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San Shou Kuan Review

Welcome to this our fourth end of year newsletter. San Shou Kuan has already been going for four years.  Each year is more successful and more action packed.  Lets go back to the beginning, Dave and Pete started SSK with just three classes and 25 members. Membership now stands at well over 100 and there are now ten classes each week with numerous specialised classes and events throughout the year. 

Since 2013 we have conducted eight Black Belt gradings; countless Regional gradings; four week long intensive courses for actors and stunt men and women.   Our bi-Annual SSK Taolu and Sanda Tournament has completed its second successful year. We have conducted several very popular specialist seminars with guest instructors.  We continue to develop innovative training programmes and syllabus updates (children's and veterans syllabus; basic MMA ground escapes and take downs) with new events planned through the forthcoming year.

25 Degree Black Belts Awarded

Over the course of these four years 25 members have gained Black Belt or Higher Dan grades (eight of these individuals gained their 2nd or 3rd Degree Black Belts).  Each one of these succeeding were so many have failed. This includes our latest First Dan (Degree) Black Belt Simon Hoaran; congratulations Simon.

One of our innovations has been the development of a veterans coaching skills assessment for senior Dan grades who are not as agile as they once were but still make a valuable contribution through coaching and mentoring.  Through this we encourage our senior Black Belts to continue to train and develop their skills.

British Sanda & Qing Da Championships

We have entered competitors in the British Chinese Council Martial Arts (BCCMA) National Sanda Competitions since 2015. This year we had competitors in the Sanda and the veterans Qing Da. The team took away awards in all divisions entered.  In 2018 we are aiming for even more success.

Talking of Sanda success John Machell succeeded in capturing the British under 75kg title at the National Championship a highly prized and fought over title. John beat a number of experienced Sanda fighters to gain the British title.  It is no surprise that John also won our very own SSK Sanda and Taolu Tournament for the second year in a row.  John is hoping to qualify for the GB Squad that will be competing in the  European Championships in 2018.  We wish him well with his endeavours for 2018 and look forward to continued success hopefully with other members joining him.

SSK Annual Award Winners

The third SSK Annual Awards; this is a ballot of our instructors recommending fellow members for special recognition.  The winners are awarded under several categories.  This year's winners are:

Most Successful New Class: Ryan Williams
Outstanding Contribution to developing SSK: Catherine Agnihotri (developing kids syllabus)
Outstanding support of SSK: Jane Anderson
Breakthrough class in new areas: Catherine Agnihotri with David Nicholls
Most Improved Beginner: Hannah Yeoman
Most Improved Junior (under 15): Arun Agnihotri
Most Improved Adult: Adam Hawkins
SSK Taolu & Sanda Tournament Champion: John Machell 
SSK Tournament Runner up:  Aaron Canlas.

What to look forward to in 2018

Above is an extract of the first half of 2018 and as you can see it is action packed.  Highlighting The BIG Ticket items that one might miss, as there is so much going on, we have:

  • 3rd February - London Regional Revision workshop for Brown and Black Belts at the Tokei Centre London
  • 18th February - BCCMA Nutrition Workshop at the Dan Tien Centre Watford
  • 3rd March - GB Team Selection for the European Sanda Championships.  K2 Centre Crawley.
  • 22nd April - BCCMA Fitness Assessment Dan Tien Centre Watford
  • 16th May - European WuShu Championships Moscow
  • 17th May Regional Grading Tokei Centre London incorporating SSK 2018 Championship
  • 2nd June - SSK Black Belt Grading Tokei Centre London
The Dan Tien Centre in Watford will be hosting a number of the BCCMA official events for the UK making them accessible to a new region for 2018.  This is part due to Dave's new role as a BCCMA Exec. member.  This is a result for SSK members, so take advantage of these excellent courses to raise your training standards.  

Ensure you don't miss out on what's happening in SSK through the year by bookmarking this link in your browser: http://sanshoukuan.com/sskdiary

Whilst one is talking about bookmarks and favourites what about WuShu TV on YouTube.  This covers all the major competitions from across the world.  https://www.youtube.com/user/iwufwushu
A couple of final points:
Tanja our membership manager will now be responsible for coordinating all of our social media communications outside of the individual club Facebook Pages.  So if you have material you want to be viewed outside of your club please pass your material to Tanja directly (or Pete or Dave if you prefer). 

And finally  
Wishing you and your families a wonderful 2018.
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