The Martial Arts Centre is now a DBS (previously CRB) Registration Body, which means we are now approved and certified to apply for our own DBS certificates.
Apart from the normal Instructor and Public liability Insurance being in place we are delighted to advise that we now have Member to Member insurance in place for every one of our members, included as part of our TMAC membership package.
Another great day, thank you Jon Hegan!
The excellent Isla Scott, achieved a fantastic 4th place in Kata at the AMA International Championship in Sheffield. Losing out on a bronze medal by 2/10ths (yes! .2 of a point!) in this prestigious event where only a single bronze is awarded.
Isla's category was one of the biggest of the day and confirms her place as one of the top Kata girls in the country.
AMA Bronze Medallist - Alfie Ellis
Take that on a Sunday in Sheffield!! Bronze medal for Isla in black belt girls Kumite. Top four in the country thank you very much!!
Lost only to the gold medal winner after winning three fights inside the distance!!!
AMA team champions:
AMA junior team, bronze medalists:
Go team TMAC!!
Well done to our "newest" black belt Dan grades promoted at our January grading.
Congratulations: Ryan Lateward, Alex Hens, Rachel Merritt, Sam Merritt and Adrian Donlan.
Well done to all our members who graded successfully:
"The highest standard grading we have ever had" - Sensei Wilson
Kevin Stratton became our 53rd Dan grade since we commenced training in the area over 9 years (and 7 months) ago.
Richard Aley became our first ever 3rd Dan, 9 years and 3 months after joining us.
David Mayne, Kris Corbett and Matt Giles achieved their thoroughly deserved 2nd Dans, all showing excellent skill and attitude.
Great results from The Clacton Karate Competition:
Evelyn Higgon: Gold
Benjamin Whiteman: Silver
Isla Scott: Bronze
Madeline Donlan: Bronze
Peter Donlan: Bronze
Giouse Calleja and Charlie Bishop: Pairs Bronze
Lily and Kitty Day: Excellent first ever competition performance missing out by .2 of a point on a Bronze medal.
Well done girls, very impressive.
Isla Scott: a fantastic silver medal giving away height, weight and age, a brilliant performance in her last fight winning 8-3. Well done that girl !
Really excellent performances bearing in mind we have taken a step back from partaking in too many competitions this year.
This sets us up for our 2017 program of events.
Well done to the TMAC squad you should all be proud of yourselves.
Thank you also to our supporters.
Results from the Ipswich Karate Competition:
Gold (Pairs Kata), Bronze (Kata)
Gold (Pairs Kata), Silver (Kumite) & Silver (Kata)
Well done to everyone!
Special thanks to Coach Andrea Higgon and also thanks to our injured spectator Abbie Sutton.
Well done everyone who took part, and thank you to the supporters!
Another great KMFN seminar with Dan Inosantu Senior instructor Terry Barnett.
Excellent support by 8 of our members, seen here with Terry. Thank you Jon Hegan!
Our new viewing area for our spectators and members families is now all finished. Come and relax!
Sensei Wilson was today voted onto the English Karate Federation Board of Directors at the EKF AGM in Coventry. Having been appointed on a temporary basis at the end of May, today the members voted on his appointment.
Exciting times and a big congratulations !!!!
The following timetable commences on Monday 25th July 2016:
We were pleased to host the EKF Youth Kata Squad Training Course on the 2nd July 2016, coached by the excellent Rob Bingham and Aimee Sell. Well done everyone who took part in this excellent idea for our young Karateka.
Well done to the Krav Maga students! First ever grading, assessed by KMFN chief instructor Jon Hegan.
A tough grading and excellent results all around!
11 of our Krav Maga members attended the KMFN Jeremy Lafreniere seminar, another world class event that we are able to partake in because of our network. Well done everyone.
Master Gui Valente seminar. Another world class course. Thank you KMFN Chief Instructor Jon Hegan.
Brilliant tuition as always.
Thank you Kate
Congratulations to our very own Sensei Wilson on his new appointment as Company Secretary for the English Karate Federation, the Governing Body for Karate in England!!!!
Check out the news story on the EKF website here: http://www.englishkaratefederation.com/news/
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE
Please remember that we are closed Bank holiday Monday. The school holiday timetable takes effect.
Click on this link for a great action shot and story: http://www.notleyhigh.com/news-a…/…/national-karate-champion
Training with a legend: Royce Gracie Founder of RGJJ, UFC legend and Chief Instructor of the Jiu Jitsu element of KMFM, which we are members of, great seminar, great training, great martial artists. Thank youJon Hegan for hosting this splendid event.
An excellent 3rd place for Aimee Sell in the England National Championships.
Alfie Ellis is an England National Championships 2016 Bronze medallist! Well done that man!!
TMAC squad for the English Karate National Championships 2016. Ponds forge, Sheffield.
Well done: Andrea, Jessica and Rachel!!
Another excellent Masterclass by Sensei Kate Karwacinski. Excellent tuition and excellent attitude = progress (but all with a smile).
Five of our excellent Karateka attended and acquitted themselves admirably at the EKF Junior Training in Walsall.
Well done: Isla, Evie, Abbie, Lisha and Maddie. A great day's training
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE
We have a school holiday timetable in place now for every school holiday period.
This is on display in the Centre and is attached.
It was a pleasure to be asked by the Braintree Beavers to attend and take 5(!) packs through some training moves, at Tabor school.
Well done to all who graded on the 19th March, including our most recent Black belt Liam Gray
after training in excess of 8 years!
Well done Liam.
Another fantastic Student of the Year Awards evening and probably our best one yet, with the highest skill level shown by our Kickboxers and Karateka.
Winners of this years well deserved awards were:
Most Improved Student
Well done to you all!!!!
Thank you to everyone who took part and those who attended, making the evening a memorable one.
Thank you also to our special guests to Former Chair Person of Braintree D.C Mrs Galleoni ; Counsellor Beavis and Counsellor Vice Chair Ricci.
A great evening training with Martial arts legend Dan Inosanto's senior instructor Terry Barnett. An excellent seminar hosted by KMFN Academy in Upminster.
L-R: Matt & Simon Giles, Sensei Wilson, Terry Barnett, Paul Cudmore, Jon Hegan and Matt Shepherd.
"It was an honor to be invited to the Kiryoku 20th Anniversary course by Kiryoku Chief Instructor Paul Herbert. Paul also received his 6th Dan from Karate legend Sensei Dave Hazard. Well done Paul and thank you to 1st Dan Isla Scott for accompanying me."
Rachel Merritt, Paige Mellor and Melissa Forrester: England Champions!
Ingrid Lilley, Jo Snook, Hermione Foster: England Champions!
Alfie Ellis: England Silver medalist!
To round off a successful day, Ingrid Lilley wins silver in ladies veteran Kumite!!
Well done every squad member, all your hard work paid off. You should all be proud of your performances.
A special well done to Maddie Runnalls, her first major championship and her best Kata performance.
A big thank you to Coach Jessica Loble and Assistant Coach Alice Boutell.
Our very own Sensei Wilson receiving his Krav Maga Instructors Certificate from Chief Instructor of the Krav Maga Fighting Network, Jon Hegan!
This followed 10 months of one-to-one training with Jon. The certificate was presented following TMAC's very first Krav Maga session.
2015 is nearly over and we have had an excellent year, our membership is up, our 2 new clubs are going well, we have had world class instructors attend our Dojo in Karate, Kickboxing, Krav Maga Gracie jiu jitsu and Fitness.
We have been invited to courses with instructors of the highest calibre.
Our exercise classes get bigger and better.
We have achieved competition success regionally, nationally and internationally.
With our professional boxing tie up we believe we offer something for everyone,regardless of ability, age, or physical prowess.
We understand that people train for different reasons.
Our children's competitions continue to excite and provide an excellent fun time, whilst showing off the skills of our young members.
We have even bigger plans for 2016, with some big announcements to come.
There are exciting times ahead. Thank you for your support and your interest in us. Happy new year.
Well done to Vicky, our fit2fite instructor, and her team for attending the 5(!) hour Christmas fit2fite frenzy at Barking Leisure Centre on the 20th December.
Our team lasted to the end and then some, a testament to their fitness and dedication.
Well done team, and thank you for representing TMAC.
Fit2fite founder Greg Francis always has positive things to say about our team, so well done.
Isla, Abbie and Melissa attending a seminar with World Champions Fran Salazar and Pepe Carbonell, hosted by the excellent Aimee Sell. Girl power!!
We are closed on the 24th December to the 3rd January INCLUSIVE.
We will re-open on the 4th January 2016.
Open training session for members and their families/friends on the 29th December from 9.30am to 11.30am. Come along at any time and join in, you can train as you wish or people will be there to help.
A brilliant weekend in France, at a top class competition ~ the European Masters Karate ~ resulting in excellent performances and 3 medals.
Well done & congratulations to:
So proud of you, for all your hard work and achievements!
Karate legend Sensei Dave Hazard and our very own Sensei David Wilson, at another great karate course at the Centre last weekend!
A huge thank you to Sensei Dave and everyone who attended the course!
Three new Dan grade (black belts) were achieved by three young ladies who have been training a combined period of 17 years (remarkable at their tender ages).
All three are now experienced competitors, having been part of the Junior squad who compete on the Karate circuit regionally and at the English National championships.
Here are the three girls in their Cimac-Adidas sponsored Gi's having received their Dan grade awards from David Wilson, the Chief Instructor of The Martial Arts Centre:
Left to right:
Abbie Sutton - aged 12
Evelyn Higgon - aged 10 (The centre's youngest ever Karate black belt)
Isla Scott - aged 12
Cimac-Adidas are one of the (if not the number one) major UK suppliers of Martial Arts equipment, and now sponsor The Martial Arts Centre competition squads. A major coup for the Centre.
The three girls are part of the Centre's Junior Karate squad and between them in the last year, have medalled at the prestigious SENI London Open Championships and The English National championships. They are excellent Martial Artists and their Instructor says of them:
"All three girls have performed at the highest level nationally and have proved what can be done with hard work, and of course talent. They are an excellent example to our younger members who look upon them as role medals. They have been training basically since they started school and have never had a break from training, apart from the odd holiday and illness, all our young members are progressing very well and our recent grading where the girls passed their Dan (black belt) was of an excellent standard."
Three of our older boys, Danny Bates, Aaron Mellor and Jack Reed also became Black belts after years of dedicated training. The boys had been putting in more training hours in readiness for their Dan grade test and it paid off with three very good gradings, and sharp techniques allied with fitness.
Also shown is a photo of those who also successfully graded at the Centre's September grading, in what was one of our technically best gradings ever.
Well done everybody.
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Jon Hegan Academy, please see the below link.
Sensei Wilson trained under Jon in Krav Maga back in the late 90's and this year resumed training with him.
Sensei will be teaching Krav Maga in the Centre next year following completion of the Instructor's exam.
Jon is amongst the foremost Krav Maga instructors to be found anywhere and the first ever person in the UK to take the coveted Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt test.
Jon and Sensei have known each other for some 25 years and trained together at the beginning of their Martial Arts careers.
We are excited with our new relationship and welcome The Jon Hegan Academy.
We are delighted to announce that our Manager, and Fitness Instructor, Vicky Edwards has successfully passed the Safeguarding of Children Course (Level 1).
This important qualification sits alongside our child protection policy and underlines how important we view our student's safety.
Our very own 1st Dan running girl, Courtney Gordon, recently run a PB for the 800 metres, of 2 minutes 19 seconds. This qualified her for the English National Championships Under 15s to take place at the end of August in Bedford.
GOOD LUCK COURTNEY !!
This weekend (26/7/15) Courtney is running in another event, 1500 metres, where she aims to beat her current PB of 4 minutes 50 seconds.
She is a credit to the Centre in the way she conducts herself, and is a dedicated young lady to her chosen sports. Well done Courtney.
See you in the Olympics in the not too distant future !!!
England Internationals - Sensei Aimee Sell and Sensei Kate Karwacinski, at the TMAC Seminar 2015.
Our Boxercise class says good luck to Ipswich FC star to be Joshua, who we helped prepare for the coming season.
Good luck Josh !!
We are proud to announce a new sponsorship deal for our competition squads, with one of the largest (and most prestigious) Martial Arts equipment companies that there is, also, probably the world’s most renowned sports brand ever.
This means our squads will be in CIMACADIDAS clothing.
We are particularly proud to have acquired the sponsor as this puts us amongst a select group of fellow reputable Martial Arts Associations.
Some of our fit2fite squad members:
Vicky (our instructor), David, Ingrid and Richard with fit2fite founder Greg Francis at the 5 hour (!) June fitness frenzy. Well done!
Kumite Training & Tactics Masterclass today with England International Kate Karwacinski at the Centre. Another excellent day's training with an excellent Karateka. Great attendance and effort by our students. Thank you very much to Kate from us all. Brilliant morning.
Our excellent squad competed at the Peterborough Kickboxing Open on the 15th February.
Fantastic results by the entire squad, well done guys.. Thank you also Dale & Robin for their invaluable support. What a successful day!!!!
James Baulkely - Gold
Debbie Stone - Gold
Kate Winter - Silver (her first KickBoxing fight!)
Our 2015 Student Of The Year Awards was another huge success.
Well attended with a packed evening of great demonstrations and great fun was had by all.
Big congratulations to the following for their very well deserved awards:
Special Member Presentation awarded to Kieran Parker-Kiamil who is leaving us to join our Armed Forces. Good luck Kieran from us all!
Here are some photos and videos of this excellent event.
Thank you very much to everyone who took part and all of you who came along to support. Here’s to another great year of training!
Excellent Black belt training and a positive meeting resulting in some good ideas being put forward.