AN award-winning martial arts club won’t be resting on its laurels after scooping a coveted prize at the Pride of Tameside Business celebrations.Even starting at the top and finishing on the bottom is major progress for the new winners of the Best Leisure and Sports Business of the Year accolade.
KMMA Freestyle Academy moved to occupy the top floor of its present base at the former Droylsden Little Theatre in 2006.
The club, headed by owner and head trainer Karl McVety, has since taken over the middle floor as membership and facilities increase in number.
Such is the demand for the fitness and training programmes offered by Karl, wife Mukta McVety and his 11 black belt qualified instructors, KMMA is now negotiating to move onto the ground floor of the historic Market Street premises.
The additional space will be used to create a matted area for youngsters and to provide easy access and training to disabled martial arts enthusiasts.
“We cover all aspects of health and fitness,” said Karl, who boasts 30 years’ experience in the martial arts industry and whose club is registered and affiliated with the World Kickboxing Organisation.
“We train people to high levels in various martial arts but we are here for all the community, children and adults.
“We run classes for mindfulness, yoga and pilates. First and foremost we are a fitness club, with 90 per cent of our clients just coming out to get fit and healthy.”
For the more energetic, KMMA offers a range of martial arts including MMA, freestyle style kickboxing, and self-defence.
During 2019 the club also ran a series of successful sell out self-defence seminars aimed at helping local communities, in particular women and children, become more street aware.
Karl added: “Our aim is to be the place where people feel safe, learn new skills and have fun.
“Our business success is based on developing a strong bond with the local community.
“We continually invest in improving the quality of instruction, our facilities and we make it easy for locals to book classes.
“We keep our prices very keen because we want everyone to be able to learn new skills and keep fit and healthy. We are a family.”