Adult Martial Arts

Regardless of whether you want to learn Martial Arts for self protection, for fitness, competition, for weight loss or simply for fun, we have a class suitable for you to train in.

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Kid’s Classes

childrens martial arts basingstokeAt our Academy, children not only learn self-defence skills, they learn much more from us. Martial Arts training with us is different, it’s fun, it’s exciting and as a life skill is invaluable.

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Black Belt Grading – Congratulations

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading

Basingstoke Black Belts, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Ju Jitsu

On the weekend of 2nd December we held our biggest grading of the year in Basingstoke. We had students from Karate, Ju Jitsu and Judo all grading. Of which Seven of them were being examined for their Black Belt.

The weekend started with the younger children from the Young Legends, aged between 6- 9 going for their first belt. Their grading consisted of a 60 minute class to give a brief reminder of the things they had to demonstrate. They progressed onto the formal grading itself which consisted demonstrating blocks, kicks, strikes, throws and groundwork along with their forms and partnerwork.

We progressed onto those pupils from Young Legends trying for their Orange to Yellow belts. The format was similar albeit with additional techniques required because of their greater experience.

Saturday finished off with a group of Urban Warriors, which our Martial Arts classes for children between 10 – 14 years old.  Members were testing from belts between Orange and  Green and given that they are more mature and physically developed, greater expectations were on their shoulders. In this case the examination itself lasted a full two hours with four examiners assessing the progress and capability of each person attempting their next belt. In this group there were some very polished performances, particularly from Ava and Mia who double graded.

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It was a bright and breezy start on Sunday morning for our Judo-ka. Judo for children is divided into Belts called Mons and there are 18 to pass before Black Belt and for the adults, six Kyu grades to pass. There was a wide spectrum of grade being attempted from 1st Mon Red belt all the way through to 1st Kyu Brown belt. We covered a wide of fundamental techniques for the first two coloured belts that everyone practiced and then individual’s grade requirements were practiced and demonstrated to the examiners. The grading finished off this time with Randori for all the participants, congratulations to Ross who passed his 1st Kyu, next step Black Belt.

Next up on the Sunday were the intermediate grades for our Urban Warriors and Adults classes ranging from Red belt to Purple and White. Given the age group of this group, the intensity and expectations were set high from the start. We never give belts away, they are always hard earnt and something to be proud of. This grading was no exception with some incredible focus and determination shown. At this level gradings are a real test of one’s skill and determination with fundamentals across a wide range of punches, kicks, strikes, throws, locks and groundwork all having to be demonstrated to a high level followed by Forms and Kata with Sparring to finish.

Girl kicks high

The final session of the weekend was the most eagerly and nervously awaited, our annual Black Belt grading. Black Belt candidates have the year prior to the grading to prepare for their grading with a ‘little project’ to help them focus and achieve. They study and reflect upon their goals for the year, their strengths and weaknesses, their physical activity, their diet, a personal assignment to research and discuss with peers, a lesson to plan and then deliver to prove their knowledge and ability to pass on their skills and knowledge and finally a review of their progress during the year. The theory side of the grading has to be passed before the candidate is invited to take part in the physical examination. The physical grading itself is 3 hours long and is designed to stretch all the participants. Everyone grading was reminded that at this level they had to pass each section of the grading or they would be asked to leave the mats at the end of that section.

In the grading this year we had members ranging from Brown Belt through to 2nd Dan Black Belt grading. We started with ‘volunteers’ leading us through the Forms syllabus from White Belt forms all the way through to Black Belt. With six examiners marking the grading, everyone had to remain focussed and delivering skilful techniques. They proceeded from there onto demonstrating single fundamental techniques performed which then lead into increasing complicated combinations of techniques. They then demonstrated throws and hold downs, before moving onto Padwork to test the speed and power of their techniques and also their reaction times. Individuals were then called up to demonstrate individual Forms and Kata, with a range wide performed including 16 Gates, Circles, Tai Ki, Enpi, Jion, Seienchin, Bassai Dai, Kosukan Dai, Kanku Sho, Nipaipo, Suparempei, Chatan Yara No Kushanku, Yang Chen Fu and The Dao Form.

The grading concluded with the sparring section which included multiple fights with dojo fighting rules, which included fighting at all ranges including on the ground. Black Belt candidates also had to fight against multiple opponents to test their resolve, courage and ability to fight under significant pressure. Immediately on finishing this, the Black Belt candidates carried on by performing more Kata or Forms and finally finished with Pushing Hands skills at a little over the 3 hours 15 minutes mark. It’s fair to say that everyone was physically and emotionally tired but had a sense of satisfaction for completing the grading.

On the Monday evening our Combat Ju Jitsu group were graded and again their syllabus gets harder as they progress with a requirement to be able to show many different ways of performing a technique against different people to pressure test it.

It was a rare grading weekend that everyone passed their grading and received new belts. We only ever invite people to attempt their next belt if we believe that they are ready to pass, however it is up to them on the day to perform to the best of their ability and to prove that they are ready for their new belt.

Congratulations to everyone who passed their grading over the weekend, especially our newest Black Belts, who can wear their new belts with pride.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Closure

Written by bryan. Posted in Updates

Our Christmas holiday closures are between Monday 18th December and Monday 1st January inclusive. We hope that you have a lovely Christmas Holiday.

 

Merry Christmas from everyone at Shin Gi Tai.

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Charity Fundraising

Written by bryan. Posted in Charity, Health and Fitness

We hope you will jump, block, kick and punch at the chance to support us in raising money for Hampshire Paediatric Diabetes Group (formally BYDG) and Diabetes UK.

The Link to the webpage to donate is here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shingitaimartialartsacademykatathon2017

The event takes place all week from Monday 9th October and during the week we will try to do as many different Forms or Kata as we can. The fundraising culminates in the Final Event on Saturday 14th, 1-4pm, which includes chocolate tombola, raffle and prizes for:

  1. Best Mum Kata
  2. Best Dad Kata
  3. Best Overall Kata
  4. Guessing the total number of katas completed during the week
  5. Raising the most money

The Hampshire Paediatric Diabetes Group (formerly Basingstoke Young Diabetics Group) supports Young People With Type 1 Diabetes (YPWD) and their families & carers in North Hampshire. They provide support, continuing education and events for the newly diagnosed and for approximately 140 young Type 1 diabetics (age 0-22) predominantly under the care of the paediatric team at North Hants Hospital.

Since its establishment in 1972, they have helped several thousand young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families & carers and are affiliated with Diabetes UK. This group supports families who are members of this club and we have many other members who are impacted by diabetes.

As a Martial Arts Academy that is truly part of the Basingstoke community we at Shin Gi Tai are passionate about raising as much money as we can for this very worthwhile charity and we are also asking businesses and groups to please be part of this effort so that we can work together to make a real impact.

We will be running a sponsored Katathon over the whole week w/c Oct 9th culminating in a Main Event on Saturday October 14th from 1pm – 4pm

PLEASE pledge your support, by being here on the day and by coming together as a club to raise as much money and awareness as possible by being part of our sponsored kata.

Can you please support by  making  a  donation  here,  giving: raffle prizes, coming along and supporting on the day either by getting on the mats and adding to our kata count or just offering some support and buying some cake and donating to this event. We have attached a sponsorship form for you to please ask family and friends to contribute and all members will be completing kata/forms in their classes during this week to raise sponsorship money. Please support the club by encouraging as many people to donate as possible.

 

Many thanks in advance for your generous donation

From all the team @ Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy https://www.basingstokekarate.com

for more info please contact mandi.miles@basingstokekarate.com

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Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy,
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