6th Kent Open

posted 11 Nov 2018, 23:00 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 02:33 by Nina H ]

After a long but fab day, Hadleigh would like to congratulate Autumn, Riley, Finnan and Jonty who took their first steps in furthering their karate by traveling out further afield to the competition in Kent today to see something a bit different and seeing other opponents..... joining them were instructors Stefanie, Lee and Jamie.
Although not everyone placed today, it was great fun and lessons learnt again.... 
There were some awesome performances... 

Autumn 3rd in Kumite
Jamie 1st in 16-17yrs open
Lee 1st in 35-49yr open
Team male open 2nd place (Lee Jamie and our borrowed man Matt)

Plus Lee & Jamie have won twice this year in the same category and have won the champs belt which will be delivered once engraving is complete!!!! 

Look at these faces.... karate is the best 👊🏽


posted 7 Nov 2018, 08:58 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 02:56 ]

Hadleigh held its first fight club on Thursday 1st November.
The 1st class was led by Lee Robinson 4th Dan who brought his many years of experience to FIGHT CLUB boosting titles such as English individual Champion for 3 years, English Team gold medalist, British Bronze medalist, European Bronze, Team member at the worlds and also fought in many competitions in Europe....
We were pleased with how well represented with lots of Hadleigh students and some students from other classes (everyone is welcome)
The next FIGHT CLUB will be Thursday 6th December

Summer Camp 2018

posted 12 Aug 2018, 12:27 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 12 Aug 2018, 12:39 ]

If you missed it... you missed out!!
Last weekend was the annual summer camp for the EKKA! This brought a wealth of experience in instructors and many pupils hoping to gain as much knowledge as possible!
Arena Hadleigh and Stowmatket had students attend...
Jamie from Arena Karate Hadleigh was awarded kickboxer of the course and Lara from Stowmarket Arena was awarded green blue belt student of the course.
We would really like to encourage more students to be in attendance next year which will be on the first weekend in August! See you there!!!

EKKA Nationals in Ipswich

posted 14 Jun 2018, 03:28 by Stefanie Barnes

EKKA Nationals was on the 3rd June and Hadleigh Arena had more success! Jack, Autumn (competing in her first competion) and Jamie being up on the mats.
Jack brought home a 1st place in Slam man and a 3rd place in Kumite.
Autumn took 3rd in Slam man and 1st in Kumite.
Jamie went up section in to the black belts and came 3rd.

For those who do not know, this category is a great place for new starters or the more experienced. It involves 2 fighters showing various techniques against a  light free standing punch bag. 
The aim is to show your favourite and best moves WITHOUT knocking the bag over. You compete for 1 minute and the decision is made by flag

Competition success!

posted 25 May 2018, 04:18 by Nina H

Members of the Hadleigh club attended a competition in Margate at the weekend - showing off our new Arena Karate hoodies!

Report from instructor Stef Barnes

Jack did his 1st kata in competition and had a great attempt in a large section of 18 competitors! But he came back to do parent & child with, well me! We were up against 6 pairs and pulled off a pretty good 3rd place!

Jack then went on too fight in an event of 10 and again came 3rd! The kicks were flying which Jack scored with which is what we have been working on.... can't ask more than that!

Jamie came 1st in fighting... after a round robin which put him under pressure and gave more lessons with continuing improvements he's looking stronger and stronger

Chris & Lee both jumped in to fight the senior black belts at the last minute which ended with Chris learning not to stick his thumb out (again) and a trip to the medic before fighting off for 3rd place against Lee which went to Lee.

Lee then went on the win the veterans section and loosing no points against himself.

All 3 lads brought home 2nd place in team.
A successful day all round!

If you would like to purchase an Arena hoodie or Tshirt please speak to your instructor

EKF Kyu Grade Chamionships

posted 29 Jan 2018, 06:39 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 25 May 2018, 04:17 by Nina H ]

Chris & Jamie Hodgkinson both competed in EKF Kyu Grade Championships in Leicester on the 14th January. Chris & Jamie who both come from the Hadleigh club brought home a Bronze medal and we would like to say a huge congratulations!

December 17th Grading 2017

posted 29 Jan 2018, 06:33 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 29 Jan 2018, 06:34 ]

Arenas December grading too place at the Blackwell academy in Ipswich which was a great venue and gave everyone the chance to see our main headquarters. 
Well done to all students who graded form the Arena Hadleigh, Coombs & Stowmarket classes. Some good results achieved and we look forward to the next grading in March 2018

First female EKKA 5th dan!!

posted 29 Jan 2018, 06:18 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 29 Jan 2018, 06:52 ]

 December saw some good times for Arena Karate.... we gained our first female 5th dan Janice Brown, who did a superb grading in time for Christmas.
Janice worked very hard towards her grading and it paid off! well done Janice!

End of year dates

posted 4 Dec 2017, 05:09 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 7 Dec 2017, 03:23 by Nina H ]

Classes will soon have our only break of the year! Christmas....

Hadleigh - Monday 18th last class, back on Monday 8th!
Tattingstone Sunday class - Sunday 17th last class, back Sunday 7th
Coggeshall - Starts Sunday 7th
Ipswich - Wednesday 13th last class, back Wednesday 3rd
Stowmarket - Wednesday 13th last class, Back Wednesday 3rd. 
Tattingstone Tuesday class - tbc

New class in Coggeshall Essex!

posted 29 Nov 2017, 02:14 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 29 Jan 2018, 06:57 ]

Stefanie will be starting a classs in the new year in Coggeshall, Essex
The first class will be Sunday 7th January at Coggeshall Village Hall. There will be a class for little dragons (3-5yrs) starting at 17.00 and a beginners class at 17.30-18.30. 

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