Xmas Dinner 2010

Last year’s Xmas Dinner seems like yesterday: it may come as a surprise that not only is the next grading on Sunday, December 5th, but it is to be followed by the time-honoured tradition of the Carisma Xmas Dinner.

This year’s dinner will take place at the CB2 Bistro, on 1 Norfolk Street. We have reserved a private room just for us.

Places are available now, for the princely sum of £18.95 (drinks are charged separately on the day). We’ll be taking names & collecting a non refundable deposit at all training sessions until Thursday 3 December.

To use a sentence used last year by Wez: this is a once-a-year opportunity to change the colour of your belt twice in one day – once in recognition of the effort and commitment you have put into training with Carisma, and once in recognition of the vibrantly coloured food you have spilled down yourself.

Beginners Course January 2011

CARISMA has recently attracted a large number of new members thanks to its reputation and active relationships with both Cambridge University Kickboxing Society and Anglia Ruskin University Kickboxing Club.  For this reason we are not running a beginner course in November or December 2010.

The next beginners course, will start on 18 January 2011 to run for 4 consecutive Tuesday and Thursday classes (e.g. 18, 20, 25, 27).

Beginners courses run in January are always very popular with lots of people inspired by their New Years Resolution so if you would like to join (or you know somebody who would like to) please do it on the 18 of January.

If you’d like to check our prices please look at this page.

There is no need for booking for beginners: please just turn up at 6pm at Kelsey Kerridge.

Learn Stretching from the Master

Bill “superfoot” Wallace retired in the early eighties as undefeated world champion in the middle weight of full contact kickboxing: his combat strategy was always based on fantastic kicking techniques that often caught by surprise his opponents and knock them out. Wallace was not just good and superfast in kicking but he could shoot double of triple kicks with a single leg, using these techniques in the same way most boxers faint punching techniques.

Apart from his obviously amazing experience as a martial artist Wallace has a master in Sport Science that further qualifies him to advise people about stretching for flexibility.   He was a true precursor of innovative stretching excercises and applications like the one decribed in the video below.

It shows here how to improve flexibility for side kicks (and it equally applies to round and hook ones): good news is that we at CARISMA regularly do a very similar (simplified) version during our classes, so it’s good to learn the extra movements we can add.