NEARLY 100 martial arts students and coaches from around the state hit the mats in Sorell recently to celebrate the arrival of southern Tasmania’s brand new state of the art martial arts facility.
The Adam Newton Sorell Martial Arts Academy threw open its doors in October with Tasmanian Labor Leader Rebecca White and Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent officially welcoming the new venue.
The academy, led by Tasmania’s first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt Adam Newton, will showcase family fun and provide a taste of martial arts for curious bodies and minds.
“We’re offering first-class facilities and instruction for the first time to the rapidly growing Sorell municipality,” Mr Newton said.
“We will work with people to achieve their individual martial arts goals, whether that is to gain some skills, increase in confidence, gain a black belt or even compete on the world stage.”
Mr Newton said it was a credit to the martial arts community in Tasmania that nearly 100 people from nine different clubs from around the state came out to support the opening of the new training facility.
“Days like that just strengthen the camaraderie between martial artists in Tasmania and further build a positive martial arts community in the state,” he said.
“We had displays and sessions of BJJ and Muay Thai, as well as four BJJ belt promotions on the day – two students to blue belt, one to purple and another to brown.
“It takes around 10 to 15-years to gain your black belt in BJJ, so these promotions are a reward for the commitment, dedication and hard work these young Tasmanians put in.
“It was a very uplifting feeling seeing so many people on the mats and a real affirmation that what we are doing here in Sorell is certainly the right thing for the community.
“It was a great atmosphere having so many people come together – certainly hard work, but great fun and very rewarding.”
Ms White congratulated Mr Newton, his wife Jenny and the whole team on establishing a “brilliant” facility for the Sorell community.
“The Sorell Martial Arts Academy will attract hundreds of regular visitors to Sorell, while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle,” she said.
“Participating in martial arts can have a profoundly positive impact on young people’s lives, especially when performed under the leadership of role models like Adam.
“For young people struggling to find their place in the community, sport can provide a terrific support network.
“I wish the academy all the best for the future and look forward to working with them.”
Mr Newton said the rise in popularity for martial arts was largely due to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
However, he said it was important to understand what it takes to become a good martial artist.
“People from all walks of life attend and participate in martial arts for many different reasons,” he said.
“It can be very challenging, takes discipline and hard work, but there are so many benefits to reap.
“This includes the friendship and camaraderie that adults and children gain, the many mental and physical health benefits, as well as learning potentially lifesaving skills.
“We’re offering small groups classes and private lessons in various martial arts, self defence and fitness/conditioning for children, teens and adults.”
Adam Newton has been a martial artist for 38-years and gained his black belt in BJJ in 2009.
Sorell Martial Arts Academy is affiliated with the Maromba Academy Australia under the head coach Thiago Stefanutti, a third degree black belt from Brazil.
Caption: From left, Labor Leader Rebecca White, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt Adam Newton, wife Jenny Newton and Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent.