Another great weekend at The Centre on what has been a very busy and successful year.
On Saturday (30th Nov) we had British, Commonwealth, European and World Boxing Champion Jonathan Thaxton, and Graham Everett, Boxing trainer of British, Commonwealth, European and World Champions, giving a Masterclass on fighting technique, pad work, movement, tactics and hints that only experts such as these can give.
A great day enjoyed by all. Thank you Jonathan and Graham.
On Sunday (1st Dec) we hosted a First Aid Course, and we now have another 8!! qualified First Aiders.
Well done to:
Last session will be Monday 23rd December.
We re-open Thursday 2nd January
Open sessions (free of charge) on Friday 27th December - 10am-12noon & Tuesday 31st December - 10am-12noon
Please note: These classes will also include our all new exercise/fitness class called Fit2Fite.
We believe you will enjoy this class and is a taster of what we will be launching in 2014 as an additional class to our current timetable.
Vicky (Centre Manager)
Aimee Sell: World Bronze Medalist
Been selected to represent England at the Junior European Championships in Portugal, and also to represent England at the Senior European Championships in team.
Thank you to To Dave Wilson and TMAC and Matt Giles of MDG (uk) Ltd for their help with sponsorship.
Congratulations to Tiziana Brunoni-Lawrence who achieved the coveted Black Belt at the November kickboxing grading.
Well done Tiziana!
It seems that we write almost weekly with good news and achievements.
After weeks of attending classes in London, and preparing for a big day (today 24/11) of tests and exams, our Centre Manager and exercise instructor Vicky Edwards has qualified as a "fit2fite" instructor ( see: www.fit2fite.com ).
Big well done to Vicky!!
Our exciting "fit2fite" classes will commence at the Centre in the new year!!!
More competition success comes our way!
We took a young squad to the Grays Karate Comp; after promising debuts by Harry Avery and Aiden Langridge (Well done boys!)...
Ricardo Lawrence made the last 8!
Kate Winter won two Bronze medals!
Marielle Dorset won a Bronze medal!
Isla Scott won a Gold medal!
Attended the competition with a squad of 6, and returned with 4 medals!
Excellent Job Team!!
We are proud to announce that we have become a sponsor of Braintree Football Club, we will be arranging some Centre trips to some of the games, and will be taking some of our young members along.
Our pitch side board advertisement is now in place at the ground and we wish the team all the best for the remainder of the season.
Lewis Kidd - Gold
Leanne Barnsley - 2 Silvers
Debbie Stone - 2 Silvers
Graeme Muskett - Bronze
Well done on a great day for TMAC, well done to our excellent fighters!
Check out our BBC Sport TMAC sponsorship on display at Braintree FC Ground on Sat 9th November!!
World Champion boxing trainer Graham Everett, and British & European boxing Champion Jonathan Thaxton will be attending the centre on Saturday 30th November for a special class.
They will cover movement, padwork and tactics.
Jonathan will also be giving a talk on fighting tactics and training and his career.
Please support this exciting event. The class fee will be £12 (90 minute class) for these 2 expert professionals.
The next date for Aimee's next class is Sunday 8th December, 10am - 12 noon.
This course is beneficial to all our Karate members, please attend if you can.
All members please note we are running a first aid (certified) course at the Centre on the 1st of December (Sunday).
Anyone interested please see reception.
We have negotiated a favourable rate with the course providers.
3rd Kyu, Alfie Ellis performs a Kata and gives a short speech at his school assembly.
Well Done Alfie !!
On the 26th October, Sensei Wilson and Sempai Andrea Higgon both attended the English Karate Federation Coaching accreditation course in Luton.
At the conclusion of the course an exam was taken and a score in excess of 70% had to be attained to pass.
EKF Chief Referee Dale Gamble has confirmed that both passed with flying colours.
Also we have just heard that Helen Marsh has also passed, well done.
Another great course by Aimee Sell at The Martial Arts Centre, well done to all who attended and thank you Aimee!
English Kata champion, Aimee Sell, held her 1st Coaching course for our members on the 15th September.
The event was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
Aimee is going to hold regular courses at the Centre, and set our members targets that will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Well done to all who attended and thank you Aimee.
We have been asked to perform displays at the following:
Great Notley Village Fete:
Saturday 7th September @ 12.15 on the green.
We would like as many of our members of all ages to attend please; Kickboxers and Karate to do a brief demonstration.
Rayne Village Fete:
Sunday 8th September (Time TBC).
Again, please advise availability.
Please note that Arlene Ward is to attend the centre on a regular basis, dates and times are on the Centre notice board, commencing 5th September.
These sessions are for treatments or massages, not the come and try which was successful that we held last month.
Time slots and costs (reduced for our members) details are on the booking form at the Centre.
Research suggests that a huge proportion of today's youngsters will face a wealth of health problems linked to lack of physical activity.
Click on the here for full details.
The obesity and fitness issues regarding children continue.
Also, a survey has linked exercise with academic achievement.
Training with us will assist with these problems!!
Sensei Wilson and Sempai Andrea Higgon competed in the World Masters Karate Championship in Italy (Monday 5th August):
Sensei Wilson finished his events:
Kata: Top 10, losing out to an Italian, who went on to a medal place.
Kumite: After coming through an early elimination round then losing narrowly to the eventual winner, it was the repecharge rounds and he met a Croatian in the final - the winner would win the Bronze medal. After a hard fought bout he was the victor by 2-0, so a World Bronze for TMAC on day 1!
Day 2 : Sempai Andrea Higgon's turn on Ladies day:
A good kata was followed by a good win in Kumite then a semi final against a very good Italian who ran out the winner. But an excellent 2nd World Bronze for TMAC!.
An old training colleague of Sensei Wilson's also competed, Sensei Mark Nevola, who also medalled and was a great support.
Thank you Mark!
I wanted to provide you with some feedback regarding your instructor Vicky Edwards.
I have been personal training with Vicky for four weeks during which time she has pushed me really hard. Her level of motivation, professionalism and enthusiasm has kept me going. I have previously done personal training in gyms but nothing matches up to this and the results speak for themselves...11 inches lost in 4 weeks.
I would encourage and highly recommend anyone who is stuck in a rut, or wants to shed a few pounds, get fitter and tone up to take the Vicky challenge, it will not disappoint!!
Thank you Vicky and I am really looking forward to continuing my training.
A very long day indeed. And not just for our competitors, but other organisations, there were some very strange refereeing decisions.
We had a very successful day, with all of our competitors either winning medals or at least reaching the final stages of their events.
A great end to the day when Vicky Edwards narrowly lost out on a final place losing 3-4 in her Kumite semi-final, but getting a hard fought and well deserved bronze.
Well done everyone on another (though long and hard) day.
Helen Marsh/Kate Winter/Megan Larkins - Bronze
Vicky Edwards/Jo Nylander/Tiziana Lawrence - Bronze
Isla Scott - Bronze
Megan Marsh - Bronze
Vicky Edwards - Bronze
Amy Marsh - Excellent Katas yet again, Well done!
Debbie Stone - Excellent showing against England International.
Ricardo Lawrence & William Scott - Excellent last 8 of their events which were very large categories.
Jo Nylander & Leanne Crocker - Excellent last 8 performances in kumite.
Megan Larkins & Kate Winter - Showed they belong in top level black belt competition when they fought and performed their Katas.
Well done the TMAC squad!!
Some of the TMAC Karateka members attended a Course hosted by Sensei Donovan O.B.E.
We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed some very good quality training.
Here are some photos taken after Sunday training:
Another good course attended by our members.
Well done to everyone and a big thank you to our host.
At the London International Karate Open today (Sunday 9th June 2013) held in the Docklands we won a sensational 13 medals!!
Well done to everyone; competitors, coaches and supporters on a great day of Karate.
Even those that did not medal performed admirably in a high class tournament.
The results were:
William Scott - Bronze
Isla Scott - Bronze
Helen Marsh - Silver
Marielle Dorset - Silver
Team 'A' Megan Marsh, Rachel Merritt - Silver
Team 'B' Evelyn Higgon, Amy Marsh, Isla Scott - Silver
Team 'C' Kate Winter, Helen Marsh, Marielle Dorset - Bronze
Harvey Dorset - Bronze
Graeme Muskett - Bronze
Vicky Edwards - Bronze
Debbie Stone - Bronze
Kate Winter - Silver
Leanne Crocker - Gold
Please note that we have a qualified physio and sports massage therapist attending at the centre on the following nights:
Thursday 20th June:
6:00pm to 8:45pm
Thursday 4th July:
6:00pm to 8:45pm
Arlene will be seeing members in 15 minute segments to discuss injuries, or simply to have a massage.
There will be forms on the counter at the Centre. Please complete the form for the appointment slot you require, please ensure that you print your name clearly.
This is open to TMAC members only, and is being provided free of charge by TMAC.
If any of you require any ongoing treatment, please discuss with Arlene (Who is one of our Members) directly.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sempai Andrea Higgon as the TMAC Kata coach, assisting me with the Kata program. Having looked at our competition plans and ideas for the next 12 months (and beyond), I feel it is time to have a dedicated coach helping me look at the way we perform our Katas. Also, for the competition squad (and those students who wish to enter competitions at a later stage of their training) to have another coach responsible for development.
Andrea will also look at Katas we may not normally practice at the Centre for possible inclusion on our Kata list.
This appointment will be of assistance to me and to all of our Karateka members.
All other Instructors, and assistant instructors valuable assistance and excellent teaching remains unchanged.
Sensei David Wilson
It was a pleasure to host a seminar with Sensei Paul Herbert on the 11th May 2013 at the Centre.
We had various members attend the modules during the day. Here are some of our members with Sensei Herbert and some of his students who also attended.
Sensei Wilson with Sensei Herbert
Well done Kate!
We held a Children's competition at The Martial Arts Centre on Saturday 27th April.
Here are some of the children who competed and a big well done to everyone who took part on an excellent day of Karate and Kickboxing.
Well done everyone !!
On the 25th April, TMAC kids karate class had a visit from Police Community Support Officers, Gemma Cheek and Jo Cooper.
They spoke about stranger danger, personal/bike and road safety. The police officers also made the children aware that from the age of 10 they are all criminally responsible for their own actions.
They also encouraged the children to think of the wider impact on others of committing an offence, as well as the fact that a criminal record would stay with them throughout their lives and would have a potential future influence on employment, social circles and their ability to travel throughout the world.
The children all felt that they benefited greatly from speaking with the police and wanted to thank Sensei David Wilson for organising the visit.
Saturday 27th April 2013 - Childrens Karate and Kickboxing competition.
Sunday 12th May 2013 - Paul Herbert course.
Entry Forms are available at the Centre for both
Please come along and support these events.
We are pleased to announce that from 8th April 2013, Vicky Edwards will assume the role of Centre Manager at TMAC.
Vicky has been in her present position 2 years and we are delighted to share the news of her promotion.
Following the kata seminar conducted by Sensei Mottram, please see below the interview he had with Helen Marsh, at the end of a great day's karate.
Thank you Helen.
On the 17th March, The Martial Arts Centre Sensei David Wilson arranged a Masterclass of Kata training and drills with National Kata Coach Sensei Jonathan Mottram.
Sensei Mottram has competed in over four hundred competitions. He is England's most successful Kata competitor and holds many titles including three times commonwealth Champion, various European titles, fifteen times English National Kata Champion, eleven times British National Individual Kata Champion, plus over 30 international titles. He has also medalled numerous times in team Kata and is the four times English National Kumite Champion.
Sensei Mottram's passion for karate was very evident both on and off the mat. His coaching left all participants in the masterclass and those spectating in awe of his skills to teach and his ability to perform kata was breath taking.
Sensei Mottram was very happy to share his skills and the reason for his success. He stated that it is due to hard work and listening to his Sensei, even when there were times when this was hard. Even now, after such success he stated that you can still keep improving and will never stop learning.
Originally in Sensei Mottram's competition career he competed in both Kata and Kumite, however, after a serious injury, whilst competing in kumite in America left him unable to train for 12 months he decided to focus on Kata. He is currently learning his 55th kata!
When learning kata's Sensei Mottram starts by watching the people he respects perform the kata. He has a great ability after watching a kata to remember it and start the process of practicing, training hard and listening to his Sensei in order to master the kata. Although, Sensei Mottram believes you never really master it but should be constantly looking at ways to improve.
When competing he decides which Kata's to perform depending on his opponent. After competing so many times he stated that you get a feel for the type of kata that different people and nations focus on, therefore, it is important to apply tactics to the selection of your kata.
On the day of a competition Sensei Mottram prefers to have fun and chill out, this is unnerving for his competitors. Once on the mat he is quick to slip into his kata zone. His attitude to competitions is inspiring, as he states, when else are you able to get up in front of sixteen thousand people and do something that you love, so enjoy it!
The biggest influence in his career is what he calls his 'Karate Dad,' David 'Ticky' Donovan OBE. As he stated, there where times when he hated him for pushing him so hard, however, now he understands and is grateful for all his passion and commitment. Sensei Dave Hazard has also been massive influence.
Sensei Mottram's biggest achievements in his career so far reflect the kind of person he is as they are not all about medals. His biggest competitive achievement, in his eyes, was taking bronze medal in the European Championships 2012, after having enormous pressure on him from critics questioning whether he was too old to compete, and a lot of negative criticism going on over the course of the competition. He proved them all wrong to take a third place. This for Sensei Mottram was a great result and silenced his critics.
Another biggest achievement was during a competition when he did not medal, however, after the competition Sensei Ticky Donovan awarded him his own medal that he had achieved in team kata. Sensei Mottram was overwhelmed by this act as his mentor had given him recognition for his hard work, attitude and skill. Recognition by a man Sensei Mottram looks up to was an outstanding achievement to him.
When Sensei Mottram was asked if he could select anyone throughout the history of karate to be in his ultimate kata team who would it be, he choose two teams, an international team of Sensei Michael Milon and Sensei Junior Lefevre and an all English team of Sensei Ticky Donovan and Sensei Dave hazard. Now that would be a couple of fantastic teams to watch!
Finally, we asked Sensei Mottram if he could give us at TMAC some advice when learning and competing on kata and kumite. He said this was simple, 'just say ossu.' He said we are extremely lucky to have a fantastic dojo and are fortunate to have Sensei Wilson who is a great teacher so listen and trust in his ability. Karate is not about being the biggest or the strongest, it is about technique.
Once again TMAC would like to thank Sensei Mottram and wish his all the best in his forthcoming English Championship in April and the European Championship in May.
Incredible day today at TMAC.
We were privileged to have National Kata Coach, Sensei Jonathan Mottram, attend to teach a masterclass of Kata and Training Drills.
It was an excellent day's training and a great opportunity for our members.
Our thanks to those who attended and of course, to Sensei Mottram!
Great fun at the TMAC Red Nose open training session on Friday.
Together we all raised an impressive £317.50, so a big well done and thank you to everyone.
Thank you to Andrea Higgon for organising
Pictures to follow...
Well done to Vicky Edwards, Jo Nylander, Tony Colebrook and Dean McGinnes on attaining black belt status at the grading on the 16th March.
On Friday 15th March 2013, we are having a fundraising evening in aid of RND so please come along and support the event if you can.
Mixed Kickboxing and Karate class (should be great fun.........)
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £4.00 per person
All ages are welcome, friends and family can take part too.
Fantastic tasting cakes and soft / hot drinks on sale!
All monies raised will go to RND.
Gi trousers to be worn, with a red / colourful top and preferably a red nose, (a false one) !!!
Please come along and join in the fun to help us support this worthwhile event.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you, everyone.
Member Notice: Classes w/c Monday 25th February 2013
Please be advised that commencing next week, 25th February, Sensei Wilson will return to teaching full time at the Centre following a period of illness.
Some of you may be aware a few days after our Student Of The Year Awards Evening he was diagnosed as having Double Pneumonia following a chest infection which he wasn't aware of. As a result of course he was unable to do any teaching and so the assistant instructors kindly covered all the classes.
I would like to pass on Sensei Wilson's thanks and appreciation to the Instructors for all their help and to all the members and parents for their patience. He has not completely recovered to full fitness yet, but will be back at the Centre next week.
We are please to announce that for 2013, the Tamdown group have agreed to renew their sponsorship of Kate Winter.
We would like to thank them for their generosity, as this year Kate will be attending more regional and national squad sessions.
Also a huge thank you to Kelvedon Motor Company (Simon Holding) and MDG (UK) Ltd (Matt Giles) for agreeing to sponsor the Karate and Kickboxing competition squads for 2013, which will assist with the cost of entry to competitions.
We also have our social committee fund that will also assist our members with various external event expenses over the course of the year.
The TMAC stand at the Braintree District Council "Community Day Of Action" working with the council, putting something back into the community.
We had a competition, most kicks on a kick shield with prizes for the winner.
Dear all Karateka
Please note the above event on Sunday the 17th March.
A form for the event will be available next week. The event is open for to all ages.
Jonathan is the most successful GB kata specialist of all time and we are fortunate to be able to offer his skills to our members. (Just type in his name on youtube to view his excellent Karate)
Please support the event by coming along and learning a new kata and honing your existing skills.
Photos at the event were taken by I'm Famous Event Photography, and have now been uploaded, so you can view pictures online and order high-quality photos and unique gifts, such as photo mugs, bags, etc, to commemorate the occasion and raise money for our organisation. View the pictures online, and order photo prints and personalised photo gifts!.
Squad Training - All ages, Karate and Kickboxing. This Saturday 12th January 2013 at midday.
Sheffield Competition - Last date for entry of Sheffield competition is Tuesday 8th January 2013.
Names so far:
Contact the office ASAP if you want to enter. Or Sensei Wilson on his mobile (07967 490968)
Early arrivals for our post Christmas (free) open session, working off their Christmas dinner!
Happy new year to all our members and their families.
The 2013 TMAC timetable is now available on the site. Simply click on the Classes link on the left to view it.