Hornets Martial Arts Off To A Flying Start

Hornets Martial Arts is making a real buzz in education and in the community.

As well as running a weekly public class every Monday evening at Garlinge Methodist Church Hall, experienced instructor Ian Reynolds puts students and staff through their paces at King Ethelbert’s School in Birchington, where he is an IT Technician.

At KES Ian has introduced sessions that combine his experience of Chinese Kickboxing, Shotokan karate, Judo and various street defence techniques.

He said:

“I believe that the young people are getting to that age where their social lifestyle changes will make them more susceptible to the dangers on the street.

My aim as a martial artist with nearly 20 years’ experience is to try and make a difference to their lives, to make them more aware, to be more confident and to explore their own potential and to hopefully turn them into a victor rather than a victim.”

He is also running classes for staff. He said:

“These are an ideal way to wind down after a busy week and boost fitness levels at the same time.”

Meanwhile, another eight students from the Garlinge club have made the grade.

Ian recently put the group through their paces in a gruelling three and a half hour grading.

He said:

“The length of the grading session is important as the candidates have to demonstrate their stamina as well as a variety of technical skills.

It was a grading of contrast. For some it was their first ever grading, whilst other more experienced students were being tested for the higher level grades.

All were pushed to their absolute limits and would have been left in no doubt that they have earned their belts.”

Those celebrating their latest gradings are Amanda Wright and Sam Bradley, yellow sash; Desmond Clarke, Owen Lockwood and Aiden Maloney-Bishop, green sash; Corby Aquini, purple sash; Ben Price, red sash; and Dimitri Michael, orange sash.


Thank you, Hornets Martial Arts for sharing your news with us and congratulations to every student who took part in the grading and especially to those who have progressed to the next belt! It must take determination and a great deal of hard work!

It’s terrific to learn about your ‘WHY’ Ian and how martial arts can improve our character whilst also benefiting us physically. What a great programme to have in our area.


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