Belt grading - promoting Mr Mike Tovey and Mr Mark Coombs to 1st Dan.
The Rotunda Club ceases trading, forcing us to find a new venue.
Training begins in Studio 1 of the Kingswood Foundation Limited, a fully equipped dance studio, providing an excellent training venue, including changing and shower facilities.
The school's registration with the BTCB expires. After consultation with the members, we register with the Amateur Martial Association (AMA). As a truly multi-style organisation, this gives us the freedom to "cross-train" in other styles of martial arts. Coinciding with this, the school changes name to "Frontline Martial Arts".
Following a training seminar, run by the senior instructors at the BTCB, we conclude that they are moving away from the martial side of training and concentrating, in our opinion, too much on the sports side.
Reading through the BTCB's insurance policy, it also seems to restrict each member's training to exclusively Taekwondo. We recognise that other styles also offer something positive.
The school moves to the Rotunda Club, a night club / party venue in Kingswood, Bristol. The facilities are basic but it does give the adult members a chance to go for a drink in the bar downstairs after training !
Frontline Martial Arts begin training in the gym at Speedwell School, Bristol, originally under the name of "Frontline Taekwondo", after registering with the British Taekwondo Control Board.