Ever since Matt Hudd started out in martial arts, he has been committed to being the best he can be. Teaching provided a new motivation for this passionate instructor (and a qualified personal trainer) to bring out the best in his students. In the past five years, Dragon Fitness Academy brought together Chinese martial arts with fitness, but the recent rebranding has introduced some new ideas and classes too.
“Back in 2012 I was starting out in the world of self-employment,” says Matt. “I may have had a few black belts to my name but I was a white belt in business. I have learnt a lot about myself and about making my passion my business.”
Martial arts is great at getting people into good physical condition but it is so much more than that. It’s also about personal development and helping people overcome barriers in their life. Having suffered with depression and low self esteem in his youth, Matt discovered martial arts aged seven, and learnt to accept himself. “Training has taught me that there is no such thing as perfection, but I can be the best person I can be with the life experiences I’ve had,” he says.
Martial arts help practitioners achieve better clarity, a healthy body and a healthy mind. “If you can be your true self, then you can reach your full potential,” adds Matt.
Always a champion for mental health, Matt started new classes designed for 3 to 6 year olds. “Now that I have grandchildren, my understanding of children’s perception and learning has changed. What they experience at a young age can shape their whole life so why not give them as much positive influence as I can?”
Little Dragon classes teach basics with simple terminology and with a lot of emphasis on the martial art etiquette like discipline, respect and being nice to people. The classes are only 30 minutes long, with fun and games included. Kids love it and the feedback has been great. So what’s next for Matt Hudd Martial Arts?
“My main dream has always been to open a full time centre in Hereford and I still believe this will happen. I want to help as many people as I can using martial arts as a channel. This will mean developing a leadership team – anyone can join, all they need is the right attitude and a hunger to learn.
Competing is an option for those who want to go down that route so Matt offers separate sparring sessions and will enter students into local competitions. And his own experience of competition?
“The last time I entered one was two years ago and I got silver in the points and gold in the over 35’s category. I hung up my gloves after that but I am thinking of entering as many competitions as I can in my 50th year. Maybe end on a full contact fight, it would all be for charity. I’ve got four years left until then.”
There are many routes to explore in martial arts training, with competition being one of them, but not the only one. Matt Hudd’s Martial Arts is for everyone.
Matt Hudd Martial Arts
Classes for children and adults take place in Hereford and Ledbury locations. For more information please contact Matt Hudd.
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