I have ben studying the art and sport of Muay Thai for around 5 years now. I started Muay Thai shortly after finishing karate which I studied for around 3 years. Muay Thai had always impressed me as it requires alot of dedication and time to perfect, but I'm well on my journy to mastering this highly explosive and beautiful art.

I'm probably one of many that had a hard time at school with bullies and learning muay thai certainly gives you confidence in body and mind. I have a passion for all things fast hence the love of my Hayabusa! had her 3 years and its definitly my second favourtite thing in the world. I have been working for Johnlewis for nearly 8 years as a manager. Interesting career when you turn up with the occastionl bruise/blackeye! not quite what they are looking for.

As a senior student of Combat Warriors I took over the Portishead branch to free up our cheif Instructor to run the Bristol gym on a full time basis. I have been coaching the Portishead team now for a yr or so. When I first took on the role of running our Portishead gym numbers were very low but has now become more popular and i now have the pleasure of teaching around 20 students of mixed ability. I believe an instructor should be something to aspire to and i'm very commited to my students. My sessions are never easy but I believe to compete a student has to be in good shape so he represents himself and the club in the best way possible.


After weeks of going to different fitness classes i.e. boot camp, circuit training and body conditioning I decided they wasn’t giving me the effects that I would like so I decided to try a different class, that’s when I heard about Muay Thai. If I’m honest I only started this class as I heard from rumours it is the best form of weight loss and fitness there is. However when I started I found I really enjoyed it and now after 4 months of training in this martial arts sport I will never go back. Lee Badman is an excellent coach and teacher of the sport, within the gym there is a great atmosphere and we all get on really well. I am looking forward to improving my performance and competing later this year.

Sammy - Kingswood, Bristol

I have tried many sports in my lifetime from rugby to american football, kickboxing and karate, but none have tested or challenged me and my body as much as Muay Thai has! Combat Warriors has helped me so much to improve my fitness, technique, strength and confidence. Being under the wing of a very unique trainer who has a very broad knowledge of the martial art and is a very patient and friendly teacher. I have met alot of great people and they all vary in style and experience which makes it so much more fun and helps me adapt my skills in all aspects of this sport. I will never look back! Lee will help me take myself to the best I can be in the sport. If your thinking of trying Muay Thai yourself I can definately reconmend Combat Warriors. You won't find a better knowledge of the sport in Bristol and you wont be pushed as hard physically but its very rewarding! 

Rob Rees, Filton, Bristol

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