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Have you reached a plateau in your Martial Arts training?

Written by bryan. Posted in Coaching, Martial Arts skills

plateuxLearning any Martial Art in Basingstoke, it doesn’t matter whether it’s hard martial art like Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Ju Jitsu or Judo, is difficult. Many people even say that learning a soft Martial Art such as  Tai Chi, Aikido, Pa-Kua or Hsing is even harder.

There is a typical scenario that happens with practitioners. When they start practicing, they know nothing, so progress can be made rapidly and new things are learnt almost constantly. The beginner tends to feel energised and is generally pleased with their progress.

As they consolidate these skills and hone, things become flatter in terms of the feeling of success and accomplishments. Many students become unhappy or disillusioned with their seeming lack of progress and quit their training. For those that stick through this phase the rewards when they come out of the plateau are great. It’s often like a light switch has been turned on and that persons skills  have been multiplied.

By the time a student gets closer to their coveted Black Belt, their Instructor is by now, pushing them much harder, both physically to perform their techniques and mentally to demonstrate their understanding of the art. Their skills are much greater, speed and power are really starting to come together and their understanding of the art is much greater.  However it’s generally one of the most dangerous phases, because many people lose heart and the will to persevere and give up, when their goal is so close.

All of us who have reached their Black Belt have experienced these plateau in our own training and if we are honest, we still experience them as Black Belts. Personally speaking I’ve had times when I’ve felt like I’ve regressed in terms of skill and ability. When I was a 2nd Dan, I went through 12 months of everyone in the Dojo from Yellow Belt upto Black Belts being faster than me, stronger, more skilful and basically able to beat me every time I fought them, and beat me convincingly. One day at training it all fell into place and the  old me was back. Actually that wasn’t quite true, it was the new highly improved me and I could do it again, only better than before. I reflected long and hard about that experience and my conclusion was that my belief in training had handsomely paid off and the will not to give up had proven itself invaluable.

So next time you go through that feeling that you aren’t getting anywhere. Dig deep and keep training and learn from the experience to make yourself a better Martial Artist.

On the other hand when the going starts to get tougher, you could always just give in to that little voice and give it all up. Just remember though that little voice will years later say “If only I’d………………………..”

You can be a Black Belt or lazy. You can’t be both.

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Unsung heroes – Caroline Halil secures a team of 75 at Race for Life

Written by bryan. Posted in Events, News

Caroline Halil is a great friend, a super mum, a fantastic Bodycombat coach and moreover an inspiration to all of us. Every day you meet her, you can’t help but become affected by her vivaciousness and bubbling personality. In Caroline’s case it really is true that great things come (as she would put) in wee packages.

This is the story of how one woman from Basingstoke can help to make a difference.

Caroline, simply THANK YOU. x 

 

Bodycombat, les mills, bts, race for life basingstoke, fitness classes, cancer researchA Sherborne St John woman, who was told she wouldn’t be able to have children after battling cancer as a child, has amazed doctors by having four.

Now Caroline, who had to fight for life through emergency surgery for a very rare form of cancer, is the proud mother of Rebecca, 12, Lewis, 7, Reiss, 6 and Samuel, 3.

She says: ““I am very lucky to be here and I want to share my story to give others hope”.

Caroline’s inspirational story has already prompted over seventy women and young girls at the Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy at Basingstoke – where she teaches – to get behind her for this year’s Tesco and Cancer Research UK Race for Life.

She is hoping others will join up for the event at Down Grange Sports Complex at 11.00am on Sunday 26th June to raise money for vital research which is helping more people like Caroline to not only survive cancer, but go on to lead normal lives.

Caroline, who is now 38, was diagnosed with cancer in her kidney on her 10th birthday. She was living in Edinburgh at the time and she had been ill for around two years.

She said: “I had been suffering horrific stomach and back ache but nobody knew what was wrong. I had a hugely bloated stomach and I was eventually taken to hospital where I was immediately sent for emergency surgery to remove a tumour and one of my kidneys.  

At one points her parents were told there was only a 50-50 per cent chance of her surviving the nine-hour operation.

 

However, the cancer had spread and Caroline then faced two years of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She was told having the treatment as she approached puberty would prevent her from having children.

She said: “It took me months to recover and losing all my hair at that age was a horrific experience. I was told exploratory tests had confirmed I would never be able to have children”.

Caroline and her husband, Spencer, 40, accepted they couldn’t have children when they got married and were therefore stunned when her first pregnancy was discovered when she was in hospital being treated for something totally unrelated.

“A check-up found I was three-months pregnant with Rebecca. I was advised for my own health not to continue with the pregnancy, but I decided to take the chance. It was a complicated pregnancy, but we both survived”.

Her fourth pregnancy was also discovered during an unrelated hospital check-up, although the pregnancy itself was relatively straight forward.

“I am currently very well and feel very lucky that we have proved everyone wrong who said I couldn’t have children”.   

Caroline has been an active fundraiser and has raised several thousands of pounds for a variety of charities since she was a child.

“I have taken part in Race for Life with Rebecca for several years but wondered if I could encourage some members of the martial arts club to join us this year”.

Seventy-five women and young girls from the club’s 400 members have joined the team in support of Caroline **.

Lea Blake, the Basingstoke Race for Life organiser, said: “We are very grateful to the ladies from the Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy for making up such an impressive team.

“However, this year recruitment for the Basingstoke event is significantly lower than anticipated. With just 7 weeks to go, over 1500 women have already entered but there are still 2583 places to fill.

“Some women think they won’t be able to complete the course but in face most are able to walk 5k in an hour. In that same amount of time around five people will be diagnosed with cancer in the South.*

“If fewer women take part there will be less money to fund research, which in turn means fewer lives saved in the future”.

Women in the South can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.

For media enquiries please call Helen Johnstone of Cancer Research on 07768 987 925

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* All cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed from 2005-2007 in the South East Government Office Region.

 

** To find out more about the Shin Gi Tai martial Arts Academy please go to: www.basingstokekarate.com or telephone 01256 364104

 

About Race for Life

 

  • Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2011 is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of July.
  • Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer.  
  • 2011 is a very ambitious year for Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.  The goal is to raise £80 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. 
  • In 2011, women will have the opportunity to take part in the traditional 5k or opt for a10k route, without having to pay an additional entry fee, at 42 venues across the UK.
  • Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.  In 2011 it is celebrating its 17th birthday.
  • Since it started, an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK have raised over £362 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.
  • Entry fee is £14.99 to cover the costs of staging the event series.  All money raised in sponsorship will go directly to our work to help beat cancer.

 

About Cancer Research UK

 

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
  • The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.  This work is funded entirely by the public.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer.

 

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org

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Hampshire and IOW Sports Club of the Year 2011

Written by bryan. Posted in Awards, News

Martial Arts Club in Basingstoke are the championsAt the Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight awards on 23rd March, our Martial Arts Academy from Basingstoke won the prestigious award of ‘Hampshire Sports Club of the Year.’

 

Katherine Wight, Sarah Godley and Alison Lee from Biscoes, Oliver Andrews on their shoulders, Lindsey Andrews and Nicola van Meerkerk. 

The awards ceremony was held at Southampton Football Club and was organised by Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight, The event was hosted by Roger Johnson of BBC South today.

This award represents the culmination of a very successful year in Basingstoke for Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy, which included.

  • Moving into it’s own full time professionally equipped Martial Arts centre
  • Providing Martial Arts classes in Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Ju Jitsu, Tai Chi and Vale Tudo and fitness classes in Les Mills’ Bodycombat, Pilates and Circuits.
  • Becoming Basingstoke and Deane’s Sport Club of the year 2009/2010
  • Achieving Sport England’s Quality Kitemark ‘Clubmark accreditation’
  • Hosting numerous courses during the year with world class coaches
  • Teaching quality Martial Arts at all levels from recreational users to successful national level elite competitors and ages between 4 years old and 60+

 

Programme Director Lindsey Andrews, Coach Katherine White and Centre Manager Nicola van Meerkerk represented the club at the Sports awards along with 9 year old Oliver Andrews who is one of the students. This years Sports Awards saw a record number of nominations, with over 200 from all over the Hampshire region in 17 different categories and nominees included many international and Olympic level athletes. There was stiff competition for the coveted title of Club of the year with 20 clubs from the region put forward. The award was sponsored by Biscoes Solicitors (www.biscoes-law.co.uk) and the three shortlisted nominees were Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club from East Hampshire, Warsash Wasps Football Club and Shin Gi Tai.
Heather Windust from Sport Hampshire IOW commented “The awards are a fantastic celebration of sport throughout the county, and reflect not only the quality of local sporting achievement, but also the dedication, commitment and excellence of the many unsung heroes.  The club of the year category had over 20 nominations, it was a tough decision to whittle them down to just 3 and even tougher to decide on a winner. However the work Shin Gi Tai do in the local community and the dedication they have to developing their coaches and members made them deserving winners.”

There were a number of other Sportspeople from Basingstoke also made it into the top 3 in their respective categories, they were:

James Feighery-Murphy (Karate) –  Junior sportsman of the year
Rob Tobin (Athletics) – Senior sportsman of the year
Ben Hazell (Athletics) – Senior sportsman of the year
Rebecca Jane (Football) – Senior sportswoman of the year
Basingstoke Teamgym squad (Gymnastics) – Senior team of the year
Nigel Long (Tennis) – Performance coach of the year

 

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Keith Chapman said: “I am delighted that this forward thinking and proactive club won the award against tough competition from other strong clubs across the county.  It was very well deserved and is a testament to the hard work of the club and its many volunteers.  The club is a credit to the borough, making a contribution not only in the area of sport but to the local community, for example running self-defence classes and anti-bullying sessions. The council has worked in partnership with the club on various sports development initiatives and great links have been established with schools and voluntary organisations.  The club is very highly regarded locally.”

Chief Instructor Bryan Andrews said of the award “We have a great team of highly experienced coaches and staff and many enthusiastic members taking part in our classes. This award is really theirs and it is down to their hard work, effort and their determination to be the best they can. I’m delighted that their efforts have been recognised by Hampshire County”

Martial Arts in Basingstoke, for those that want to be winners. Karate in Basingstoke, Judo in Basingstoke

Certificate presented to the winning club at the Hampshire Sports Awards 2011

 

Further information on Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy: –  Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy is Basingstoke’s only full time Martial Arts center teaching a range of Martial Arts including Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Tai Chi, Ju Jitsu and Vale Tudo. In addition there are a number of fitness classes including Pilates, Body Combat and Circuits based classes.

There are specific class for adults and children to train in seperately. Children’s class are split into age specific groups of 4 – 6 yrs, 6 – 9 yrs and 10 – 15 yrs. In addition there are family classes where parents and children can train together.

Classes take place during the day time and evenings.

Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy is registered with The Martial Arts Standards Agency, Shikon International, The British Council for Chinese Martial Arts, Karate England, British Judo Association, World Union of Karate Federations and is accredited with Sport England’s ‘Clubmark’ Accreditation.

The award for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Club was sponsored by:- 

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Quality Kitemark, Clubmark, Sport England, Martial Arts Basingstoke

Clubmark Accredited Sports Club

 

 

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