Training on 4 May 2009

The Manor Community College is closed on bank holidays therefore the sparring session on Monday 4 May 2009 will be held at the Histon Road recreation ground if the weather allows it.

In case of rain we apologise in advance for cancelling the class.

Beginners Course May 2009

CARISMA is running a new beginners course, starting on the 19 May to run for 4 consecutives  Tueday  and Thursday classes (e.g. 19, 21, 26, 28).

If you would like to join (or you know somebody who would like to) please do it on the 19th: the club is very close to its full capacity and we might not run another beginners course for a while after this date.

There is no need for booking: please just turn up at 6pm at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall, Queen Anne terrace, Cambridge.

My thoughts about MAF-UK 2009

banner-maf-ukI recently coordinated and performed in three demonstrations at the Martial Arts Festival UK organized in Leicester by Kwoklyn Wan, a well known martial artist and Jeet Kune Do instructor who runs a number of schools based in and around the same town.

Choreographing a demonstration always requires some level of preparation while I personally prefer avoiding a complete rehearsal of the whole thing.  Punching, kicking and blocking, attacking and defending is something we do in every lesson so my basic strategy is always to have a script about what will be done but leaving the interpretation to the individuals in order to ensure the performance to be more realistic.  Ultimately a fight cannot be rehearsed.

I believe that the main objectives of a demonstration are:

  • To give a basic idea of  the main techniques in terms of kicks, punches, stances and guards for your particular school or style;
  • To be interesting for the person from the general public that doesn’t have even a basic idea about martial arts as well as gaining respect from fellow martial artists;
  • To show the level of skill of your school or club;
  • To be catchy enough to inspire passers by to stop and watch.

Given the final results and the video we managed to produce I am very happy of the overall experience: all CARISMA members that were there truly enjoyed it themselves.

A point I always try to make in my demonstrations is that we must remember that martial arts are about fighting, personal development, controlled actions and well harmonised attacks and defence.  Movements should look smoothly and effortlessly performed, otherwise we risk to be looking too much like street fighters.  On the other hand the demonstration should be and look realistic: for my taste a bit too many schools were running shows that appeared too much like dancing rather that expressions of fighting arts.

I was highly impressed by the organization of the show itself and I congratulated several times with Kwoklyn about location, quality of staff and their competence, the great variety of martial arts being showed and the workshops run.  I firmly hope I will be invited again to be part of the second edition of MAF-UK next year.

A thank you message from MAF-UK

Dear Massimo,
I’d just like to take this time to personally THANK-YOU for your TIME, KNOWLEDGE and PARTICIPATION with MAF-UK 09!

We would not have been able to put on such a great festival without Instructors such as your self, willing to donate their time and share their skills. I have heard so many positive comments about the festival and we will definitely be back again for Round 2 and I hope you will be joining us?

With Many Thanks Again

Kwoklyn Wan
Managing Director

MAF-UK
215 Fosse Road North
Leicester
LE3 5EZ