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 🙂

Join the CARISMA Annual BBQ 2012

To celebrate the social as well as martial aspects of our club we are going to have the annual BBQ on 16 June 2012.  Please contact us to book your place before Tuesday 12 June.

Every year CARISMA is celebrating its anniversary (13th this year) with a BBQ extended to all members (and family/partners) and we hope many people will be able to make it.

As usual we ask a small contribution of £10 (£5 for people that just drink soft drinks) to all members to cover for their food and drinks that will all be provided. The club matches all monies collected so effectively all guests get a treat of food and drinks worth twice the money they pay. Partners and Family members are welcome and will be asked to pay an extra £5 to the standard contribution (e.g. £10 for people that just consume soft drinks and £15 for the others). As usual we consider members those who are currently training and paying monthly fees to the club. People that no longer train with the club is welcome but will be charged the partner/family fees.

All bookings must be done in advance and paid for; payments are non refundable. Please RSVP a.s.a.p.!

There is also a Facebook event to help with RSVP and giving us an idea of people coming along.


I would like to thank personally the nearly 30 people that took part to the celebration of the 11th anniversary of CARISMA on Sat 12 June.

Starting at 3PM the party went on till late evening with a few guests that resisted all the way to the early Sunday morning 🙂

Here is a short clip with some of the relevant moments for the event:


We would like to invite every member of CARISMA and partners or one friend of choice to share with us the 11th anniversary of the club that will be celebrated on 12 June 2010 at the registered address of the club.

There will be a small charge of £10 (£5 for non drinkers: these figures are for active members, guests will be subject to £5 extra to the above figures) to partially cover the cost of food and drinks that will be fully provided.

Please register your interest in participating by speaking to us during the lesson or by commenting to this post.

10 Years Celebration

CARISMA 10th Anniversary

CARISMA 10th Anniversary

I would like to thank personally the over 30 people that took part to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of CARISMA on Sat 20 June.

Starting at 3PM the party went on till late evening with a few guests that resisted all the way to the early Sunday morning 🙂

Some pictures of the events are availabile at this page and others will be added at a later stage under the tag BBQ.

A short clip with some of the relevant moments of the events is here:

And finally, as a tradition from previous years I’ll add for those interested in statistics what 24 actived eater and drinkers managed to consume on that day:

  • 2 Kg of Lamb
  • 3 Kg of chicken,
  • 7 Kg of beef
  • 1 Kg of Salmon
  • 4 Kg of fruit
  • 3 Kg of bread
  • undisclosed amounts of olives, dips and other nibbles
  • 2 cakes
  • 6 litres of coke
  • 2 litres of chardonnay
  • 2 litres of merlot-cabernet savignon
  • 6.75 litres of cava
  • 37 litres of beer
  • over 1 litre of palinka
  • some water and coffee