Three adult and six junior members took part in the Savate grading held on 16th April at St Bedes, in Cambridge. Members had been working hard to prepare, so we were pleased to see some good results: Josh Emms and Kyrill Tkachov were both awarded red glove, and Seraina Blumli gained her blue glove, with merit. All 6 juniors passed, 3 gaining Savate Tiger 1, level 1 and 3 gaining Savate Tiger 1, level 2.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Martial Arts Cross-Training Seminar at St Bede’s. Senior Instructor Ollie Batts covered a wide range of empty-hand and weaponry skills from Kali, JKD, and Savate, with some bonus walking cane defences. It was good to see some old friends and make some new ones, and to get some great feedback.
Well done to all CAMA members who competed, officiated, and helped out at the Cambridge Open on Sunday 21st August 2022.
Especially well done to young Bella Petchell (11), who had four bouts during the day, the first against a girl from Birmingham (who was quite a bit bigger than her, although a similar age to Bella), and then three lads.
Bella won her first three bouts, but her fourth bout against a very good lad from Northern Ireland was a contest too far for her. Suitable matching on the day was difficult due to a lack of junior entries. Our own fault for picking August, and the peak holiday period I suppose!
In addition to the above, Bella’s Young Teen brother Billy (aged 13) was matched in his first contest against an 18-year-old Adult opponent. Billy put on a good show, but he had to settle for second best on this occasion. He had just one other contest (again due to a lack of suitable opponents), which he won, against a very sporting, but somewhat smaller lad from N.I.
Thanks to all those who came from various other parts of the U.K. to support the event. Especially good to see a return to Officialdom by our old friend Richard Muggeridge.
Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts celebrated its 30th year in July 2019.
As an end of year celebration, around 30 members and friends met up for a meal at an excellent Chinese Bar & Restaurant, in Cambridge, on Wednesday 18th December. It was good to see so many at such a busy time of year. Thanks to everyone who came along!
On Sunday 25th August, Savate Cambridge held its Midsummer Open, supported by Cambridge Academy. This was an opportunity to take part in a friendly Savate Assaut competition. The event was open to savateurs from any club and included several weight categories for men, women, boys and girls.
The venue was our usual venue, St. Bede’s Sports Hall. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 60+ years, and included fighters from Cambridge, Birmingham and London. We were also privileged to have World Champion Smael Mayouf, from the Armentieres Club in France, participating. Twenty-eight assaut bouts were held during the day, with some excellent performances from kids and adults. Thanks to all who participated, and especially to the officials who worked hard all day.
Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts has been teaching the combat sport of Savate Boxe Française (French Boxing), since the early 1990s. CAMA and savage Cambridge instructors held a grading session in July. Adult and Tiger cub members tested for Blue, Green and Red glove levels.
This event with French Bâton specialist, Frédéric Morin from France, will include strikes and blocks, as well as how to move dynamically with the Staff in training and in free-sparring. This video shows Frédéric Morin performing Bâton handling and very fine balancing skills between the hands: https://youtu.be/YTS2xhTZUD8