2014 hall of fame
Chief Instructor Mr Mike Beard travelled up to The National Brewery Centre Burton upon Trent on the 18th May 2014 where he had been nominated to receive an award at the prestigious Martial Arts Hall Of Fame Awards night which is run by Martial Arts Illustrated the top magazine in the World of Martial Arts.
Mr Beard accepted the award from Editor of the Magazine Bob Sykes. The Top Instructor award for outstanding achievement with in the world of martial arts was presented to Mr Beard making him the only Instructor in Cornwall to receive this prestigious award. Mr Beard made a speech to fellow martial artists from around the UK and USA as follows.
I am so proud to accept this award, but I dedicate it to all my Students, Instructors and Masters that I have either taught or have been taught by. To all the competitors that travel from Cornwall to other parts of the country to compete. An Instructor still learns from his students and instructors don't always get things right we still make mistakes but hopefully this award means I am doing more things right than wrong.
A HOLLYWOOD movie actor who has appeared alongside Matt Damon, Christian Slater and Jean-Claude Van Damme has been putting martial arts students through their paces.
Scott Adkins, who fought Damon’s character in Bourne Ultimatum, paid a visit to First Defence Black Belt School in Falmouth to show off his skills and pass on some tips.
The martial arts and action movie actor appeared with Christian Slater in El Gringo, and alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.
He has also performed his kicks and tricks in Last Man Standing and Undisputed 2 and 3, among other action films.
As well as teaching seminars, Adkins laid on some jaw-dropping demonstrations for the junior and senior students from the Falmouth school, along with visiting students from clubs in Helston and Hayle.
The school’s chief instructor Mike Beard said: “The juniors were buzzing – you could really feel the energy.
“The adults were even more pumped than the juniors as many had seen Scott’s films which were rated 18.
“Scott again showed how much power he can generate and everyone was impressed. In a break he started doing back flips and kicking tricks that you only see in the movies.
“His skill and agility was amazing and he proved that you don’t need wires to perform these sort of stunts.”
Adkins said he had a “wonderful time” teaching the students in Falmouth
“It's important for me to give back to the world of martial arts so I try to continue teaching whenever my schedule permits,” he said.
Adkins’ visit follows a seminar in May given by Silvio Simac, who appeared in Unleashed with Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and the late Bob Hoskins.
Other martial artists who have visited the club include Shi Yanming, a shaolin monk who had a fight scene in the Bond movie Die Another Day, and Chloe Bruce, who is known for her work on Thor: The Dark World, Kick-Ass 2 and Wrath of the Titans.
Mr Beard added: “I feel very honoured and privileged to meet all of these talented martial artists and actors and to be able to bring them to Cornwall for my students to train with is the ultimate endorsement of what we try to do at First Defence Black Belt Schools.
“We believe our students will gain so much benefit from training with them and for those that do it, it could be a once in a lifetime event as Scott Adkins is really becoming a major action film star – we predict he will be an A-list celebrity in time.”
Mike Beard and the team recently travelled up to Burton-upon-Trent to the World renowned Martial Arts Hall Of Fame Awards. The award ceremony is conducted by Bob Sykes a legend in Martial Arts but also the Editor of Martial Arts Illustrated the industry’s leading magazine. The awards over the years have been presented to Martial Arts Action Film stars and renowned martial artists from around the World. This year Mike Beard who has been teaching for over 25 years and has his own full time centre in Falmouth and a School in Helston was invited to attend the ceremony. Bob Sykes presented Mike Beard with the Martial Arts Gold Award. Mike Beard is the only martial artist in the West Country to have been presented with this award. Mike states “This is a real honour to be rewarded with such a prestigious award. I started training over 25 years ago and I never even dreamed that I would ever get such an award. I accepted the award on behalf of all our Instructors, Students and Parents that have supported us over the year. We have invested in Falmouth with our own state of the art training centre and we will continue to help youngsters and adults through martial arts training. Martial Arts help so many people with Confidence Issues, ADHD, Dyspraxia , Self Esteem and respect we create leaders in society which in turn helps others”.