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New Competition Class

posted by Stefanie Barnes

ARENA students will be joining the Blackwell Competition Team for training on Friday nights. The class runs from 6.30-7.30pm at the Academy and will focus on fighting for competition.  All students are welcome and please feel free to just pop along, or speak with your instructor. You will need gum shields and pads. Students are also encouraged to train in white so they are comfortable in their competition Gi.
Please note.....
If there is Sqaud training on the Saturday then there WILL NOT be training on the Friday as you will be encouraged to attend Sqaud! 

Kaizen Cup

posted 10 Jul 2019, 04:32 by Stefanie Barnes

Big shout out to the boys who all came home with a 1st place at The Kaizen Cup in Ilford.
All 3 tried new things and upped their game with brilliant results!!!
Jack Barnes 5-7yr olds
Jamie Hodgkinson 16 & 17yr olds
Chris Hodgkinson Veterans

Fight Club 9

posted 4 Jul 2019, 14:40 by Stefanie Barnes

Welcome back Jan!!! Thank you to Jan for leading another class and working hard with our students.... Jan stepped in last minute and again brought something new yet fun and hard work!!! This time we got some pictures which will be uploaded soon!!!

Fight Club 8

posted 4 Jul 2019, 14:36 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 4 Jul 2019, 14:38 ]

Thursday June 6th we welcomed Martyn Bailey!
Martyn worked us hard on fitness, fighting and fun.
Martyn is a very well respected member of the Blackwell Academy and runs their team which we have been very lucky to attend competitions with. We look forward to welcoming Martyn again to teach and also to train with us

Fight Club 7

posted 4 Jul 2019, 14:32 by Stefanie Barnes

Thursday 2nd May
Fight club was taken by Jan Strzelic 6th Dan
We had a great night learning various blocking and countering moves....  some new stuff to work on!!!!
Jan is a qualified European referee. 
Jan runs his own club in Harkstead and has produced several black belts....Jan is also a 4th dan Ju-Jitsu and runs a very successful club....

Fight Club 6

posted 4 Jul 2019, 14:25 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 4 Jul 2019, 14:30 ]

Thursday 4th April
Fight Club was ran by all students.... we put forward our favourite techniques and what we enjoyed when fighting.... there was some interesting combinations... much fun was had by all

EKKA Nationals

posted 18 May 2019, 11:01 by Stefanie Barnes

Sunday 11th May
Autumn and Jack from Arena Hadleigh both competed at the EKKA National championship.
Autumn came 2nd in Kumite 
Jack 2nd in Slam man
Well done!! 

Dan grading

posted 17 May 2019, 23:32 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 18 May 2019, 11:06 ]

We have three new ARENA Black belts! 
On Sunday 11th May Chris Hodgkinson, Jamie Hodgkinson from ARENA Hadleigh and Caitlin Telling from ARENA Tattingstone put years of work in to practise and took their grading. We are pleased to say they passed and look forward to them continuing their karate journey.
Chris & Jamie take their new belts up to Scotland to compete on Sunday 19th. 

KDF open in Barking

posted 4 Apr 2019, 01:22 by Stefanie Barnes   [ updated 4 Apr 2019, 09:40 by Nina H ]

Arena Hadleigh took a small group to this completion on 17th March
4 competitors..... 6 sections....... 5th on the medal table!!!

6-7yrs 7th kyu and below
Jack 2nd
16-17 cadet open
Jamie 1st
Kyu grade open
Jamie 1st - Chris 2nd
40+ open
Lee 1st - Chris 2nd

Couldn’t ask for much better!!! Massive well done lads! 

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