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Sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t…

Written by Zane. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Question A:

The first question I will answer is:

When we practise a martial art, sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t go well at all. How do you encourage someone when things aren’t going so well?

First of all I will explain how it feels like when something is going well and when something is not going well at all.

What it feels like when something’s going well?

I have confidence and knowledge in me because I know what I am doing and from training for the past five and a half years, this boosts up my confidence. Whereas as a beginner I don’t yet know what I am meant to be like. To summarize something can only improve after a good amount of training.

When something’s going well I feel happy and on top of the world. I feel excited and eager to carry on and achieve more goals. Personally it makes me think positive and helps me to believe in myself that I can achieve the best. When this happens in a competition it makes me think that I can do this and that I will come home with a medal in my hands.

What it feels like when something’s not going well?

When something’s not going well I feel dark, gloomy and miserable and that I would never succeed in anything. I feel like giving up and not wanting to bother or carry on. It makes me have negative thoughts. It makes me stressed and I want to get ready to give up. In a competition this makes me feel embarrassed and wanting to run away.

My conclusion from what I’ve said is that you should never think negative, you should never run away.

How can I encourage others?

In karate the way I would encourage others would be to tell them what exactly is wrong about the way they did a particular move or sequence and why it didn’t work out the way that they expected it to come out as. After I have given them some advice I will get them to use my tips by making them do it again. If they still can’t do it right the  next time I will get them to do it at home, and then maybe next time they would have improved. As well as that I will show them how to do it myself for improving. In addition I’ll tell them to relax, stay calm and not to worry. So instead of putting themself under pressure they could be focusing, because panicking will only make it worse.  Instead of worrying they should think positive. Then finally I would ask them why they thought it went wrong for their honest opinion so they know what to look out for when eventually they coach and assess others in the future.

If they can do that I will give them more advanced targets to practise so they can achieve and get better in their martial arts, because if something is easy they could be working harder to achieve more.

Before a competition Sensei Lindsey quoted this:

‘Back to that feeling of pacing, palm sweating, wanting to run away now, nerves before I compete every time I question why do I do this?!

For me it’s about being afraid of something and not backing down, not walking away and making excuses. It’s about showing juniors that I coach and that it is OK to face a challenge, and win or lose you achieve because you got up there and said I can’

This tells me if they try to quit, I’d tell them that it is OK to face a challenge. No matter how hard it is you will learn ways to improve by seeing how higher belts fight. In this case anything is possible if you don’t give up, because a real martial arts student would say” I can!”

My answer to her question ‘why does she do it’ is to represent the club and prove herself as a high grade because she thinks positive and knows she can do it. I would go to competitions to prove myself to the club and improve myself for the club.

I have interviewed several people on this question and this is what they said:

Jess Muller (karate black belt):

I would change the moves around so they can do things step by step and once they can do that I’d do more moves based on that particular move so one day you could come back and have another try and hopefully they would’ve improved.

Emily Nicholls (karate student):

I would ask them what they feel is the barrier is it the move (the physical elements) if so would they like to see the move again, practise it, understand a little more how to do the basic asking them at each stage if they feel that they could break it down to learn, if they are saying it from a confidence point of view (more mental block) then It is important to remain positive or even go back over a few steps to gain confidence and then try again.

Miss Joliffe (our teacher giving a school point of view):

I would just ask them questions based around what they were stuck on until they get it.


To conclude the main thing that sticks out is breaking it up and coming back after you have practised to show you are confident and can achieve things. The same sort of questions appear in and out of karate.


Double World Karate Champion

Written by bryan. Posted in News

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Basingstoke Karate coaches with Abdu Shaher 8th Dan, Karate England Performance Director

Three of the Coaches from Basingstoke’s Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy took part in the World Karate Championships in Slovenia over the weekend of 7-9th June. The Competition was open to national federations and had over 20 nations attending.

Lindsey Andrews (38) Mark Nevola (49) and Bryan Andrews (45) have been training since January with this competition in mind, everything geared up to this. Their first competition of the year at the end of January at The British International Open Karate Championships produced two gold medals for Lindsey and One for Mark whilst Bryan won a Bronze after an enforced break from competition through injury. The Karate Sport England National Championships at the end of March produced another Gold Medal for Lindsey and Silvers for both Mark and Bryan in their quest for success. They have also entered a number of regional level competitions again winning plenty of medals including competitions in Berlin and Istanbul for Mark. Part of their training process was to analyse their performance and to understand what lessons could be learned and applied from each competition.

In the final six weeks leading upto the competition, additional sacrifices had to be made with competition specific training needing to be increased to 3-5 hours per day. Numerous road trips to go and train with national coaches including Ian Cuthbert, (Coach to Karate England National Squad) and to attend National Squad Training sessions have taken place. These were in addition to their regular and additional training sessions in the club.

Lindsey has been juggling being a mother of three boys (aged 8, 11 and 13), running a very successful professional Martial Arts Club, teaching her classes and doing her own training. So the majority of her practice has been during the daytime using her club’s facilities to practice her Kata, again and again until all the kinks had been ironed out both individually and also with her teammates. Mark and Bryan have spent hours together and with other members of the Shin Gi Tai Competition squad practicing both for their Kata events and also for the fighting. Mark is a Deputy Head Teacher at a Hampshire school, so his time is at a premium, but he got up early and went to bed late in his quest for success and made good use of the half term holiday to arrange some additional training. Bryan is Lindsey’s husband and also runs Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy with her. Like Lindsey he also made the time to train himself for several hours a day. All three competitors spent a long time helping each other and giving feedback on what and how they could improve.

National Squad training, Commitment in Training, Elite, Athlete, Pylometric, Karate squad, The majority of the England Squad arrived at their hotel late on the Wednesday evening in Portoroz, Slovenia, just in time to have a light dinner and then go to bed.  We started the final preparations the following day at the first of the Squad training sessions run by Abdu Shaher 8th Dan. The first session focussed on timing and explosive footwork and for those members taking part in the Kata, working on making their movements smoother and ‘cleaner.’  A Mid afternoon break and a wander around the nearby Marina helped to maintain the energy before Ian Cuthbert 7th Dan ran the second session of the day, which was a very high energy reaction based class working on being able to react instantly to the movements of an opponent. In the Kata we focussed on deepening our stances and the transitions between techniques. It has to be said that a number of the Kata competitors decided to get to the squad training session 45 minute early, so that they could do some additional practice together. The Friday  morning saw us going through our final squad training session led by Dan Cuthbert, with teammates partnering up to practice their favourite techniques and stretch out. The Kata competitors got down to refining their Kata and once again the Ladies team of Lindsey Andrews, Lynne Aston and Tricia Jordan were up and at it early to really make the best of their chances.

Friday evening arrived and all the team events took place, it’s fair to say that after the opening ceremony there were lots of nervous looking competitors. Overall England did well though with quite a few teams going through to the final across all of our disciplines.

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We had competitors in the Men’s Veteran’s Fighting (Mark Nevola, Jeremy Bass and Bryan Andrews) and Ladies Kata (Lindsey Andrews, Lynne Aston and Tricia Jordan) In the first of the men’s events the team fought a very determined Slovenia and lost their semi final match, so had to be content with a Bronze Medal. In their next event, they made it through to the final on the Sunday morning. The ladies team were on fire and at the end of the semi final, they carried a convincing lead through to the final.

Saturday saw the individual events and the whole of the England team, stepped up their game. Lindsey was up first in the individual Shito Ryu kata (Karate Kata competitions are split into different styles of Karate) She performed Seienchin in the semi finals, a Kata that she has previously used to good  effect and this time was no different, at the end of this round, she lead the competitors going through to the finals by 0.7 of a mark. The finalists combine their scores from the final and semi final to determine the winner. This makes things harder for them, because they have to excel over two rounds. Mark didn’t make it through to the final this time, he came a respectable 8th in his category, which is a very good result considering he only started entering Kata competitions late last year. Bryan came through his Kata category in third place despite a small wobble that cost him 0.5 of a mark.

After a light lunch, it was time for the individual fighting events. We saw some excellent fighting from our team mates to take them through to the finals. In his individual fighting event, Bryan came in 4th place, just missing out on a medal against some tough and determined opponents who dished out a few lumps and bumps during the matches including a torn hamstring and badly bruised foot. Mark was next up and he won through to the finals of his event quite convincingly with a range of different kicks and punches.

Sunday was finals day with all the finalists under pressure to win the elusive Gold Medals. The morning came and the final were due to start at 9:00, but they actually started at 8:50 with Lindsey’s category starting the proceedings. The number of matted areas had been reduced for the finals to allow the spectators to follow as much of the action as they could, so no pressure for Lindsey, who had to go on first in her division, with all eyes on her. It is often considered a disadvantage for a competitor to get drawn first as typically the judges will give an average core and mark others up or down from there. Lindsey had chosen Anan as her ‘favourite’ kata and six months of hard work and polish really showed here with a very polished performance. In the final, the average score was set at 8.00 with normal variations to go from 7.00 to 9.00. Lindsey’s scores from the five judges were 8.5, 8.5, 8.3, 8.4 and 8.5 which combined with the scores from the previous round, meant she had an unassailable lead, probably. After a nail biting 10 minutes, after all the other competitors had been, she was indeed the Ladies Veteran’s Shito Ryu World Kata Champion and Gold Medallist. The first medal for Shin Gi Tai at a world level and it was Gold, a very high standard to follow.

Bryan was next up in the Men’s Shotokan category, also up first in his category, but he produced a very good rendition of his Mens Veterans Shotokan Kata, Kata, Bassai Sho, JKA, Brighton Hill, Chikara Karate, favourite kata Gojushiho Dai. In this instance though it wasn’t quite good enough to win him a medal, but he had improved upon his position at the European championships.

Next up was the fighting and Mark was our first competitor, competing against our England Team mate Rob Ward. Both are very experienced fighters and know each very well. The fight started tentatively with both fighters trying to feel the other one out and spot any mistakes to capitalise on. Mark picked up the pace and was first to score with a rapid side step and roundhouse kick combination. The fight carried on and it was very close, but at the end Mark was just pipped into second place.

The ladies Veteran’s Kata team came up next and produced a polished performance of their favourite Kata Seienchin to win the final and become Gold Medallists and World Champion.

Our last event as a club was in the Veterans’ Rotation Kumite  to fight for the Gold Medal. Basically the bout lasts six minutes and the coach has to rotate his fighters so that each of them has a minimum of 30 seconds of fighting time. We faced the Italian team, who had been on form all weekend. Sadly they proved too strong / too fast for us and they defeated us to win the Gold medal.


Our Total Medal tally was

Lindsey Andrews

– Gold Medal and World Champion – Ladies Veterans Shito Ryu Kata

– Gold Medal and World Champion – Ladies Team Veterans Kata


Mark Nevola

– Silver in Veterans C Group – Sambon Shobu Kumite

– 8th in Veterans C Group Shotokan Kata

– Silver in Veterans Team Rotation Kumite

– Bronze in Veterans Team Sambon Shobu Kumite

Bryan Andrews

– 4th in Veterans B Group Sambon Shobu Kumite

– 6th in Veterans B Group Shotokan Kata

– Silver in Veterans Team Rotation Kumite

– Bronze in Veterans Team Sambon Shobu Kumite





Learning a martial art is said to be character building

Written by bryan. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

JUDO, martial arts, bja, Judo club,The project I have to do for my Black Belt grading is “Learning a martial art is said to be character building” and I have three questions that I will have to answer. They are:

1 – How would martial arts help someone who is-
2 – Shy
3 – Aggressive
4 – Unconfident
5 – Over confident
6 – Bullied
7 – Bully
8 – Quiet
9 – Noisy
10 – What changes have you seen in you friends their time training in martial arts
11 – What do you think the biggest changes that martial arts have brought to me


To be able to answer this question I will find what character building means. To do this I will look through the internet and when I find an answer I will then cross reference it with other pages that explain what it means.


I have found that character building means that you have to build yourself with your own self beliefs, as well finding a role model that is the character you want to be like. For example; someone who pays attention, knows better ways of completing goals, finding a role model with the certain types of aspects you want can change you as a person either in a good way or a bad way.

In my opinion I think martial arts can be character building, but only to some extent. One way someone could change their character through martial arts, for an example they could become more fit and as a consequence of that they could feel more confident about themselves because they can play other sports in a better way because they are more fit. A person can also make friend by doing a martial art and this can make them less shy and unconfident because they know someone will stick up for them, especially if that person is at their school. I further think that if someone is too noisy then doing a martial art can make them more disciplined and teaching them to control themselves by not being so noisy, I think this because a martial art can be dangerous and if someone keeps calling out then firstly it will interrupt the lessen and therefore slow it down , secondly it is important that everyone can hear what the instructor is saying so no one gets hurt. They will learn this overtime because hopefully the instructor will talk to them about it and tell them what is bad about being as noisy as they are. These are only some examples of ways people can change and of course there are more. However I don’t think that it will help someone who is a bully, because although they will learn things that can keep them from being a bully like, being a bit more disciplined with themselves. They can also learn things that will make them a worse bully and person, because instead of calling someone names they may actually physically damage them as well, this is because of some of the moves they learn from a martial art.


I am going to research this topic in more then one way. One of the ways I am going to research this topic is by having a look on the internet and seeing what people have to say about character building through martial arts. Next I will have a look at people myself and how they have changed trough martial arts. This is by having a look at people who have joined very recently and also having a look at people who have been doing martial arts for a period either the same length as me or an even a longer period. This may take me a while as I will have to see the newer people change throughout a few weeks/months because people don’t change instantly.


What I hope to get out of this work is finding out how people have changed and what has affected people to change. Through this I can also see how I have changed throughout my time doing martial arts. I hope to see what states people are in when they join a martial arts club and by seeing how they change I can hopefully learn how to make someone’s life a bit more pleasant, by maybe influencing them in small ways to become more confident or even become less over confident. I would like to persuade people to join a martial arts club because it is a great way to try something  new and also another great way to learn helpful new skills, like listening intently and cooperating with other people even if you usually wouldn’t. Martial arts gives you the opportunity to learn how to be able to teach people new things that you have learnt, which can help you throughout your life. Those are the biggest things I would like to get out of this topic.


One of the things I would like other children to learn from my work on this topic is that the people reading my essay are maybe overconfident or a bully and that they should change that so that people can have a better experience of life, instead of one that the bullies and overconfident people are maybe ruining. I would also like the unconfident, shy, bullied and quiet people to realise that they are some of those people and that they should try and do things so that they might not be so quiet or shy. For the people who are bullied I don’t want them to get out of this topic that they have to do something themselves about the problem like physically harming the bully back. You/they could try to do something themselves by  talking to their bully about how he/she is making them feel. Or if they don’t want to do it themselves or the bullies don’t listen then they should go and tell an adult about the problem so that they can sort it out.


So to sum up what I would really like out of this essay and for anyone reading it, is to realise they are maybe to noisy or quiet or any other of the examples I have put in my essay and more things that they are and I would like them to change it and become a better or more improved person.