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We are holding our annual Easter Egg Raffle and are looking for your help to make it the best  yet. You can help by donating Eggs as prizes or finding people who are happy to do so. Also we are looking to sell as many tickets as possible, if you are able to sell a good number of tickets please ask at the club for an Easter Egg Raffle pack. Obviously please do not forget to buy tickets for yourself.

We are hoping to have around eight to ten prizes of Easter Eggs with the top prize consisting of 10 eggs. The draw will take place on Monday 15th April at the evening lesson.

It was so long ago when we had our only winner ( Mick Waters ) at the Irish Open that Alf could not remember when it was, no surprise there to be honest. Since Micks victory, which incidentally was in the millennium year we initially only attended again when the tournament was held in the basketball arena and it was so busy you could hardly move which made the entire tournament unenjoyable for both fighters and spectators alike.

That whole experience resulted in us taking a break from attending for several years deciding to return in 2012 when the event was now in a venue more befitting the size of the tournament ‘The City West Convention Centre’ in Saggart, Dublin.

We have been regular attendees since then only missing out in 2018, due to the severe weather on either side of the Irish Sea due to the notorious ‘Beast from the East’ which caused major travel disruption in both Southern Ireland and England, over the years we have seen the tournament grow where they have had to limit the entries to 4000, during this period that much sought after win had eluded all our top fighters including Chloe Love, Shannon and Tejay Bacon, Charlotte Fagg, Mia Woodward and Kyrah Khan to name but a few.

This year the tournaments organizing committee finally introduced light contact for competitors aged thirteen and above, something we had been asking Roy Baker to introduce for several years. We took a squad of just 6 competitors to the event and were immediately rewarded with Tejay Bacon winning his –47 kilo division in light contact on the Friday navigating the 12 strong category in some style. Patrick Hoyle nearly replicated Tejay’s efforts in his +69kilo light contact division but was defeated in a closely fought final against an opponent who was 15 kilos heavier. Sister Ruby gained a bronze in her category which was a really good effort considering she was the youngest in a division with 15 entries, whilst Harvey Grenfell, our only other competitor in light contact was unable to progress beyond the quarter final stage.

 

On Saturday and Sunday none of our students were able to get into the later stages in their respective semi contact divisions with all of them going out in the early rounds, however while all this was going on Shannon Bacon was making progress in her Full Contact division defeating her Portuguese opponent on the Saturday in the semi-final,  giving one of her best displays in the last 18 months dominating the fight from the onset.  Her final on the Sunday was a scrappy affair with Shannon’s Irish opponent adopting a spoiling style to prevent her from getting her kicking game going, however Shannon still proved to be too strong a ran out the winner on a unanimous decision giving us our second win of the weekend.

So at last our long wait is over, I suppose it compares to waiting for a bus for so long and then two turn up together, let’s just hope that our next bus is around the corner and not so far away so we are not kept waiting as long for our next success. Our congratulations go to our six on making a really enjoyable trip into a great one despite the snow in Dublin on the Sunday and another interesting ferry crossing on the Monday which in fairness was not as bad as the journey we made in November 2018 going off the sick bag count.

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Our February winner of the Pound Club is none other than our club treasurer Lynda Fagg, Lynda was one of the initial people who joined the pound club at its inception and this is her first win so it was well overdue.

We took an 18 strong squad to the first revolution tournament of the year, amongst the group were Keevi Talbot, Brioney Bailey, Ethan and Ava Casey who were making their competitive debuts..

Our winners included Tejay Bacon, Romeo Navaratnam, Hallie – Jo Talbot, Brioney Bailey and Ava Casey in light contact and Bradley ‘O’ Shea, Shannon Bacon, Hallie – Jo Talbot and Romeo Navartanam in semi contact.

Second places went to Brayden Dearden, Ethan Casey, Shannon Bacon in light contact with third places going to Mia Woodward, Tegan Dearden, Lewis Love – Ashton, Ben Shaw in the same discipline and Kyran Henry – Jones, Brioney Bailey and Tejay Bacon in Semi Contact.

Our congratulations go to all our students, particularly to Romeo and Hallie - Jo on winning both divisions and Ava and Brioney on their competitive debut success.   

Our first winner of the Pound Club in 2019 is Helena Hoyle, Helena wins £50. If you want to join the pound club please ask a member of our fundraising team…

We took just a small number of competitors to the first tournament on the 2019 Kickboxing Calendar at High Wycombe, despite their best efforts none of them were able to register wins although a few came mightily close with Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward losing out in both light and semi contact finals and Harvey Grenfell also coming second in his light contact division.

Kyrah Khan who had to move up to -55kg was placed 3rd in both her light and semi contact divisions whilst idress Hussain was unable to get into the podium placings. 

The Won is a tough tournament to win with the standard at a very high level, all your students performed really well and essentially got in some valuable quality mat time which will no doubt help them for the challenges that lie ahead this year.

The academies student of the year for 2018 is Brad Derbyshire, Brad was presented with the much coveted award at the academies presentation evening held at The Riverside in Whitworth in January by Laura Saxton from Asda who was our special guest for the evening.

Brad had a very good year competitively coming close to winning that elusive gold medal at the 2018 World Championships where he won two silvers and then following that up with an exceptional Blackbelt grade in the presence of Joe Tierney in December where Joe gave him special praise as to the quality of his work and his fantastic attitude which ultimately made him the stand out candidate. Our congratulations do not just go to Brad but to Gail and Jason who missed all the fun whilst cruising around the Caribbean.

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Kyran Henry – Jones was unveiled as the academies student of the 4th quarter at our presentation evening in January, Kyran had a strong finish to the year with an individual bronze medal in light contact at the World Championships and then an impressive Blackbelt grade in December where his efforts received special praise from Sensei Joe Tierney. Kyrah is pictured with the other students of the quarter for that year minus Zak Tickle who was unable to attend.

We wish all our students and their parents a happy new year, we hope to see as many of you as possible at our presentation evening at the Riverside in Whitworth on Saturday 19th  January doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start. Admission is just £3 hot supper included.

Our winner for December is Chris Bacon, our congratulations go to Chris who we hope will do the decent thing and treat partner Tracy to a nice meal, chance will be a fine thing !!!, you’ve more chance of seeing snow in the summer…

Seven of the academies students took their black belt grades at the academy in  December under the strict examination of Sensei’s Joe Tierney, Alf Love and Chloe Love.  Sensei Tierney was very pleased with the standard from all of the students throughout the grade passing all of them, he singled out Brad Derbyshire in particular for special praise with regard to his technical ability, application and attitude all of which was first class.

Our Congratulations go to Brad , Hallie – Jo Talbot, Robbie Law, Is – Haaq Hussain, Kaiya and Kyran Henry – Jones and Shane Love – Ashton on an excellent result.

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Chloe Love was awarded her 4th Dan by Sensei Joe Tierney at the black belt grading held at the academy in December. Prior to presenting the award sensei Tierney commented on the remarkable achievements Chloe has had as a competitor over such a sustained period of time, adding that her influence in her role as an instructor at the academy was  showing through in the students.

We are extremely proud of what Chloe has achieved since joining the academy when she was just 4 years old. Her competitive record over such a long period is remarkable and our students are reaping the rewards of having such an experienced competitor as one of our Instructors.

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Our winner for November is long standing supporter of our academy Paul Hobday from the Malcolm Group, Paul has been contributing to the pound club since its inception and has always supported all the academies fundraising events for many years.

Eleven of our students travelled up to Tyneside to compete at the North East Open Championships in what was the last tournament of the five event Revolution series. Amongst our squad were Tegan and Brayden Dearden and Mackenzie Hanson who were all making their competitive debuts.  Our rookies did well on their first showing with Brayden claiming a 3rd place in light contact being the highlight of their performances, others placed third included Lewis Love – Ashton in both semi and light contact and Jason Parkinson in semi contact.

Second places went to Jason Parkinson, Idress Hussain, Romeo Navaratnam in light contact along with Harvey Grenfell and both Romeo and Eromi Navaratnam in semi contact with the later also enjoying a win in her light contact division, our other winners  Tejay Bacon and Kyrah Khan won in both disciplines to continue their domination of  their respective divisions throughout the year and maintained their 100 % records for the entire series, both are pictured with the belts they received in recognition of their achievement, our congratulations go to them both…‘

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Fifteen of the academies students travelled to Ireland in late October to compete at the 2018 WKC World Championships, amongst them were Robbie Law, Idrees Hussain, Hallie - Jo Talbot  and Kaiya Henry – Jones who were making their World Championship debuts. 

Having successfully negotiated the weigh in on the Sunday our competitors joined up with the rest of the England Squad on the Monday for the opening ceremony which included teams from Austria, Spain, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Northern Ireland and the USA who once again had a very big team.

Tuesday was the first day our students saw some action with the kids and cadets competing in semi contact and the juniors and adults in continuous.  Shannon Bacon got us off to the best possible start winning her light continuous semi final to reach Friday’s final a result Chloe matched later in the day, Harvey Grenfell had two tough fights in his light contact division but came through them both to ensure he was fighting on Friday. Our kids and cadets had mixed success in their respective semi contact divisions with Patrick Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan all putting in impressive performances to reach their respective finals along with Brad Derbyshire who navigated his way superbly through a heavily populated division to reach the final of his semi contact division. Robbie Law fought really well to make it into the semi final of his division but was unable to progress any further, his efforts earned him and the academies first bronze medal of the tournament and more was to come from the little blonde bomber later in the week. The performance of the day went to Tejay Bacon who put on an amazing display inflicting defeat to a Scottish opponent and then an American to ensure his participation on Friday.  Unfortunately all our other students were unable to reach the semi finals going out at the preliminary round stage.

Shannon got us underway on Wednesday but was unable to replicate Tuesdays result ending up on the wrong side of 7 – 5 score in her semi contact semi – final. The youngsters were all competing in light contact and Hallie – Jo Talbot, Kyran Henry – Jones, Romeo Navaratnam, Johnny Hoyle and Kaiya Henry – Jones all made it to the semi finals but were unable to progress, all won bronze medals along with Shannon taking our total bronze medal tally to 7. Others made it through to their respective finals including Patrick and Ruby Hoyle, Tejay Bacon, Brad Derbyshire, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Robbie Law who brought a few tears to the eyes of those watching as be dropped to the floor having found out he had qualified to fight in Fridays final after fighting superbly. Unfortunately Idrees Hussain, Eromi Navaratnam and Harvey Grenfell were unable to get past the preliminary rounds, The performance of the day on a day where there several exceptional performances went to Chloe who fought a brilliant tactical fight to win her semi contact semi final against a very difficult American.

On Thursday we had all the drama that team events bring and many of our fighters were involved after been selected by the England Team Coaches to be part of teams competing in light and semi contact. One team featuring our students Mia Woodward, Ruby Hoyle and Kaiya Henry – Jones were involved in a dramatic girl’s semi contact team event which comprised three teams from Canada and two from Ireland, England and the USA. The draw put our girls up against a very good Irish team in the preliminary round, Mia won the first fight but Ruby then lost her fight by 1 single point which left Kaiya Henry - Jones  a novice at team events having to win for them to be able to progress, in a very tense fight that had Mia screaming encouragement Kaiya fought superbly under immense pressure to win her fight by a fine margin, the victory seemed to act as a catalyst as the girls (pictured with Head Coach Alf Love) went on to win both their semi and light contact team events winning our first golds of the championships. Further golds came with Kyrah Khan who won both her finals in a team with Macy Woods and Keisha Gulliver and Patrick who also enjoyed double success, in a team including Cole Rochester and Nathan Smith in which Patrick got the better of a giant of a Canadian in both disciplines.  Shannon Bacon was another to enjoy gold medal success winning in light contact teams with Paris Slater and Tegan Burnett whilst brother Tejay won a bronze in semi contact teams.

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We went into Friday with eager expectation and a degree of apprehension as to how our fighters would perform on what was going to be a very busy day, with our students participating in a total of sixteen individual finals. Kyrah Khan started everything off and was in a bit of difficulty 10 – 6 down, however she managed to fight her way back to win 12 – 10 getting our first gold of the day, Brad was next in points and was unable to make it a double success coming out second best to win a silver. Our attention then switched to Harvey who really went for it in a somewhat ill tempered light contact final, which saw him receive several warnings before getting the win. Tejay was next in semi contact winning an excellent and very tight final against a much improved Harvey Fisher 11 – 9 however Harvey was to get his revenge later in the day by reversing the result, winning the light contact final on a split decision.

An hour into the day and Chloe made her indelible mark on another World Championship stopping her Irish opponent in the first round to claim her eighteenth World Championship title in light contact, just as Chloe’s hand was being raised Shannon was starting her own light contact final but was not able to get the win losing out to Mollie Cooper to win a silver., another silver followed shortly after for Patrick in his semi contact final.  Wins for Mia Woodward in semi – contact and Kyrah Khan in light contact came in quick succession as the gold medal tally continued to rise and as we approached midday Robbie Law came up against a very tough Irish boy in his light contact final, Robbie was courageous and fought superbly well and got that elusive win and what we hope is the first of many gold medals for our little blonde bomber.  Brad followed quickly after in his light contact final but was unable to get the win and claimed his second silver of the day. As we entered the afternoon Patrick capped a brilliant week winning his third gold of the week in his individual light contact division and although Chloe was unable to get the better of Rachel Harrington in her semi contact final both Mia and Ruby finished the afternoon off with wins in their respective light contact divisions.

Our final medal of the championships went to Chloe who was part of the England women’s semi contact team that came up against an American team on the Friday night show where the Americans recorded a 3 to 0 win, it was disappointing result made all the more frustrating given the fact Chloe did not get the opportunity to fight.

After a week’s tough competition our students won a total of 21 golds. 6 silvers and 8 bronze medals which was a fantastic result, two of our fighters Kyrah Khan and Mia Woodward went through the entire week undefeated and returned as quadruple World Champions whilst Patrick and Ruby Hoyle with their double team success added to their results in individual events were crowned Triple World Champions showed the qualities our more experienced fighters bring to a tournament with the highest of standards. What is great to see is the emergence of our World Championship rookies in particular Kaiya Henry – Jones and Robbie Law who returned home as World Champions from their very first championship experience. 

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Our coaches did a terrific job in preparing our students for the tournament and also in guiding them through the tournament itself, Alf let Chloe and Charlotte do a lot of the coaching and they did a terrific job being able to call on the wealth of competition experience they both possess.  Special thanks go to James Casey aka BUCKET who put a lot of work into getting our fighters ready in the weeks leading up to the championships.  Our congratulations go to everyone involved in what was a terrific result.

Our annual visit to the Bristol Open was unfortunately spoilt by the behaviour of a couple of officials who particularly on the Saturday ruined what potentially could have been a really good day for our fighters.

We all have to put up with bad decisions and they are extremely frustrating at the time but as regular followers of the sport you do learn to accept them and get over it, however there were several over the weekend involving Tejay Bacon, Bradley ‘O’ Shea and Mia Woodward that did leave a bitter taste mainly because they were the difference between winning the division and coming second which is a little harder to accept.

To make matters worse Alf ended up pulling Harvey Grenfell out of his light contact fight on the Saturday due to the unfair treatment he was getting from the referee who seemed to only want to penalise him for holding when his opponent was clearly the main culprit. What was wholly unacceptable was the disrespect shown towards Alf, in particular from one WAKO official on the Saturday which is something that has no place in our sport and was all the more of a surprise coming from an organisation who in fairness have done more than any others in taking our sport forward with the innovative ideas they have introduced over the last decade. This was pretty much the last straw for Alf and prompted him to seriously consider pulling all our fighters from the tournament on Sunday but thankfully after intervention from the organisers and a call to the WAKO Vice President on Saturday evening from our Club Secretary the official was noticeably absent from the tournament on the Sunday and things were significantly better and what you expect from the BRISTOL OPEN...

In amongst all the drama and controversy our fighters still achieved some impressive results, on Saturday Mia Woodward won in light continuous repeating her result at the 2015 event, Tejay and Shannon Bacon, Johnny Hoyle and Bradley ‘O’ Shea all came second with Chloe Love, Ruby Hoyle and Robbie Law coming third. Sunday saw all our fighters compete in semi contact and Ruby Hoyle and Romeo Navaratnam did not disappoint as they both registered their first ever wins at this event, Mia Woodward and Bradley ‘O’ Shea were unfortunate in coming second in their respective divisions and Tejay Bacon, Idress Hussain and Eromi Navaratnam all secured third places.

After two days of competition our fighters with the exception of Harvey, who was disqualified after the events on Saturday, all benefited from some quality mat time against a really high standard of competitor which hopefully will prove to stand them in good stead for what lies ahead for the majority of them in a couple of week’s time in Dublin.

Our thanks go to both Sean Viera and Andy Cleeves who over the years have done a terrific job in making the Bristol Open one of the best tournaments on the kickboxing calendar, our issue on Saturday was not with them but with a minority of officials, we appreciate that they had the presence of mind to deal with the situation and respect them for that and I feel sure we will be back next year.

There will be no lessons at either Stackstead’s or Holcombe Brook from Monday 29th Until Saturday 3rd November inclusively, we will revert to our normal lesson schedule on Monday 5th November.

Our winner for October is no other than our club secretary Nigel Fagg, who was reminded by his other half that it’s the third time that his ball had been drawn when hers had not been drawn at all. That’s the luck of the draw as they say.

Bradley ‘O’ Shea is the academies student of the third quarter, since getting his first tournament win at BCKA European Invitational Brad has continued to grow in confidence and is improving all the time.

It was very much Ruby Hoyle’s day at a very busy Ippon Challenge held in Bradford on Sunday 30th September. Not intent on winning in both light and semi contact Ruby also was victorious in the Grand Championship giving her a fantastic triple success. Kyrah Khan enjoyed double success winning both her light and semi contact finals against our very own Mia Woodward who had moved up into the division.

Second places also went to Patrick Hoyle, Tejay and Shannon Bacon in light contact and Hallie – Jo Talbot and Kaiya Henry – Jones in semi contact.

Third places went to Robbie Law, Bradley ‘O’ Shea, Hallie–Jo Talbot, Ben Shaw and Brad Derbyshire in light contact and Tejay Bacon, Patrick Hoyle and young Ben Shaw in semi contact with the later making his semi contact debut negotiating a heavily populated division to get to the semi–final.

Congratulations to everyone including those who missed out on the podium places..

Our winner for September is Chris Bacon, let’s hope Chris’s win is a good omen for both Shannon and Tejay who will be competing at the World Championships in Dublin in early November

Twelve of our students competed at this tournament with two making their competition debuts in David Kurpeniks and Ben Shaw. Our twelve collectively claimed eight first places, two seconds and three third’s.

Our winners included Romeo Navaratnam and Tejay Bacon in both disciplines along with Eromi Navaratnam, Robbie Law, Hallie – Jo Talbot in light contact and Kyrah Khan in semi contact. Both Kyrah and Tejay maintained their 100 % win record for the entire Revolution series in both disciplines with just one tournament remaining this year.

Second places went to Hallie - Jo Talbot and Eromi Navaratnam in semi contact with third places going to Faye Hughes, Harvey Grenfell, Kyran Henry – Jones, David Kurpeniks and Ben Shaw in light contact and Robbie Law in semi contact.

Shannon Bacon and Chloe Love had a fight with a difference when they ended up competing against each other in a pool of gravy, it was all a bit of fun and was for a good cause helping to raise funds for the East Lancs Hospice at the Rose N Bowl’s annual World Gravy Wrestling Championship Event, which you have to say is one of the craziest events ever to earn the title of World Championship.

Organiser John Lowe from the Rose ‘n’ Bowl has been trying to get some of our people in the gravy for years but has always met with stubborn resistance from Alf who was always been concerned about injuries to his students, however he finally gave in because of the support we have enjoyed from both the Rose n Bowl and the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company who are joint organisers of the event.

Chloe and Shannon’s stint in the gravy followed on from a demonstration in which they and many other of our students showcased all their skills on the surface they are more familiar with albeit that the session was somewhat dampened due to intermittent showers.

Our girls were the first to go in the gravy so it was quite warm just like when you have it on your roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, mind you they nearly did not get in at all due to the initial reluctance by one of the organisers which was quickly met with a classic repost from John declaring ‘THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS !

Well done to our girls for taking up the challenge especially when you consider all the other things they could be doing on a rainy Summer Bank Holiday in Lancashire….!! On the day over £2000 was raised for a very worthy cause.

Our winner for July was Alf Love, yes I can hear you all cry from all over
the valley OH NOT AGAIN !!. To be honest I cannot believe it myself.

Our winner for August was no other than Tracy Petterson. both our winners
win £50.

You can also be a winner so why not join by contacting Tracy Petterson, it
only costs £4 a month and lets be honest the more people we have in the
draw the less chance Alf will have of winning again...

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Our founder and Head Coach Alf Love’s dedication and contribution to martial arts for over 30 years was duly recognised when he was presented with his 6th Dan by the president of Shorai International, 8th Dan Joe Tierney. Over the last twenty five years Alf and Joe have become good friends and Alf has no doubt benefited in being able to tap in to the wealth of knowledge from Joe who is a legend within the martial arts community.

Alf is pictured with Joe and one of our former students Mick Waters who was presented with his 5th Dan at the end of a seminar taken by Joe attended by around thirty of our students.  Our sincere congratulations go to Alf in reaching such a significant milestone in a sport which he has dedicated the majority of his life to.

Sixteen of our students competed at the latest tournament in the 2018 Revolution series and as at past events this year they had a very successful day registering a total of 16 wins, 9 second places  and 2 thirds.

Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward and Kyrah Khan won in both light Contact and semi Contact maintaining their respective 100% win rates in both disciplines for the entire series, whilst Romeo Navaratnam also enjoyed double success, other students to top the  podium included Faye Hughes, Jamie Hunt and Eromi Navaratnam in semi contact and Harvey Grenfell and Ruby Hoyle in light contact.

Second places went to Faye Hughes, Lewis Love – Ashton, Patrick Hoyle Kyran  and Kiaya Henry – Jones in light and Harvey Grenfell, Kiaya Henry – Jones, Johnny Hoyle, Ruby Hoyle and Brad Derbyshire in semi, with both Jamie Hunt and Eromi Navaratanam being placed third in light contact.

Congratulations to all our students on a great result.

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Our coaches have awarded Zack Tickle with the student of the 2nd quarter award, Zack who is aged just nine has worked extremely hard to pass his Blackbelt grading after not being successful on his initial grading last December. The improvement in Zack over the past 6 months was clearly evident to Sensei Joe Tierney who said he had made a 200% improvement. To cap the evening Zack pictured right was lucky to be presented with the shield by both Sensei Alf Love and Joe himself.

Emma Law is our winner for June, she wins £50. If you want to have a chance of winning like Emma and join our pound club then all you have to do is contact Tracy Petterson from our fundraising team.

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We sent a strong squad to compete at Alex Barrowmans BCKA European invitational tournament in Corby and our fighters, who were up against competitors from Scotland, England, Germany and Ireland did not disappoint.

On what was a really successful day our students accumulated a total of seventeen wins, six second places and five thirds, and if that wasn’t enough our girls team consisting of Mia Woodward, Ruby Hoyle and Kyrah Khan won the junior girls semi contact team event with the boys team ending up losing finalists in their team event.

Individual wins went to Shannon and Tejay Bacon, Kaiya Henry – Jones, Jamie Hunt, Hallie – Jo Talbot in light contact, Eromi Navaratnam, Bradley ‘O’ Shea, Kyran Henry – Jones, Romeo Navaratnam in semi contact and Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan, Ruby and Patrick Hoyle who enjoyed success in both disciplines.

Second places went to Romeo Navaratnam, Brad Derbyshire, Bradley ‘O’ Shea, and Dylan Jourey in light contact and Jamie Hunt and Kaiya Henry – Jones in semi contact, whilst Eromi Navaratnam got a third in light contact with Harvey Grenfell, Brad Derbyshire, Hallie – Jo Talbot and Dylan registering thirds in semi contact.

There were many stand out performances on the day but there is no doubt the performance of our girls points team had everyone’s attention as they initially navigated there way past a team from BCKA at the semi final stage. In the final they were up against an exceptionally good Irish team, but under the expert guidance of Chloe and Charlotte who got the tactics absolutely spot on Ruby, Kyrah and Mia fought superbly to secure the win and take the applause from a very appreciative audience who were all impressed with the quality of the fighting which was of the highest calibre.

It was unfortunate the boys team comprising  Harvey Grenfell, Patrick Hoyle and Jamie Hunt who had fought superbly well in defeating a team from ACAMA in the semi final could not repeat the girls result in their final. Losing Harvey to a cut eye in the semi final did not help with Tejay; who deputised coming up against an opponent who was considerably larger than him.

Well done to all our fighters who represented our academy so well, your performance both on and off the mat is the reason why we as a club are invited to this event each year and after this years display the invitation to next years event has already been made.

 

Six of our students travelled down to Corby to compete at Alex Barrowmans show on Saturday 19th May, Robbie Law was first up and got us off to a great start winning his fight against Harlee Hooker from BCKA. We then had two defeats with Jamie Hunt losing to Evan Balch from BCKA and Dylan Jourey being denied by some dubious judging with the win being awarded to BCKA’S James English.

Immediately after Dylans surprising loss Mia Woodward gave a dominate display to win her fight in the first round with her opponent Elise Sparham not wanting to continue, Kyrah Khan followed in a great fight against Kelsey Lock who came out all guns blazing, however as the fight went on Kelsey struggled to keep up the intensity and Kyrah ended up a very worthy winner against a tough opponent.

Our final fight saw Tejay Bacon up against Jack Dalton from BCKA in the third of a trilogy of fights the two have had in the last two months. Once again it was Tejay who came out the winner but he had to and was at his imperious best to get the win in what was the fight of the night. At the end of a bout that had the audience on their feet Tejay showed what a great sportsman he is raising Jacks hand aloft in appreciation of his display.

Our squad are pictured at the end of what was a great show minus Robbie Law who had to leave early to get back to Lancashire for an important family event, our thanks go to Alex Barrowman and his team for the invitation and the wonderful welcome we all received on what was a great evening.  

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Eighteen of our fighters travelled up to Scarborough to compete at the Revolution Yorkshire Championships on a day that was fit for summer. Seventeen of our students were amongst the medals winning a combined total of 13 Firsts, 9 Seconds and 5 thirds.

Our winners included Kyrah Khan, Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward and Shannon Bacon who all enjoyed double success with wins in both disciplines, along with Harvey Grenfell, Romeo Navaratnam and Hallie – Jo Talbot in Light Contact and Ruby Hoyle and Eromi Navartanam in Semi Contact.

Second places went to Patrick Hoyle, Jamie Hunt, Jason Parkinson, Bradley ‘O’ Shea and Ruby Hoyle in Light Contact along with Kiaya Henry – Jones, Hallie – Jo Talbot, Ben and Jason Parkinson in Semi Contact.

Placed third in Light Contact were Kaiya and Kyran Henry – Jones and Johnny Hoyle with Bradley ‘O’ Shea and Johnny Hoyle getting third place in Semi Contact.

With the tournament finishing early and Alf very pleased with the result he decided to let the guys have a beach treat and take advantage of lovely summer weather that has come early this year.

The academy took delivery of new chairs for our parental viewing area in May. The Tub chairs in our club colours of red and black will ensure parents can be comfortable when attending lesson’s and further shows our commitment in making improvements to our facility.

We would ask parents to understand what we are doing in trying to keep our facility welcoming and help us by ensuring that this area is left tidy before they leave, with all rubbish placed in the bins provided and not left on the floor or tables and personal items belonging to them and their children being taken home.

Fourteen students travelled to Birmingham on the first Sunday in May to compete at the WKU National Championships and they did disappoint collectively winning nine National Titles, four silver medals and nine bronze medals.

Three students Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward and Hallie – Jo Talbot were crowned Double National Champions winning in both disciplines whilst Harvey Grenfell won his light contact division and Kyrah Khan and Ruby Hoyle both topped the podium in semi contact.

Brad Derbyshire won silvers in both light and semi contact with Robbie Law (light) and Romeo Navaratnam (semi) also collecting silver medals.

Bronze Medals went to Ruby Hoyle, Eromi Navaratnam, Kaiya Henry – Jones, Johnny Hoyle and Kyrah Khan in light contact with the later fighting in a higher weight division and Harvey Grenfell, Eromi Navaratnam, Robbie Law and Kaiya Henry – Jones in semi contact.

Congratulations to all of those who competed in securing such a good result.

Eight of our students competed at Paul Ramsey’s fight night held in Blackburn at the end of April, they all fought very well with Lewis Love Ashton, Brad Derbyshire, Romeo Navaratnam and Harvey Grenfell all coming home victorious, unfortunately it was not to be for Eromi Navaratnam, Kyran Henry – Jones, Johnny Hoyle and Kyrah Khan who despite their efforts were unable to win, Kyrah was particularly unlucky to lose due to her original opponent dropping out at the last minute and then being  matched against a girl ten kilos heavier.

Well done to our Eight….!

In late April we welcomed fighters from Hurricane Combat and Fitness, Fit to Fight, X Martial Arts, Superior Fitness and Martial Arts, BCKA and Andy Crittenden’s Academy of Martials Arts to do battle against fighters from our own academy at our annual fight night.

With a running order of twenty nine fights we saw plenty of high quality action and also gave plenty of opportunities for novices to get their first taste of fight night action. Twenty one of our students took part, seventeen of whom registered wins including Ryley and Tayler Morton, Max Tighe and Charlie Woodrup who were all making their competitive debuts. Our other winners included Robbie Law, Ben Parkinson, Romeo Navaratnam, Hallie - Jo Talbot, Kyran Henry – Jones, Brad Derbyshire, Idress Hussain, Patrick and Ruby Hoyle, Dylan Jourey, Kyrah Khan, Tejay Bacon and James ‘Bucket’ Casey who’s fight with Michael Walters from SFMA was an absolute barnstormer. All the fighters put on a terrific show for our audience, who received a complimentary programme on arrival.

At the end of a great evening our officials Dean Imbusch, Joe Tierney, Mick Waters and Imran Majid awarded the Male Fighter of the Night to our very own Robbie Law and the female award going to Tegan Burnet from X Martial Arts Schools.

Our special thanks go to all the clubs who attended, our officials and all the businesses who chose to advertise in our event programme including our event sponsor ‘The Malcolm Group’ who helped us with the cost of the trophies.

Fight Night Article

Sarah Mortimer is our winner for April, Sarah used her winnings to treat her girls to a trip to the Circus that recently visited Rossendale, I’m sure they really enjoyed it..!

In early April Kyrah Khan, Romeo Navartanam and Tejay Bacon fought at Dale Bannisters show ‘The Battle of Wigan’ all three enjoyed success giving us a 100 % win rate, well done to our winning trio!

After her success in the recent WKKC National championships in Bradford where she won Gold in Light Contact and Silver in Semi Contact the academies Student of the first quarter is Kaiya Henry – Jones. Kaiya has worked very hard in the first three months of this year and gave a confident performance at the tournament. 

Well done Kaiya keep up the good work.

Twenty two of our students attended the National Championships held at the Richard Dunne Sports Centre in Bradford in Mid March and after a tough days competition they accumulated a total of 7 Gold’s, 6 Silver’s and 10 Bronze Medals.

For Mia Woodward, Jamie Hunt and Kyrah Khan it was a case of double success as the trio won in both light contact and semi contact, our other gold medallist came from a more unlikely source with Kaiya Henry – Jones making her National Championship debut winning in her light contact division, Kaiya showed great confidence considering her limited tournament experience with a very strong performance.

Silver Medals went to Adam Whiteman, Hallie – Jo Talbot, Harvey Grenfell, Tejay Bacon in Light Contact and Kaiya Henry – Jones and Tejay Bacon in Semi Contact whilst Bronze Medals went to Brad Derbyshire, Romeo and Eromi Navaratnam, Shane Love – Ashton, Shannon Bacon, Katy Hamer in Light Contact and Hallie – Jo Talbot, Idress Hussain, Ethan Gourgel and Shannon Bacon in Semi Contact.

Collectively our students had an excellent result the emergence of some of our less experienced fighters Ethan Gourgel, Eromi Navartanam and Kaiya Henry – Jones who all achieved  qualification for the World Championships for the first time was a huge positive for the academy and underlines the great job our coaches are doing.

With Ruby Hoyle, Patrick Hoyle and Chloe Love already qualified as current World Champions not competing at the Nationals joining all those who qualified at today’s event it is clear we will taking a very strong contingent of competitors to the World Championships in Dublin later this year.

Jenna Navartanam is the winner of the pound club for March, this is more good news for Jenna who announced recently that she is expecting twins in the summer.

Our winner this month is Tracy Petterson which is very apt considering she is a key member of our fund raising team which is what the pound club is about.

Why not give yourself the opportunity to win yourself by entering all it costs is £4 per month for details please contact either Tracy Petterson or Lesley Love from our fundraising team.   

Our new mini coach made her arrival on a wintry afternoon back at the academy having been at the vehicle wrapping factory in Warrington. Whilst being quite an old vehicle she looks brand new thanks to the work of the team at AST Signs who did a terrific job. Our thanks go to JP Carpets, DCL Security, Wrightsure Insurance, RJB Engineering and the Malcolm Group who all made donations to have their company logo placed on both of our vehicles. The new coach will make her maiden journey to a competition when our students attend the WKKC National Championships in late March.

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Twenty One of our students attended the Revolution ‘ North of England Championships’ in Worksop at the end of February on what proved to be a very successful trip. In total we registered sixteen firsts, eight seconds and four third places, an excellent result. Several of our wins came from our more experienced fighters with Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Tejay Bacon all winning in both disciplines, Mia also won an additional semi contact division making it a trio of victories on the day. It was  extremely pleasing to see the successes of Robbie Law and Hallie Jo Talbot who both enjoyed  double victories and also a win for Kaiya Henry – Jones who was making her competition debut securing a win in semi contact. Other winners on the day included Shannon Bacon, Chloe Love and Harvey Grenfell in Light Contact and Faye Hughes in Semi Contact. 

Second places went to Faye Hughes, Patrick, Johnny & Ruby Hoyle in Light Contact and Max Tighe, Patrick Hoyle and Ruby Hoyle in semi contact, whilst third places went to Shannon Bacon and Romeo Navaratnam in semi contact.

Ruby Hoyle and Kyran Henry – Jones were our only winners at the notoriously tough Wako British Nationals held in Solihull in Mid February, both won in light continuous and joined an elite group of academy students who have also won at past events comprising Patrick Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Shannon Bacon, Charlotte Fagg and Chloe Love.

Tejay Bacon fought superbly over the two days in a tough weight division to win silver medals in both light and semi contact, whilst Romeo Navaratnam in Light and Hallie Jo in Semi also won silver medals.

Bronze Medals went to Shannon Bacon and Harvey Grenfell in Light Contact and Patrick Hoyle and Harvey Grenfell in Semi Contact.