Last Wishaw Class Now 18th December

Our last class before Christmas in Wishaw will now be Monday 18th December, due to the VANL building closing early for the holidays, we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Students are of course welcome to train in our other venues should they wish to continue training this week.

Christmas Holiday’s

Our gym will close for the Christmas & New Year Holidays according to the following schedules:


Closes Friday 22nd December @ 8pm.

Re-opens for classes from Saturday 6th January 2018.


Closes Friday 22nd December @ 10pm.

Re-opens for classes from Thursday 4th January 2018.


Closes Thursday 21st December @ 9.30pm

Re-opens for classes from Monday 8th January 2018.


We hope you all have a lovely winter break with friends and family. 

Keep an eye on our website / facebook page throughout the holidays for any updates.

Results from Newcastle

The annual TAE Championships were held at the Walker Activity Dome, on Saturday 18th November.  This year a small team of 5 competitors from GMAC travelled to take part.



James Watson (Special Technique) & Kyle Lynch (Sparring)


Mhairi Crookston (Pattern), James Watson (Pattern), Despina Athanasiadou (Pattern & Sparring), Kyle Lynch (Special Technique)


James Watson (Sparring)


2 Gold,  5 Silver and 1 Bronze

Well done to everyone who travelled down, and took part.

Competitor Development Training

We have been running a bi-weekly Competition training recently, as requested by a number of students in the run up to various competitions.  This will continue as a main feature of our training sessions, being held every two weeks where possible.  Full dates will be posted on the Facebook page in advance, please check regularly for details.

The last planned session prior to Christmas is this Friday 8th December (7pm – 8.30pm).  The cost per session is £5.

We have also decided to open a competitors fund, which we will use to assist with travel costs or entry fees to both national and international competitions in 2018.  We hope that members use the development training sessions which are geared to the competitive side of the martial art, to increase their knowledge and ability.  And support each other in attending more events in 2018.

British Championships Success!

16 competitors from GMAC travelled to the Open British Championships being held in Crawley, just outside London last weekend (25th November).  The competition was hosted by representatives from Scotland, England and Wales who came together to bring this awesome event to fruition.   The competition attracted 472 competitors, not only from the UK, but Ireland, Norway and Portugal as well.

Most of the team, and their supporters travelled to Crawley the day before, giving some time to explore the local area, as well as complete the registration & height/weight check in plenty of time.

Our competitors had been working hard over the last few months to prepare for the championships, putting in hours of extra practice on top of their weekly classes, and it certainly paid off with no less than 19 medals heading home with the team!



Kaity Weir (Sparring), Madison Brown (Special Technique), Iain O’Hare (Pattern & Sparring), Megan Brown (Pattern) and Hayden McAvoy (Sparring).


Mhairi Crookston (Sparring), Jaimie Singleton (Sparring), Lewis McIlvaney (Sparring), Madison Brown (Sparring), Jay Jervis (Sparring & Power), Megan Brown (Sparring), Jason Munro (Pattern) & Despina Athanasiadou (Power).


Despina Athanasiadou (Pattern), Kaity Weir (Pattern), Jacolin Brown (Pattern) & Tina Crookston (Pattern).


6 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze.

And 8th in the medal standings from 45 clubs!!

A special mention also to Mr. Iain O’Hare, who won Overall Senior Male with 2 Gold medals.

Great effort everyone!  The next competition is the Scottish Championships on 17th & 18th February, in Motherwell.  Lets keep training hard, and see as many members as possible taking part in the championships.


Photos from the event can be found on our facebook page here.

Full GMAC results here.

Christmas Party 22nd December

Our Kids Christmas Party will be on Friday 22nd December 6pm – 8pm.  Cost £3.

Food and refreshments will be provided.  See your instructor for tickets at your next class.


2017 Awards Night

We are pleased to announce our 2017 awards night will be held on Saturday 24th February 2018.

This year we made the decision to move the awards night from November to February, as the end of the year was already busy with events.  We hope the change gives more opportunity to organise your attendance.

The awards also come to Livingston for the first time, with the event being held at the Livingston Football Stadium’s, New Almondvale Suite, on Saturday 24th February.

The evening will include, a 3 course. meal, awards for the past year, entertainment, disco and Photo Booth, and more.

Tickets are priced at £35 for adults, and £18 for children, under 2’s go free (although do require to book a ticket).

You can reserve your ticket now with a non-refundable £10 deposit.  Please note there are only 200 tickets available across the 4 schools, and allocated on a first come first served basis.  Don’t miss out on the best night of the year.

Voting for awards winners will commence prior to the Christmas break.



Saturday 16th December 2017 from 10am – 4pm!!

We are holding a one off, one day camp on the run up to Christmas. Open to all students and their siblings aged 4 & over.

This camp will include our core class work, challenges, drills as well as some Christmas themed activities to keep the children busy, whilst you have the opportunity to do some shopping or preparations for the festive season without the familiar sound of “are we done yet?”, “Can I get this?”, “I’m b ored!”

Sorry we can’t keep the dads for the day, just the kids! 

If you’re interested let us know an d book your son/daughters space using the application form below. 

Healthy snacks & water provided. Just bring a packed lunch along each day.



Venue: GMAC Martial Arts, Craigshill Road, Livingston, EH54 5DT

Early bird booking available:

£20.00 * (if booked before 5th December)

£25.00 * normal cost.

*Family discounts; 2nd child ½ price.

Places are limited, and will be on a first come basis. 

You can download an application form here.