Hello 2017, good bye 2016

Happy new year to everyone; 2017 starts with its first lesson today, 3 January, keeping our regular schedule of 4 lessons per week for the next 51 weeks.

We are already planning our usual Town vs. Gown fight in February where members of all clubs we are training (CARISMA, CUKBS and ARUKBC) will fight members of the other clubs.  This is a great opportunity for all beginners to have a go at sport fighting in a friendly and controlled environment, before trying other tournaments.  Later in the year several members of the club will take part in various regional fights, both light and full contact.  CUKBS will be fighting Varsity in Oxford this year and their training regime has been under tight control since the beginning of Michaelmas term in October.

As usual we will be having 4 grading sessions in March, June, September and December.  On the second Saturday of June we’ll have the annual CARISMA BBQ and on the first Sunday in December, after grading, we’ll have the Christmas dinner.  These events are already on the club’s calendar for your perusal.

As our aim is keeping a critical mass of at least 60 paying members at any given time we will be recruiting beginners any time we need more members but pausing when membership is in line with our expectations.  Our first beginners’ course for the year will start on 19 January and, as usual listed on our calendar.

2016 was another good year for CARISMA, with a large number of new interesting people who joined us, and classes consistently larger than previous years.  We found ourselves with a reduced percentage of undergrads students, from both University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin; good news is that we replaced them with high school and post grad students as well as young professionals both male and female.  This change has increased the retention of our members and the consistency of their attendance as undergrads students are around for about 6 months per year and their attendance tends to be not as regular as we would like.

An individual achievement which is definitively worth mentioning is Meitar Blumenfeld as our first winner for a full contact fight; it has to be said that our whole full contact team to date had a total of 4 people, over a long period of time.

For a number of personal reasons we lost, within a short time, 3 of our instructors; fortunately we were working, in the meantime, to train some of our most promising senior students to be their replacement so it all happened smoothly and according to plans.

Whether you are a regular member or a casual reader interested in joining us we hope to see you soon and looking forward to train with you during 2017.

Christmas Break 2016

SeasonGreetingsWe would like to inform everybody that the last lesson for 2016 will be on Thursday 22 December at Kelsey Kerridge.

The first session of 2016 will be on Tuesday 3 January at Kelsey Kerridge.

CARISMA and its instructors wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and their loved ones, looking forward to seeing you all back for a fantastic beginning of 2017.

In case you would like to join CARISMA in the new year please read this post about the next beginners’ course and book your place for it.

Beginners Course January 2017

Book NowIf you are total beginner the next CARISMA beginners course will start on Thursday 19 January 2017, to run for 4 consecutive Thursday and Tuesday classes (e.g. 19, 24, 26, 31).

If you have a previous and relevant experience in martial arts please read the join page and join us at any time, e.g. no need to wait for the beginners course. Please get in touch with us if in doubt.

busyclassIf you’d like to check our prices please look at this page. Please notice that Kelsey Kerridge charges a day entry to every non member entering their premises.

We would like to gather numbers to be prepared so it would be great if you could leave, confidentially, your name in this form. Also please make sure to turn up before 6:15pm at Kelsey Kerridge as there might be a long queue.

Beginners Course November 2016

Book NowIf you are total beginner the next CARISMA beginners course will start on Thursday 17 November 2016, to run for 4 consecutive Thursday and Tuesday classes (e.g. 17, 22, 24, 29).

If you have a previous and relevant experience in martial arts please read the join page and join us at any time, e.g. no need to wait for the beginners course. Please get in touch with us if in doubt.

busyclassIf you’d like to check our prices please look at this page. Please notice that Kelsey Kerridge charges a day entry to every non member entering their premises.

We would like to gather numbers to be prepared so it would be great if you could leave, confidentially, your name in this form. Also please make sure to turn up before 6:15pm at Kelsey Kerridge as there might be a long queue.

Beginners Course October 2016

Book NowIf you are total beginner the next CARISMA beginners course will start on Tuesday 18 October 2016, to run for 4 consecutive Tuesday and Thursday classes (e.g. 18, 20, 25, 27).  Please notice: Octoberber is usually our busiest beginners course so if you are interested in joining us please book now.

If you have a previous and relevant experience in martial arts please read the join page and join us at any time. Please get in touch with us if in doubt.

busyclassIf you’d like to check our prices please look at this page. Please notice that Kelsey Kerridge charges a day entry to every non member entering their premises.

We would like to gather numbers to be prepared so it would be great if you could leave, confidentially, your name in this form. Also please make sure to turn up before 6:15pm at Kelsey Kerridge as there might be a long queue.