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4 new World Champions

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition

a20160619_1752A team of 11 competitors from Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy were selected to be part of the England team competing at the World Union of Karate-do Federations (WUKF) World Championships in Dublin between 15th and 19th June. The event was held in a large conference centre in Dublin, Citywest. Which was just as well given the logistics of housing all the competitors and spectators under one roof for the three days of the championships.

WUKF have members from Countries all over the world and many of them sent competitors to this event. In total 74 Federations attended, 2274 individual competitors and 455 teams supported by 230 Coaches and 128 referees or judges. As it turned out there were 12 competition areas, which on all three days of the competition where in daily use for at least 14 hours. In short it is the biggest Karate championships worldwide during 2016.

The members of  the team from Basingstoke comprised of Bryan Andrews (48) Lindsey Andrews (41) Katie Dolan (43) Mandi Miles (39) Mark van Meerkerk (45) Edward van Meerkerk (17) Zara Hughes-White (17) Jack Wyatt (13) Zane Sewell (13) Harry van Meerkerk (13) and Kienan Dolan (12.)

The team had worked hard towards this event with many training sessions and squad events since February. Lots of work on developing the fitness to compete in the large categories. More work on fine tuning their Kata skills. (* Kata is a choreographed solo sequence of movements where attacking and defensive movements are practised in sequence. Kumite is fighting against an opponent) Their timing and rhythm, the quality of their techniques and the ‘look and feel’ of the Kata. In the Kumite, people worked on some bread and butter techniques, the fundamentals to ensure that they were optimised in all kinds of different positions and situations, they worked their favourite techniques which were tried and trusted and they looked at tactics and ringcraft to ensure that they could control the fight and the area.

The team assembled for their first training session in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon which was a seminar with multiple World Champion Christophe Pinna. This covered his system and gave us some things to take away and practice to improve our fighting. After this we worked on our individual Katas together as a team with the coaches providing feedback. For the majority of the team it was then a restful evening. Some of the senior coaches had to attend a presidents and officials meeting and dinners, looking at plans for the next few years with WUKF.

Thursday morning was an early start for all the coaches who had to attend a mandatory coaching seminar to enable them to coach Matside during the event. There was another seminar with Pinna which many of the team again attended to learn some new skills. Late Thursday afternoon, the whole squad had to register and be checked to ensure weights and heights were correct for the categories entered and that everyone was who they said they were. Some more light training for the squad with stretching and Kata to keep limber.

Thursday evening was the official opening ceremony with all a full house in terms of the spectators and all the competitors and officials. The officials speeches were given and some excellent displays of Irish folk music and different forms dancing were given. This was the first time that the World Championships had included people with a disability and they asked Shin Gi Tai to perform in the opening ceremony with Mandi Miles demonstrating some Wheelchair based Kata and also doing some fighting and self defence drills along with Lindsey and Bryan Andrews. All three had worked hard together over the previous three months to choreograph a strong routine, which in the end was just over seven minutes long. There were thousands of people in the audience and estimated at 100,000 watching online. Our demonstration brought the house down with several standing ovations received. It was a great example of Disability Karate and ‘able bodied’ Karate being practiced side by side, as it should be.

Basingstoke Karate ChampionsFriday morning was the first day of the actual competition and it started early with an 8:30 arrival in the venue.  The event started with Children’s kata performed in groups based upon their age range in age order. The standard was high and the number of competitors in each category massive, one of our team had eighty fighters in his category. We saw some spirited performances during the course of the day from the children in particular Jack Wyatt pulled off some fine victories in the team fighting including a very nice head kick to win that bout. Jack’s team went onto win a Bronze medal in the team event. Mark van Meerkerk performed some good Kata but wasn’t quite able to make the final rounds in a strong category, Bryan Andrews in the same category made it to the semi final. Next up were Katie Dolan and  Lindsey Andrews competing in the Veteran’s A Kata (35-40 yrs), again with a large category it was somewhat of a nail-biter. Katie made it through to the second round and showed great promise for her first World Championship.  Lindsey battled through to win a silver against a very good Italian competitor. Next up, again was Lindsey in Veteran’s B Kata (41-45.) She went through the preliminary rounds and in the final drew for 1st place. She then had to perform a different kata as a tie break. She picked Anan, which is an old favourite that had helped her to two previous World Titles. Her American opponent picked the same Kata and it was clear within the first 1/3 of her performance of the Kata that Lindsey had won her third world title.

Bryan Andrews was called onto the mats to fight at 8:20pm. With over 40 competitors, the category was a big one. He started off well with a 7:0 win over a Welsh opponent and this set him up for the following fights. There were a couple of nailbiters, the quarter finals were a notable one with the match going into sudden death extra time as a result of some penalty points against Bryan, he scored first and won the bout. The final of this category started at 11:35pm and there was a partisan crowd cheering the Irish competitor and a few hardcore English fans who stayed to the very end. There was plenty of action to see and some lumps and bumps for both competitors, Andrews, eventually won the match 5:2 and secured The World Championship title. His medal was finally presented at 00:10, a long day but a very successful one. The end of day one and we had won Bronze in the teams, one Silver and had two Gold medals and World Champions.

The rest of Saturday morning came along very quickly and it was a prompt start with the teenagers coming out for their Kata prompt at 9:00am, we saw some great performances with Edward van Meerkerk finishing 9th in the world and Zara Hughes-White getting through to the semi final. Harry van Meerkerk did a little better than his big brother coming in 7th place. The boys teams of Harry van Meerkerk, Kienan Dolan and Zane Sewell fought bravely in the teams coming up against a team who were all at least a foot taller than them, sadly their courage wasn’t enough to give them the win. Our last competitor on Saturday evening was Kienan Dolan in the boys 11-12 category with over 80 people in his category, they split it into different pools across several areas to facilitate a faster finish. Kienan fought through his own and then beat the winners of the other pools to reach the final. The American he fought was just a IMG_7609little too experienced and quick for Kienan this time, so he won a richly deserved Silver medal and came #2 in the world.

Sunday morning was an earlier start at 8 and for Shin Gi Tai, there weren’t many of our team left competing. Zane Sewell performed well in the fighting as did Harry van Meerkerk, neither made it through the preliminary rounds though. Edward van Meerkerk and Zara Hughes-White fought valiantly with some good techniques, but weren’t able to pass the preliminary rounds. Mandi Miles was next up and she performed some great katas to win a Gold medal in the Wheelchair category and become the World Champion for this, a great achievement considering she only started training in March 2015. Our last event was the cadet females team fighting for Gold against the Polish national team, undoubtedly there were some nerves, but this didn’t seem to affect Zara Hughes-White or the other girls as they won the match convincingly 6:0 to become Team World Champions.   

The days were all long and tiring, the competition was intense with some excellent teams competing against us and an enviable standard. All things considered we’d do it all over again to compete at this level.

Our final medal tally was

Gold Medals and World Champion

  • Lindsey Andrews
  • Bryan Andrews
  • Mandi Miles
  • Zara Hughes-White

Silver Medals

  • Lindsey Andrews
  • Kienan Dolan

Bronze Medal

  • Jack Wyatt

 

Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts performing at The Opening Ceremony.

 

 

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Katathon = Raising money for Myeloma UK

Written by bryan. Posted in Events

Katathon

We are excited to let you know that this year Shin Gi Tai are running our first ever Katathon event. Over the years we are proud to have supported many local and national good causes. Each year we always pick a charity to support that we can identify with and is important to us as a club.

This year we will be running a week long event to help the Muller family raise money for Myeloma UK.  who deliver programmes, services and research that meet the needs of everyone affected by Myeloma. They assist patients and their families by providing information about this type of cancer and the options available for care and treatment of the disease.

All club members are invited to take part in this event and help raise money for the vital work that Myeloma UK do.

Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in the following ways:

  • All members will have sponsorship forms to be provided in class and justgiving details https://www.justgiving.com/ShinGiTai-Katathon
  • You will be asked to raise sponsorship money for completing katas and forms There will be a prize for most money raised.
  • All classes during w/c 22nd May will include a Katathon section where everyone will be asked to do forms or katas which will be recorded so that we can keep a tally.
  • On SATURDAY MAY 28th from 1pm – 4pm we will run our Katathon MAIN EVENT where all members are asked to come along and support in the following ways:
    • Complete Kata and forms and raise sponsorship
    • Keep a tally for those doing Kata
    • Come along, donate money, buy raffle tickets and have fun
    • (There will be prizes on the day for different things and will include Best Kata, Best Dad, Best Mum + others)
    • You don’t have to attend all of this session, you can come and do little bits.

How can you help?

As well as being here and involved in the event we are asking you to help by donating raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets please.

Raffle tickets will be available to purchase in the office as of Thursday May 12th as well as on the day. Please encourage family members to buy tickets or donate money either by cash, cheque (made payable to Myeloma UK) or via our JustGiving Page. https://www.justgiving.com/ShinGiTai-Katathon 

 

***It would be particularly helpful if any of you who have business links could approach companies and organisations to see whether they would be kind enough to donate raffle prizes.

 

Please would you all share our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/ShinGiTai-Katathon

and encourage friends and family to support your children/yourselves in effort to raise some money for a great cause while doing what we do best and pulling together as a team.

 

Enter our KataCount competition:

How many forms/Katas do you think we can do in a week?

Pay £1 per entry (This is a great game for the kids to take part in) Fill in your name and the amount of katas/forms you think we will manage on the form in the office. Closest to the actual number will win a goody bag.

If you have any questions or would like to offer your (much needed) support or if you have companies or organisations who would like to support our fundraiser please contact Mandi on: mandi.miles (at) basingstokekarate.com

 

We know that as a team we can accomplish great things. Let’s make this event a great success.

 

Sensei Bryan, Sensei Lindsey and all the team.

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Sport Hampshire London 2012 Legacy Award Winner.

Written by bryan. Posted in Awards, Press Release

Sports Awards photo Shin Gi TaiCounty Sports Awards Winners Unveiled

 

The winners of the 2016 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards were revealed on Thursday 17th March at the ceremony at Southampton Football Club. 

 

The event was presented by Kris Temple from BBC South Today, with special guest Olympic Bronze medallist James Foad inspiring the guests during the break. The evening began with Pianist – Nathalie Ryan entertaining the guests while they looked back at a number of projects and campaigns that Sport Hampshire & IOW has been involved with that have all built on the legacy of 2012 including: Project 500, The Hampshire Games, This Girl Can, Satellite Clubs and Workplace Challenge.

 

Basingstoke & Deane was well represented at the awards with 11 nominations among the 18 award categories and four winners with Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy winning the London 2012 Legacy Award.

 

IMG_5542Sport Hampshire and IOW say about London 2012 Legacy Award

The London 2012 Legacy Award will be given to an individual/organisation who have used the Satellite Club funding in an innovative and inspirational way to establish a satellite club that has allowed 11-25yr olds greater opportunities to participate in fun, safe and quality sport.

  • Give a brief introduction to the satellite club, explaining why it is exceptional; include examples of outstanding coaches, inspirational participants, overcoming challenges etc.
  • How the club has targeted Inactive Young People.
  • Strategies employed for sustaining the transition into long term participation in community sport.
  • What wider impact has the club has, include personal and social outcomes achieved and partnership working.

 

London Legacy 2012 Award – Bryan Andrews Head Coach Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts and Dove House School

“We’re really pleased as a club to win this prestigious award. The Dove House Judo club is a first for Hampshire, it’s the first dedicated Special Needs club in the County and we believe the only Satellite Martial Arts Club link with a Special Needs school.

It’s great for those children who are unsporty or those who are not good at team sports. It is also a great way for them to learn high quality Martial Arts from qualified and knowledgeable coaches. We work hard with all the members to help them succeed to the best of their ability. It’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate local success in the County and for the younger kids from our club, seeing all the different competitors at the awards gives them a chance to see what they can achieve of they continue to work hard.

 

I’d like to thank Sport Hampshire and IOW and in particular Priya Samuel for her unstinting support and our local MP Maria Miller who has been a great supporter of what we do. The British Judo Associations Regional Service Manager Peter Beard helped to identify the source of the funding and in writing the bid itself and supporting us through the entire process and provided funding support as well. The Fighting Chance Project with their Yellow Belt Challenge also played a key role in providing funding to start and keep the club running with new members. Most of all I have to thank each and every child, teaching them is great fun.” Bryan Andrews Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy. 

 

Becky Wilson  – Head of PE at Dove House School Academy commented “We are over the moon on winning the award and obviously very proud.  Pupils had all their fingers crossed when the nominations were read out and the looks on their faces just showed what it meant to them when the results were given out.  We will return back to school and share our success during assembly. I’m hoping it will inspire yet more attendees to the already over subscribed club.”  

 

http://basingstokejudo.com/dove-house-celebration-30th-oct-2015 Maria Miller came to visit us at the end of 2015 to see for herself what a good satellite club looks like.

 

 

 

IMG_5537The annual celebration of sport was hosted and run by Hampshire County Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW and is an annual joint venture between them and the Local Sports Councils & Forums in Hampshire. It is the only county-wide event to publicly reward commitment, performance and excellence across all sports, in coaching, volunteering, participation and performance.

Cllr Andrew Gibson, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation of Hampshire County Council commented: “The annual Hampshire & IOW Sports Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements and efforts of our sporting community. Opportunities to recognise the people who dedicate themselves to sport, both participants and those who make sport happen, are often very few at a local level. All the nominees and winners should feel very proud of their achievements and their impact on so many in the local community.”

A record number of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, teams and clubs were put forward to receive an award, over three hundred and twenty nominations. The high number of entries underlines not only the strength in depth of sporting talent in the county, but also the commitment and dedication of the unsung heroes – the coaches, volunteers and officials – who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help local athletes, teams and clubs succeed.

We were also delighted to launch our first charitable fundraising partnership in support of Allegra’s Ambition, helping young people to improve their lives through sport and nature. Sport Hampshire & IOW is now a registered charity and as a charity will be continuing their work to achieve its purpose of inspiring more people, to be more active, more often across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight promoting sport and healthy recreation and to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity.  

Allegra’s focus on the impact that taking part in sport has on the lives of young people accords closely with Sport Hampshire & IOW’s culture, philosophy and vision.  

We are very lucky to have the support of BBC Radio Solent and Maximus Media as well as our sponsors for our Sports Awards: local organisations Halo Conferences at Southampton Football Club, Hargrove cycles, Calshot Activities Centre, Hampshire Olympic & Paralympic Legacy, Sport Hampshire & IOW Satellite Club Initiative, Serious Sport, Toucan Design, Better Printing, InTandem Systems, Coaching Hampshire & IOW, Southampton Solent University and Hillcrest Structural Limited.

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