On Wednesday, Moira Spencer’s countrywide search for NEST Academy of the Year brought her to the door of Mike Bennett’s MSD Evolution martial arts academy in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham.
Moira recaps her visit: “Sited away from the main town on an industrial estate, Mike ’s club offered a wonderful front of house reception from junior instructor Rory and welcome screen – nice touch, guys!”
“Fitting its location, inside efforts appear equally industrious as Mike and Rory oversee a class of conscientious, mixed grade Kenpo Cadets going through footwork and technique. Superb levels of concentration from students, well done all.”
“Thanks go out to the club for putting in the groundwork, to Chloe for the ‘smokiest’ most creamy coffee, and instructor Andree for opening the door on her high-octane Ladies Kickboxing class – phoof! I felt shattered watching it.”
“Thumbs up too to young Rory, an attentive tutor beyond his years. So inspiring to hear then that Mike continues to nurture his long-time students all the way through to helping them set up satellite clubs of their own. Goodwill and gumption, alive and kicking in the martial arts industry.”