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My martial arts journey by Yvette Adams

Monday, July 10, 2017

My martial arts journey by Yvette Adams

Ever since I can remember, starting way back in childhood, I had recurring nightmares about being chased by a 'bad man' and although never caught, I could never escape either. As a consequence, in waking life, I was always frightened that if I actually got attacked in the street, or anywhere else, I would freeze and not be able to defend myself or shout out. 


Having thought about doing self-defence for years, at the ripe old age of 49 I finally stopped prevaricating and made an on the spot decision to do something about it.

On 'Googling' Martial Arts I came across Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts Academy on High Street, Leicester. There was an offer for 3 trial lessons for a small charge so I called up and left a message. I was surprised and impressed to receive a call back almost immediately and the rest, as they say, is history! I spoke to Master Instructor Paul Gannon and within minutes was booked in for my first trial lesson the next day. I was launched into punching and kicking techniques and then ‘trap and roll’ grappling and by the end of the session I was buzzing! I didn’t really need the 2nd & 3rd trial lessons to convince me that I should have done these years ago!

I started attending class on a regular basis – 2-3 times a week and really quickly grew in confidence. I felt a million dollars when I got my red belt about three months later and with regular training have worked through the belts so that, all being well, I’ll get my black belt later this year. I know that none of my friends or family really believed that I’d stick at it for so long but having proved them wrong I know that they are really proud of me.

Seriously Gannon’s is a great academy. Not just because of its excellent instructors – Master Gannon is a brilliant and motivational instructor and has taught Lewis and Jasmine well, they have natural talent, intuitive teaching skills and are great people and instructors – but also because of the added value. The ethos at Gannon’s is that of respect and making the very best of your ability. It doesn’t matter if you or your child are not the greatest athletes – what matters is that you strive to achieve the best that you can – and when you know that you have done that it’s great for your self-esteem and confidence. No one can take that achievement way from you. If you are keen, there is the opportunity to be taught to become an instructor yourself. I have been teaching music to children and adults on a one to one basis and in large groups for 35 years but the buzz of taking my first MMA class of young children was amazing!

Seriously, to anyone out there thinking about building confidence, gaining self-defence skills, building self-esteem, bringing discipline or focus into your life or your children’s lives, getting fit or just meeting some great new friends, get yourself and your kids down to Gannon's. I was amazed that after just a few classes my fear of the 'bad man' catching me had disappeared never to return. I feel equipped to handle myself in a conflict situation in a way I wouldn't have believed possible. In addition I'm proud of myself for achieving belt after belt. It has been and continues to be an awesome journey. My one and only regret? Yep, that's right....that I didn't do it years earlier!

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Gannon's is the best martial arts academy in Leicester, very friendly instructor's. My son has been doing martial arts for nearly 5yrs and he loves it, can't get enough of the training. Well recommended to anyone, give it ago, you won't be disappointed.

Amit Patel

I have recently joined the academy and have been given a very warm welcome. I have no experience in martial arts and have started the beginner classes. I find the classes are exciting, fun and informative. They are a very supportive team and want to help you achieve your goals. Great atmosphere and lovely people to learn with! Whatever your ability or fitness, I highly recommend joining Gannon’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Diane Wartnaby

Wow, what a great place this is, we started taking our son as he was getting bullied at school, best move we ever made, he's like a different child! Lewis and Jasmine and Master Gannon are all great teachers and we are always welcome.

Ian Dunkley

I recently enrolled into the beginners program at Gannon's. Although it's early days I have learnt a lot already. The teachers are top quality and there is always a great atmosphere at the academy. I would definitely recommend Gannon's to anyone interested in starting MMA.

Jasper Alyn Stephens

My 7 year old son has just joined. Had a mini lesson on his own yeterday and had his first class tonight. He thoroughly enjoyed it and Lewis took the time to go through moves with him. He was not made to feel like a newby and hes looking forward to his next class. So far so good!

Kelly Richardson

Absolutely amazing! And that is a massive understatement. Everyone is very friendly and the instructors are top quality teachers. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Liam Crawford

We have been coming to Gannons MMA for 1 year now. Our 2 boys have moved from white to blue belt this year. That's absolutely phenomenal considering they only 8 and 6. Our boys are truly energetic and just want to have fun and its been a challenge to calm them down. But since we joined Gannons MMA Leicester they have matured so much and Hyper Jon has even improved his focus in class. We cannot thank Lewis and Jasmine enough to help with implementing discipline into our two wild cat's. Over and above this, we really enjoy the professional classes that our boys attend with a proper dojo setup of thick mats, mma cage and loads of punching pads including the Bruce Lee punching man. What really sets this mma school apart from other schools is that we have Lewis and Jasmin training the boys each lesson together, along with their professionalism they have a professional setup. So there is more consistency in their lessons. Lewis and Jasmin are also so friendly even while trying to stay focused during classes. Everyone in the class is so friendly. In fact we have met two other couple's thru the mma classes. What is also great is the mma tournaments and socials, but best of all the Summer Camp. If you want a serious investment in your children then I can definitely recommend Gannons MMA. 5 Star rating for sure!!!

Mark Wedge

Today I went for my first kickboxing lesson and I have got to say I enjoyed it very much.. I was quite nervous going on my own but Paul Gannon welcomes you with open arms and make you feel comfortable. I will definitely be coming back... it is amazing experience and you also have fun why training... Thank you master paul Gannon

Matthew Leeson

No matter what you're aim is, either self defence or fitness, then Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the best place to achieve your goals. The team are amazing, supporting you no matter what your level and it is more like a family than a dojo. I cannot recommend it highly enough, to say that it is life changing is not an exaggeration.

Paul Reid

A fantastic mixed martial arts school with brilliant, knowledgeable instructors and a great group of people to train with.

Paul Sheldrake

A fun and interesting classes that will keep you coming back for more

Ruth Singleton

The word Awesome is used a lot here. And for good reason. It is. Awesome instructors. Awesome people. And you will have an awesome time. If you are interested in martial arts. Fitness and mental discipline. You won't go wrong here. Two years in and still loving it. Awesome.

Steve Hadley