Inspirational martial arts leader is honoured by British Steel

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 26 Jul 2017

A martial arts leader who has been named British Steel’s first community ambassador has been described as an "irreplaceable asset to the area".

Stuart Usher, who founded Messingham Martial Arts in 2014, received the accolade at the company’s inaugural Glow Awards.

His was one of nine awards to be presented in the ceremony, which was designed to celebrate British Steel employees’ achievements in and outside the business.

Stuart’s award came after employees at the company voted to donate £1,500 from their community fund to the martial arts club, which teaches self-defence techniques, along with life skills such as confidence, self-control and discipline, to adults and children.

Stuart works at British Steel’s Ore Preparation Plant and has been performing martial arts for 16 years.

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He thanked all at British Steel for their support and explained how his role in the community was about more than teaching "kicks and punches".

He said: "It means a lot to me because it’s the business showing its respect for what employees are doing outside the business."

Speaking about his role at the club, he said: "We work together to promote confidence and self-esteem, as well as self-defence.

Stuart Usher is British Steel's new community ambassador

"I started helping out in classes and the feedback I was getting from the people I was teaching, and the parents, was heart-warming.

"When people give you praise about something, you feel confident about it and I thought if that’s how I feel, then my students can feel the same.

"So every class I’ve taught, over the many years I’ve been doing this, I’ve had that in my mind.

"And when I see someone do something – whether it be a kick, or technique, or that they’ve come to tell me a story about something at school, a sports day, or a charity event – it makes me feel warm inside. And if I’ve been a small part of that, it makes me very proud."

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Award judges said Stuart displayed enormous personal commitment to create a vibrant community activity for no personal financial gain, and provided a positive opportunity for many people in his local community.

They also said he was "truly outstanding and inspirational".

The £1,500 donated to the club by British Steel has been used to buy training equipment.

Stuart said: "The generous donation has really benefited our students and the local community – we can’t thank the British Steel scheme enough for supporting us."

For more information about the classes offered by Messingham Martial Arts, see messinghammartialarts.co.uk



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