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Martial Arts, is it just a physical skillset?

Written by Sophie. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Kids Martial Arts, Kids Karate, Kids Judo, Basingstoke, Kids Kung FuBlack Belt Research Project 2013 Introduction by Sophie Pogmore 

My Research Topic is 

a)      Learning a Martial Art is a physical skillset. What other things do we need to train and learn as a Martial Artist?

b)      What is your biggest fear as a Martial Artist, how are you working to overcome it?

c)      Everyone is different both physically but also emotionally. Some are shy, some are confident, others are passive and some are aggressive. Looking across a range of different types of people how can a study of martial arts bring balance to someone’s life and describe how that study could have both a positive or a negative effect on them.

 

To be able to do my project for my grading I am going to research my facts in books, on Google and I will use my own knowledge. I will also talk to friends and family about their knowledge and about their experiences. My projects are about my greatest fears and how I will over come them, what other things we need to learn as martial artists and how martial arts changes people. I will also present my information and findings by making essays. I might also make a short power point for the viewers to watch. This will explain in detail about one of my project but it will make it more interesting to read.

I personally hope to get more information and facts about karate and about how it can change someone, from doing my project. I want to find out more from other people and what karate means to them. How does it change you emotionally and what benefits can you get out of it? It will hopefully help me with my understanding for it and for others.

I also hope that my work will help other children to carry on doing karate and not give up. It will also help them work on their fears so that they can eventually over come them. They can take away information and facts that can help them in classes and so that they can develop their skills. They will be able to know when to defend themselves. I hope they are able to take on board some of these things to help them in karate.

When I plan my sixty minute talk I will probable make another power point showing different parts to my talk and how I will separate some parts of information to my other facts and knowledge. I also might do a rough plan to show where I want people in the room and how many minutes I will talk about one thing and then move on from it.

To be able to do my 5 minute talk to friends, I will write myself a plan of what I will say and when I will say it. I also might make a booklet or something to show my findings and information. I will also tell them where I got my facts from. I will also prepare to answer any questions people may ask.

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Double British Champion

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition, News

Karate, Basingstoke, Martial Arts, Gold Medal, Sports AwardsMembers of our Karate club from Basingstoke recently attended the Karate Sport England (KSE) National Championships held in Loughborough.

The team included both experienced players and novices of all ages. The KSE championships are open to all styles of Karate and it attracts some very good international exponents. This year was no exception with European and World Champions competing. Club and Association Teams were entered from over 20 different associations from around the UK. This was our best event to date with us finishing 5th in the medal table for total numbers of medals won.

First up were the Children competing in the individual Kata events. With Georgina Butcher (13) winning a Bronze Medal in the girls under 15s Shotokan Kata (**) meant that we started the day well. Edward van Meerkerk (14) was next onto the podium in the boys under 15s Shotokan Kata winning a Gold Medal and becoming the British Champion. In the process he performed a very accomplished Kanku Dai in the final to convincingly win the Gold.

Next up were the adults with Mark Nevola (49)winning his first Kata medal at a national level. For many years Mark has been a talented and successful Kumite (**) competitor, but in the last year with help from the other club coaches he’s also developed good skills in Kata. He achieved a Silver medal in the veterans Kata beating some more experienced Kata exponents on the way.

Lindsey Andrews (38) was last up for the adults and won a Bronze medal in the Ladies Open category followed by a Gold medal in the Ladies Shotokan open, reinforcing her position as UK #1 in this discipline. In both events she performed new Kata that she has been working on in readiness for the World Championships in June. In the Ladies Veterans Open event, she was leading the field until the final, where a slight mistake cost her the Gold and she ended up with a Bronze medal.

Following the finish of the Kata events, the event moved onto the Kumite, starting with the children’s categories.

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Emma Cronk (9) was not only entering her first ever competition, she was entering a National level tournament with many experienced players. She fought her way through to the semi finals and gained a Bronze medal and got some invaluable experience in the process.

Spardha Kumar (16) fighting in the 15-17 years female category also won a Bronze medal, losing out to some very experienced international competitors. Her team mate Jess Muller (15) went one better in the same event and won a Silver medal losing to one of her peers on the Karate England National Team in a narrow final.

Harry Cronk (12) made it a spectacular day for the Cronk family winning several fights very convincingly before being disqualified for excess contact in the semi finals.  This was Harry’s first medal at a National Level and his performance on the day merited a higher medal, but he should be proud of what he did.

Rebecca Halil (14) also had a good day winning fights to get her through to the semi finals, before being narrowly beaten by 1 point to get a Bronze Medal.

Edward van Meerkerk (14) fought through a large contingent in the boys under 45k event. In the quarter finals he fought and beat current England International and World Champion Josh Valentine. He carried on to the final with his usual array of exciting scoring techniques using kicks and punches to score points. He won the Gold Medal and become a double British Champion on the same day having earlier won the Kata event. The video below is of him in action.

 

Matheus Sanches Alves (19) fought in two events the first being the 18-20 years old category and then the 18+ under 75k category. Both of these events are very difficult with some highly experienced and very good international fighters. He fought some excellent fights to win a Bronze medal in both categories he entered.

Mark Nevola (49) added to the medal haul with a Bronze medal in the Senior Men’s Open and also a Bronze in the Shobu Ippon event. In the Veterans (over 35s) Kumite, Bryan Andrews (45) did well winning his Quarter Final and Semi Final matches 6-0. In the final a controversial decision after a foot sweep downed his opponent, meant he was disqualified and received a Silver Medal. Both fighters are currently working hard to prepare for the World Karate Championships in June.

** (Kata is a choreographed sequence of movements where attacking and defensive movements are practised in sequence. Kumite is fighting against an opponent)

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Basingstoke Black Belt Grading

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading, News

Karate Black Belt, Adult Karate, Martial Arts in Basingstoke, Karate club in BasingstokeOur Martial Arts School based in Basingstoke held a grading on Saturday 8th December with members attending from both our Alton and Basingstoke classes. The grading itself was split into four different groups dependent upon age and ability. This was also one of two opportunities for Black Belt candidates to be examined during 2012.

Congratulations to the many people who came away with new belts, your own hard work, effort, perseverance and determination paid off. For those that were disappointed this time, listen and consider the feedback given to you, to help you come back stronger next time. Gradings at our club are examinations, you simply don’t pass for turning up, you have to prove that physically you can do the techniques correctly and that you understand the principles behind them. At a senior level you have to also understand the theory that goes behind it and be able to pass that knowledge on to others.

Many of the children excelled what they did, I’d like to mention particularly Samantha Butcher who is 11. She attempted her Junior Black Belt grading, for her this meant conducting a warm up in the younger age Children’s class, also teaching them a couple of groundwork based techniques and acting as the coaches assistant when necessary. In the second part of her grading session with the 10-15 year olds, she had to present two things  to the group:-

  1. Explain why a Black Belt always has to take themselves out of their comfort zone and what this means for their progress
  2. Explain what you think the most important part is in learning a Martial Art

It’s not uncommon for the presenter to get asked questions about the topic that they have presented and this proved to be the case again with Samantha being asked some challenging questions about her presentations.

In addition to this she then had to take part in over 25 fights, some in a competition scenario where the objective was to win the match and some, where she just had to keep going against both more senior students and against multiple fighters. Finally she finished up with performing her respective forms and katas. Samantha’s performance was excellent, it showed a lot of confidence in her skills and also a maturity. Without doubt she had proven her right to wear the coveted Black Belt that she earned.

Mention should also go to Louise Kelly, Ewan Furness, Hannah Boyle and Amelia Pomerance who all achieved double grades during the Children’s grading sessions.

 

Black Belt, Kids, Children's Martial ArtsThe final session was the adults grading commencing at 7:30pm. These are always more nervous affairs because the people taking part in these are always taken outside of their comfort zone and don’t know exactly what they will be asked to do. Nine of people attending this grading were being examined for Brown Belt or higher, so it was fair to say that the intensity was somewhat high as were the expectations from the examiners.

Congratulations go to Mark van Meerkerk and Emma McDade who passed their 1st Dan Black Belt examination and to Jonathan Swift who passed his 2nd Dan Black Belt. All of whom demonstrated strong physical techniques, determination, discipline and fortitude. Like Samantha all three had to also present various topics including their thoughts on ‘Deeper Training,’ ‘What makes a good student’ and ‘Defending against Knives.’ With several senior black belts present during the grading, it’s fair to say that the push-back to them was quite strong.

After a near 3 hour grading which included padwork, body evasion, knife defence, sparring, forms and teaching for the higher grades, I’m pleased to say that all of the adults passed and some are now ‘looking forward’ to their own Black Belt examination in the next year or so with some advice on things to concentrate on in their own practice.

Mention should also go Rob McDade who double graded.

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Article in Basingstoke Gazette about Martial Arts Success

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition, News

Karate in Basingstoke, Martial Arts, TaekwondoShin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy entered a team of competitors into the Seitou Ryu Essex Open Karate Championships in Tilbury Essex. The competition attracts participants from across London and the Home Counties. We had a successful event with 2 Gold medals, 7 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals.

The event is an ideal one for both newcomers and national competitors, with categories to suit them all. One of the highlights for the club was Josh Nicholls (7 yrs old) one of the youngest member of the team. He fought three tough fights which dominated and narrowly missed out on a place in the final due to a controversial referees decision, he’s one to watch for in the future.

Mark Nevola (48) a member of the coaching team gained two Gold medals for fighting (in the Veterans over 35 yrs event  and Seniors 18+ years event, despite battling it out with opponents over 20 years younger than him. He proved once again that experience and skill pays off)

Samantha Butcher (9) won a silver medal in the Children’s Kata (see note *) after battling through several rounds.

Harry Cronk (12), Jess Muller (15) and Edward van Meerkerk (13) won a silver medal in the team Kata event, narrowly losing to a more experienced side in the final.

Brothers Harry (9) and Edward (13) van Meerkerk had a good day with Harry winning a silver medal for fighting and also a bronze medal for kata. Whilst big brother Edward won two silver medals, one for fighting and one for kata. Edward’s fighting was particularly impressive being the smallest in his division, he came upto the shoulder height of his opponents, but that didn’t stop him winning matches with fast accurate head height kicks.

The full squad included Bryan Andrews, Edward van Meerkerk, Flynn Robertson, Georgina Butcher, Harry Cronk, Isabel Bailey, Jess Muller, Josh Nicholls, Mark Nevola, Samantha Butcher, Rebecca Clarke, Harry van Meerkerk and Rebecca Halil.

 

* Note: (Kata is a choreographed sequence of movements where attacking and defensive movements are practiced in sequence)

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