VERVE featured at Clash of the Titans 2013

Saturday 16th March saw the 25th year anniversary & fight night extravaganza of the famous UK based M.A.I. Clash of the Titans!

Our VERVE brand had front row tickets being the main supporters of the show and what a fantastic evening it was!

The event played host to a number of top bouts bringing together many of the largest UK organisations as well as a wealth of martial artists & generations past and present!

On the mats much of the tension and anticipation surrounded the main bill mens team event which proved to be electric from start to finish! A number of heated battles led to a final between Chris Boughey & Joe Tierneys Team NWCKB and Alfie Lewis’ Mushin Kai, Mushin Kai narrowly took the spoils but the success of the event was in highlighting the high skill levels and diverse fighting styles within the UK …. Well done all!


Oliver Sykes wins at Clash of the Titans 2013

Oliver Sykes wins at Clash of the Titans 2013

OLIVER SYKES (sponsored by VERVE) fights at the Clash of the Titans 2013

Earlier on in the evening young Oliver Sykes stepped onto the mats showing why he is one name that many are talking about as one of the up and coming stars of the future!
Oliver fought his fight with fortitude, skill and control, making better use of his movement, conditioning and a dynamic back-kicking technique that led to winning his bout comfortably!

Oliver photographed in his VERVE kit with Mr John Swift and his mom!

VERVE MD Mr Swift said ‘as a young up and coming martial artist myself I watched and admired the fighters at the clash, the passion, the skill, the flamboyant nature and differing fighting styles, Oliver truly optimized that’ he continued ‘as the the owner of the respected brand VERVE, it feels fanastic to be able to invest back into the UK martial arts industry, and more so into a show for the fighters and a platform to showcase the development of sport martial arts’

Congratulations to Bob Sykes & his team at Martial Arts Illustrated magazine for hosting such a great show, not just this year but the success of the last 25yrs!

Also thank you to those who came to talk to and spend time with some of the VERVE staff, we look forward to seeing you all soon!


Mr Swift inducted into M.A.I. Hall of Fame

Sunday 18th November 2012 saw our director Mr John Swift entered into the Martial Arts Illustrated magazines ‘Hall of Fame’ 2012! Mr Swift is photographed above receiving his award from Mr Bob Sykes – editor of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine

A huge congratulations to Mr Swift but also all of the team at I.T.S. & VERVE, a well deserved award for the continued hard work and contribution to the UK’s martial arts industry!

Check out his website at


SPARRING Seminar with Rob Taylor

We’d like to invite all our I.T.S. members to a points sparring seminar with Welsh European & World Champion Robert Taylor (5th Dan)

DATE – Sunday 25th November 2012

TIME   – 2.00 till 4.00pm

VENUE – VERVE Centre, Bromsgrove, B60 3DR

COST – £10.00 per person


Mr Taylor is bringing his Championship winning ‘Devils’ team so be sure to book your place to avoid disappointment!

Contact – 01527 558779



VERVE Champions League Series Success!

Thank you to everyone who supported the 2012 VERVE Champions League Series!

Novembers Event 4 was a fitting finale to a great year of competition with medals and trophies being shared around all supporting groups!

Some great performances, skills experience and knowledge gained as well as fun had and friends made along the way!

Have a good Christmas & New Year break – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!


New ITS Website Launches

New ITS-taekwondo website launches – a clean fresh look for a great, well- established group! We’d appreciate your feedback on the new look, feel free to get in touch using the Contact page.


England Team Training Date Announced

Date … Saturday 22nd September
Venue …  Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1PP

1.30 – 2.25pm – Sparring

2.25 – 2.35pm – Team managers to sit down and brief their prospective team members

2.35 – 3.30pm – Patterns

Cost is £5.00 per person per session (sparring / patterns)

Note that this session is open to all age groups and that absolutely any of our club members can train & try-out so please feel free to spread the word!!!

I look forward to seeing you there!


October Black Belt Grading in Highley

Master Willie Lim 8th Degree will be in attendance for our October 21st Black Belt grading in Highley, Shropshire speak to your ITS instructor for more details


ITS Scottish Championships

The date for our I.T.S. Scottish Championships 2013 has been named 26th – 28th July … don’t miss out, it will be an amazing occasion


New Venue for Fife Taekwondo

Mr Fisher and his Fife Taekwondo group are set to open their full time martial arts centre on 29th September. The new venue address is Unit 2, Woodgate Way North, Eastfield Estate, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 4PE please contact Mr Fisher on 07703985757 for more details. Wishing Mr Fisher and his team all the very best with their new venture!

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