AMA International Karate Competition

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition, News

Congratulations to the Karate competitors from Basingstoke who took part in the AMA International Karate Open in Sheffield on 28/2 – 1/3. The event was held over two days, with day one focusing on Kata and day two on Kumite (Fighting)

We saw success from Lindsey Andrews and Jess Muller in the Kata events and from Jess Muller and Harry Cronk in the Kumite.

It was a long weekend with a long drive both ways, but a good competition with a high standard and good refereeing, it’s an event that we shall attend again. Thanks to the support team that came with us. Especially to Emma who came to support her big brother on her birthday.



Black Belt Gradings December 2014

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading, News

Black Belts from BasingstokeWe’ve just finished our last grading of the year with a successful weekend of Karate and Judo gradings. This December grading was also our only Black Belt grading for the year, so the pressure was on for several candidates.We don’t pass people for gradings of any discipline, unless they’;ve clearly proved that they are worth it on the day. Mind, skills and body in harmony, always. Does that sound familiar?

It does mean that sometimes we get some disappointment when either they don’t pass or get a grade lower than hoped for. That is and always has been part of the journey as a Martial Artist that we all take. The wins, the losses, the gains, the failures, the changes we have to make to evolve as a Martial Artist, regardless of our level of experience or skill. All of these things go to make up our personal Martial Arts DNA.Our gradings this year went from our 6-9 year olds

 at the Weekend, to 10 – 14 year olds finishing with the Adults

Each group were tested on things from our age specific programmes to test their skills and knowledge.

The following people merited a highly commended pass;- Mia Corbett and Daniel Lynch from the first session. Max Wiggins and Jessica Bellsham in the second. Enzo Cerroni and Jake Stanley in the third and in the final session for the Urban Warriors and Adults Jack Wyatt and Kienan Dolan. Grażyna Zwierzyńska was the only person over the course of the weekend who doubled graded, she went from Yellow belt to Purple, well done.

We also have been over the past month conducting a Judo grading for the Monday class and were pleased for many of them to achieve new belts, Special mention here to club coaches Katherine White and Mark van Meerkerk who along with Gavin Downey passed their 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Judo.

A special mention must go to Rebecca Halil and Leyna Jones who both passed their 1st Dan Black Belts after a rigorous test following many years of dedicated learning. Both girls have been training with us for a very long time and have been training a minimum of 4 times a week in their quest for their Black Belts. Finally Mark van Meerkerk passed his 2nd Dan Belt after his grading week culminating in teaching 4 classes over different ages and abilities prior to his physical grading.
Well done everyone, congratulations on the new belts.IMG_2876



Fundraising for The Pink Place

Written by bryan. Posted in News

Body Combat Coaches The Pink Place.jpgShin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy and The Pink Place came together to run a Combat Cancer class to help raise funds for The Pink Place, which is a Basingstoke Based charity which provides free of charge therapies and services to people with Breast Cancer. It’s a great cause which is close to our hearts as one of our coaches is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The idea of the evening was to take part in a Body Combat class, have some fun and to raise lots of money. The theme for the evening was to wear a decorated Bra whilst working out, which all the participants, men and women did, the best dressed Bra award won a prize, so the competition was stiff with lots of ruffles, sequins and other flourishes on display.


The class was led by qualified Combat Coaches Caroline Halil and Lindsey Andrews and they ran what was a packed class through a number of very energetic routines with the participants kicking and punching their way through to the end of the class. At the end of the class, everyone had some drinks and nibbles and purchased those last minute raffle tickets, there was an assortment of prizes, ranging from bottles of wine, to Reiki Treatments, Heart rate monitor watches and Sony in Viables donated a camera to the raffle.


Thank you to everyone who helped in either organising the event or provided raffle prizes, this helped to raise a total of £1301 for The Pink Place. It was a great evening, all the participants enjoyed it and they all raised a lot of money for a very worthy local charity. Further information on The Pink Place is available here if you would like to donate to them and regular Body Combat classes can be found at  

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