Knaresborough martial arts school celebrates 10 years as student wins national contest

Chris Jones and a mixed martial arts class with some of the new equipment.  (130114M2a)
Chris Jones and a mixed martial arts class with some of the new equipment. (130114M2a)

A Knaresborough martial arts school has reached its 10 year anniversary, and seen a young member win prestigious nationwide competition.

Knaresborough Martial Arts school has seen some important milestones in the last year – including its first ever National Champion in junior student Archie White, who won the Revolution English Championship in the junior weapons class, at finals held in Doncaster after he triumped at competitions throughout the year.

Plus the school saw its largest ever number of students achieve their junior black belts in 10 years, teacher Chris Jones said.

“To reach our 10 year anniversary is a big deal,” Chris said.

“When we started we moved into out premises on day one with no members. Now 10 years later we’ve got nearly 100 members.

“A lot of schools don’t even make it to 10 months. To keep a business going for 10 years in the current climate is a big deal.”

Chris won two awards in recognition of his teaching this year – by being inducted into the UK Martial Arts Illustrated Hall Of Fame and by being recognised 
in Martial Arts Pulse Magazine.

On top of this, he became an ambassador for Jackie Chan’s Dragon Heart Europe Charity, and became head coach the WTKA Performance Squad which competes all across the world.