Posts Tagged ‘self defence in Basingstoke’

Distance against a Knife (Self Defence 101)

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

Knife, Knives, Self Protection, Self Defence,So you know Karate right! 

Hey you’re safe then, all those hours, weeks, months and years of practising against a partner means you can block and take away the attackers knife. You’re invincible, you’re a superhero, you might even be a Shaolin Monk, if you’ve work hard enough.


Just like this.


Think again!

Have a look at this video, and see how fast a situation can go  bad and how many times trained law enforcement professionals can get cut in mere seconds.


Knife fighting isn’t precise, it’s frantic, it’s messy and it’s dangerous as hell. The difference between the two clips is obvious, the first shows knife defence in a clinic manner where the ‘nice’ attacker only attacks once and then lets the defender ‘duff him up.’ The second shows a much more realistic approach from a knife fighter with multiple unrehearsed attacks ‘killing’ a resisting partner.


Use distance for safety. American Law Enforcement Officers tested distance needed for a LEO to be able to draw a gun and shoot a knife wielding attacker. Generally they found that the officer with the gun needed 21 feet of distance to be able to draw and shoot. Note the use of the word generally, some people are faster and some are slower.  In many respects, it’s semantic, the key message is, whatever you think of as being a safe distance, probably isn’t.


Key messages

Therefore in order to reduce the chances of being cut or stabbed:

Manufacture distance to reduce the accuracy of an edged weapon (take flight – not fight).
• Where possible use man-made features or natural obstacles to act as barriers (i.e. shields).
• SHOUT for help and use whatever is close for defensive measures.
• If you end up fighting, expect to get cut.





Are you getting what you want from your training?

Written by bryan. Posted in Coaching

Karate club Basingstoke, Kickboxing BasingstokeWe may all have different reasons for taking up Martial Arts but we should all have goals and aspirations for what we want to achieve from our training.

It may be that you want to learn how to defend yourself, make new friends, achieve a black belt, be successful in competition, lose weight or get fit. It may be that you have more than one goal and your goals will quite often change over time.

Goals are good – they keep us motivated and give us the drive and determination to work hard and be successful but they do have to be realistic, this is the difference between a dream and a goal. I can dream about being an Olympic runner but given my age and current lack of skill this is not a realistic goal! However if I set myself the target of improving my current running skill and took sensible steps to putting a training plan in place then I have an achievable goal.

Quite often people become disillusioned with their training because they feel they have not achieved their goals and will then give up on their training, or alternatively achieve their original goal and instead of setting a new target for their continued development they give up. Therefore it’s really important that you both set good goals for your own training and also encourage others to be realistic in terms of what they can achieve for themselves, both now and on an ongoing basis.

With this in mind, think back to why you started Martial Arts. What did you want to achieve? If you have achieved that goal what is your new goal? If you haven’t achieved your original goal are you still working your way towards it and how are you going to get there?

To help you plan your goals and achieve the desired results from your training you have to think about the following:

  • Set goals which are realistic and achievable, both in terms of time frame and outcome.
  • Breakdown how you are going to achieve those results into practical steps which you need to take.

If you feel you’re not achieving what you want from your training think about the following:

  • Do you know what it is that you want to achieve from your training or are you just ‘going through the motions’?
  • Speak to your senior coaches or someone else who has already achieved what you are working towards. Seek advice on steps you can take to help you get there.
  • Your training is your training – whilst coaches can advise you as to what to do and how to do it, only you can apply the right attitude, determination and effort to make it worthwhile and successful.
  • You get back what you put in – the harder you work, the more you succeed.
  • Listen to the advice you are given – we can help you achieve your goals but only if you take on board any advice you are given, act on it and practice it.
  • Re-assess your goals and look to make amendments in terms of time frame and steps needed to achieve, but don’t give up.

  • If it’s important to you, you will find a way to make it happen. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.

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)