ARU introductory class 2013

On Saturday 28 September 2013 we will be running a one-off free introductory class for all ARU students.  This will be aimed at all ARU students (members of staff are also welcome though) that would like to try a class and see whether they would like to take up kickboxing as their main sport.  Total beginners are welcome as well as people with previous experience in martial arts.

Arranged at 3:00 for 3:30pm it will last until 5:00pm with a short introduction and demonstration from the instructors, about what kickboxing is and how it works then a full class (no contact for beginners) will be taught, exploring a few of the basics techniques we use.

The ARU introductory class 2013 will be held at the Fenners Gallery at Kelsey Kerridge and all ARU students with own student cards are granted free entry at reception; the class itself will also be totally free.

Training on Tues 8 October 2013

Due the University of Cambridge’s Freshers’ fair our usual venue is not available on Tues 8 October 2013; training will be held at the at the Bellerbys college trainnig hall that is behind the North Cambridge Academy (formally known as Manor Community College) on Arbury Road at the usual time 6:15 to 8:00pm.  The training hall is about 50 metres past the venue where we usually train on Mondays, opposite to the football groound.  Signs will be posted on the day.

Please notice that no spare pads will be available on site so we suggest just people with own kit to attend this one-off lesson.  Training will be back as normal at Kelsey Kerring from Thursday 10 October and continue undistrurbed until the Christmas break.

Three wins for CARISMA at the Suffolk Combat – September 2013

20130915_134104On Sunday 15 September 8 CARISMA fighters attended the Suffolk Combat event organised by Pete Dunnett of CKA and managed to secure 3 first places.

Here a short description of each fight:

  • Kostas Ziovas, member of the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society – CUKBS – on his third fight, was the first fighter from CARISMA being on the ring and despite a good combination of alternated punches and kicks was defeated by just one point.
  • Alex Kravetz, also at his third fight, managed to deliver some good combinations of punches and kick and securing the first win of the day albeit by one point.
  • Natasha Taylor, on her second fight, was definitely affected by nerves and not performing as we have seen her in the past.  Facing a very aggressive and pushing opponent she managed to use a variety of accurate punches and kicks to score repeatedly and secure the second win of the day.
  • Nina Street, at her first fight and with just 3 months of experience in kickboxing, managed to deliver a very good fight with variety of combinations of effective punches and kicks but she was defeated by a slightly more experienced opponent.
  • Lukasz Siobisz, at his first fight, showed a good repertoire of kicks and punches but was defeated by a slightly more skilled opponent who managed to score more.
  • Max Larkinson, at his first fight, delivered a great show with very good combinations of well alternated punches and kicks, interleaved with great foot work and accurate timing.  He secured and obvious third first for the day.
  • Jarek Rzepecki, at his second official fight despite his long experience in martial arts, delivered a good fight with the broadest variety of techniques seen on the day.  Despite what it looked as an obvious win he was defeated by judges’ decision.
  • Raz Jabary, member of CUKBS – on his second fight and following a recent injury, delivered a very good fight with some powerful combinations of kicks and punches.  Despite the initial recommendations of strictly enforced Light Contact style the referee allowed a level of contact that was way out of our expectations and Raz, somehow confused, kept fighting with a level of pressure that was just not enough to keep his opponent at bay.

A successful career in fighting sport must start somewhere and small regional tournaments are the right environment for building experience from scratch, while ensuring safety and reasonably fair judging.  We thank Pete Dunnett and his team for another well delivered event.  Videos of the fights will be available soon.

Tournament in Bury St.Edmunds – September 2013

Image Copyight and courtesy of Duncan Grisby 2013

Image Copyight and courtesy of Duncan Grisby 2013

On Sunday 15 Septembern 2013 8 members of CARISMA will take part in an open tournament organised by Peter Dunnett of Combat Kickboxing Academy.

The tournament is held at the Village Hall in Walsham le Willows, near Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3AA.  See the map below:

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Departure will be from the registered address CARISMA at 9:00AM sharp.