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Mayor to open mixed martial arts gym in Tewkesbury

Published: 09 May 2013

Tewkesbury will soon boast a new state-of-the-art gym, which has been built exclusively for martial arts enthusiasts.

The new business, Outlaw MMA, is situated at Northway Trading Estate and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough Cllr Claire Wright on Saturday, 8 June.

The opening event will run from 10.30am to 12noon so members of the public can drop in to see the new facilities and find out about the benefits of mixed martial arts training.

Run by enterprising martial arts instructor Mark Woodward, the gym will offer a full timetable of classes for adults and young people aged from 13, including kickboxing, submission wrestling, grappling as well as a popular 24-week mixed martial arts foundation course.

Mr Woodward has more than 40 years' experience in the mixed martial arts field, and is also an experienced coach and referee in contact sport.

Mr Woodward said: "Mixed martial arts is often viewed as a professional sport exclusively for top fighters. In reality it's accessible to everyone regardless of ability. It can be enjoyed by anyone at any level, and at any age.

"As well as the obvious health benefits, training in mixed martial arts brings with it focus, motivation and self-discipline. On a personal level, the training has helped me through some difficult times in my life".

The gym is spread over two floors, on the ground floor is a standing area which is fitted out with a large range of martial arts equipment, including punch and kick bags and grappling dummies, as well as all of the usual fitness equipment such as weights and rowing machines. Upstairs is equipped with floor mats and a cage.

Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough Cllr Claire Wright said: "I am delighted to have been invited to open this new club. It is very important that residents in Tewkesbury Borough can access a wide range of ways in which to keep fit and healthy. This new mixed martial arts club offers something different to the normal ways of exercising and is an exciting way for people to keep healthy, focused and motivated."