Posts Tagged ‘Competition’

BCCMA National Semi Contact Championships 2013

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition, News

BCCMA, Qinda, Sanda, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, BasingstokeMembers of Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy’s Kung Fu section were selected to join the Shikon National Kung Fu Team competing at The British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) annual Qinda semi contact sparring championships held in Gillingham in Kent.


The BCCMA is the Sport England recognised national governing body for Chinese Martial Arts covering disciplines such as Kung Fu and Tai Chi, both of which are practiced at Shin Gi Tai. The annual championships are a great way for competitors to test their skills within the rules using Kickboxing punches, kicks and strikes along with throws. Unlike an MMA event these rules do not allow groundwork. Each bout was fought over three rounds, each lasting upto 2 minutes. Qinda is the semi contact category and Sanda is the full contact category.


The team included the Basingstoke contingent  of:- coaching and competing Bryan Andrews (46) and Mark Nevola (50) along with Harry Cronk (13), Emma Baldry (15), Edward Andrews (9), Peter Syckelmoore (26), Raph Canlas (19) , Sal de Francisci (35), Jamie Venning (21), Paul Gadsden (19), Tom Roe (23) and Richard Dossett (26).


It’s fair to say that there were some nerves from several of the competitors, this being their first Kung Fu competition. As soon as they stepped onto the mats, those nerves went immediately. The event was well run and attended. It was split into ages and weights categories to make it fairer for the competitors.


First up for Basingstoke was Edward Andrews who although only 9 competed in the Under 11 ages category. He fought tremendously well to get through to the semi final stage before narrowly missing out on a Bronze medal coming fourth. He used his speed against bigger opponents to his advantage and got some nice head kicks and throws in on his opponents.


Next up was Emma Baldry fighting in the Under 16 Females. She had a good day quite easily going through to the final with convincing displays of punches, head kicks and throws. In a tight final, Emma was narrowly beaten in the first round, before coming back very strongly to dominate her opponent in the second with a dazzling performance of close quarter throws and kicks. In the interval Emma’s opponent had an asthma attack, the medics decided that she was able to continue. In the last round Emma’s compassionate nature took over and she backed off slightly, this cost her the gold medal, but was a decision she didn’t regret, ending up with a silver medal.


Harry Cronk finished off as the last of the Junior contingent from Basingstoke. Through to the final he used his experience in the first round of his fight to overwhelm his opponent with a barrage of kicks and punches combined with some nice throws to win the round. His opponent, rather energised came out in a determined mood for the second round, needing to win the round to stay in the fight.  Harry weathered the initial barrage and came back strongly with a couple of good throws, followed by some hook punches to draw ahead. Having taken the lead from that point on, he never lost and comfortably won the round and in just two rounds he became the Under 14 Under 55Kg Male BCCMA National Qinda Champion. This was Harry’s first Gold medal at a National Level competition, to say he was elated would be an understatement.


We only took three children to this event from Basingstoke, but managed one fourth place, one silver medal and a gold medal.


The adults who received a medal were as follows:-


In the over 18s, unlucky for us two of our fighters were drawn together in the first round with Pete Syckelmoore and Tom Roe competing against one another. In this instance Pete’s experience paid off and he won the bout with a range of dynamic attacks. Peter and Tom fought in the biggest division of the day and there were some very good fighters within it. Peter won his next round with some very exciting techniques including a nice flying kick and some spectacular take downs against his opponent to win that round. Sadly he lost the next round to the eventual winner. They were quite evenly matched, but his opponents greater experience won through, with Pete trying many exciting techniques, but not quite connecting with all of them, it gave his opponent a chance to counter attack and gain points. Peter did come through in the repercharge to win third place and was probably the most exciting fighter of the whole day, he gained some valuable experience.


Raph Canlas was next up and gave a good account of himself against some much more experienced opponents coming  through with some good throws.  He made good use of his throwing and close range grappling skills but lost at the Qtr final stage. In a bizarre twist the two people who went through to the semi final in his half of the draw were both disqualified leaving an opening for Raf to go through to the final. His opponent was more experienced and used his greater punching and kicking skills to good effect to keep Raph at bay and secure gold, but still a very good performance from him.


We moved onto the veterans categories with our final two team members and coaches. Mark Nevola was first up in the <75k Category. Mark is known for his fast accurate hand and foot techniques. It took him a little while to warm up and to find his feet, so to speak. But when he did he was able to unleash a barrage of kicks and punches against his unsuspecting opponents, his footwork was such that we was able to move in strike, score and retreat to a safe distance before his opponent could react. Mark won through to the Silver Medal position in a very close final which went to three rounds and saw the lead go back and forth between both competitors.


Last up was Bryan Andrews in the Heavyweight Veterans category. It’s fair to say that the first round of the Quarter Finals, Bryan fighting was a bit of a disaster with him getting swept and nearly knocked out, meaning that he convincingly lost the first round. Thankfully in the interval he reassessed his tactics and came out with a different approach, which paid off, with him winning the second and third rounds using some big throws and kicks to tire his opponent out. He went into the semi final and won the first two rounds within a short period using better ring craft to force his opponent to make mistakes. The final of this category was exciting with Bryan unleashing strong, fast accurate hook punches and sidekicks to take the first one. The second round proved to be the final round with Bryan taking the fight to his opponent from the beginning again using a wide range of effective techniques including a nice major hip throw and some outside foot reaps. The only hiccup came part way through the round when after a hook punch the two fighters began to grapple, Bryan forgot the rules and used a knee strike to the stomach, resulting in a warning. The fight restarted with Bryan again taking the initiative going straight into a throw and then finishing the fight off with a combination of hook punch, side kick and outside foot reap. A successful day all in all and another BCCMA National Qinda Champion, this time in the Veterans Heavyweight category.


Competition update – Italy Day 3

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition

Day 3 – Italy Competition


Another long day, we all made it for breakfast at 7:00 and I’ve just back to my room at 22:26. But must say it’s been a great day for all of the squad.


Another good day of high standard competition and of competent refereeing. In many competitions, one sees referees being intimidated by the competitors and coaches and doing a poor job. The last couple of days has shown the referees here to be pretty good and they took no crap from competitors nor coaches. Discipline was firm but fair, with several disqualification for poor control. In one case both competitors got disqualified for getting somewhat fractious with one another, A harsh but necessary object lesson. One of the best things I had to comment on, was that one of the teams seems to contain a lot of ‘divers.’ That is, if they are getting bested in a match, they start to fall down at the slightest hint of a technique. One of them got disqualified for doing exactly this today. In my view good riddance, we are practising Martial Artists and should behave as such.

Magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat.


Today was the day for all of the individual events starting off with the various ladies Kata events before moving onto the Mens Kata events. Then at lunchtime moving onto the Kumite events.


We had a few nail biting moments with Jess before it was confirmed that she had reached the finals of the Cadet B (16-17 yrs) Shotokan Karate with a good performance after some heavy competition against some top Italian and Serbian competitors. Holly and Mitchell Roberts from Bicester both pulled in a strong performance to reach the finals of the Shito Ryu events as did Kai Collins. Next up was Edward who was in the Cadet A (14-15 yrs) Males Shotokan category and did a great Bassai Dai in the quarter finals to reach the semi finals, although he produced a strong Enpi in the semi final, it wasn’t quite enough to secure a place in the final.


A brief stop for lunch and we moved onto the Kumite with the females leading the way again. The squad had a number of top notch competitors from the Cadets through to the Juniors across all of the weight categories, so an afternoon of excitement was seen. If today was anything to go by, the finals will be great.


Jess was up fairly soon and was in great form , convincingly beating her Bosnian competitor with a 6-0 win in the semi final to ensure a place in the final against an Italian opponent. Ed went up against a tough Russian competitor and beat him to face a Ukrainian in the semi final. The semi lasted some while and it was a tough bout, Edward lost the match but picked up some valuable lessons and a Bronze Medal, the first from Basingstoke.

There were many highlights today for example Joby Wilson fought some good matches to take himself through to the final. The best technique I saw from him was a score with a reverse roundkick. Good clean and definitive techniques, all made the Refs jobs easier and hard for his opponents to block. I didn’t get to see everyone’s fight, but the strength in depth of our team is self evident.


Total medal haul up to the end of today and before going into the individual and team finals tomorrow.


The England squad currently has:-

Gold Medals – 4

Silver  Medals – 5

Bronze Medals – 18 (might be a few light here)




There are four competitors in with a medal chance for the kata tomorrow 

Plus guaranteed Gold or silver for the eight teams into the team Kumite finals tomorrow and the 19 people fighting in the individuals Kumite events.


Roll on Day 4.



Joby in action



Competition update – Italy Day 2

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition

End of Day 2 and just got back to our hotel after dinner, it’s now 21:22 and we started training at 9:00 this morning with Ed and Jess wanting to work through their top two katas for about 90 minutes. We started training outside the local indoor tennis courts and the lady running took pity on us and invited us to come in and use a court to train on. After our training we took a leisurely stroll along the seafront at Caorle and through the town searching for a restaurant that wasn’t a Pizzeria, not managed to find one yet though.  Everything was rather windswept after a stormy very early morning, thankfully the rain stopped, so we had the rest of the day dry.


After lunch we arrived in time to see the <13 children competing in the Kumite. It was interesting to watch the kids compete in headguard and body armour. Part of me (the old fashioned part) is sad that we are introducing it and part of me (the pragmatist) sees it as being useful to encourage wider participation for juniors at tournaments. Just hope it doesn’t become the norm for adults.


The future looks bright with some of the talent that we saw today. Overall the squad had a successful outing with several Golds, Silvers and Bronzes in both Kata and Kumite (Sorry I can’t remember exactly how many). We moved onto the cadets and juniors team events in both kata and Kumite. Little bit disappointing to see that we weren’t able to field a kata team at this event, maybe at the Europeans in London next October. 😎


There were some excellent Kata performed by the teams, a highlight for me, was the Italian junior male team, very veryKarate England, Karate Sport England good and for me, a probable winner in their category. The fighting was fierce with many of the young athletes giving it their all fighting for their Country, we had some real highlights with some great techniques, particularly from the Juniors, 18-20 year olds, (See video of Charlie Collins scoring with a superbly timed reverse punch for Ippon) with a wide variety of kicks, punches and throws.


The standard of refereeing was good and the competitors in the main were good sports fighting fairly, within the rules. I didn’t see too many injuries during the afternoon and evening and only one that was more serious being a broken nose from hitting a knee as the person was swept.


No medals yet for the >14s, but we’ve got eight (I think) teams through to the finals of the various Kumite divisions, lets see  if Ed and Jess can home with some medals from this. I’m quietly optimistic.


Back to the Sport Centre for an 8am start tomorrow with individual kata with Edward being in one of the biggest groups and up towards the start of it all, closely followed by Jess. Kumite to start around 12:30. Good luck team.