Training on Sunday summer 2017

All Sunday sessions between 2 July and 27 August 2017 inclusive will be held at the Histon Road Recreation Ground (see map below) at 5:00-7:00PM when the weather allows it.

In case of rain (or if the grass is wet as it rained previously) we will post a message on this site to indicate the training venue that will be visible under the schedule category please check it if in doubt.


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CARISMA Annual BBQ 2017

Copyright and courtesy of Duncan GrisbyThis year our club achieved its adulthood: on Saturday 10 June we celebrated the 18th anniversary for CARISMA. I would like to personally thank the over 46 people that attended the celebration.

Eighteen years is a long time, longer than some of our youngest members have been alive and long enough to have seen tens of other clubs in Cambridge opening and closing down.  I am very proud about the longevity and health of the club which year after year keeps attracting new members, teach them quality martial arts and train them to improve the technique, fitness and skills.

As usual it was great seeing at the BBQ a mix of people of all ages and levels of seniority within the club.  We had people who joined us during the latest beginners’ course last month all the way to senior members and instructors.  We even had several people that moved on and no longer train at CARISMA but still come back to Cambridge to join our parties.

Starting at 3pm the party went on till the early hours of Sunday morning, 3:20am to be precise.  Special thanks to Liz, Andrea, Anna and a few others that kindly helped with setup, cooking and catering. This BBQ managed to beat most records to date, which are all worth mentioning:

  • Largest number of attendees with 46 people
  • Longest lasting party, over 12 hours
  • Largest amount of food eaten, with about 24Kg of meat, fish and halloumi, several Kg of bread, veggies, dips and whatever else, including 3 large party chocolate cakes and a couple of tubs of double cream
  • Largest amount of drinks consumed with about 60 litres of various beers and lagers, 15 bottles of wines and about 2 litres of palinka
  • unspecified amounts of soft drinks, juices and water were also consumed

I am already looking forward to the 19th anniversary next year 🙂

Beginners Course June 2017

Book NowIf you are total beginner the next CARISMA beginners course will start on Tuesday 20 June 2017, to run for 4 consecutive Tuesday and Thursday classes (e.g. 20, 22, 27, 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.

Grading June 2017

Another busy and successful grading session on Sunday 4 June. Two Black belt second Dan, 1 Blue, 1 Green Second, 1 Green, 1 Orange Second, 3 Orange and 4 Yellow belts awarded to members of CARISMA, ARUKBC and CUKBS.  Congratulations to everybody who did very well, in particular to Duncan and Jarek who are the first instructors becoming second Dan since our club started 18 years ago; hard work and commitment does pay off.  A particular thank you to Georgios who has offered his help to grade while being on a long break from teaching/training and Heley who also helped with grading while visiting us during her holidays.