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.

CARISMA Cup#1

Eugene and DanSeven brave men and two brave women stepped into the ring on Monday evening to participate in the first CARISMA Cup. The Cup was an opportunity for beginners to show off the results of months of dedicated training, and gain invaluable experience in a safe and controlled light contact sparring match. For most, this was their very first taste of a kickboxing match.

There were six matches in total, of 3 rounds of 1 minute each. The final result is shown below:

Gender Name Vs. Name Winner
Male Robertas Mareikis Vs. Robbie Jarvis Robertas
Male Andy Brinkworth Vs. Matt Hunt Matt
Female Rachel Lawrence Vs. Steph Reikine Rachel
Male Ben Bishop Vs. Robbie Jarvis Robbie
Male Richard Gordon Vs. Dan Whittear Dan
Male Robertas Mareikis Vs. Matt Hunt Robertas

Two prizes were available on the night. The first was Fight of the Night, awarded by the instructors, which Robertas took home after two excellent performances, showing both composure and technique. The second was Most Improved Fighter, nominated by the more experienced Carisma members who supported the fighters in preparation for the event, which was awarded to Dan (in the picture above on the right) in recognition of his hard work and dedication in training for the event.

Competition is a core component of kickboxing, and the most visible one. It is never easy to step into the ring to compete, and additionally, opportunities can be difficult to find. Every fighter who stepped up to the challenge on Monday evening can be proud of their performance in the ring. The technique was impressive throughout, and each competitor fought with heart. A special thank you to those who helped the fighters to prepare for this event, and stood in their corner while they fought. In addition, the event would have been impossible without the help of all the instructors, and those who helped to referee and judge the matches.  Last but not least a very big thanks you and well done to Eugene Ho (pictured above on the left) who organised and managed the whole event.

CARISMA Town vs. Gown 2016 – The Results

Amazing event last Saturday: great sportsmanship, good quality fights,  safe environment for all athletes and nearly 150 spectators 🙂  This year we had the largest number of CUKBS fighters to date which helped their domination in this show. Total result of 10 wins for CUKBS, 7 for CARISMA and 1 for ARUKBC. Congratulations to all fighters, regardless of the final result; each of you was a winner the moment you walked into the ring. It takes guts and determination to train and prepare for a fight and a great deal of courage to commit to it so well done! Here below is the list of fights and the winners for each fight:

Club Full Name Club Full Name Winner
AR Robertas Maneikis CA Joe Ourussoff Robertas
CA Lukasz Sobisz CA Elliot Fletcher Elliot
CU Sarah Ashcroft-Jones CA Eloise Lebrun Sarah
CU Konstantin Semeniuk CA James Hall Konstantin
AR Mario Micillo CA Meitar Blumenfeld Meitar
CU Anna Schumann CA Eloise Lebrun Eloise
CU Matthew Coates CA Richard Gordon Matthew
CU John Quan CU Shayan Ali John
CU Jessica Slim CA Zosia K-J Zosia
CU Peter Hardwidge CA Andy Brinkworth Peter
CU Tim Williamson CA Eugene Ho Tim
CU Alex Hamilton CA Canardach Maciver Alex
CU Farakh Shahzad AR Matt Hunt Farakh
CU Kaylyn Z-Y AR Elina Kadakovska Kaylyn
CU Matt Kaye CA JQ Wang Matt
CU George Bowerie CA Cedric Deur Cedric
CU Jessica Matheret CA Steph Reikine Steph
CU Zakaria Moustiri CA Simon Gardiner Simon

CARISMA Town vs. Gown 2016 – The Fights

Great fight card for tomorrow.Here are the the fights in their order of appeareance:

AR Robertas Maneikis CA Joe Ourussoff
CA Lukasz Sobisz CA Elliot Fletcher
CU Sarah Ashcroft-Jones CA Eloise Lebrun
CU Konstantin Semeniuk CA James Hall
AR Mario Micillo CA Meitar Blumenfeld
CU Anna Schumann CA Eloise Lebrun
CU Matthew Coates CA Richard Gordon
CU John Quan CU Shayan Ali
CU Jessica Slim CA Zosia K-J
CU Peter Hardwidge CA Andy Brinkworth
CU Tim Williamson CA Eugene Ho
CU Alex Hamilton CA Canardach Maciver
CU Farakh Shahzad AR Matt Hunt
CU Kaylyn Z-Y AR Elina Kadakovska
CU Matt Kaye CA JQ Wang
CU George Bowerie CA Cedric Deur
CU Jessica Matheret CA Steph Reikine
CU Zakaria Moustiri CA Simon Gardiner

CARISMA Town vs. Gown 2016 – Rules

Will all fighters please read carefully this post and ensure to understand. Any question please comment the post so the answer can be seen by everyone.

Matches

All fights are pre-matched by gender, weight and experience, trying to get athletes from different clubs in each match.  All fighters will be weighted in before the event start and if the fighter’s weight is substantially higher than her/his expected weight it might be disqualified.

Fights

All fights will have 3 rounds with 60 seconds breaks; matches where at least one of the fighters has less than 6 months experience will have 1 mins rounds.  Fighters with up to 18 months experience will fight 1.5 minutes rounds. The others will fight 2 mins rounds.

Scoring

Punch to Head 1 point
Punch to Body 1 point
Front Foot Sweep 1 point
Kick to Body 2 points
Kick to Head 3 points
Jump Kick to Body 3 points
Any Jump Kick to Head 5 points

Clubs Scoring

Each club will receive 3 points for each won fight and 1 point for each lost fight; at the end of the tournament the club with higher score will be nominated the winner.

Scoring Areas

  • Side of Head
  • Face
  • Under Chin
  • Front Torso
  • Side Torso

Illegal Areas

  • Back of Head
  • Top of Head
  • Neck
  • Arm
  • Hand
  • Back
  • Kidney Area
  • Below the Belt (other than below the ankle sweeps)

All Sweeps must be boot to boot and no higher than the ankle. For a Sweep to score, the sweep must incur either a complete grounding, or a stumble leading to the fighter touching the ground with any part of the body other than the soles of the feet. Even the slightest of touches to the ground by the fingers for example, will result in the sweep being deemed successful.

Legal Techniques.

  • Jab (landing with knuckle part of the glove)
  • Reverse Punch (Back Fist, landing with knuckle part of the glove)
  • Hook Punch (to the body and head)
  • Uppercut Punch (to the body and head with control)
  • Front Kick (to the body and head)
  • Side Kick (to the body and head)
  • Hook Kick (to body and head) including Spinning Back Hook Kick
  • Jump Spinning Hook Kick (to the body and head)
  • Back Kick (to the body and head)
  • Jump Back Kick (to the body and head)
  • Roundhouse Kick ((to the body and head) including Jump Round Kick)
  • Spinning Back Kick (to the body and head)
  • Jump Spinning Back Kick (to the body and head)
  • Inside & Outside Crescent Kick ((to the body & head) including Jump)
  • Jump Inside & Outside Crescent Kick ((to the body & head) incl Jump)
  • Inside & Outside Axe Kick ((to the body & head) including Jump Axe)
  • Front Sweep (performed with inside of foot to below ankle), both legs front Sweep can be to the inside and outside of the opponent’s boot

Illegal Techniques

  • Any open handed strike with the inside of the hand (slap)
  • Knife Hand (inc Spinning/Turning Knife Hand Strike)
  • Ridge Hand
  • Drop Sweep
  • Reverse Drop Sweep
  • Palm Heel Strike
  • Strikes with the elbows
  • Any Throw
  • Any Takedown
  • Pushing with arms
  • Leg Kicks
  • Strikes with the knee
  • Strikes with the Head
  • Use of the thighs
  • Touching the ground with any other part of the body than the soles of the feet.
  • Any Blind Technique

Illegal Actions

  • Swearing
  • Verbal attacks to the Opponent or Officials
  • Accusations of cheating to any Official or Competitor
  • Uncontrolled Strikes and Kicks
  • Any strike or kick to a joint
  • Strike to top or back of head or to the back of the body
  • Strike or Kick to the groin
  • Scratching, biting or spitting
  • Punching or Kicking after the Referee calls stop
  • Leaving the fighting area
  • Falling down
  • Running around the area
  • Using faulty or ill-fitting safety equipment
  • Wasting time in an unsporting fashion
  • Talking
  • Causing offence by inappropriate apparel, gestures or words
  • Excess power
  • Refusing to touch gloves or any other unsporting behaviour
  • All of the above offences may be punishable by the Referee. The Referee may decide to verbally warn, officially warn, deduct a point or disqualify the competitor depending upon the severity of the offence.

Fighter’s Equipment

  • Headguard Must cover the top of the head. Must be a Martial Arts type Headguard in good condition which fits well. A full-face or semi-face visor may be worn if it can be proven that a medical condition requires it. This must be authorised by the promoter prior to the start of the Tournament.
  • Gumshield Martial Arts or Boxing type. No football / rugby type.
  • Boxing Gloves Must be 10 ounces for everyone.
  • Kick Boots Must cover the Instep and heel. Must be full boots and not shin-guards with instep pads. Must cover the whole foot.
  • Groin Guard. Must be worn under clothing, and not on top.
  • Shin Guards Must be worn under clothing and not on top. Must not be worn higher than the knee
  • Chest Guard Must be worn under clothing and not on top. Essential for female Juniors and Adults.

Clothing

Fighters must be clean and dressed in an appropriate outfit. Toe nails should be clean and cut short. Fighters should wear a clean club’s T-Shirt that ensures that the top half of the arm is covered by a sleeve.

Martial Arts style trousers must be worn. The trousers should cover the Velcro fastening on the boots and should be full length. There should be no zips, pockets or buttons on the trousers at all. Track suit style trousers are not allowed. Hand bandages are allowed, maximum length 2.5 meters. Tape on the fist or the knuckles is allowed, but must not be excessive. The Referee can deem any hand-wrapping to be excessive.

Long hair should be tied back. No Metal/Plastic objects to be worn by any competitor, including earrings, eyeglasses, rings, watches, hair grips, chains, piercing jewellery etc. Soft contact lenses are allowed at the Fighter’s risk.

The Coach must wear appropriate clean sports clothing, and sporting shoes.

Equipment Check

Each Fighter is subject to an equipment check prior to the start of the fight. The checks are to be done by the Center Referee. Groin guards and chest guards are not to be touched by the Referee. The Fighter should be asked if they have the relevant equipment on, and they should reply in the affirmative. If injury occurs, and the Fighter has lied about the presence of such safety equipment, the Center Referee must disqualify the Fighter for breaching the safety rules. This is a compulsory disqualification regardless of how the accident happened.

What the Referee can do.

The Referee is the only person who can stop the bout. The Medic must signal to the Referee if he/she wants the fight stopped. The Coach can retire the Fighter.

The Referee may change any or all of the officials in his area if he wishes. This must not happen during a fight unless an Official is ill.

A Referee can deduct a point, or disqualify a Fighter, for any unsporting behaviour or dissent.

A Referee can disqualify a Fighter if he/she fails to be ready to fight after being called. (This includes not having the correct safety equipment, or not turning up at all). One minute should be called, and the Timekeeper should indicate when the minute has expires. The winner will be the Fighter who is ready to fight, and the win shall be recorded as a Walk Over.