A very Mess-ingham Affair!
On Saturday 16th September 2017 Messingham Martial Arts hosted for a second consecutive time the British Taekwondo Association committee meeting as well as Taekwondo & Kickboxing Blackbelt grading at Messingham Village Hall where the club train.
Clubs from up and down the country who are members of the affiliation where in attendance with their committee representatives as well as their candidates for the grading including local club Brigg Kickboxing. A buffet was provided courtesy of Messingham Martial Arts by ‘The Pantry’ Messingham, which went down very well.
The Taekwondo grading saw student from the attending clubs obtain grades from 1st Dan to 7th Dan Grandmaster in front of B.T.A President Grandmaster Roy Kilner and a grading panel consisting of other Grandmasters, Masters & other members of the Committee.
Master Stuart Usher (Founder of Messingham Martial Arts & Chief Instructor of the B.T.A) has been training and instructing for many years and since opening his club in 2014 has help students that have followed him to obtain higher rank promotions under the B.T.A Panel. Last March his & wife/co-founder & Instructor Mrs Louise Usher’s eldest Son who has trained now for 5 years obtained 1st Poom (Junior Blackbelt) at the age of 9 making him one of the youngest in the country to do so. This grading saw another student that has trained with Master Usher for the past 5 years Ella Frost age 10 obtain her 1st Poom Blackbelt and who also received special mention by a new master to join up with the B.T.A on her high standard of skill demonstrated. Messingham Martial Arts Student and Instructor Katie McCulloch earned herself the prestigious title of 4th Poom Junior Master at the age of 15 and Adult Student Terry Davies who already holds a 1st Dan Blackbelt in Kickboxing, achieved 1st Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo.
The Kickboxing grading was led by the Universal Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing Worldwide Association (U.F.K.K.W.A) President Grandmaster Mark Trent and saw 3 students from Brigg Kickboxing Mark Flippance and brothers Owen and Finn Coxall, who’s Chief Instructor is Mr Rob Bird, become the first ever blackbelts of the club since opening a short time before Messingham. Both gradings where tough and challenged mind, body & Spirit and all candidate emerged worn out but successful!
Later that evening many of the attendees gathered at Messinghams Jaaz Pavilion Indian restaurant for a well-deserved celebration as well as Master & Mrs Usher 17th Wedding Anniversary.
Messingham Martial Arts events coordinator & Messingham Village Hall committee member Mrs Helen Frost began planning to get involved with this years Tour of Britain Stage 3, which is coming through Messingham on September 5th 2017. The idea grew to become more than one of Messingham Martial Arts ideas and became a community event bringing adults, children & groups of Messingham such as the Parish Council, Village Hall, Primary School, Little Imps nursery and yours truly together. A craft day also organised by Mrs Frost was held during the summer holidays to create all sorts of items to celebrate the occasion and to be displayed in the village along the route the cyclist shall take. Particularly bikes that were sprayed green then decorated by the children at the craft event; the funds for this was raised by a fund raising page set up by Mrs Frost, which did 3 times better than expected raising money from local people and businesses (we obviously donated). Some of the groups ran a best bike design competition where the winners were the ones that were created to be displayed. We are proud to announce the Messingham Martial Arts winner was student Joseph Hellawell (Well Done Joseph). This event has been very well received by media such as the village magazine, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Humberside Radio who interviewed Mrs Frost and daughter/ MessMA student Ella about the event (Video interview can be found on this website as well as pictures in the photo gallery). We wish to congratulate Mrs Frost for all the hard work she has done and success she has had to create such a great community event that has brought us all together as well as the support of the Messingham Village Hall Committee & the Parish Council and residents. Mrs Frost has also organised a refreshments and get together at Messingham Village Hall if people wish to attend before and after the cyclist go through the village. We are so proud of our events coordinator, fantastic work Helen and well done.
Messingham Martial Arts reaps another award for excellence -
Glow Awards Community Ambassador 2017
Saturday 24th June 2017 Master Usher, & students Bradley & Tyler travelled to Fleetwood near Blackpool to compete in Patterns (Poomsae) and Sparring and the Mount TKD 2nd annual tournament. Although their were no wins for Messingham this time Master was extremely proud of his students for their efforts and determination. Both Bradley & Tyler represented their club very well and more importantly learned a lot from this fantastic event.
On Sunday 25th June 2017 Master Usher, Sabumnim Rob Bird and students Adam, Ella & Paige attended a charity event in Grimsby along with many other clubs from the area including some from Lincoln, Nottingham and as far as Great Yarmouth. It was a great day of training with others in Aikido, Ju-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Kick boxing, Ninjitsu & Taekwondo. Master Usher ran the session on Taekwondo, which was very well received with the other instructors and attendees as was all the sessions. A great event that brought great martial artist together for a good cause.
On Sunday June 4th 2017 Messingham Martial Arts conducted 2 demonstrations at the 112th Messingham Show, which were very well received. Joined by friends Brigg Kickboxing the demonstrations consisted of Taekwondo & Kickboxing techniques, Patterns, One Step Sparring, Light Contact Sparring, Self-Defence & Board Breaking and was lead by Master Stuart Usher.
The event was a great day out for families and a great success. Messingham Martial Arts look forward to the next event having been invited back next year and hope their friends Brigg Kickboxing shall again join them again for the show.
During class on Monday 15th May 2017 Messingham Martial Arts was visited by Mr Nic Dakin MP to briefly talk to the students about personal achievements, dedication & facing challenges. Master Stuart Usher remembers Mr Dakin from his youth as Mr Dakin (then college tutor) visited Master Usher's Secondary school to run a series of classes. Mr Dakin over time then went on to become principle at the college he worked at and in 2010 became Scunthorpe MP for the Labour Party. Mr Dakin has supported many important groups in the area such as British Steel (Save our Steel campaign) as well as many charities for awareness of illnesses such as cluster headaches, which effects one of our students parents and who Mr Dakin has supported in the past, and recently he completed the 2017 London Marathon in aid of a variety of charities raising in excess of £5000, which Messingham Martial Arts were the first to sponsor. Master Usher commented to the students and parents present that he does not bring politics or religion into his classes but felt Mr Dakin was an excellent example of someone who has constantly challenged himself, whilst giving back to the community. After a great and very well received discussion on the topic of personal achievement & dedication, Mr Dakin was invited to demonstrate an elbow strike board break, which he was quickly shown by Master Usher, on a one inch thick pine board, he was successful and received applause from on lookers. At the end of the session after the students got back to training, Mr Dakin was thanked for his visit & wise words and presented with the board he broke signed by the entire class & instructors. He gave his thanks and praise the club and it's members for the fantastic demonstration of all the hard work that goes on at Messingham Martial Arts.
During the weekend of Friday 5th May to Monday 8th May 2017 a total of 50 members of Messingham Martial Arts & friends Brigg Kickboxing and their families travelled to Great Yarmouth to join other affiliated clubs to attend the B.T.A 50th Anniversary training camp and celebrations at Haven Seashore holiday resort, the event was a huge success enjoyed by all 250+ in total that attended.
The Saturday & Sunday daytime saw students training in various skills such as Taekwondo, Karate, Kickboxing, Spirit Combat, Jeet Kune Do, Take Down Skills, Pressure Points & Joint Locks, Weapons Defence, Nunckuku, Stretching & Breathing plus much more, with a whole host of high ranking Instructors. Students had the honour to training with 10th Dan Soke Brian Dossett in Spirit Combat (Pictured left with Master Usher) & Grandmaster Terry Nixon (Student of Bruce Lee's right hand man Dan Inosanto) in Jeet Kune Do (Pictured Center). Also in attendance was a fantastic display by a Viking battle re-enactment team that got the whole room watching......Awesome! The evening saw lots of partying, Dancing and the B.T.A Hall of Fame awards with Master & Sabumnim Usher being inducted in as Instructors of the year 2017 (Pictured Right) along with some other Instructor/Club owner friends. Great feedback regarding the event has been received and passed on to the organisers who promise next years camp shall be bigger & better.
On Saturday 25th February 2017, Brigg Kickboxing Chief instructor Mr Rob Bird, his Student/Instructor Mr Jack Hickson & Messingham Martial Arts Chief instructor Master Stuart Usher along with family and friends in support attended a Kickboxing and Karate Black belt grading in Stowmarket near Ipswich at the Universal Karate & Kickboxing Worldwide Association head quarters 'Scorpion Martial Arts Academy'. They were put through their paces during a 4 hour session in front of a grading panel of Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors & Coaches demonstrating their skills in Kickboxing techniques, Sparring, Fitness, Board Breaking and spirit. All 12 candidates were pushed to the limit and emerged victorious in achieving their next level. Picture shows the three Brigg Kickboxing Candidates with members of the grading panel with their certificate from Left to Right: - Master Stuart Usher (5th Dan Taekwondo) achieving 4th Dan Master in Kickboxing, Mr Rob Bird achieving 3rd Dan Black belt in Kickboxing (also holds a 1st Dan in Taekwondo) and Mr Jack Hickson achieving 1st Dan Blackbelt in Kickboxing.
British Steel Scunthorpe have awarded Messingham Martial Arts £1500 to help improve the training of their students. Master Stuart Usher said "This is truly amazing support and we thank all those involved in suggesting, supporting and voting for us to be awarded such a generous donation. It shall definitely be put to good use, watch this space."
On Saturday 11th June Messingham was visited by two
Grandmasters and two other Master instructors to run a seminar for the students
of Messingham Martial Arts.
Grandmaster Mark Trent 8th Dan Blackbelt & President of the Universal Freestyle Kickboxing & Karate Association (U.F.K.K.A) from Scorpion Academy Stowmarket was joined by Grandmaster Roy Kilner 8th Dan Blackbelt & President of the British Taekwondo Association (B.T.A) from Lee Chee Kin Mexbourough to teach the students techniques in ‘Bokken’ (Japanese sword), Kata (Set routine of moves and techniques), Defence against knife attacks, Takedown skills & Pressure point skills with the assistance of Master Hannah Povah & Master David Fell, both of Scorpion Academy Stowmarket.
The seminar, which took place at Messingham Village Hall where the club usually train was a great success enjoyed by all students, spectators and instructors. Master Stuart Usher (Chief Instructor) & Mrs Louise Usher (Senior Instructor) of Messingham Martial Arts bid on and won the seminar with Grandmaster Trent at a B.T.A charity ball auction last November where all proceeds went to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Master & Mrs Usher put the event on for free to their students and commented, “ We were so pleased we was able to put this event on for our students, we only expected Grandmaster Trent to be attending but it was a true honour and surprise when we found out he was to be joined by GM Kilner and two additional Masters. All four instructors are highly skilled and respected among many Martial Art communities”.
The session came to a close with a presentation of certificates for the students who attended and ‘Certificate of thanks’ awarded by Master Usher to the four instructors after which both Grandmasters commented saying they really enjoyed the event and were very impress with the students high standard of skill, dedication & respect, that they were a credit to the club and they had done their Master & Instructors proud.
Photo #1 – Seminar attendees.
Photo #2 – Left to right – Master Stuart Usher, Master David Fell, Grandmaster Roy Kilner, Grandmaster Mark Trent, Master Hannah Povah & Sabumnim (Instructor) Mrs Louise Usher.
On Wednesday 11th May 2016 a handful of students along with Master Usher attended a seminar with Martial Arts legend Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace at a nearby Martial Arts club in Scunthorpe. The 3 hour long session was energetic, educational and a lot of fun whereby the clubs and their members who attended learnt techniques that helped Grandmaster Wallace become an undefeated champion during his professional fighting years. It was an awesome event that the team were proud to be apart of.