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Jenna Navartanam is the winner of the pound club for March, this is more good news for Jenna who announced recently that she is expecting twins in the summer.

Our winner this month is Tracy Petterson which is very apt considering she is a key member of our fund raising team which is what the pound club is about.

Why not give yourself the opportunity to win yourself by entering all it costs is £4 per month for details please contact either Tracy Petterson or Lesley Love from our fundraising team.   

Our new mini coach made her arrival on a wintry afternoon back at the academy having been at the vehicle wrapping factory in Warrington. Whilst being quite an old vehicle she looks brand new thanks to the work of the team at AST Signs who did a terrific job. Our thanks go to JP Carpets, DCL Security, Wrightsure Insurance, RJB Engineering and the Malcolm Group who all made donations to have their company logo placed on both of our vehicles. The new coach will make her maiden journey to a competition when our students attend the WKKC National Championships in late March.


Twenty One of our students attended the Revolution ‘ North of England Championships’ in Worksop at the end of February on what proved to be a very successful trip. In total we registered sixteen firsts, eight seconds and four third places, an excellent result. Several of our wins came from our more experienced fighters with Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Tejay Bacon all winning in both disciplines, Mia also won an additional semi contact division making it a trio of victories on the day. It was  extremely pleasing to see the successes of Robbie Law and Hallie Jo Talbot who both enjoyed  double victories and also a win for Kaiya Henry – Jones who was making her competition debut securing a win in semi contact. Other winners on the day included Shannon Bacon, Chloe Love and Harvey Grenfell in Light Contact and Faye Hughes in Semi Contact. 

Second places went to Faye Hughes, Patrick, Johnny & Ruby Hoyle in Light Contact and Max Tighe, Patrick Hoyle and Ruby Hoyle in semi contact, whilst third places went to Shannon Bacon and Romeo Navaratnam in semi contact.

Ruby Hoyle and Kyran Henry – Jones were our only winners at the notoriously tough Wako British Nationals held in Solihull in Mid February, both won in light continuous and joined an elite group of academy students who have also won at past events comprising Patrick Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Shannon Bacon, Charlotte Fagg and Chloe Love.

Tejay Bacon fought superbly over the two days in a tough weight division to win silver medals in both light and semi contact, whilst Romeo Navaratnam in Light and Hallie Jo in Semi also won silver medals.

Bronze Medals went to Shannon Bacon and Harvey Grenfell in Light Contact and Patrick Hoyle and Harvey Grenfell in Semi Contact.   

Chloe Love is our first winner of 2018, this lady is used to winning mind albeit on the mat.

Our winner this month is Francis Connolly from Malcolm’s. Francis receives £50 which is a nice present at this time of the year.

The pound club will be continuing in 2018, if you are interested in taking part and getting the opportunity to win a cash prize then please contact either Tracy Petterson or Lesley Love from our fundraising team.

It is with deep regret that we have had to say goodbye to our white minibus, we have unfortunately had to take the decision to send her to be scrapped due to the condition of the underside of her body. She served us well over the six years we had her, doing daily school runs through all sorts of weather and taking us all over the country and overseas to competitions throughout her time with us.

As our first vehicle she signifies an important time in the academies history which saw a change in direction in how we did things she therefore deserves to be recognised as a symbol of this period. I know she has a special place in Alf’s heart who as a mark of respect has decided to frame her number plates for prosperity, picture shows he back in 2011 in Cardiff with our students who competed at the Welsh Open.

We have been able to obtain a replacement for the white bus in the form of a mini coach with an extended body. The vehicle is in excellent condition and is an upgrade in terms of the condition of the interior and the room for passengers and a large luggage area making it ideal for those trips to competitions. We are currently waiting on contributions from possible sponsors before designing and arranging to wrap the vehicle. Hopefully in a couple of months we will be able to reveal her in all her glory.


Our congratulations go to Dominic Coburn, Mia Woodward, Patrick Hoyle, Kyrah Khan, Lauren Lynchey, Ruby Hoyle and Idress Hussain who all successfully passed their 1st Dan blackbelt grades under the watchful eye of Sensei Joe Tierney from Shorai and the academies founder Sensei Alf Love.


Charlotte Fagg was our winner this month, an inaugural participant since the fundraising scheme was introduced in January 2016 this is Charlottes first win.

Fifteen of our students made the long trip to Florida to compete at the 2017 WKC World Championships in early November. Amongst them were Brad Derbyshire, Katie Hamer, Kyran Henry – Jones, Johnny Hoyle, Romeo Navaratnam and Dylan Jourey who were all set to make their World Championship debuts.

With a strong representation from the South American continent and a massive American team the number of entries was the highest ever.

Day One saw the younger ones compete in semi contact whilst our Juniors and Adults fought in light contact, Chloe Love, Shannon Bacon and Charlotte Fagg all impressed in winning through to their respective light contact finals with Charlotte marking her return to the Championships after a three year absence by stopping her American opponent after just one minute of the first round.  The younger ones competing in semi contact enjoyed mixed fortunes with several not making it to the semi-finals however Romeo Navaratanam, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Ruby Hoyle all reached this stage with Ruby successfully winning to get through to her respective final, leaving Romeo, Mia and Kyrah winning our first medals of the championships, three bronze. Kyrah appeared to be particularly unlucky being on the wrong end of some poor judging something that became far to prevalent as the week went on. 

With the disciplines being swapped on Day Two we saw all our students get through to semi-finals with the exception of Johnny Hoyle and Mia Woodward, of those reaching semi’s only Dylan Jourey, Chloe Love, Shannon Bacon and Kyran Henry-Jones were unable to progress through to the finals giving us another four bronze medals. For Shannon and Mia it was a case of what might have been as both were not very well having picked up a bug the night before which definitely affected their performances.

Day Three saw the majority of our students compete in team events and as in the previous two days our students enjoyed mixed fortunes, it was however the day we won our first gold medals with Kyrah Khan, Mia Woodward, Katie Hamer, Ruby Hoyle, Shannon Bacon and Jamie Hunt all members of various winning teams in light contact. Mia and Kyrah came close to repeating the feat in Semi Contact but ultimately lost in the final ending up with silver medals. Shannon, Charlotte, Chloe and Kyran all won bronze with the later being won in light contact teams.

Charlotte and Chloe’s  semi contact semi- final with America A did get the conspiracy theorists going mind, with the thought that the Americans  possibly manufacturing the best possible scenario to get both their teams into the final and making sure our ladies did not, by ensuring their best team fought our five ladies knowing our girls would have been too strong for their B team and the other semi-finalists from Venezuela, alas we will never know. What was disappointing is that neither Charlotte or Chloe could compete in a light contact team of three as there was no other teams entered which was somewhat surprising when you consider America had sufficient ladies to enter two five person teams in points.

Going into finals day we had nine competitors in light contact finals and two in both, giving us the potential of a possible 13 Gold Medals. Young Katie Hamer got us off to the best possible start in winning her final totally dominating her opponent from start to finish, wins followed for Chloe, Shannon, Ruby and Charlotte who all won impressively, unfortunately we then ran into a period where our students endured losses with Romeo, Jamie, Brad Derbyshire and Tejay Bacon all being denied the win, Tejay’s result in particular left a bitter taste with him being the victim of poor officiating, what made it more frustrating was the fact that our little man fought with the heart of lion against an opponent much bigger than him.  Ruby and Charlottes second finals of the day followed soon after with both competing in semi contact, Ruby was unable to get the win against a very good Canadian and soon after the same fate fell on Charlotte as she lost to her Venezuelan opponent in added time having been leading by two points 10 seconds from the end of normal time only to see the fight go into added time when a low kick by the Venezuelan was scored by the judges. Our two remaining finalists Patrick Hoyle and Kyrah Khan restored the protocol we had seen earlier in the day by both securing convincing wins giving us a total of 7 golds and 6 silvers from the day.

After four days of tough competition our fighters had accumulated a very respectable 13 Golds, 8 Silvers and 11 Bronze medals which was a great result, however as we flew home I wondered what might have, taking into account that the officiating was not the best and at least three fighters were victims of poor officiating, Mia and Shannon were not at all well on day two and Charlotte had gone in to the championships suffering from shingles and was significantly hampered in still having them whilst she was competing ending up having no energy to even go to the after party which in normal cases would be an absolute nailed on certainty.

Six of our fighters attending the championships were there for the first time and all enjoyed varying degrees of success in different circumstances, I feel sure when they took part in the opening ceremony it will have been all a bit daunting for them but they will all be better for the experience which will stand them in good stead as they continue to follow in the footsteps of all our previous World Champions.


We are currently finalising the prizes for our Christmas Draw we already have a £250 cash prize, a television and both a food and drinks hamper a full list of the prizes will be posted on our facebook page in a couple of weeks. Donations of items to make up both the food and drinks hampers would be very much appreciated.   

Tickets are £2.00 a strip and are available from the club, it will be possible for parents who are not always able to get to the club to purchase tickets on grading day on Saturday 25th November. We want a really high level of ticket sales so please don’t forget to get to ask family, friends and work colleagues to get them involved.

Winner of the pound club for October is Francis Connolly from Malcolm’s, Francis wins £52. Can all participants remember to keep on top of their payments because failure to do so will result in them not being paid out if their number is drawn.

As part of their preparation for the 2017 World Championships, our students competing at the championships competed at the Bristol Open which is now the largest competition in the UK. After two days of tough competition with heavily populated divisions our students collectively registered our best ever result at what is a notoriously tough tournament. 

Kyrah Henry – Jones and Brad Derbyshire ended up meeting each other in the final of their light contact division after both of them had battled through the early rounds, Brad in particular fought exceptionally well in getting to the final which was edged by Kyran in an extremely close contest. Our other winner from the weekend was Tejay Bacon who gave a masterclass of light continuous fighting in getting to and winning the final against an old adversary Liam Holden from Bristol. 

Chloe Love, Kyrah Khan and Brad Derbyshire came second in light contact with Shannon Bacon, Ruby Hoyle and Harvey Grenfell  getting thirds in continuous and Romeo Navaratnam in Semi Contact . Katy Hamer and Mia Woodward were third in both disciplines and Kyran finished off a good weekend for him personally with a third place in Semi Contact on the Sunday.   

The weekend gave sensei Alf Love the opportunity to see where each of our students are in terms of being ready for the championships and what areas he needs to work on. 

A group of around twenty cubs from the local scout pack visited the academy in October and trained with some of our student’s, they all seemed to enjoy the experience and a few showed a good skill level considering they were total rookies. 

After the lesson they were all presented with a copy of our Night of the Champions programme personally signed by Chloe Love.

Patrick Hoyle, Kyrah Khan and Mia Woodward all won in both Light and Semi contact to be crowned double Iska Champions at the National championships held in Solihull in early October. On a day which saw many of our fighters get onto the podium our other winners were Johnny Hoyle and Shannon Bacon who both won in Light Contact.

Second places went to Jamie Hunt in Light Contact, Tejay Bacon and sister Shannon in Semi Contact and Ruby Hoyle in both disciplines whilst Katy Hamer, Romeo Navaratnam, Dylan Jourey came third in Light Contact. Jamie Hunt and a returning Harvey Grenfell after a year’s absence both registered third places in Semi Contact.

Well done to all our fighters who amassed a total of 8 firsts, 5 seconds and 5 thirds.

Prior to competing at the Iska National Championships the following day eight of our students competed at Jamie Goulding’s fight show in Bolton. Five of our students got the better of their  opponents with Shannon Bacon, Kyran Henry – Jones and Jamie Hunt coming out winners in there semi contact bouts whilst Tejay Bacon and Dylan enjoyed success in Light Contact.

Winner of the pound club for September is John Crabtree, John wins £52. You can also be a winner all you have to do to join is contact Tracy Petterson on 07835 990416 and she will process your entry.

The academies instructors have selected Is-Haaq Hussain as the student of the 3rd Quarter. Is-Haaq is currently working hard on getting ready to complete his Blackbelt grading later this year.

Eighteen of the academies students competed at the Ippon Challenge in Bradford in September registering a total of 11 first places, 6 Seconds and 5 thirds. Kyrah Khan, Mia Woodward, Ruby Hoyle and Romeo Navaratnam  all won in both light and semi contact securing eight of the first places with wins in light continuous for Tejay Bacon Dylan Jourey and Charlotte Fagg accounting for the others  

Placed second and winning silver medals were Patrick Hoyle and Jamie Hunt in Light contact and Tejay Bacon, Eromi Navaratnam, Jamie Hunt and Charlotte Fagg in semi contact. Placed third were  Hallie Jo Talbot, Kyran Henry Jones, Kyrah Khan and Shannon Bacon all in light continuous with Shannon also coming third in the Women’s Grand Championships in Semi Contact.

Amongst those who competed but did not get placed were Shane Love Ashton, Katy Hamer, Brad Derbyshire, Robbie Law and Johnny Hoyle 

Sensei Alf Love was really pleased with the performance of all the students on the day and was delighted to see the return to winning ways of one of the academies great champions, Charlotte Fagg who after returning to competition from a three year absence through illness and injury back in April, secured her first tournament win with an impressive display to win in light continuous and come second in what was a very close points final. Whilst Charlotte is not quite there in terms of her fitness and timing, the technical ability and desire to win were clearly evident, which is a great foundation for her to move on from as she continues the journey in getting back to the very top.

The winner of the pound club for August is Francis Connolly from Malcolm's, Francis who is one of Malcolm's long distance drivers was one of the original people who joined the pound club when it was started in 2016.

Francis wins £52.

If you want to join the pound club please ask either Nigel or Tracy for details.

Winner of the pound club for July is Club Secretary Nigel Fagg. A win which I can only say is extremely well deserved.

Kiera Green is the academies student of the 2nd Quarter, Kiera who has been attending our classes at Holcombe Brook for some time now recently passed her Orange and Green belt grades with very good scores, her attitude in lessons is also first class with a willingness to always learn. We look forward to seeing her develop further in the future.

Seven of our students competed at the Revolution Tournament in Worksop registering seven first, four second and one third place, both Shannon and Tejay put on impressive displays to beat all comers in their respective Light and Semi contact divisions. Now ordinarily you may say well there is nothing new there!, However  Shannon was fighting in the minus 60 kilo ladies division giving away nearly 10 kilos and  brother Tejay was giving a similar amount of weight away in his, both were simply Red Hot!

Mia Woodward also doubled up with wins in both divisions as she has done many times before, this young lady is a winning machine and continues to deliver at pretty much every tournament she competes in. Our other winner was Bradley ‘O’ Shea who won in Light Contact unlike our other winners Bradley is inexperienced and new to the tournament scene which makes his win all the more pleasing. 

Second places went to Kyrah Khan, Katy Hamer and Shane Love Ashton in Light Contact with the later also being placed second in Semi Contact, Katy Hamer added to her 2nd place in Light with a third in Semi Contact on what turned out to be a very rewarding day.

Well Done to all on a terrific result !!!    

Winner of the pound club for June is Gail Derbyshire who wins £54. Gail is obviously enjoying more luck than her son Brad who after just recovering from a thumb injury has now injured his wrist in an accident at school. Think you need to try and pass some of your good fortune onto young Brad Gail !!!

Shannon Bacon, Romeo Navaratnam, Patrick Hoyle and Kyrah Khan all won in both Light and Semi Contact taking full advantage of representing both the academy and England at this European Invitational event, in fact all four were responsible for the first places registered by our fighters, Kyrah and Shannon were particularly impressive in defeating very difficult opponents. 

Of the twelve fighters we took many got onto the podium places with Dylan Jourey who continues to improve getting second in Light and Semi Contact and Jamie getting second in Semi Contact, placed third were Kyran Henry Jones and Shane Love Ashton in Semi Contact and Jamie and Tejay Bacon in Light Contact, the little man was really up against it in a division that was way to big for him. 

Neither Brad Derbyshire or Charlotte Fagg were able to get into the podium places, Brad is just not getting the breaks at the moment but his fortunes will change because he has the qualities to turn those narrow defeats into wins. Charlotte was narrowly defeated in her semi final by Jo Redman who is a quality fighter, this set up a third place fight off against an opponent who was some 15 kilos heavier who still felt the need to repeatedly low kick despite having a significant weight advantage. Unfortunately the low kicks took there toll on Charlottes knees and whilst managing to see out the fight Charlotte ended up limping off the area in a considerable amount of pain. 

Congratulations to all of our students who all fought really well!!

Winner of the pound club for May is Alf Love, this is Alfs third win since the pound club started in January 2016. This remarkable result of three successes from seventeen draws has led to cry’s from everywhere of it’s a fix !,especially from those who have not managed to win yet.

Both Katy Hamer and Kyrah Khan secured impressive victories in points at Jamie Goulding’s event in Bolton, Shane Love Ashton continued to show how much he is improving registering another win in light contact and it was encouraging to see Katy get a win under her belt. 

Unfortunately it was not to be for Jamie Hunt, Hallie Jo Talbot and Kyran Henry Jones in semi contact or Patrick Hoyle and Brad Derbyshire in light continuous as a combination of the size of opponent and some dubious decision making did not help them. 

Many National and World champion kickboxers joined us at St Marys Chambers in Rawtenstall on 20th May to celebrate the academies 25th anniversary in style, with over 100 spectators enjoying a three course meal from their ringside seats during the first half of the show and a further 100 plus spectator’s coming in to see the second half the place was packed out. 

The majority of the fights in the first half of the show involved the academies younger less experienced students many of whom came up against fighters from JBS kickboxing in Telford who managed a 100 % success rate, we thank Jo Windsor from JBS kickboxing for providing our fighters with such a tough bunch of opponents I am sure our little ones will benefit from the experience.. 

With quality fighters from clubs all over the country the fourteen bouts in the second half of the show; eleven of which were for WKKC sanctioned title belts were of the highest standard and befitting of such an event, every fighter gave there all in pursuit of the win and our audience were treated to some excellent fighting. 

It was Kyrah Henry-Jones who got the second half underway against an opponent 5 kilos heavier than him, Kyran battled hard for the two rounds but ultimately ended up losing against a very good opponent in Taylor Underwood from JBS. Club mates Mai Woodward and Ruby Hoyle followed and our World Champion girls put on a great show, you would never had thought they were really good friends. The fight had to be stopped for a short while in the second round when Mia’s lip got caught on her brace but after some skilful work by centre referee Joe Tierney she was able to continue and went on to win.

Jamie Hunt fought hard against a very tough opponent in Eddie Paddock from BCKA who ended up victorious over the two rounds, Freya Molloy; also from BCKA put on an impressive performance to win the bout that followed, defeating Jade Jones from SFMA inside the distance and Brad Derbyshire  was extremely unlucky in his fight against Izack Watson from X Martial arts schools as to many watching he appeared to be the winner, however the judges saw things differently awarding the win to Izack. 

Shannon Bacon gave a commanding performance against her opponent Abi Daulton from BCKA who was some 7 kilos heavier, Shannon was at it from the get go and midway in the second round the referee called a halt to the contest declaring Shannon the winner. It was another impressive display from Shannon who appears to be back to her best and seems so comfortable fighting in a ring.Both Patrick Hoyle and Alyssa Talbot suffered losses in their respective fights against Spencer Sumner  from TKMA and Ella Smith from JBS sandwiched between fights which saw Shea Hughes and brother Aidan from ACMAC lose to the excellent Cole Rochester from X Martial Arts and Kieran Unsworth from TKMA respectively

Our little man with the big heart Tejay Bacon was up next against James Gregory from Gouldings Martial Arts, these guys were always going to put on a great show and did not disappoint, after three brilliant rounds of fighting which had much of the crowd up on there feat it was a tough decision for the judges to call, unfortunately it was not to be Tejays day as the win was awarded to James Gregory. 

In the fights that followed there were wins Kyrah Khan against Alyssa Imbusch from UFMA and for David Mulhaney from SFMA against Lewis Gemmill from BCKA the later fight was a real barnstormer with both guys really going for it for the entire fight. 

The final fight of the night featured the academies most successful competitor Chloe Love against Jaden Harris from BCKA, as with all the previous fights both fighters gave it everything  but over the three rounds  Chloe proved to be too strong for Jaden who put in a really impressive performance.

A very special thank you to the fighters and spectators from all the clubs involved who put on a great show for everyone, to our officials who had a tough job throughout the night and importantly to all the business for supporting the event by placing adverts in our event programme, sponsoring  fights and being there on the night, your support is greatly appreciated and makes all the work in organising the event worthwhile.

Pictures taken from the event are now available on our website just go to gallery and click on the 2017 gallery and go into the file entitled Night of the Champions, we also have a DVD available now to buy at a cost of £10 which shows highlights of the fights from the first half of the show and the entire fights from the second half of the show. These can be purchased either directly at the club or by sending an e mail to

Thirteen of our students made the long trip North to compete at the Aberdeen Open in late April, stopping off en route on the Saturday to visit the Malcolm Group Heritage Centre in Glasgow. The  Malcolm Group have been the clubs kit sponsor for ten years and It was good for the students and parents alike to eventually be able to find out about the company who have supported them over the last decade. It was a shame Andrew Malcolm the CEO could not be present himself on the day but Derek Milne was on hand to answer many of the questions our group had. Everyone really enjoyed  seeing  the trucks on display some of which are very old and in remarkable condition, many photo opportunities’ were had of kids and parents sitting in the trucks and the visit proved to be an ideal way of breaking the journey.

On the Sunday our students got down to the business of competing and they did not disappoint Ruby and Patrick Hoyle enjoyed double success winning in both disciplines and with Chloe Love and , Romeo Navaratnam winning in Light Contact and Jamie Hunt and Mia Woodward repeating the feat in semi contact our gold medal total was a very impressive eight. 

Silver medals went to Tejay Bacon in semi contact and Abigail Hunt and Charlotte Fagg in light contact. It was terrific to see Charlotte back on the mat after over three years out due to illness and injury problems, she showed in winning her semi final that she had not lost any of her fighting skills and fought well in the final only to be denied the win by poor officiating. To perform as well as she did when not being where she needs to be in terms of fitness and competitive edge was one of many positives to come out of the weekend. 

Winners of bronze medals included Dylan Jourey who bagged two and Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward,  Jamie Hunt, Faye Hughes and Chloe who also competed in the Women’s open weight but was unable to progress. 

The overall medal haul of 8 golds , 3 silvers and 7 bronze was a really good result and certainly made the whole trip an enjoyable and worthwhile one for everyone.

Winner of the pound club for April is Graham Green from Malcolm’s, Graham is one of many drivers from Malcolm’s who have been supporting the academy for many years. He only joined the £ club in January this year and is made with his win.