David Ups Sticks
Saturday 20th June 2015 @ 11:39 by Mark Phillip

At 45 years old, David Breed has accomplished what many can only dream of.


The internationally acclaimed martial arts instructor has established a glittering reputation across a 30 year period.

And despite staking his claim in the age-old sport, David – who won a gold medal at the Wako Championships in 1996 – has decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Having opened Evade Martial Arts Centre in 1997, David, surrounded by his army of world class instructors, has served the community for 18 years.

But the time came in March to seek pastures new, and the team made the switch to Glossop Town Centre.

Detailing the reasons behind the transition, David told Reporter Sport “We were based in Hadfield from 1997 but decided to move for several reasons.

“The new building is based above Costa Coffee on Railway Street and is more suitably placed than the Wooley Bridge site.”

Despite harnessing a laudable reputation, David insists you have to start somewhere. He added “I believe people have an impression of martial arts before they actually try it.

“There are a huge number of people who come to the lessons and experience something a lot different than they originally expected, and the more people that get involved with us -regardless of ability – the better.”

In order to reach the top of the sport, David had to overcome some pretty difficult times.

As a pupil in school, the youngster suffered from self-esteem issues, but martial arts offered the answer to his problems. “I didn’t originally get into the sport to compete; I got into it because I was having difficulty at school” he said.

“I had self-as teem issues and grew up very shy, and found that anything to do with conflict scared the pants off me.

“I was about 11 years old when my parents started to do martial arts, and I begged to go with them, because I thought it was going to be the solution to my dreams.”

David had to wait until he was thirteen years old before he competed in his first match, and the daunting experience will live with him forever.

Reminiscing about his youthful naivety, David added “My parents decided to go to a place in Ashton which catered for Tai Boxing and Taekwondo.

“I started to train both styles and developed a lot of friends down there.

“My instructor put me in my first match at Oldham when I was 13 years old, and to be honest, I was scared to death.”

The prospect of competing terrified David.

However, the thought of failing appeared to scare him more. He said “I felt it was something I had to overcome, because my instructor believed in me and I didn’t want to let him down.

“I ended up winning my first match against a Tai boxer in Oldham against a very well know school, and I think I won because I was so nervous and didn’t want to embarrass myself.”

The memorable victory appeared to facilitate a long and healthy career.

Amongst a number of personal achievements, David won the SHORAI national kickboxing title before claiming a gold medal at the Kick Ju Jitsu World Championships in 1998.

As the founding father of Evade, David takes pride in what he has created.

The new facility boasts an array of top class equipment, including a fitness suit tailored to the individual’s needs. He added “First and foremost, we’re a martial arts school.

“We had a lot of members paying premium prices at other gyms and weren’t even going, so I decided to implement a fitness suite to complement the martial arts training.

“Since we opened in March, we’ve had a nice influx of people coming through the doors.”

Without doubt, David has enjoyed a thriving career.

However, in his eyes, nothing compares to helping other people. “If you don’t believe in yourself and don’t believe you’ve got any value, then you’re going to have a difficult life and attract negativity and nonsense” he said.

“We’ve seen children and adults come into the classes who have low self-esteem, but they’ve grown in confidence and changed themselves.

“Martial arts is about channelling and focus, and I want to share the benefits of martial arts, hence why I’m still here after all these years.”

Although David trains top cliental – which includes famous media and football stars – the key philosophy stays in Glossop. He concluded “The key is to get established in the new place, build up the team, develop the instructor’s experience and in time, open up and branch out.”

More information on Evade Martial Arts Centre can be found on Facebook: EVADE Blackbelt School