After years of driving past and not being brave enough to go in I finally did it. I went to Sharon and Andy in November to get fit and lose a few pounds!!
Four months later I started the intensive black belt course. I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have ever done. I’m fitter and healthier than I have been in a very long time.
I would whole heartedly recommend that you try this. My greatest testimony to Sharon and Andy is that I am yet to walk out of the dojo NOT smiling.
Trudy Payne, Birmingham
For three years I walked past the door to the club trying to work up enough courage to step inside and inquire about training. That was my first step in an amazing journey to be where I am now. I just wish I’d done it sooner! Sharon and Andy are always very welcoming and within a very short space of time I felt completely at ease. In fact all the students within the Academy are all approachable and friendly.
Personally, I have learned a great deal about myself finding a determination to succeed I never knew I possessed! I am currently a 1st Dan Blackbelt definitely aided by the wealth of patience, encouragement and excellent teaching techniques of all Instructors. I am very much looking forward to my next year of grading a lot of hard work but truly worth it. I still can’t believe I have a Blackbelt. It’s my happy place and I welcome you into it!
Amanda Morris, Bromsgrove
Don’t go near this place... Unless you want to improve your fitness, flexibility, well being, confidence in pressure situations, and generally have a good time!
Matt Neal, 3x BTCC Race Champion
After getting nowhere at a regular gym due to lack of self motivation over a number of years, it has been a life changing experience finding the Hopwood Combat System. Not only has it dramatically increased my fitness, but it has also taught me very useful self-defence skills. Additionally, having suffered from reoccurring lower back pains for many years, the core strength techniques have meant that I have not felt the back pain since joining.
Andy Hopwood has created a syllabus which is both practical and relatively easy to learn. His deep understanding of how to turn an attacker into an unsuccessful assailant is at the cutting edge of development. The structure of the system is second to none, so if you are looking to stay safe, give the Hopwood's a call. It may just be the best call you ever made!
I’m not really a massive believer in supplements, but I’ve tried the aloe berry gel and it really seems to work. The heat lotion (very like deep heat) is also excellent for sore muscles and all natural! Well worth a try.
Jenny Singh, Bromsgrove
I quit smoking after 20 years and realised I desperately needed to get fit. To motivate myself to do any training though was close to impossible so I sought the help of BFFA. They designed a tailor made exercise program and I began to feel much stronger and fitter and I also began to feel better about myself. Through a lot of care and tireless encouragement I know I will continue to get fitter and stronger. It used to be a struggle to walk up a flight of stairs; but now I look forward to my training sessions. I can’t thank them enough.
"I learnt how to talk my way out of a situation and to be more confident."
"I've learnt a lot and feel more confident in myself and to be a bit more wary."
"I've really enjoyed the course. It's been very useful and has kept us on our toes! I am very grateful for all of your help and now feel more safe and aware."
"Very useful and relevant to real life experiences. I learnt skills that could help me throughout my life."
Names Withheld, Stay Safe Summer Course for Children
I really look forward to my weekly one to one personal training sessions with Sharon - every week we do something different. Combining combat training with the workout has really helped increase my fitness level, and its great for toning muscles without building bulk.
At 52 I started training at Fighting Fit with the intent to get fit, lose weight and start a healthier lifestyle; once into the course it became apparent that the academy offered more than that, over the last 18 months my fitness has dramatically improved, my weight has changed, muscle has rapidly replaced fat, my cardiovascular system has been reborn. Added to that a confidence from the self defence techniques and the team spirit with my contemparies has provided an all round physical and mental overhaul for a man old enough to be putting his feet up but I’ve never been happier.
Jim Johnston, Birmingham
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to join a martial arts class and achieve black belt status but was always put off by the macho attitudes of some schools and the thought of having to learn Chinese names of the different moves. There's none of that at the Hopwood Free Fighting Academy - it is a breath of fresh air.
There's no intimidation, no elitism, and all are welcome. I never imagined that I would stay the distance - in the past I'd had knee-trouble, back-trouble, wasn't fit enough etc. The carefully designed exercises and circuits taught at the Academy ensure that your core strength is developed without overloading joints or straining muscles.
When you join you will get all of the fitness benefits, self-confidence and self-defence skills but you are also becoming part of a big family and you will make many new good friends.
Thanks for the excellent training, it is realistic and the methods pertinent to todays situations. I have been taught and practised various forms of self defence over the last 25 years, your breakaway techniques are the best I’ve seen and I liked the use of vocalisation strategies to disarm or distract the opponent.
I am an operational uniformed police officer and the annual Home Office approved defensive tactics package is woefully inadequate for todays society. My feelings are those of many officers that I work with. Our emphasis is on restraining, yet for many we come up against, it is street fighting skills and practise that is required.
Thanks again for the quality and realistic training.
UK Serving Police Officer, Name and address supplied
There is obviously a great deal of scientific research behind the techniques used and the appliance of Bio-mechanics in the exercises; training with Andy Hopwood has been invaluable to me.
Alan, Leicestershire Physiotherapist
I truly believe that every one of us should have some form of self protection training. We spend hundreds of pounds a year protecting our homes and cars from theft or attack what could be better than spending a bit of time on our personal safety whilst having a lot of fun in the process? I thoroughly enjoy training with Andy and Sharon I wish that Id started years ago!
Lucy Speed, Actress
I started training with the Hopwoods with the intent to get fit, lose weight and start a healthier lifestyle; but the style of the training offers so more than that, over the last 18 months my fitness has dramatically improved, my body shape has changed dramatically and my cardiovascular system is better than ever!
Having received excellent nutritional advice from Sharon in the past I was interested to try the aloe vera products. I have noticed improved energy levels and and a huge improvement in my digestive system. Quite simply the products work and come with a money back guarantee!
Kash Singh, Bromsgrove
Training in The Hopwood System has massively increased my fitness, flexibility and self-confidence and I have also gained what I consider to be an essential life skill in this day and age; self defence techniques that actually work for a petite lady against a stronger attacker.
Rachel, Serving Police Officer