Search

Romford martial artist Grant elected to Hall of Fame

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 June 2014

Grant Guirey with wife Merdita and daughters Chloe, Katie and Lucie

Grant Guirey with wife Merdita and daughters Chloe, Katie and Lucie

Archant

Martial Arts Illustrated magazine honour gym boss

Romford martial artist Grant Guirey has been awarded the accolade of being named in the Martial Arts Illustrated magazine Fighters Hall of Fame at the age of just 41.

Guirey, who runs the Battlefield Muay Thai Gym in Hornchurch Road, Romford, began training in martial arts at the age of seven and becomes one of the youngest ever to receive the prestigious award.

He collected his prize at a special ceremony in Staffordshire, which was attended by martial art 
experts, including the middleweight champion kickboxer Bill Wallace.

Guirey said: “It is great people’s achievements are recognised and celebrated by other teachers and fighters alike at such ceremonies.

“Martial Arts Illustrated is a great magazine and I was extremely honoured to receive the award from the editor, Bob Sykes, in person.

“Just weeks earlier he’d had a hip replacement. And yet he was up and running around within days of the operation and to me that is what martial arts gives in terms of 
development.”

Father of three Guirey has trained in numerous arts, including judo, MMA, boxing, Pilipino sticks and several styles of karate. His skill has even seen him perform in numerous countries across the globe including Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.

During 30 years in the arts, Guirey has grabbed the attention of film makers who were impressed by his skills, adding: “I was approached to become a Shadow Warrior Ninja in the 2005 British-American blockbuster movie Batman Begins.

“It was an awful lot of fun and it was a great 
experience in my life.”

A love for martial arts clearly runs in Guirey’s family as eldest daughter Chloe, 11, is also keen on the sport. She won the Southern UK Sandee Open Championship earlier this year and is competing for a place in the England 
Junior team on July 6 in Birmingham, following her training at Battlefields Gym.

But Guirey believes the arts are more about self development than defence adding: “I spend a considerable amount of time doing mental coaching and confidence-building sessions, using personal development techniques. Especially with kids that have suffered bullying.”

■ Anyone interested in martial arts can contact Battlefield Muay Thai gym in Romford for a free training session. See their website 
essexmuaythai.com.

Latest Romford Sports News

Reece Burke grabs extra-time winner for Hammers to make fourth round

O’Sullivan progresses to quarter-finals

12:00

Urchins racked up fourth straight win in league, but came under late pressure from Boro

10:00

Daggers off to Portman Road for fourth round tie

08:15

He may not like it but Judd Trump has something in common with the American president who shares his surname – both know how to survive a crisis.

Yesterday, 21:38

Bostik North: Haringey Borough 1 (Yiga 90) Hornchurch 2 (Fairweather-Johnson 10, McKenzie 87)

Yesterday, 17:30

Romford boss Paul Martin is delighted with his side’s victory against promotion hopefuls Maldon & Tiptree and admits no-one expected that result.

Yesterday, 17:00

Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now