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Awarded United Kingdom’s Top Martial Arts Club 03, 09,10,11 & 2012

Euro Championships

Saracen Martial Arts (SMA) in coalition with the United Kingdom Martial Arts Federation (UKMAF) attended the European Martial Arts Games (EMAG)  in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire  across the weekend of October 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2011.

After many months of preparation, Specialist Squad Training Sessions, many County Competitions and of course the UKMAF National Championships, the selected UKMAF Great Britain Team traveled to the South West of England with high hopes of picking up a few medals. 

With twenty one SMA athletes selected to represent their Country and proudly don the GB Team track suits and embroidered Union Jacks upon their chests, moral was high. Unfortunately only twenty of the athletes  could compete as Gaby Newby (Norwich SMA) broke her arm five days before the championships ! However Gaby’s desire and enthusiasm saw here travel to the Championships anyway to support the rest of the team.

This was the first time SMA had been involved in a major championships and the selected athletes weren’t going to let this special moment pass them by !

With six performing areas the competition got underway with the Forms categories taking center stage. Large contingents from Germany and Austria with athletes from Switzerland and Ireland too, all making for interesting competition.

Team Great Britain

Back Row L-R : Chris Reeve, David Robb, Billy Carlton & Jack Latoy.

Middle Row L-R : Emma Rear, Edward Rear, Henri Eastwood, Annabel Renwick, Lauren Robb, Harriet Hemstock, Megan Robb & Georgina Hemstock.

Front Row L-R : Alex Cripps, Craig Manning, Gaby Newby, Emily Latoy, Caitlin Lockitch, Madison Gilman, Amy Hayes, Ross Hayes & Connor Soame.

Let the Games begin
Official Introduction
Team Austria

The first athletes to compete for the GB Team from SMA / UKMAF were Amy Hayes, Madison Gilman, Emma Rear and Caitlin Lockitch. They were competing in the Korean Patterns category Girls 7 – 10 years. Caitlin Lockitch pulled out all the stops to win the Gold medal and thus becoming SMA’s first  ever European Champion ! Silver went to Emma Rear for second place and the Bronze medal went to Madison Gilman.

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Caitlin Lockitch is seen here receiving her European Gold Medal.

Emma
Madison

Gold

Caitlin Lockitch

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Silver

Emma Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Madison Gilman

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

The Boys Korean Patterns category 7 – 10 years ran parallel on an adjacent matted area. Representing the GB Team from SMA were Alex Cripps, Craig Manning and Ross Hayes. This time the GB Team missed out on 1st place and a Gold medal which went to David Wolf from the Austrian Team. Second place and Silver medal went to Alex Cripps, with Bronze medal and third place going to Craig Manning.

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Alex
Craig Bronze Medal

David Wolf is seen here receiving his European Gold Medal.

Gold

David Wolf

Team Austria

Silver

Alex Cripps

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Bronze

Craig Manning

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

The Korean Patterns Girls 11 – 15 years representatives from SMA for the GB Team were Megan Robb, Emily Latoy and a very young and determined Emma Rear who entered a class well above her age group - Emma is only 9 ! After the disappointment of missing out on the Gold medal in the 7 – 10 years Korean Patterns category, Emma produced the performance of a champion and snatched the Gold away from runner up and Silver medallist Emily Latoy. Bronze medal went to Megan Robb. 

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Emily
Megan

Emma Rear is seen here receiving her European Gold Medal.

Gold

Emma Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Silver

Emily Latoy

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Bronze

Megan Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

Representing the GB Team from SMA in the Korean Patterns Mixed 11 – 15 years, were Georgina Hemstock, Henri Eastwood and Edward Rear. The GB Team were to miss out on the Gold medal once again. David Wolf from Team Austria entered this class and not for the first time on the day we had an athlete entering a class well above their age group ! David Wolf snatched the Gold to leave Henri Eastwood with the Silver medal and 2nd place, with Edward Rear picking up the Bronze and 3rd place.

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David Wolf is seen here receiving his second European Gold Medal.

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Eddie

Gold

David Wolf

Team Austria

Silver

Henri Eastwood

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Bronze

Edward Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Lewis Booth, Christopher Reeve and Jack latoy were the GB Team representatives for the 16 -17 Year Boys Mixed Patterns category. Gold Medal and 1st Place went to Jack Latoy after an excellent performance on the matted area. 2nd Place and Silver Medal went to Christopher Reeve with Lewis Booth picking up 3rd Place and the Bronze.

Gold

Jack Latoy

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Silver

Chris Reeve

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Lewis Booth

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Over 18 years Ladies graced the performing area next with Annabel Renwick, Lauren Robb and Harriet Hemstock all representing the GB Team from SMA. A master class performance saw the Gold medal and 1st place awarded to Harriet Hemstock, Silver and 2nd place went to Lauren Robb, with Annabel Renwick making it another one, two, three for Team GB picking up 3rd Place and the Bronze medal.

Harri Gold Medal

Harri Hemstock is seen here receiving her European Gold Medal.

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Annabel Renwick

Gold

Harriet Hemstock

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Silver

Lauren Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

Bronze

Annabel Renwick

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

The last individual category to perform patterns were the Men’s 18 Years & Over. Representing the GB Team form SMA were David Robb and Billy Carlton, with another GB Team member from Manchester, Ben Wakefield. Gold medal and 1st Place went to Ben Wakefield, with 2nd place and Silver medal going to Billy Carlton and Dave Robb making it another one, two, three by picking up the Bronze medal and 3rd place.

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Billy Side Kick

Billy Carlton is seen here announcing his Pattern on his way to Silver

Gold

Ben Wakefield

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Silver

Billy Carlton

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

David Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

The Synchronised Mixed Ages Hand Forms were last to perform, with representatives for the GB Team from SMA being Catlin Lockitch, Madison Gilman and Amy Hayes (Team A), Christopher Reeve, Henri Eastwood and Megan Robb (Team B) and Harriet Hemstock, Billy Carlton and Lauren Robb (Team C). After witnessing some incredible synchronised work from all the teams that competed, the GB Team managed another one, two, three ! Gold medal went to Team C, Team B picked up Silver with Team A grabbing a very creditable Bronze.

Billy, Lauren & Harri
Chris, Henri & Megan
Catlin, Amy & Madison

Billy Carlton, Lauren Robb & Harri Hemstock are seen here receiving their European Gold Medals.

Gold

Harriet Hemstock

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Billy Carlton

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Lauren Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

Silver

Christopher Reeve

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Henri Eastwood

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Megan Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

Bronze

Caitlin Lockitch

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Madison Gilman

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Amy Hayes

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Sparring was next ! First up were the Boys Points Sparring 7 – 10 Year Olds. Representing the GB Team from SMA was Alex Cripps, Ross Hayes, Craig Manning and Connor Soame. After some close fought bouts the GB Team missed out on Gold and 1st place to the little Austrian David Wolf again ! That’s the third time at these championships that David denied the GB Team, it must be said that the young lad is bursting with talent and fully deserved his three victories. 2nd Place and Silver medal went to Connor Soame with third place going to Alex Cripps.

Alex

Alex Cripps is seen here receiving his European Bronze Medal.

Gold

David Wolf

Team Austria

Silver

Connor Soame

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Alex Cripps

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

The Girls 15 – 17 Year Sparring Category was interesting to say the least, throwing up some very tough bouts indeed. Megan Robb was the sole GB Team participant. Megan stood firm throughout and took victory in the class. 1st Place and Gold Medal Megan Robb, with 2nd and 3rd places going to Austrian athletes.

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Megan Robb is seen here receiving her European Gold Medal.

Gold

Megan Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

Silver

Katharina Folladori

Team Austria

Bronze

Laura Folladori

Team Austria

Female 18+ Sparring was next up. Representing the GB Team were Harriet Hemstock and Lucie Roberts (Manchester UKMAF). This was quite a mixed International category with entrants from Switzerland, Austria and Great Britain. The Austrian fighter Daniela Klopfer came out on top. 1st Place and Gold Medal went Daniela Klopfer, the Silver Medal and 2nd Place went to Harriet Hemstock and the Swiss fighter picked up 3rd place and the Bronze.

Daniela Klopfer & Harri Hemstock

Harri Hemstock is seen here receiving her European Silver Medal.

Gold

Daniela Klopfer

Team Austria

Silver

Harriet Hemstock

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Bronze

Name not known

Team Switzerland

Boys Point Sparring 15 – 17 Years saw Lewis Booth (Manchester UKMAF), Christopher Reeve, Jack Latoy and Edward Rear all represent the GB Team. This category saw fighters showing desire and persistence along with a disqualification on route to the final, all making for a very exciting category. Gold Medal and 1st Place went to Lewis Booth, 2nd Place and Silver Medal went to Edward Rear and 3rd Place along with the Bronze Medal going to Christopher Reeve.

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Eddie Rear is seen here receiving his European Silver Medal.

Gold

Lewis Booth

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Silver

Edward Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Christopher Reeve

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

The final event on the Saturday was the Male Points Sparring 18+. This category saw David Robb, Billy Carlton, Ben Wakefield and Sam Goulden all represent the GB Team. The Austrians once again proved to be a stern test however the British lads rose to the challenge and managed another one, two, three ! 1st Place and Gold medal went to Sam Goulden, 2nd Place and Silver Medal went to Ben Wakefield, with the 3rd Place and Bronze Medal going to SMA fighter Dave Robb.

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Ben Wakefield, Sam Goulden & Dave Robb with their Medals.

Gold

Sam Goulden

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Silver

Ben Wakefield

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Bronze

Dave Robb

Team Great Britain (SMA Gt Hockham)

The Country Team Male Points Sparring 18+ was poorly represented due to injuries to other teams. Therefore the GB Team were awarded Gold Medal and 1st Place by default, as they were the only Country to put forward a Team. Gold Medals were awarded to Sam Goulden, Ben Wakefield and Billy Carlton.

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Billy Carlton, Ben Wakefield & Sam Goulden with their European Team Gold Medals.

Gold

Sam Goulden

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Ben Wakefield

Team Great Britain (Manchester)

Billy Carlton

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

After an extremely successful day for the GB Team they all headed back to the official hotel, for an evening get together and a well earned celebration. Sunday was to bring more challenges, so an early night was still to be had by a few of the athletes. Sunday saw the Mixed Non Traditional Hand Forms category start the day off, again due to injury it was down to two SMA athletes to fight it out ! Georgina Hemstock and Annabel Renwick represented the GB Team. 1st Place and Gold Medal went to Annabel Renwick with 2nd Place and the Silver medal going to Georgina Hemstock.

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Annabel Renwick & Georgina Hemstock with their European Medals.

Gold

Annabel Renwick

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Silver

Georgina Hemstock

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Boys 15 Years and Under Continuous Sparring was Henri Eastwood and Edward Rear’s chosen discipline, where the punches and kicks rain into your body for 2 minutes non stop. 1st Place and Gold Medal went to Henri Eastwood, 2nd Place and Silver Medal went to Edward Rear, with 3rd Place going to and Austrian fighter.

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Henri Eastwood having received his European Gold Medal.

Gold

Henri Eastwood

Team Great Britain (SMA Norwich)

Silver

Edward Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Name not known

Team Austria

Christopher Reeve was to represent his Country in the Male Continuous Sparring 16 – 17 Years. This category saw the hardest fights of the whole weekend, with Chris receiving his fair share of punches and kicks. Germany and Austria put forward some strong opposition. 1st place and Gold Medal went to Team Austria, 2nd Place and Silver Medal went to Christopher Reeve and 3rd Place and Bronze went to Germany.

Chris Sparring

Chris Reeve on his way to his European Silver Medal.

Gold

Name not known

Team Austria

Silver

Christopher Reeve

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Bronze

Name not known

Team Germany

Weapons Forms were the last category of the Games. The Team Great Britain athlete Edward Rear presented himself for competition with his J/O Staff only to find that no other Country had put forward a competitor. Therefore Edward was asked to perform and was presented with the Gold Medal and 1st Place by default.

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Edward Rear presented with his European Gold Medal

Gold

Edward Rear

Team Great Britain (SMA Watton)

Eddie Silver
Fighters
Eddie Staff
Weapons Section