Doncaster family's martial arts success
An established club that offersÂ a wide range of martial arts classes to the community, is chalking up wins, and nextÂ month will launch a free self defence class for women.
Rose & Thistle Martial Arts, or RATMA,Â wasÂ founded by Brian Lister, currently a Sambo British Gold medal holder, on Queens Road, Doncaster, in 1992..Â
Working with the community, the club became well established and last summer it celebrated expansion and the opening of new premisesÂ in Hyde Park.Â
Toni Lister explained that they have classes to suit all ages and abilities:
'We offer a great range of martial arts including Muay Thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sambo, NoGi grappling.
'We also cover a selection of traditional Japanese Martial Arts with Kempo Karate, Judo, Taijutsu and Kobudo weapons work.Â Â 'WeÂ have a fitness class that runs threeÂ times a week and are launching a freeÂ self defence class for women in February,' she added. 'We welcome students here from any background, without any prejudice, and support the local community by keeping our prices low.
'We makeÂ sure that if money is an issue it won't stop membersÂ training, as we believe in what we do.'
Club coach Ewan Lister, 20,Â will beÂ competing in upcoming shows and representing the club in the Yorkshire area in February and March this year.
He has aÂ Lightweight Novice Amateurs MMA title belt from 2018, and wonÂ his K1 debut on Strike Series last summer.
Brian will aim for a GoldÂ in the British Sambo Open again in February.
'He has hopes of winning goldÂ and then representing GBR again at the InternationalsÂ later in the year,Â ' said Toni.
Brian, 55,Â Â holds aÂ Sambo International Championship Bronze medal after competing inÂ October last year.
Â Juniors from the club are pictured at their first Muay Thai interclub where they fought for the first time, after joining as studentsÂ in July 2018.