Genesis Martial Arts fighters prepared for the upcoming Genesis Unleashed Fight Show 2 which takes place on the 30th October by competing at the Bristol Open this past weekend.

 Being an International show top English teams including Team Sap, Watford Renegades, Maddogs, and NSKA were all in attendance along with the Best Fighter team from Italy, Kiraly team from Hungry and teams from Ireland and Wales.

 Unleashed Fight Team member Shannon Barlow led the team with the remaining 7 Squad members eager to earn their respective places as Unleashed Fight Team members.

 Shannon fought in the advanced girls under 155cm semi contact category hoping to once again face the top fighter in the category Watford Renegades Shannon Ryan in the Final. However uncharacteristic mistakes led to Shannon losing in the first round. Frustrated by her performance Shannon watched her rival dominate the category with an impressive display of kicking speed, power and movement. 48 hours later Shannon Barlow was back in training eager for her next competition.

 The youngest member of the team Kieran Johnson followed up his 2nd place from Septembers Cimac Superleague in Maidenhead with a 2nd place in the boys under 155cm beginners section. In a stacked section Kieran used movement and a sharp lead hand jab to get through 3 rounds where his was beaten in the final against a young up and coming NSKA fighter. On the back of this performance and his 3rd 2nd place in a row could Kieran be primed to take his place on the Unleashed Fight Team?

 New comer Mike Wellington is beginning to gain in confidence with his semi contact performances which was apparent in the men’s under 74kg beginners section. Although he has technical areas which he needs to address, his performance in the first round was an improvement from his last competition and is a clear sign that he is heading in the right direction. Unfortunately due to the success of the day most of the category’s were large, which resulted in Mike having to leave prior to the start of his light contact section which had not commenced when the Squad exited at 8pm.

 Gary Cook could possibly have lost 2kg to make the 74kg limit for the beginners semi contact section but instead chose to fight in the over 74kg limit, weighing just 76kg hoping his speed would be an advantage. In a thoroughly thrilling and frustrating performance Instructors Matt Jackson and Paul Busby constantly called for the use of both hands as Gary struggled to get his timing down with the use of his lead arm only. Seeing their fighter drawing with 2 seconds left on the clock his instructors implored him to let the clock run down so as to continue in over time. In typical Gary style he disregarding the coaching team and took his shot kicking the opposing fighter clean in the face and scoring 2 points with 1 second left on the clock. Absolutely jubilant for their fighter the coaches congratulated their fighter and commiserated with his vanquished opponent and coach.

 At 55kg Armid Akram frequently gives up 20kgs competing in the under 74kg beginners and Intermediate sections in semi contact. In his outing in the Beginners section Armid reached the semi final narrowly missing out on a place in the final but winning the subsequent 3rd place fight off.

 A newly focussed Helen Weaver took part in the girls under 165 beginners semi contact section and although showed great heart was unable to move beyond the first round of the competition.

Craig Johnson entered the men’s intermediate under 74kg semi contact and light continuous sections. Due to the running order the light continuous section was first and with just 2 people in the bracket it was a straight 2 times 2 minute round final. Drawing on his previous experiences Craig chose not to stand and bang with his opponent but to move in and out using his semi contact footwork combined with crisp combination kick and punching. This earned him a unanimous decision and a coveted blue Bristol Open glass Boxing  glove for his trophy cabinet. With this performance Craig like his little brother Kieran is moving closer to gaining a spot in the Unleashed Fight Team along with current members Shannon Barlow, Louise Birkett and an injured Archie Thompson.

 Arjun Dulay was back in competition action after 10 months of boxing training and a summer spent learning Muay Thai in Thailand.  Arjun had a tough first round in the men’s under 63kg mens category drawing top Hungarian fighter Richard Veres. At 16 Arjun put on a spirited display but ultimately Veres’s speed was to much for Arjun to deal with as it was for everyone in the category as Veres went on to win the section.

 In the boys over 165cm section Arjun was back in his comfort zone and working through the rounds until disaster struck. In the semi final Arjun was attempting break the point deadlock with his opponent who he was drawing with after the first round and overtime. With 1 clear point required for victory both were within site of the final and needed to stay sharp. Blitzing in for the all important point Arjun ran into a counter kick which hit him in the mouth earning his opponent the victory.

 Uncharacteristically Arjun appeared shaken exclaiming “my teeth my teeth.” Instructor Matt Jackson checked his mouth and was shocked to see that the kick had dislodged 3 of his lower front teeth. That signalled the end of the day for the remaining competitors as Arjun was taken to Frenchay Hospital to have his teeth reset. With their categories still to begin Team Mates Craig Johnson and Armid Akram pulled out to support their fighter.

 In retrospect the competition was bitter sweet with the excellent performances of all Genesis Fighter and the injury to Arjun who has now had his teeth wired into position and is recovering slowly.

First places included Gary Cook in the men’s semi contact beginners section over 74kg and Craig Johnson in the Men’s under 74 intermediate light contact section.

 Kieran Johnson was 2nd in the boys beginners section under 155cms and Armid Akram was 3rd in the Mens beginners semi contact section under 74kg. Next Stop is the Unleashed Fight Show.

 Unfortunately due to injury both Arjun Dulay and WKA World Champion Archie Thompson are both ruled out of next weeks Unleashed Fight Show 2 at Court Garden Leisure Centre Marlow on Saturday 30th October. However some excellent bouts remain with World Champions Jacey Cashman and Chris Djaelani headlining in what is gunna be a sure fire fight of the year candidate. The show is from 1 till 6pm and tickets are still available at just £10 each.

Cimac World Cup results 2011Massive congratulations to Bradley Reason on winning the advanced cadets section at the Cimac World Cup. Brad fought smart through out and really deserved his win in a category stacked with talent. This win puts Brad in prime position to enter the Unleashed Fight Team.

Unleashed Fight Team member Shannon Barlow took a hard fought 3rd place in the under 5ft advanced girls category having a back and forth battle with a fired up Shannon Ryan from Watford Free Style. Fight Team member Shannon has recently quit gym to focus on kickboxing which can only be a positive for the talented youngster.

WKA World Champion and Unleashed Fight Team Member Archie Thompson went through 4 growling rounds in the boys under 4’11 light continuous section beating a favoured heavier Liverpool Freestyle fighter with speed and movement. In the final Archie summed up and his skill and heart to chase down his fleet footed opponent however in the end he was to be denied first place by a whisker.

New comer Pej Kanani came second in the men’s under 70 light continuous section using speed, footwork and his patented side kick to keep his opponents off balance. In the final a visibly tired Pej gritted his teeth till the end but was out worked by the fresh winner.

Craig Johnson can take credit for giving Pej’s opponent an easier run having making it to the second round himself he was taken to overtime losing out as his opponent gritted his teeth to flurry on an exhausted Craig in the dying moments. What everyone failed to realize was that was his the last ounce of energy and he turned up in the semi final with nothing left in the tank which meant Pej had a fresh opponent in the final as the winner had little effort in dispatching an opponent worn out courtesy of Mr Johnson.

Having exited the semi contact boys under 4ft 11 section in the first round George Bentley had some frustrations to take out and decided to enter the boys under 4ft 11 light continuous section. To his credit 12 year old George who was notably nervous on entering reached the 2nd second round before being out worked. On a positive note George stated that he was now going to train much harder and would be better prepared for both semi and Light Continuous next time.

Notable performances also from new comer James Shinnie in Men’s beginners over 75 kgs reaching the 2nd round in his first semi contact competition.

Armid Akram also reached the 2nd round of the men’s under 75kg intermediate section.

On a positive note Genesis fielded a relatively young team in terms of their age in years and experience on competing on the circuit so although several members were unable to advance past the first round in their categories the learning experiences for them will be invaluable for their next competition.

The Next Unleashed Training session for Team members is on the 6th August at Wycombe Sports Centre 9-11am. This will be great preparation for the next competition the Squad and Unleashed Fight Team will be attending which is the Cimac Superleague Sunday 18th September Magnet Leisure Centre, St Cloud Way, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8AW.

Genesis Martial Arts will be represented by 14 students at the Cimac World Cup on the 17th July 2011 at Windsor Leisure Centre.
Confirmed fighters representing the boys in the under 14 novice sections will be George Bentley and Kieran Johnson who put on an explosive fight in the first bout at the Genesis Fight Show on the 12 June at the Beacon Centre. The boys section will be rounded out with WKA World Champion and Genesis Fight Team Genesis Martial Arts Cimac World Cup WindsorMember Archie Thompson setting his sites on more gold in the Advanced section.
Genesis Fight Team Members Shannon Barlow and Louise Birkett look to continue their winning ways and will be unleashed in the under 14 Girls Advanced section.
Fighting in the ultra competitive cadets section Black belts Luke and Brad Reason are looking to prove that they belong in the Genesis Fighting Squad and will look to win both their section and book their place in the Team.

Adults Soroush Mahdavi, Pej Kanani, James Shinnie, Alan Brophy, Craig Johnson and Armid Akram will all be in action in semi contact and light continuous in both the beginner and intermediate sections. In what is gunna be a hectic afternoon for Genesis Coaching staff who will be waiting to see which of this bunch will break out from the pack and take a massive step towards securing their place on the Fight Team.

Rounding out the bunch international fighter Raj Chiropal will look to continue his run in semi contact and Light Continuous.

Results and Photos coming soon!!

Genesis Unleashed Fight Team

Congratulations to Genesis students Shannon Barlow, Louise Birkett and WKA World Champion Archie Thompson! They are the first 3 members to be inducted into the Genesis Unleashed Fight Team and were presented with their new Unleashed Fight Team uniforms at the last Squad Training session on the 9th July 2011.

The first Bank Holiday of Easter saw twenty martial arts enthusiasts get to Wycombe sports centre on Good Friday at 9am and put in 1 1/hr training session. Matt Holland led the session with light shadow boxing, followed by clinch work. After three rounds everybody was more than warm and ready to work combination striking and takedowns. With different experiences and abilities the class was split in two with technique being the focus for one group and the other group were more competitive sparring.

With several guys having up and coming fights the atmosphere was buzzing!! After 4 x 5 minute rounds we decided to call it a day with bbq`s and family’s to go to.  We decided to to it all again next week 9am before the royal wedding…… we hope to see some familiar faces there!

Trevor John

Thursday 17th March is the special day of senior instructor Paul Busby.Paul Busby

I’m sure he will be overwhelmed with all of your gifts and cards as he will probably be teaching on this day (So dedicated). Don’t forget to issue him with the bumps to celebrate.

From all at Genesis Martial Arts,

Paul, we hope you have a good day!

After many weeks of hard training, Genesis Martial Arts Black Belt Matthew Holland finally stepped into the cage in Bristol on Saturday night, as a part of the Tear Up MMA show.  Roughly 3,000 spectators watched the fight live, with coverage provided by Sky Sports and Clash TV.

Genesis Black Belt Matthew Holland

The show started fast with many of the first 8 bouts ending quickly in the first round. Some were over within 30 seconds! Between bouts we had some excellent performances from XMA Martial Artists and Capoeira. After a second break and demo, it was finally time for Matthew to approach the cage, helped along by Genesis Instructor Corey Cain and friend Jay Bacchus who were to work his corner.Matthew started explosively, proving his dominance on his stand up over his rival. Matthew worked the leg kicks well, landing several hard shots to his opponent’s front leg. The fight continued at this pace for around 1 minute, before it went to the ground. Matthew suddenly found himself looking at being taken by a guillotine move, a technique that had finished over half of the fights that evening. Matthew kept his cool, moved into side control, then gradually managed to stand up and force himself out of the lock, us supporters were getting nervous! Again the fight was back to stand up, and Matthew was again proving he was by far the stronger here, landing several leg kicks and punch combinations. Matthew’s opponent forced the clinch, and started working his knees. Again us supporters were getting nervous as Matt took a few hard knees to the body, but again kept his cool and worked his way out and away from the cage side.

The fight then went to the ground again, however it was evident Matt’s opponent was tiring! Was this Matts chance?! Within seconds Matthew managed to manoeuvre onto his opponents back, a critical position in ju-jitsu. With his opponent tiring, Matthew kept his cool and gradually worked in his arm across the neck into a choke position, a few seconds of struggle and it was all over!! A round one win, by submission, by a rear choke!!! Well done Matt!!!!! Genesis Instructor Corey Cain and friend Jay Bacchus rushed into the cage to pick Matt up and congratulate him. Matt had not only won in round one, but also ended his opponents 7 fight win streak.

A great night was had by all, followed by a long drive home and an early start the next day for the Genesis Black Belts for training!We are all immensely proud of Matthew’s achievement. This proves that his hard work and dedication, along with all our weeks of training, injuries, sweat and a bit of blood have proven to do the job. Thanks to everyone who have helped out this year, and bring on the next one! Matt Vladar is rumoured to be fighting this year too…… ;-)

On the 4th March 2011 Genesis Martial Arts students and instructors made their way over to Dublin, Ireland, for the biggest open Martial Arts tournament in the world, The Irish Open! Every year thousands of athletes from all around the world arrive at the City West Hotel, for 4 days of intense action (and fun!). With so many associations nowadays, practically anyone and everyone is a World Champion of one thing or another. The Irish Open is unique in that everyone attends, making this the one title to win above all others.

The Genesis Team consisted of: Instructors Corey Cain, Matthew Jackson, Paul Busby and Les Austin, fighters Raj Chiripal, Daniel Savage and Arjun Dulay, along with spectactors Petar Stevanovic, Paul Benedetti and a few other close friends.Genesis Irish Open 2011

First up after the weigh in was the team event on the Friday evening. With Paul Busby behind his Team SAP UK, Genesis was represented by Raj Chiripal who took an open place on the ‘Maddogs’ team from Stoke. A first round win against a strong Irish team set up a second round showdown with the world famous Team USA Allstars, a team that have won this whole event several times and have names like Raymond Daniels present. Raj was selected to fight Willie Hicks from USA. This was a huge fight for Raj, who after initially losing a few points, found his way with his perfectly timed defense jab, and with 20 seconds to was winning 9-7! Hicks pulled out a headkick in the dying seconds, meaning Raj finally lost this one by only a single point, a massive achievement against a totally professional and world famous rival. Team USA went onto the final, where they finally lost to Team Kiraly from Hungary.

Saturday came and brought us the mens semi contact and light contact sections. Arjun Dulay started the day off for Genesis in fine form in the mens -57kg section. This was Arjun’s first ever attempt in a mens category. As said this is THE title to win in the world today. One mens section had 94 competitors in it, and over 60 of them were CURRENT World Champions. Every fight is a world championship final. Arjun won his first ever adults fight against a Hungarian, before losing out to the eventual winner(!) in the second round.

Raj Chirpal was up next in the mens under 63kg light contact. Raj is one of the top fighters in this division, so the expectations were set high. Raj didn’t disappoint… fight one was a unaminous decision win over an Italian fighter, fight 2 was another unaminous win against a Romanian. A semi final matchup was set against Gio Marchese, a top fighter from Bristol, this time a split decision win for Raj, putting him in the final against the current World Full Contact Champion at this weight (an Irish fighter). The first round of the final was close and could have gone either way, the second round Raj started edging ahead with several clean head kicks scoring, this was looking like his fight!! The end of the fight came, and to everyone’s disbelief we had a split decision in favour of the Irish fighter! The disappointment was obviously there, however a 2nd place in the toughest tournament in the world isn’t exactly bad going and a great advert for Genesis.

Next up was Daniel Savage in the mens light contact -74kg division. This was Dan’s first ever international outing, a massive step up from anything he has experienced in the UK. Dan was up against an Italian fighter. This was a close fight, however the Italians experience showed through and he took the decision.

Raj Chiripal was up again for the Semi Contact -63kg section. Raj beat an Italian easily in the first round, before losing out to a fighter from Team Full Circle (USA). The first round was a draw however Raj’s American rival pulled away in the second.

Arjun Dulay was up again next for his under 18 sections, where he entered both the under 165cm and +165cm categories. Arjun was on fire in the under 165cm, beating 2 Italian fighters and then one Irish fighter on the run, just to get to the Quarter Finals! Arjun eventually lost here by sudden death (first to score) after a very, very close fight. Tired from his previous fights Arjun lost the first round of the +165cm section in extra time.

Now it was time to sit back and relax as the action unfolded. Martial Arts Superstar Raymond ‘The Real Deal’ Daniels went on to win the main event (Openweight section) AGAIN, for the 8th year running. This is a feat which will NEVER be beaten, this guy has to be seen to be believed! The UK star Michael Page put on a good show for everyone, and finally the after party was as great as always ;-)

Next year we will be looking for more students from Genesis to step forward and represent us at the Worlds greatest tournament, so if that sounds like you then it’s time to get training!!! See you all next year, in Dublin, at the IRISH OPEN.

Congratulations to all who passed. Special well done to Matthew Knight who passed with the highest mark of the day. Feedback sheets with a full breakdown of your marks will be available from your instructor shortly. Belts and Certificates will be handed out in class with 14 days.

 

Main Grading Results as follows:

WHITE BELT EXAM, Pass mark 60%:

Aleksander Dzialak  –  74.7%

Venothan Gunasingham  –  73%

Kai Drummond  –  72.7%

Ashley Howell  –  73.3%

Izaak Younis  –  73%

Tom Daly  –  70.7%

Zain Iqbal  –  73%

Finn O Mahony  –  74%

Naquash Iqbal –  74%

Charlie McDermott  –  74.3%

Tulayb Mahmood  –  73%

Ajanthan Gunasingham  –  73%

Robert Paddock  –  73.3%

Nathan Free  –  73.3%

Alison Drummond  –  75%  **Highest Mark**

Ella Clowry Cooper  –  73%

Max Dangphai  –  73.3%

Andrew Stone  –  73%

Brogan Wiggins  –  73%

Nick Sambicci  –  73%

Kurt Hicks  –  74.3%

Lea Wiggins  –  73%

Luke Taylor  –  73%

Kira Toddington  –  73%

Otto Summerell  –  73%

Glen Ansalem  –  73%

Romario Hale  –  73.3%

Courtney Small  –  74%

 

BLUE BELT EXAM, PASS MARK 70%:

Luke McDowall  –  71.5%

Kieran Johnson  –  72.3%

Harvey Kirkby  –  72%

Jet Westwood  –  72%

Kavan Purewal  –  71%

Matthew Knight –  81%  **HIGHEST MARK**

Savannah Buckland  –  78.2%

Oliver Osborne  –  74.2%

Matthew Sirrell  –  73.2%

Soroush Mahdavi  –  73.5%

Amanda Farmer  –  74.8%

Carl Right  –  76.3%

Thomas Stone  –  76.2%

Michael Stone  –  77.2%

Robert Brignell  –  73.8%

 

ORANGE BELT EXAM, PASS MARK 70%

Megan Denham  –  74.3%

Zoe Glover  –  74%

Celia Murphy  –  73.7%

Zarah Sultan  –  73.7%

Prebsharn Aujla  –  71.7%

Billy Lindsay  –  71%

Laura Darby  –  75.7%

Peter Hill   –  76.8%  **HIGHEST MARK**

Andrew Hill  –  76.2%

Mathew Snudden  –  73%

Nicola Hannant  –  74.3%

Michael Wellington  –  75%

Samuel Balfour  –  76.3%

Julie Stroud  –  74%

David Stroud  –  74%

Mark Battle  –  74.8%

Agnad Grewal  –  71.7%

Amar Kang  –  73.3%

Agata Halaszkiewicz  –  73.8%

 

GREEN BELT EXAM, PASSMARK 70%:

John Gatehouse  –  74%

Hakeem Ali  –  74%

Daniel Board  –  71.3%

Josef Lindsay  –  73%

Aaron Dancer  –  74%

Dominic James  –  73%

Mike Suttie  –  80.7%  **HIGHEST MARK**

Kieran Small  –  72.7%

Omar Patel  –  70.3%

Petar Stevanovic  –  75.3%

 

PURPLE BELT EXAM, PASSMARK 70%:

Thomas Lawrence  –  72.3%

Shannon O’Hara  –  75.7%

Eddie Quigley  –  80.3%  **HIGHEST MARK**

James Mullins  –  74.7%

Samuel Garden  –  72.3%

Helene Weaver  –  74%

Nolan Sawyer  –  74.7%

 

BROWN BELT EXAM, PASSMARK 70%:

Auriane Joggaby  –  73.3%

Patrick Dodds  –  74.3%

Rosalind Lidster  –  80.7%  **HIGHEST MARK**

Ken Dennington Holdrick  –  77%

Kelly Dennington Holdrick  –  76.7%

Wesley Bobb –  70.3%

Paul Thomas  –  74.2%

Cyrus Birgani  –  72.5%