European All-styles Martial Arts Fundraiser
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

On Saturday, 8 November, Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy will kindly be hosting the European All-styles Martial Arts Gathering, a fundraising event for Sue Ryder, Prostate Cancer UK, and The 100 Project.

The idea for the event came from Sifu Matthew Chapplow, the founder and chief instructor at Mui Faa Wing Chun, a style of kung fu. Matthew runs martial arts academies in the UK, the USA, and in Spain, and is very well known and respected in the martial arts community. Matthew's a pretty inspirational guy, and his martial arts not only helped him through his chemotherapy, but increased his drive to use his skills to help others.

I've taught a lad with polio, and martial arts definitely worked for him. His mobility is far superior to what it was when he first started.
Sifu Matthew Chapplow

Many of the instructors are travelling great distances (from Italy and Germany, for example) to give their time to this event, which is evidence of how well-regarded Sifu is. Time is something we just cannot make more of, so it's one of the greatest gifts one can give.

Matt Rudman and Chris Mcquillan of the Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy frequently run events to fundraise for various charities, recently running a Spartan 300 training session in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We went along in a professional capacity to photograph the event - once we saw what was going on we were very relieved of that. The session combined things like 300 press-ups, 300 crunches, 300 lunges, and so on - basically if there's an exercise that can make you ache for days, they did it. For two hours.

We try to help good causes when we can, so when Sifu came to us to ask for help we thought that it would make for a brilliant event. We know The 100 Project quite well, so when Sifu offered to support them we were delighted to be able to be involved.
Matt Rudman, Head Instructor at Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy

There are nine sessions, each at £10 per person. Instructors are coming from all over the world and will be bringing vast knowledge and experience of a variety of styles. The event is open to all, no experience necessary. I'm reasonably new to the academy but am already hooked on their fitness kick-boxing classes. It's a welcoming environment. All of the instructors take great care to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and are well-looked after during their sessions.

If you've ever thought of trying martial arts or a fitness kick-boxing class, but are a little bit nervous, please come along - I guarantee that many friendly faces will be there enjoying the sessions with you.
Chris Mcquillan, Instructor at Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy

Matt Rudman, Helen Berlouis (student, brown belt with black stripe), Chris Mcquillan

The running order is as follows - note that some classes run concurrently. All sessions are £10, except the kick-a-thon which is free to enter provided you raise some sponsorship. I believe the current record for the kick-a-thon is 2,000 kicks in an hour, so feel free to beat that!

Time Class Instructor
09:30 - 11:00 Shaolin Neil Genge
10:00 - 11:00 Kick-a-thon TBC
11:00 - 12:30 MUI FAA Wing Chun Master Matt Chapplow
11:00 - 12:30 Yong Chun Quan Gung Fu Chris Di Marco
12:30 - 14:00 Kyusho Jutsu Ben Cem Gencoglu
12:30 - 14:00 Wado Ryu Nikki Sinclair
14:00 - 15:30 Pressure Points Master Everton Smith
14:00 - 15:30 Lau Gar Kuen Jason Crabtree
15:30 - 16:30 ILoveKickboxing Fitness Class TBC

The event will take place at Cheltenham Martial Arts Academy, 66 Albion Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2RW.

You can register for the sessions via the Member Solutions web site here. If you have any questions please feel free to drop us a line at

Once again, we're extremely grateful to receive such support from people like Matthew, Matt, and Chris, and we'd be very pleased if you could come along to take part. Naomi and I will be there, not only to record the event (photo & video), but we'll also be taking part in some of the classes - we're complete novices!

We, at The 100 Project, would like to offer our deepest thanks to Matthew, Matt, and Chris. At a time when people are being pulled in all directions to make charitable donations, we're extremely aware that we can't support every charity even though we'd like to. We hope that The Gathering will be a positive, fun, and exciting event to beginners and experienced martial artists alike, and that whilst we'd like to raise as much money as possible, we hope those who come along to watch and take part will leave having had a fantastic time in good company.
Naomi Turner, founder at The 100 Project

As well as the sessions, there'll be an epic array of cakes, cookies, and so on for participants and their supporters. Just choose a cake and drop a donation into the honesty box and you'll not only have cake, but you'll feel all warm inside, too!

I'll give Matthew the last word on this.

Cancer needs sorting out and we want people to go away having learned something new.

Sue Ryder is passionate about giving people incredible care in the way they want, and the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice is the only hospice in Gloucestershire with inpatient beds. Sue Ryder provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care in our inpatient unit, day hospice and hospice at home service. Sue Ryder is a charity registered in England and Wales (1052076) and in Scotland (SC039578).

Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. Prostate Cancer UK (formerly known as The Prostate Cancer Charity) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332).

The 100 Project works to fundraise for cancer research and support charities by showing the faces and telling the stories of people who are beating cancer. The 100 Project is a charity registered in England and Wales (1157420).