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Christmas Draw

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.

Pound Club Winner October

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.

Tejay and Kyran secure wins at the Bristol Open

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. 

Cubs Visit

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.

Trio get a Double at the Iska Nationals

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.

Five from Eight At Bolton Fight Show

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.

Pound Club Winner September

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.

Student of the Third Quarter

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.

Ippon Challenge sees the return to winning ways for multiple World Champion Charlotte

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.

Pound Club Winner August

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.

Pound Club Winner July

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

Student of the 2nd Quarter

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.

Bacons Simply Too Hot to Handle at Revolution in Worksop

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 !!!    

Pound Club Winner June

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 !!!

Eight from Four as students Double up at BCKA European Invitational in Corby

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!!

Pound Club Winner May

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.

Katy and Kyrah get the point at Jamie Goulding’s Fight Show

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. 

Champions come out to celebrate Academies 25th Anniversary

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 alfsblackbeltacademy@gmail.com

Welcome return to competition for one of the Academies great champions at Aberdeen Open

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.

Pound Club Winner April

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.

Tejay and Mia Double up at The North West Open Championships

Tejay Bacon and Mia Woodward replicated the form they showed recently at the WKKC Nationals by winning both their Light and Semi Contact divisions, others to top the podium included Kyran Henry – Jones , Shane Love – Ashton in Light Contact and Romeo Navaratnam in Semi Contact. 

Bradley ‘O’ Shea fought very well to come second in his Light Contact division considering he was making his tournament debut.

The seven fighters who competed claimed a total of 7 Golds and a Silver which was a terrific result considering several  had very little competition experience, Alf who was extremely pleased with the result, had particular praise for Shane who managed to secure victory whilst not feeling very well. 

Well done to all !!! 

Student of the First Quarter 2017

Shane Love Ashton has been selected as the Student of the First Quarter by our team of instructors.

Having shown a great deal of improvement since the new year Shane attended his first competition at the WKKC Nationals in Bradford where he fought in both semi and light contact narrowly missing out on the medal positions in both disciplines in what were heavily populated divisions.

Our congratulations go to Shane who is pictured with Sensei Alf Love with a trophy which is not much smaller than him.

Pound Club Winner March

Winner of the pound club for March is Alf, who wins £54. It has not gone unnoticed that this is the second time his number has come out, I am sure there will be calls of it’s a fix !, amongst those of you who have not been lucky enough to win but I think we all have to accept albeit begrudgingly that lady luck is most definitely on his side.

Tejay Bacon puts on an imperious performance at the WKKC Nationals in Bradford

Amongst the large contingent of competitors attending this years WKKC Nationals in Bradford were some students making their WKKC debuts including Ethan Gourgel, Romeo Navaratnam, Ben and Jason Parkinson, Robbie Law, Dylan Jourey, Katy Hamer  and Shane Love-Ashton , whilst several  were unable to make the podium places they all acquitted themselves really well and will be better for the experience.

Our squad enjoyed a very successful day with Patrick Hoyle, Shannon Bacon, Ruby Hoyle, Kyrah Khan  and Mia Woodward all being crowned double National Champions having secured  victories in both disciplines. Chloe Love added to the gold medal tally winning in Light contact whilst the man of the moment Tejay Bacon also won in Semi Contact.

Occupying second place on the podium were Tejay Bacon, Jamie Hunt and Alyssa Talbot in light contact and Chloe and Hallie Jo Talbot in semi contact whilst Kyran Henry Jones, Katy Hamer Hallie Jo Talbot sister Alyssa and Dylan Jourey  (2) all won bronze medals.

The performance of the day came from Tejay Bacon who went into the tournament giving away 9kgs in both his light and semi contact divisions. The little man gave a performance of absolute determination and quality reaching the final of his light contact division only to lose out to Cole Rochester in what has to be said was an extremely close call and then going on to win his semi contact division navigating his way past all the opponents who were bigger than him with a totally phenomenal display of points fighting that was pure class. His performance topped a day which saw the academies students bring home a total of 12 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze medals an excellent result.

Irish Open ‘Still waiting for that elusive Win’

Our annual pilgrimage to the Irish Open still leaves us without an outright win, this year we took Jamie Hunt , Hallie Jo Talbot, Aidy Love, Tejay and Shannon Bacon and Chloe across the water to take part in what is still one of the largest tournaments in the World. 

After three days of really tough competition with categories which are just huge we returned home with one medallist in Shannon Bacon who came third in her full contact division losing to the eventual winner in the semi finals. I feel sure we will try again next year to get that elusive win.

Pound Club Winner February

Winner of the pound club for February is Paul Hobday from our kit sponsor The Malcolm Group, Paul is a long term supporter of the academy and has been buying tickets for the Easter Egg Raffle for many years and supporting other fundraising events.

Wins for Patrick and Mia at Wako British Championships

Sixteen of the academies students competed at this event held over two days in Birmingham in mid February. Saturday proved to be the more successful of the two days with everyone competing in light continuous. Patrick Hoyle and Mai Woodward both gave strong performances and ran out winners in their respective divisions. Kyran Henry Jones continued his improvement registering a second place along with Ruby Hoyle whilst Kyrah Khan, Katy Hamer and Chloe Love all came third. Chloe ended up competing in minus 60 having not being able to make the weight for her normal minus 50 division and there being no one in minus 55. 

On Sunday it was Mia and Patrick who came the closest to success in semi contact with them both being the wrong end of the score line in their respective finals resulting in them collecting silver medals .On a day where podium finishes were difficult to come by, Chloe was our only other medallist winning a bronze in her division.

Presentation Evening ‘ A terrific turnout at our new Venue’

The academy held its annual presentation evening at St Marys Chambers in Rawtenstall  on 14th January 2017. The decision to move the event to a new venue proved a great success and allowed us to accommodate the high turnout we always get for this very popular event. Everyone seemed to enjoy the hot supper, some so much so that they went back for more.

During the evening we celebrated the achievements of all our students in 2016, we made 144 coloured belt grade presentations, 17 more than 2015 and went on to acknowledge the record breaking performance of our fighters who competed at the 2016 World Championships in Dublin fighting their way in to the academies history books. There was a very special moment during the evening when one of the academies great champions Charlotte Fagg presented Chloe Love with the hundredth World Championship Gold Medal won by the academy since competing at the World Championships. Chloe won the medal when winning her Light Contact Final at the 2016 championships.

The presentation which at times did get quite emotional was concluded with the announcement of our Student of the Year for 2016 ‘Ruby Hoyle’

Student of the Year 2016

Since joining us from Valley Shorai some eighteen months ago along with brother Patrick, Ruby has enjoyed a significant change in her performances culminating in her returning from the 2016 World Kickboxing Championships a triple World Champion having won in individual light contact and in both light contact and semi contact team events as a key member of a trio with fellow club mates Alyssa Talbot and Mia Woodward. Earlier in the year Ruby suffered an injury to her wrist but this did not stop her from training to achieve her ultimate goal of gold medal success.

During the year Ruby, pictured receiving her award from Chloe Love at the academies presentation evening also passed her 2nd and 1st Kyu brown belt grades under the examination of head coach Alf Love. Our congratulations go to Ruby who is now the owner of one of the academies new hoodies which was given to her on the night.

Student of the Fourth Quarter 2016

Jamie Hunt was announced the winner of the Student of the Fourth Quarter award at the academies presentation evening in January 2017. Having finished 2016 strongly with a trio of medals from the 2016 World Championships one of each colour followed by a successful pass of his brown belt 3rd Kyu grade, Jamie pictured with our other student of the quarter winners in 2016 is fully deserving of the award.

Thirteen of our students fight for Daz Ellis

Thirteen of the academies students competed at the Daz Ellis Championships helping to raise funds towards the treatment Daz needs to help him in the ultimate fight of his life against motor neurone disease.

Our fighter’s successes came mainly in Light Contact with Ben Parkinson and Mia Woodward winning their categories and Johnny Hoyle, Ruby Hoyle and Shannon Bacon ending up as losing finalists. Third places went to Jason Parkinson and Bradley O Shea which was a great result considering they were making their competitive debuts. The academies only successes in Semi Contact were third places for Mia Woodward and Dylan Jourey who recently returned to the academy after a significant period away. 

The event took on a whole new dimension when Daz made an appearance, it was an extremely emotional moment which had many people in tears, Alf who took his Blackbelt with Daz when initially starting his journey in martial arts helped his friend who was a shadow of the great champion he was who up until the beginning of 2016 was still competing at the highest level. To see such a great champion of our sport struck down this way puts everything in perspective and you actually question whether the results really matter.