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Trophy haul for local martial arts fighters

Posted on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Georgia Powell, multiple winner at the Dragon Tang Soo Do Championships in Bradley Stoke on 19th March 2016. Zailan Johnson and Lexi Johnson, multiple winners at the Dragon Tang Soo Do Championships in Bradley Stoke on 19th March 2016.

The Dragon Tang Soo Do Championships came to Bradley Stoke Community School on Saturday 19th March, with around ten clubs taking part, including those from Bristol, Portishead and Bournemouth.

It was a successful event for members of Bradley Stoke Dragon Tang Soo Do Club, which saw three of its adult members and four juniors come away with trophies and medals.

Fighters are split into age, height and belt grades, with separate classes for males and females and they compete in the disciplines of sparring (fighting), forms (patterns) and weapons.

Additional categories include team forms, team sparring and a black belt challenge, the latter being restricted to black belts up to 3rd dan or blue belts (called cho dan bo, junior and senior) who are in training to become black belts.

Georgia Powell, 12, a student at Bradley Stoke Community School, entered as a cho dan bo grade, and was crowned the black belt challenge champion after defeating 23 opponents in a knock out style competition.

During the day, Georgia won gold in forms, gold in weapons, and bronze in sparring. She also picked up a silver for team sparring, in which she was joined by junior team members Natasha Statham, Zailan Johnson and Max Halliday. She also teamed up with Natasha and Zailan to win gold in the team form.

Zailan, 7, an orange tag belt, won gold in forms and sparring. His sister Lexi Johnson, 12, who is an orange belt and trains at the Winterbourne club as well as Bradley Stoke, also competed, scooping herself a gold in sparring, a gold in team sparring and a bronze in forms.

Max, 9, an orange belt, won silver in sparring, while Natasha, who is a cho dan bo, won silver in forms, silver in weapons and gold in sparring, earning her the crown of junior female grand champion.

More: Club’s adult members share in success »

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First black belts for local jiu jitsu club

Posted on Monday 11th January 2016 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

L-r: Chris Wills, Matt Brunt and Peter Williams - The first members of Bradley Stoke Jiu Jitsu Club to achieve a black belt 1st Dan grading.

Years of hard training have paid off for three members of Bradley Stoke Jiu Jitsu Club who recently became the first in their club to pass their black belt 1st Dan grading.

Chris Wills, Matt Brunt and Peter Williams all started as beginners at the club and are trained by chief instructor, Renshi Trevor King 5th Dan.

Bradley Stoke Jiu Jitsu Club train in Jukoshin Ryu – a style with an emphasis on practical, realistic self defence – taught in 55 countries worldwide. The style incorporates a variety of techniques including throws, locks, pressure points, kicks, grappling and weapons. Through membership of the WEBBS martial arts organisation, club members have participated in many events, including club trips to Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Trevor commented:

“The guys have trained hard, twice a week for five years, and I am delighted that they have reached this important milestone. This bodes very well for the club as their commitment is a great example for our up-and-coming younger members.”

The club runs thriving children’s classes and an active adult class at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Adult classes take place on Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) and Friday (8pm-9.30pm), with children’s classes on Fridays (under-10s: 6pm-7pm; age 10+: 7pm-8pm).

Photo (l-r): Black belt achievers Chris Wills, Matt Brunt and Peter Williams.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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St Mary’s U16s become Bristol cup champions

Posted on Friday 20th December 2013 at 12:12 pm by Connor Summers

St Mary's Old Boys RFC Under-16s celebrate their cup final win.

St Mary’s Old Boys U16 Team became Bristol Junior Combination cup champions on Sunday as they beat Wells 38-0 to lift the trophy in the stands of Clifton RFC.

A successful game of rugby saw them use the long and short ball to great effect, adding several tries in the second half against a stubborn Wells side who failed to score all game.

St Mary’s and Clifton had been tipped to meet in the final, but they clashed in the semi-final instead, giving Wells an easy run through.

At the end of the tournament it was the Green and Blacks who lifted the cup, with three different teams in attendance to witness their jubilation.

Confidence is high in the St Mary’s Under 16 team, who will be looking to continue their cup form in the league.

Martial arts: Martial Lifestyle

Martial Lifestyle end of year Fight Night at Meadowbrook Primary School.

Many young and old martial arts students took to the floor at Meadowbrook Primary School on Saturday night, taking part in Martial Lifestyle’s end of year fight night. Fighters from beginners to internationals were watched by a large crowd that filled the main hall.

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Eight championship medals for local martial arts club

Posted on Thursday 15th December 2011 at 10:16 am by SH (Editor)

Whiltlock Martial Arts of Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Members of a Bradley Stoke-based martial arts team enjoyed a significant medal haul at the PUMA British Championships last weekend.

Whitlock Martial Arts (WMA) fighters collected eight medals at the national event, which took place at the Oasis Centre in Swindon.

Oliver Kimberley enjoyed the highest honour of the day by collecting a gold medal in the blue belt men’s sparring category.

Fellow WMA competitor James Wild also claimed a bronze in the sparring category, while Sarah Davis stepped up to the plate to win a bronze in the female blue belt patterns category.

The club’s Little PUMA and Taekwon-do sections meet at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Read more: Eight-medal haul makes it a great day for Bradley Stoke team (Bristol Evening Post)

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