Well what an amazing weekend….
Holding the Annual Chuldow Championships is no easy feat! with 3 mats, 10 Acadameis, over 40 sections, over 160 students doing over 260 entries, having the juniors done by 12:30 & the adults by 4pm I think we can certainly clarify the day as a success.
It was a very smooth running day with a fantastic atmosphere & skill level to boot. Each & everyone of you who came, entered & represented your Academies can hold your heads high with Pride. No matter where you came, What position, medal or trophy, YOU were there, YOU put yourself out there & YOU did it! You helped make the day what it was.. An amazing day so thank you all.
A few special mentions go to :-
1) All the spectators, Family & Friends who not only supported on the day but support throughout our entire training, the support was fantastic & it was great to see so many people sharing the experience
2) All the CIT who helped run the day, not only that but in the help of setting up the night before & clearing everything away after. you selfishly give up your time to help these things run as good as they do & you do a brilliant job
3) Mr & Mrs Hauer who do all the “backstage” work, so much goes into these tournaments, weeks & months in advance & not a lot of people know or even realise how much work actually odes happen, but trust us…. its a lot!!!
So Thank you once again to all of you, lets keep training & make next year even bigger & better.
Saturday 13th May 2017 was the date of the NEST Awards for 2016. Chuldow only recently joined NEST but as always we do nothing in half measures and won the award for the ‘Best Newcomer’.
Mr and Mrs Hauer accepted the award at a gala dinner accompanied by a number of Chuldow Academy owners and in typical humble form gave credit to the whole of the Chuldow Team for the success.
The event was enjoyable from start to finish, thank you to NEST for being great hosts.
May 9th, 2017 saw Chuldow Martial Arts host a seminar with a true legend of the Martial Arts, Mr Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace. It proved to be a fantastic event and once again the only thing faster than Mr Wallace’s left foot is his irrepressible wit.
Undefeated in a fifteen year career Mr Wallace earned the name Superfoot due his amazing ability with his famous left leg, once clocked in excess of 60mph. A rare talent in fighters Mr Wallace has a great ability to understand the reasons for his successes and convey that to his students. This seminar was no exception and everyone in attendance went home with a smile and a lot to think about.
Sadly this will be Mr Wallace’s last grand tour but for those who attended it was a great pleasure and honour to be a part of it.
During the event Mr Wallace took time out to present our own legend, Mrs Sarah Hauer, with the certificate for her induction into the MAI Martial Arts Hall of Fame along with MAI Editor Mr Bob Sykes. It was certainly an eventful evening!
A tense morning gave way to an afternoon of success as kickboxing black belt candidates from all across Chuldow came together to see if they had what it takes to achieve the coveted rank of 1st Dan. Chris Horne and Samuel Gardner of Morley, Antony Firth, Dan Brady and Tracey Rhodes-Hunter of Rothwell, Diane Withington, Anthony Withington, Charlotte Scott and Kieron Hoggart of Wakefield all took the test and pushed themselves to the limit to prove successful in achieving Black Belt 1st Dan.
Meanwhile Mr John Lane of Wakefield showed superb skill and determination, pushing the limits further and after a gruelling few hours achieved his 2nd Dan Black Belt.
Sunday of course saw the Karateka take to the mats with a difficult act to follow. Technical skill, knowledge and determination were put to the test with Shakira Withington of Wakefield, Gareth Durham of Knottingley, Lincoln Roth and Nasreen Arshad of Morley all proving their worth with a well-deserved promotion to 1st Dan. Black Belt is just the beginning of course and those with the strength of character and motivation to go further do just that. David Lazenby, Janine Lafferty and Jack Stead of Knottingley and Sandra Hardy of Wakefield are just such people and were successful in gaining promotion to 2nd Dan.
Well done everyone!
It’s safe to say that the majority of Chuldow students know that Mrs Sarah Hauer is a legend. If anyone has ever seen her in action then there is little room to doubt her formidable skill and strength of character. On Tuesday May 9th however recognition of the highest level was given when she was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall Of Fame! Mr Bob Sykes, owner and editor or Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine brought the award and it was presented to Mrs Hauer by none other than Mr Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace.
An amazing achievement for an amazing lady, well done Mrs Hauer!
March 15th saw Chuldow host a seminar by Scott Adkins, who has appeared in such screen hits as The Bourne Ultimatum, Doctor Strange, Grimsby, Zero Dark Thirty, X-Men Origins Wolverine, The Legend of Hercules, and The Expendables 2. Television-wise, Scott has appeared in Holby City, East Enders, Mile High, Doctors and Hollyoaks.
Scott Adkins began his Martial Arts career aged 10 with Judo, also taking up Taekwondo aged 14, and Kickboxing aged 16. Scott is a full trained kickboxing instructor for the P.K.A.
The weekend of March 11th & 12th saw more potential black belts and advanced Dans hit the mats at Chuldow HQ to see if their hard work would pay off.
Starting with kickboxing on the Saturday the room was buzzing with energy as the graduation got underway. Hours of sweat and effort later Jordan Wilkinson (Wakefield), Kayleigh Durham (Knottingley), Richard Burton (Knottingley), Robert Dowell (Rothwell), Alex Caley (Rothwell) and Chris Woodhead (Morley) were all rewarded with their 1st Dan Black Belts in Kickboxing. Standing out from the crowd though was Kian Lafferty (Knottingley) who pushed the limits of ability and endurance and achieved his 3rd Dan.
Karate followed on the Sunday with the technical displayed by Matthew Anderson (Rothwell), Kirby Beach (Knottingley), Caridee Armstrong-Livseyt (Knottingley) and Sarah Lofthouse (Thornhill) earning them 1st Dan in Karate. Natalie Colley (Wakefield), Jaye Ridley (Wakefield) and Mark Meiningen (Knottingley) were pushed further however. Mrs Colley to achieve her 2nd Dan while Mr Ridley and Mr Meiningen both went to the extreme and achieved 3rd Dan.
The presentations as always were emotional and in some cases tearful and as always elation was mixed with relief. An addition to Sunday’s event Mr Hauer also presented Chuldow Certificates to the recently promoted Taekwon-Do Black Belts; Claire Elliott, Kirsty East and Simon East.
Congratulations to all on your well deserved and hard won promotions!
Saturday 4th March 2017 saw the first Chuldow Martial Arts Taekwon-Do Black Belt Graduation. As the first of it’s kind it was conducted by Mr East’s Taekwon-Do Instructor and honoured guest Grandmaster P Liversidge 9th Degree with the assistance of Mr Robert Caschetto 4th Degree. This was also due to Mr East being himself assessed for promotion to 4th Degree Black Belt, a milestone in Taekwon-Do training.
The day started with each candidate being assessed on patterns and basic technique and Mr East on a selection of advanced patterns. A question and answer session followed testing the candidates on their knowledge of Taekwon-Do and Korean History along with theory and terminology. The candidates then padded up for sparring with each demonstrating one on one and two on one sparring and the addition of technical sparring for Mr East. This was followed by traditional one step sparring and self-defence with Mr East also demonstrating defence against an armed attacker (knife).
The breaking followed with Mrs East and Miss Elliott performing breaks using a flying side kick over an obstacle, a kick of their own choosing (Mrs East chose a jumping back kick whilst Miss Elliott demonstrated the reverse turning kick) and both completing a knife hand break to two boards. Mr East’s breaking consisted of a three board break with the back-fist and a four board break using a kick of his own choosing for which a turning kick was chosen.
After the debris had been cleaned up and the floor swept (debris donated to those of our students with wood burning heaters at home) the candidates were left to sweat whilst GM Liversidge assessed the results. After what seemed an age but was probably not that long at all the candidates were called onto the mats and feedback was given. In brief it is safe to say that the Grandmaster was very happy with the standard displayed and in short order Mrs East was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt, Miss Elliott to 1st Degree Black Belt and Mr East, after a short 28 years of training, to 4th Degree Black Belt with the right to the status of Taekwon-Do Expert.
Needless to say that the day was a mix of nerves and excitement followed by emotion and elation.
Sunday 26th of February 2017 saw three brave souls attempt black belt at the first Chuldow Weapons Seminar of 2017.
Nigel Watts of Morley and Sandra Hardy of Wakefield both demonstrating their skill and knowledge in the Sai whilst Martin Bell of Wakefield took to the mats with his sights set firmly on the goal of achieving black belt with the Kama. Skill with the weapon adds a dimension to the martial arts that requires dexterity and focus of a whole new level and the candidates demonstrated a skill possible only through many hours of practice and hard work.
The graduation progressed with lower grades gradually leaving the mats until only the three remained. Black belt kata were performed followed by the fifty move creative kata, a kata of their own design. Each was different and unique but the skill was evident across the board. Congratulations to Chuldow’s sai and kama black belts!