Thread: Holistic Fitness MMA - Wimbledon
2/20/2013 10:47am, #31
Posted by Steve-kbi
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I just read all the comments in this thread and it seems to have lost its point!...
Thanks for your interest in this thread.
Could you tell us who teaches which classes? I can't seem to find any info online about that, when I clicked on the 'Enquire' button for Ninjutsu it said my enquiry was about Kickboxing! Scrubbed that and wrote my question, then it wouldn't send unless I gave my phone number! No Thanks!
So if you have some info you could share that would be great.
Are you Stephen Dixon?
2/20/2013 10:49am, #32
Consumer advocacy is something completely different.King without a crown
2/20/2013 10:56am, #33
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Stephen Dixon is the owner of Holistic Fitness Sport MA in Wimbledon.
Stephen Dixon �?? 4th degree black belt / Director of Training.
"I have spent time training in seal lung and wing chun kung fu, sport kickboxing, unlicensed boxing, armed forces control and restraint, unarmed combat, armed combat military and civilian, aikido, Pilipino stick fighting, various weapons, boxing, and most recently MMA.
Master instructor (Great Britain Martial Arts Association).
Senior tournament official WAKO/WPKA/WKA/WKO/UMA.
Edit: The .net site is a 404, there's some info here:
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12/16/2014 9:45am, #34
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I can echo everything related in this post, with the exception of receiving emails from Eric. Whilst Eric had good enthusiasm, he was clearly lacking from any real credentials as a head instructor for MMA(or sports combat as it is known there) in comparision to other gyms I have trained out of(I work all over the UK so I try out as many gyms as I can). The moment I walked in, it was Steve Dixon who had just finished teaching his kickboxing class and was doing the hard sell of signing up to direct debit, insurance etc, even though I clearly stated I'd only be able to come for two weeks due to work commitments. With that he turned away mouthing something under his breath. I was tempted to walk out there and then but thought I may as well give it a chance as I was there. At the start of the class Eric left to go leafleting and left the class with one of the students to do the warm up. At this point I liked it as the guy(I forget his name, but he was a former Thai boxing champion, who said he had been there about a month or so) had us do a pretty good warm up, and then showed us how to throw leg kicks, which we drilled for a good ten minutes or so. I felt despite the very basic and limited surroundings his level of teaching was pretty good. After this Eric arrived back and that's when my opinion took a nose dive. He would show us a judo throw, without teaching me how to break fall(which fortunately for me I knew already, but surely that should be one of the first things to teach when you have a perceived newbie) and it would be drilled for no more than a minute. Then same again with the next technique, and again. This continued for half hour. We then moved on to some sparring. But rather than observe, Eric was sparring with one of the other lads and not watching what was going on etc. Luckily for me I was put with the Muay Thai lad, who was, at least to me, a much better teacher than the instructor himself. He was very controlled and made things very clear to me. Seriously the guy is wasted in that gym.
Then at the end of the class Eric would proceed to do the hard sell, just as Mr Dixon had done 90 mins or so earlier, almost word for word, which would lead me to believe that it's Mr Dixon who is pushing the instructors to do this. I expect it is the same with the other classes they do.
Now while the price of membership is quite competitive with other gyms, the teaching was well below par when compared to other gyms I've tried up and down the country. No other club has ever tried to get me to fill in a direct debit form before I have even given the class a try.
IMHO I'd say give this place a miss unless you want an extremely basic level of martial arts. There are a couple of other gyms in the surrounding area such as in Richmond, Croydon etc, where it may cost a few more quid a month, but the level of instruction is on a whole nother level.
Personally, this was not the place for me. Just my opinion, but one it seems I'm not alone in
7/16/2015 11:08am, #35
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Hi, apologies for resurrecting this long dead topic but I felt it was important to warn people in case he tried to set up a class elsewhere. After doing a random internet search I found an article about Eric Stokes. Utterly sickening. It seems that being a total fraud isn't bad enough, turns out Stokes is a dirty nonce too. I don't have enough posts to paste the link but it'll come up on google if you search eric stokes mma.
heres the article:
"The victim of a paedophile who sexually assaulted her when she was a girl has said that reporting him to the police was the best thing she has ever done.
Last month Eric Stokes, 53, who is a black belt in mixed martial arts, admitted eight counts of historic indecent assault against a girl aged under 16 over a four year period 20 years ago.
General’s office will decide tomorrow whether an appeal lodged by an unnamed person will go ahead after it was argued his sentence of a two year community order was too lenient.
Kingston Crown Court said Stokes, who lives in Mitcham, must also sign the sex offenders register for five years and be supervised for two years.
When Stokes' offences came to light last week, he was kicked out of Holistic Fitness Studios, off the Broadway in Wimbledon, where he rented space, by chief instructor Stephen Dixon who was unaware he had even been charged.
His victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said today that she hoped the case would inspire other victims of sex crimes to come forward.
She said there was a wealth of support available now for victims and had nothing but praise for the police who helped bring him to justice after 20 years.
She said: "I’d like to say to anyone who has suffered or is suffering at the hands of an abuser that you are not alone and there is always light at the end of the tunnel however unlikely that may seem.
"This happened to me a very long time ago and I suffered in silence not wanting to believe what happened, but that only lasted so long.
"From the first day I went to the police they have been incredibly supportive in bringing my abuser to justice.
"There is a lot of support now for victims of abuse, be strong, don't be afraid to ask for help, it will be the best thing you have ever done. Believe in your truth and never doubt yourself.
"My healing has only just begun as I continue my rehabilitation in to feeling normal again and I hope I can give courage and strength to at least one person so that some good comes of the abuse I suffered."
Mr Dixon said Stokes had not worked with children at Holistic Fitness Studios and ran adult mixed martial arts classes from studio space rented from him at the venue.
He said: "He used to rent space from me. I told him I don’t want him anywhere near the club.
"I have asked him to stay away from it. I have terminated his rental of studio space."
Stokes admitted eight counts of indecent assault against a girl aged under 16-years-old on Thursday, November 6.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he indecently assaulted the victim between August 9, 1994 and August 10, 1998.
Speaking about losing his job at Holistic Fitness Studios, Stokes said: "It is really unfair.
"I have been working and training in martial arts for 20 years.
"The job I had was teaching adults and had nothing to do with children."
He said he was devastated and hoped Mr Dixon would reconsider his decision.
He had been working full time as a security officer at Lloyds bank in Richmond before he was caught sleeping on the job and was sacked in September this year.
On the club’s website, which has since removed all mention of Stokes, a profile said he was a mixed martial arts combat Ju Jitsu instructor and was born in Chelmsford, Essex, before moving to east London, then Mitcham.
It said he had been involved in the ‘fighting arts’ since the age of 14-years-old and had achieved a brown belt in Ju Jitsu, black belt in mixed martial arts and was a silver medallist at the Ju Jitsu championships heavyweight division.
The profile, written by Stokes, said his other passion was cars having owned 30 in the last 24 years."
7/16/2015 3:24pm, #36
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Hello, apologies for resurrecting this long dead topic. A quick search of Eric Stokes revealed he was convicted for being a paedophile last year. Not only that but it took 20 years to bring this dirty scumbag to justice. I'm shocked and disgusted to be honest.
I'd paste the link to the news article but I don't have enough posts. It's quite easy to find online though.
So not only was this guy a conman and a fraud, he was also a nonce.
If you see this guy instructing a class; especially in a place that kids attend: Get it shut down immediately and stay well clear.