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This year our fundraising activities for obvious reasons have been severely disrupted, with no bag packs, fight nights or sleepovers being possible, we really want to end the year with a bang by holding our Christmas Raffle and trying to make it the best ever in an attempt to raise over a £1000. 

 

To give us every chance of reaching this total we are wanting to get started straight away and would appreciate your help in several ways, 1 by donating suitable prizes and 2 by selling as many tickets as possible for the draw which will take place on Friday evening 18th December.

 

The prizes for this year's draw will be various hampers the majority of which will include food and drink, we are also looking at hampers of pamper products and have already had a promise of a body shop hamper from one of our multiple World Champions.  This year we are also having one Kid's Hamper which will include sweets, activity packs and games, to get the kids involved they will be tasked specifically with selling tickets for this hamper in a separate draw with the student selling the most tickets winning a really nice prize. 

 

Donating Prizes    When thinking of prizes please think of anything that you would like to see in a Christmas hamper, please don’t be afraid of asking for donations from businesses either at the end of the day the worst thing they can do is say no. If a business prefers to donate cash towards us buying a prize then this is fine. Tracy Petterson will be co - ordinating the prizes and will be happy to take calls from people who want to know what we need, her number is 07835 990416...

 

Getting Prizes to Us. Prizes can be dropped off at the club during lesson time, or at my house anytime between the hours of 10.30am and 9.30pm, alternatively as a last resort we can arrange to collect from people in a secure and safe way by arrangement. Please note we need all prizes by no later than Thursday 10th December, if items are perishable the deadline is the following Thursday 17th December.

 

Selling Tickets     This is the most important factor in making our target achievable, if you have the capacity to sell a good amount of tickets please contact me by e mail at alfsblackbeltacademy@gmail.com and I will post a Christmas Raffle pack comprising Poster, Raffle Ticket Book etc etc...to you....

 

Whatever support you can give us with this will be greatly appreciated, if you have any questions regarding the Christmas draw please contact myself or Tracy...

Our winners of the pound club in September and October both are colleagues of our club secretary and work for our club sponsor the Malcolm Group. Paul Hobday Human Resources manager was our September winner whilst commercial director Alan Thornton won in October. Both receive £50 in cash. If you want to join our pound club it is just £4 per month, contact Tracy Petterson for more details.  

All parents of our students should have received letters sent in early July advising that we were reopening on Monday 27th July , the letter detailed the changes we have put in place so we operate within the social distancing guidelines and increased levels of hygiene required to ensure our students and instructors are safe at all times.

We have had to make significant changes to our lesson schedule which has included us no longer holding lessons at Holcombe Brook and integrating those students into lessons at our centre at the Tollbar in Stacksteads. Our new lesson schedule can be found on our Lessons page and should be treated as the new normal at least to the end of this year.

We look forward to seeing all our students back at the lessons…

For anyone interested in joining our academy, we will be taking on new students from Monday 3rd August, if you are interested in joining us please e mail us at alfsblackbeltacademy@gmail.com and we will respond as quick as we can.

For a long time we have been experiencing issues at nearly every lesson with regard to students either misplacing equipment or kit bags, this results in lessons being disrupted whilst the missing item’s normally in someone else’s kit bag or lying around are located.  

Going forward we are going to have to insist that all bags left in the academy are labelled with a robust luggage label which will have the students name and club details clearly marked on it and most importantly will remain attached to the bag.

The academy will supply these luggage labels at a reduced price of £5 per bag and will only accept these labels being used to identify bags left at the club in future. If you are not happy to pay for one of these label’s then we will have to ask you to ensure your child’s bag is taken home after each lesson.

The personalized luggage labels are in the office ready for you to purchase we ask that you buy these as soon as you can.

To celebrate us coming out of lockdown our fundraising team have organised a raffle with some excellent prizes, details are posted below. Please do try and take part and support the academy which obviously has had to navigate a very difficult couple of months…

Raffle Poster

PLEASE CONTACT TRACY PETTERSON WHO IS CO-ORDINATING THE SALE OF TICKETS

We have continued to hold the pound club draw during the lockdown our lockdown winners were as follows

MARCH   –    Gail Derbyshire       APRIL  -   Peter Calderbank

MAY   -   Shannon Bacon               JUNE    -    Dan Morley

Congratulations to all our winners

In line with the government directive to try and minimise the spread of the
Coronavirus and importantly for the safety and well being of all our
students and their parents / guardians we are suspending all lessons both
at Stacksteads and Holcombe Brook until further notice. Our centre in
Stacksteads is now closed and locked down. At the moment we have no idea
how long this will be for.....

During these unprecedented times we ask you all to follow the government
advice in practicing safe hygiene and minimising social contact by social
distancing. We want all of you to stay safe and stay well as we enter what
is a period of great uncertainty.

Closing the Academy is going to present us with financial challenges and
whilst we will look to implement processes to minimise our costs and do
have some reserves there is only so much we can do. To give us every chance
of surviving what is in no doubt going to be a really challenging period it
would be extremely helpful if as many of you as possible who pay by direct
debit can continue to pay fees, hopefully when the country comes out of
this and at some stage in the future we will be in a position to reimburse
some of, if not all of the monies that people continue to pay us.

As a result of the current situation all events we had planned have been
cancelled or suspended with the exception of the Easter Raffle which we are
continuing with.* We are bringing the date of the draw forward to Wednesday
1st April which will be done by some of the club officials on a live feed
in the evening, this will give us more time to get the hampers to the
winners before Easter. We are still looking for donations of eggs, if you
have eggs to donate please drop them off at either Chloes address or
Lyndas, those of you selling or purchasing tickets need to get the monies
and ticket stubs to Chloe by no later than Tuesday 31st March.....*

We encourage all students to try and continue training in some way whilst
they are away from the academy, it is important particularly in terms of
the fitness levels that they continue to do something. Wherever parents can
help with this it would be appreciated.

We understand these unique circumstances are going to change the whole way
you all go about your daily lives, not coming to lessons is going to be
life changing for many of you breaking what is a daily routine. To help get
you over missing the sport you all love I do recommend that you visit our
youtube channel where by the end of today it will be fully updated with the
fights from the Irish Open 2020. Remember there are hundreds of fights on
our channel going back over a decade which are worth watching.

We will be back to you when we have further information, in the meantime we
ask that you stay safe, stay well and follow all the guidelines given, look
after not just yourselves but others especially vulnerable family members.

With your help we will survive these unbelievably challenging times that
lie ahead of us and come back stronger than ever...
 

Our congratulations go to Chloe and her partner Chris who welcomed baby Colton into the world on Tuesday 18th February, Chloe will be spending some time away from teaching to look after the little man and expects to return to lessons after the Easter Holidays.

Five of our students travelled to compete at the largest kickboxing tournament in the world at the end of February, this year was unique with neither Alf or Chloe making the trip, a first for the two of them. In their absence Shannon Bacon looked after the fighters with the assistance of Dale Bannister our good friend from TKMA in Wigan on the full contact bouts.

 Irish Open Article News Page Pic 1

On Friday Mia Woodward and Kyrah Mortimer competed in light contact, Mia got us underway and gave all of us an encouraging start attaining a good lead at the halfway stage of her first fight, however in the second round things started to unravel as Mia was repeatedly warned for exits eventually being disqualified late in the fight. Kyrah followed and won her first two fights setting up a semi final with Top Tens Grace Chandler, Grace showed her class and hit Kyrah with several good solid shots in the first round one of which was responsible for Kyrah ending up with a suspected broken nose. Early in the second round Graces continued pressure told as Kyrah also eneded up disqualified for having too many area exits.

 

Saturday saw three of our fighters compete in Full contact, first up was Tejay Bacon in his semi - final against a Portuguese opponent, Tejay fought really well getting himself into a good position of being up with all three judges at the start of the third and final round , early in the round he caught the Portuguese with a sweet punch which had him wobbling but he managed to compose him and inflict a hard kick to Tejay’s ribs downing Tejay and stopping the fight, after being helped from the ring our little warrior  was diagnosed with a cracked rib. 

 

Harvey Grenfell followed making his full contact debut against a more experienced opponent from the emerald isle, early in the semi - final bout Harvey was hit with a flurry of punches to the head which had him visible dazed resulting in the referee calling a halt to the proceedings in the first round.

 

Our final full contact fight had Shannon Bacon hoping to repeat her success of 2019, in what appeared to be a close semi – final contest with last year’s champion giving as good as she got against her German opponent, she ended up down with all three judges who apparently had bizarrely not scored any points to Shannon at all. The German went onto win the final on the Sunday. 

 

Later on Saturday Kyrah competed in her semi contact category which had a total of 36 competitors in the division, she was involved in a very close contest in her first fight which ebbed and flowed but eventually lost 14 – 13 to Poppy Giles.

 

After the results on Saturday we went into Sunday with just Mia competing in semi contact in what was another heavily populated division. Mia fought well to navigate her way to the quarter final where she came up against an American TopTen fighter who had already shown her strength in her earlier bouts, however Mia fought really well to get herself a 4 point lead with 45 seconds of the second round remaining only to see the American slow claw back Mia’s advantage and end up 1 point in front at the end of the contest.

Irish Open Article News Page Pic 2 

The standard at this tournament has always been of the highest level making it a really difficult place to win, it just seems to be getting tougher by the year. Our five had a very hard three days of competition and to eventually come away with four bronze medals was a really good result, it’s just a shame Mia could not have held on in that points quarter final fight which would have given her a bronze as well.  Well done to you all.

For a long time we have been experiencing issues at nearly every lesson with regard to students either misplacing equipment or kit bags, this results in lessons being disrupted whilst the missing item’s normally in someone else’s kit bag or lying around are located.  

Going forward we are going to have to insist that all bags left in the academy are labelled with a robust luggage label which will have the students name and club details clearly marked on it and most importantly will remain attached to the bag.

The academy will supply these luggage labels at a reduced price of £5 per bag and will only accept these labels being used to identify bags left at the club in future. If you are not happy to pay for one of these label’s then we will have to ask you to ensure your child’s bag is taken home after each lesson.

The personalized luggage labels are in the proshop ready for you to purchase we ask that you buy these as soon as you can. Ideally we would like to get to a situation where all the bag’s  left at the club have the luggage tags on by the Easter holidays.… 

We thank you in advance for your co - operation and understanding in helping us resolve what is becoming an ongoing issue.

Seven of our students travelled to Nottingham for a tough weekend of competition at the Wako British Nationals. On Saturday everyone competed in light contact with the exception of Tejay Bacon who also fought in Full contact.

 Wako Nationals Article News Page - PICTURE

Brad Derbyshire, Hallie – Jo Talbot and Kyrah Mortimer both lost in semi - final’s to win bronze medals whilst Tejay bizarrely was not declared the winner in his final against TKMA’s Deacon Davock, surprising many of the watching audience.

 

On Sunday it was semi contact for everyone with the exception of Tejay who took a breather after his exploits in Full and Light contact on Saturday, unfortunately despite their best efforts none of our fighters managed to get into the medal places.  

The winner of the pound club for February was none other than Deana Talbot, grandmother to Hallie – Jo and Keevi. Congratulations to Deana who is a great supporter of her grandchildren and the academy.

Hallie - Jo Talbot topped a long list of winners at the first tournament our students attended in 2020 with her triple success in winning one light contact and two semi contact divisions. 

Revolution Article - Picture 

Mia Woodward and Keevi Talbot enjoyed double success winning both disciplines whilst Brad Derbyshire, Shannon Bacon and David Kurpeniks all enjoyed wins in light contact and Kyran Henry – Jones in semi contact.

 

Second places went to James Casey, Oscar Duggan, Tejay Bacon, Kaiya Henry – Jones and Ayla Mortimer in light contact and Oscar Duggan, Ellie Heyworth and Tejay Bacon in semi contact.

 

Others making the podium in third place included Ellie Heyworth, Aidan Parkinson, Kyran Henry – Jones and Ava Casey in light contact and Ava and Ethan Casey in semi contact.

 

Congratulations to all our medallists especially Ellie Heyworth (right) and Oscar Duggan who  performed exceptionally well at their first competition.

The winner of the pound club for January was our treasurer Lynda Fagg, you too can be a winner but you have to be in it to win it, so why not join it costs just £4 a month if you want to join contact our chief fundraiser Tracy Peterson.   

Many of our students and their parents attended our Presentation Evening at the Whitworth Civic Hall in Whitworth on Saturday 18th January, our students were presented with their grading awards and those who competed at the WKO and WKC World Championships in 2019 received their certificates. Eight of our students were presented with their blackbelt certificates whilst our 2019 student of the year was unveiled after much anticipation, we thank all of you who attended the event and hope that we see even more of you at next year’s event.

Presentation Evening Article - Picture

Patrick Hoyle was revealed as the academies student of the year for 2019 at our presentation evening. Patrick had another impressive year winning a team gold at the WKC World Championships in light contact, following that with an impressive blackbelt grade in December where he received his 2nd dan from Sensei Joe Tierney.   

Student of the Year Article - Picture

The academies student of the 4th quarter is Ava Casey, Ava had a strong finish to the year scoring the highest grade of all the students who took their brown belt grades at the coloured belt grading day in November, which considering she was the youngest student was pretty impressive.