The Hub Extends

Two years in and we have knocked through into next door!! Exciting times. We now offer a large Combat area and an even bigger Function area complete with Prowlers and Sleds. The Hub has become the ultimate place to train offering all manner of fitness fun.

The Hub has now welcomed Crossfit Portishead into the unit. With so much to offer you there are no excuses. for more details on the box.

Marchese is the Hub Hero as he makes it 2-0 in professional K-1.

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The Hub’s own Gio Marchese returned to the K-1 cage and notched up his second professional win on UCMMA 42 at London’s Troxy in the East End over 3 x 3min rounds. It was far from plain-sailing for the talented Instructor, however as his preparation for the event was hindered by a serious injury sustained just a fortnight prior to the show. Gio was participating in the Won tournament as part of his final tune-up for his full-contact bout and had reached the final when disaster struck after Gio executed one of his trademark axe-kicks-. “Which got caught on my opponents shoulder and when he shrugged my foot off him it pulled through my groin and I was in overwhelming pain.”


Gio was convinced the fight would have to be cancelled as the damage had been done so close to the fight night but help was at hand in his own gym thanks to the physio’s at Optimus, who are housed at the Hub gym in Portishead-“they were great and they told me it was actually not my groin but an Adductor that was badly strained. So with the help from Optimus sports physio and the specialist help I received from the ‘Rehab Room Cryotherapy’, who are housed at David Lloyd in Westbury Park, I managed to get mobile again very quickly.”

The fight may have still been on but Gio had to not only adapt his training strategy for the final two weeks but also his fight game-plan, given the dangers of utilising his normally devastating kicking ability. His opponent was tough enough without these disadvantages as Chris Garnett was a solid Muay Thai and boxing specialist nicknamed ‘granite chin’ due to his durability. One advantage Gio did have was his corner, which consisted of the vastly experienced Andy Cleeves and Chris Djaelani both veteran fighters themselves. Their game-plan was a direct response to Garnett’s strengths, focussing on “precision attacks and maintaining correct distance and timing. Chris Garnett was known for his grounded Thai Style, good boxing combos and his solid leg kicks, so I knew this was not a guy I wanted to stand and trade with or end up in a brawl. The game plan was to be the clever, smarter fighter.”

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The game-plan paid off and Gio got the decision after three hard rounds, with Garnett trying to constantly press the action and Gio countering cleanly. Round three proved to be the defining round of the fight as Gio, spurred on by his corner, decided to put his injury to the test and start utilising the kicks he is noted for. The decision paid dividends and Gio rocked Garnett with a head-kick, finished strongly and as a result took the decision.

As always Gio took Bristol to London with him and he was not only proud of the vocal support from his ‘barmy army’ but also pleased he could treat them to a winning performance after such a rollercoaster training camp. Now 2-0 in K-1, performances like this and his previous visit to the Troxy can only catapult this Hub Hero up the Bantamweight rankings and on to even greater victories as he continues to proudly fly the flag for the Hub and the West Country.

Well done Gio!

The Hub hosts Bristol Boxing Champion’s classes.

When it comes to the West Country few professional boxers have a higher profile than Bristol’s own Danny Butler, the current English Middleweight champion and a man on a hot winning streak that hints at even more title shots in his future. It was a real coup then, when the Hub acquired Danny for regular Boxing classes on a Wednesday evening. Not only is Danny a superb boxer he is also an excellent coach who boasts a natural way with people of all ages and ability as he builds the boxing basics into them.

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Paul James Miller was one of those participating in the very first class and he was impressed with Danny’s coaching skills and affable, approachable nature. “Danny brings his skill set and experience to offer the gold standard in boxing training. His drive and enthusiasm is a clear reflection of his boxing career and is helping people learn, develop and build confidence in the sport.” Paul is also quick to remind everyone, however, that Danny has earned his reputation-“Just don’t do a round with him on a Wednesday night!”

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For his part, Danny is relishing the prospect of taking regular classes at the Hub and passing on his hard-earned knowledge and experience in the toughest sporting arena, the boxing ring. He was also very pleased with the first lesson stating “Great first boxing class at the fitness hub on Wednesday night. Big shout out to those that attended and I am looking forward to next week’s session.” Danny is also quick to point out that his student’s goals are his goals “whatever their individual goal is. My aim is to help them reach that. I already have one student who wants to box and I will get him in shape to box.”

This is a golden opportunity for anyone who has a desire to learn boxing to be taught by a professional at the top of his game in quality surroundings and Danny will be at the Hub every Wednesday night 7.30 – 8.30 pm.