Congratulation to our members who took part in Basingstoke and Deane’s 2016 Sports Awards held at the beginning of March at The Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke. This years Sports Awards organised by Basingstoke Sports Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council attracted a wealth of talent with competitors from many sports present from all over the Borough.
We had finalists in all the categories that we entered, which was a pleasing result. Our overall results were very good and marked the end of a good year for our Martial Arts club based in Basingstoke.
Winners – Shin Gi Tai Senior Team
Winner Mandi Miles
Runner Up – Scott Howes
Winner Cameron Lloyd
3rd Place – Jessica Muller
Winner – Lindsey Andrews
Runner Up – Bryan Andrews
3rd Place Harry Cronk –
The senior squad had a very busy weekend in Sheffield at the AMA International championships. This was one of the biggest competitions many of them had ever been to and they all did really well. Competitor entries for events ranged from 10 to 42, with almost all of the events for the 12-17 age groups having over 30 competitors. Kata events were held on Saturday with lots of the team making the final 6 but no medals this time. A good lesson learnt in what we need to push for. Kumite yesterday included individual sambon and ippon events and teams. The team all fought well, on many occasions our competitors were making the top 8 having won several fights before being beaten in the quarter finals. Well done to all of you who competed for your hard work and great attitude. As always proud to have you representing our club.
Special mention to Katie Dolan for winning a silver in ladies veterans kumite, Emma Baldry and Isabel Bailey for their silver medals in the team event and Edward van Meerkerk and Harry Cronk for their bronze medals in the team event.
Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us Emma Cronk and for supplying the donuts (you know how to make a sensei happy).
Thank you to those of you who kept me freshly supplied with cups of tea and to Zara for letting me steal her chips.
Thank you to my awesome navigator, Jacey, without whom the team would have had no coach. And a final but very large thank you to Mark, Michelle and Katie for helping with the coaching.
On a final note from me, anyone who’s recently heard me saying I’m ready to retire from competitions I’ve come to the conclusion that I was lying. Having to watch and not participate this weekend due to injury was really frustrating! I’ll be back 😉
We recently ran a Kata class for members, it focussed upon a number of key Kata, split by grade and ability and the key principles and concepts within each.
Heian Sandan / Heian Yondan / Pinan Godan
Although these three kata come from different style, they all cover similar concepts and .
- Correct use of fundamental stances (Front Stance/Zenkutsu Dachi, Horse Stance/Kiba Dachi or Sumo Stance/Shiko Dachi and Back Stance/Kokutsu Dachi or Cat Stance/Neko Ashi Dachi) in terms of foot and knee placement, weight distribution, use of hips and rooting/power sourcing
- Importance of correct position of each ‘block’ to facilitate delivery of follow on techniques
- As a way of ‘mastering’ the fundamentals of that style before moving onto the more advanced and complicated Kata
Seienchin / Nipaipo / Jion
These kata were taught to more advanced students, generally Brown belt and above, as they should already have a firm grasp of the key principles, we looked at
- Timing, Rythm, Speed
- Upper and lower body harmony, expansion and contraction
- Breathing and power
- Skilfulness of the techniques
and their affect on the delivery and performance of the Kata itself.