Sunday Training 2 July

CARISMA training outdoors, Sunday training summer 2017

CARISMA training outdoors, Sunday training summer 2017

I love training outdoors. When CARISMA started we were just training on grass in various parks and greens in Cambridge city centre.  It was lovely but we knew it could not last too long… this in England after all.  However we try to keep the tradition by (aiming at) training outdoors during all Sunday training in July and August.  I remember having summers when we manage to spend all Sundays outside, others when just one or two happened but we keep at it.  Yesterday was the first of hopefully many Sunday outdoors training and we started with a bang: a record number of 12 people attended which is a great number for a Sunday outdoor training.  It was a busy and fun lesson with members ranging from total beginners to advanced and instructors.  The temperature was just perfect in the low twenties, with a nice breeze. Way better than training in a gym on such a lovely day, it was very enjoyable; I am already looking forward to the following ones.

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 🙂