Groundwork Course 07/07/2019
What a great course and so much fun and hard work.
Great work and well done to those on passing more ju jutsu grades also.
Kata Course 12/05/2019
All students worked so well as usual on the earlier 2 hour course and also those on the following 4 hour course. Especially those that did both!! Well done and we were very impressed.
Christmas Competition 2018
Well done to everyone who took part in this year's Christmas competition.
Once again prizes were awarded for kata, sparring, groundwork and traditionall Christmas gauntlet.
Everyone had a great time and left suitably exhausted. Including the instructors.
An extra special congratulations to those students who were awarded student of the year in each class - Monday (St. Neots), Wednesday (Great Paxton) & Friday (St. Neots) - and to the overall student of the year.
Black Belt Grading, 25/11/2018
Congratulations to all the new 1st and 2nd Dans who did really well at the grading.
Master Tim Greaves Course and Ju-jutsu Grading, 01/07/2018
All went really well at the course working karate jutsu and ju jutsu techniques which once again showed us all Master Greaves' skills and his superb way of teaching!
Master greaves added that he was so impressed with all who attended on a extremely hot day.
Well done also to the three 8th kyu belts awarded at the ju jutsu grading and to Jody and Gabe for achieving their 1st dan black belts.
Black Belt Grading, 06/12/2017
Congratulations to all the blackbelts who graded on Wednesday night!
Christmas Competition 2017
Once again we had a really good turnout for the Christmas competition this year.
Prizes were awarded in 3 categories; junior white to orange belt, junior green to purple belt and junior brown/black belt + cadet/adult. We started with kata followed by sparring, groundwork and finished off traditionally with mega Christmas gauntlet.
Well done to everyone who took part and for all your hard work throughout the year. Especially to those students who were awarded student of the year in each class - Monday (St. Neots), Wednesday (Great Paxton) & Friday (St. Neots) - and to the overall student of the year. These prizes were awarded to students who consitently demonstrate the right attitude and effort in class each lesson.
Master Greaves Course 26/11/2017
The course started with karate/kickboxing from 10:00 to 12:00 and, after a short break continued with bo from 12:30 to 14:30.
Both courses went really well and the photo above is from the second session.
We would like to thank Master Greaves for another great day! Also well done to all the younger students who worked so hard and showed great respect.
Kata Course 08/10/2017
The kata course was a great success, although challenging to cover so many katas in 4 hours.
Andy was really impressed with every single student who participated and knows that they all have great futures in martial arts.
Well done everyone!
Christmas Competition 2016
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Christmas competition this year.
Prizes were awarded in 4 categories; junior white and red belt, junior yellow and orange belt, junior green belt to brown belt, junior black belt and cadet/adult. The event started with kata followed by sparring, groundwork and finished off with mega Christmas gauntlet.
A special mention goes once again to those students who were awarded student of the year in each class - St. Neots (Monday), Great Paxton (Wednesday) & St. Neots (Friday) - and to the overall student of the year. These prizes were awarded to students who consitently demonstrate the right attitude and effort in class each week.
Black Belt Grading, 03/12/2016
Congratulations to all the blackbelts who graded during the 4 hour grading on Saturday.
This was our largest black belt grading ever with 21 students earning 1st, 2nd or 3rd dan grades.
Well done to everyone for all their hard work.
Kick-boxing grading, 28/10/2016
Congratulations to everyone who graded in kick-boxing on Friday night.
A special well done to Jody and Gabe who earned their black-belts.
Bo-jutsu and kick-boxing course with Master Tim Greaves, 26/06/2016
Well done again to everyone who took part in Master Tim Greaves' course.
The course started with everyone training with the 6-foot bo then, later on, the weapons class split off to do some work with the tebo. After the break the kick-boxing session was run by Tim's assistant Anna (a 2nd dan kick-boxing instructor) who worked everyone really hard on lots of techniques. At the same time a number of ju-jutsu students were assessed for their next grades.
Thanks once again to Alison and Jo for the shortbread, cakes, tea & coffee. Special thanks also go to Tim and Anna for making this a special day once again.
Andy is very proud of everyone that helped and took part.
Charity Fun Day, 04/06/2016
What a great day again!
We pipped last year's number of participants with 65 and beat last year's total with £405. Again, many who couldn't attend, still donated. Also again, a big thanks to Alison, Jo Cowell and Yvonne for cakes and drinks which received further donations.
The money is to be donated to Cancer Research UK.
The day started with a massive groundwork session followed by mega-guantlet, after which everyone was in need of refreshments. Particularly the instructors who took a real bashing. After the break there was a bagwork session follwed by dodge-ball in which the parents had a chance to participate.
Thanks once again to everyone involved.
Trefoil Guild, 03/05/2016
Andy ran a self-defence course for the Trefoil Guild (guiding for adults) in Eaton Socon. It went really well and everyone enjoyed the lesson which lasted over an hour and a half, going through lots of self-defence moves. Thanks to everybody who helped out.
Black Belt Grading, 09/12/2015
Congratulations to all the blackbelts who graded during the 4 hour grading on Wednesday. The judges were really impressed with an excellent grading.
Christmas Competition 2015
Well done to everyone who took part in the Christmas competition this year.
Prizes were awarded in 4 categories; junior white and red belt, junior yellow to purple belt, junior brown belt & above, cadet/adult. The event started with kata followed by sparring, groundwork and gauntlet.
A special congratulations goes to those students who were awarded student of the year in each class (St. Neots, Great Paxton & Great Staughton) and to the overall student of the year. These prizes were awarded to students who consitently demonstrate the right attitude and effort in class each week.
Monday night class moves to Priory Infants, St. Neots
In the New Year we will be running Monday night's class at Priory Infants, St. Neots instead of Great Staughton School. Lesson times will remain unchanged. Andy apologises for any problems this may cause, but it has been a hard decision that he had to make for the club as a whole and he will do everything he can to accomodate all Great Staughton students into our other local classes.
Any problems please contact Andy.
The last class at Great Staughton will be Monday 14th December and the first Monday night class at Priory infants will be 4th January.
Knife defence and self defence course with Master Tim Greaves, 22/11/2015
We managed to coax Tim Greaves out of retirement for what was another very enjoyable course.
After a short warm up (which was needed on a very cold morning) we started with some knife defence work.
Then after a short break for tea/coffee and millionaire's shortbread (thanks to Jo & Alison) we continued with some general self defence.
Congratulations also go to Jody, Gabe and Duncan on successful gradings in ju-jutsu.
Summer Competition, 11/07/2015
On Saturday it was time again for our Summer Competition. Despite a very warm day, everybody worked really hard, had a really enjoyable time competing in Kata, Sparring, Bagwork and Super Gauntlet, and everyone went home with a medal.
A special congratulations goes to those students named Best Summer Student of the year for Great Paxton, Great Staughton, St. Neots and overall.
Master Tim Greaves' Retirement, 31/05/2015
Those who attended the bo jutsu course have already heard that Master Tim Greaves is now retiring from martial arts. Tim has over 43 years experience in the martial arts and is a legend in our eyes. Tim has recently gone through 2 hip replacements and other operations (not due to training I must add), and has decided to bow out at the high level he holds in many martial arts.
I heard myself on the course day of Tim's decision and I totally respect that although I am extremely gutted! We all wish Tim the best with his future and without him Temple Martial Arts,m yself and all of our students would not be the martial artists we are.
Bo-jutsu course with Master Tim Greaves, 31/05/2015
Once again we were joined by Master Tim Greaves and his assistant Matt, but this time it was for a Bo-jutsu course.
The bo, a 6-foot staff, was new to most of the students but eveyone took to it very well. However, after 4 hours I'm sure there will be a few aching shoulders and wrists.
It was another great session and we learned a lot of new techniques. There was also an opportunity for the ju-jutsu students to break away during the second half and be put through their paces with a series of throws, locks and defences.
Congratulations also go to Jody and Gabe on a successful grading.
It was with sadness that we heard that Master Greaves was retiring and that we probably wouldn't see him again. But we would like to send him our best wishes for the future.
Andy Drumgold Rokudan (6th Dan), April 2015
Congratulations to Andy on being awarded his 6th Dan by NAKMAS.
He says -
"I would like to thank my wife Monica and family for all the behind the scenes support in my training and through my obsessive training over the years and the constant legalities and paperwork that has increased ten fold as our clubs have grown. Thanks also to all the instructors for their support and loyalty shown that I have the utmost respect for. Thanks to all my past and present role models including especially Master Tim Greaves who is a example to the world of martial arts and I aspire to be like as a martial artist one day. I would like to also thank each and every student for trying their hardest and I hope I am proof that hard work pays off and thank you to all."
News on the NAKMAS website - http://www.nakmas.org.uk/
Charity Fun Day, 25/04/2015
What a great day!
We had 64 entries including me and we collected £362. I'm so proud of all who took part and to those who, although couldn't be there still donated. Also a massive thanks to Alison and Natalie and Mr Fairbairn for cakes and drinks which received further donations and added to our finish total of £362.
The money is to be donated to Little Miracles (St. Neots branch), and will give many happy moments due to eveyone's efforts. Thanks to new parents and juniors who tried the fun day and enjoyed it.
Thanks once again and this for me reminds me why I started and am pleased to be a member of Temple Martial Arts.
Black Belt Grading, 10/12/2014
Congratulations to our three new first dan black-belts and to our newest second dan.
Everybody did really well on their gradings.
Christmas Competition, 07/12/2014
Once again, a very enjoyable and successful competion at Great Paxton School. Well done to everyone who took part in the kata, sparring, ground-word and "super-gauntlet" events. Special congratulations to the recipients of the Great Staughton, Great Paxton, St. Neots and overall Student of the Year awards.
A big thank you goes to the instructors/students/parents who helped out and especially to Chris the caretaker.
Kempo & Ju-jutsu course with Master Tim Greaves, 23/11/2014
Andy's instructor Master Tim Greaves joined us again, with his assistant Matt.
We started with 2 hours of Kempo which was new to most of us. Tim described it as "old man's karate" since it doesn't involve any high kicks. Instead the style focuses on strikes to atemi points as well as locks and take downs. We learnt a few new striking techniques such as sun punch, tiger's claw, leopard's paw, crab's claw and something to do with a snake. The session was very enjoyable and it's suprising how much new there is to learn, even for those of us who have been training in karate for a number of years.
After a sort break with some millionaire's shortbread (thanks Alison) and a cup of tea (thanks Jo), we continued with 2 hours of ju-jutsu. The warm-up was followed by a series of laps of the mat "knee-walking". Then, after a spell of ground defense, we moved on to a number of throws and strangle defences. We finished off with some techniques using a te bo, a short stick used for self defence.
Once again it was a fantastic session and many thanks to Tim and to Matt.
Local Schools Karate Day, 21/10/2014
Once again Andy was invited in to two local schools to enable the pupils to experience a karate lesson.
The morning was spent at Great Staughton School and the afternoon at Great Paxton school. The children new to karate enjoyed trying all the different elements and the pupils who are already members of the club had a chance to show their friends what they had learnt.
A big thank you goes to the schools for accommodating us and for their support.
Summer Competition, 17/07/2014
On Sunday it was time again for our Summer Competition. Everybody had a really enjoyable time competing in Kata, Sparring, Groundwork and Gauntlet, and everyone went home with an award.
Once again a special congratulations goes to those students named Best Summer Student of the year for Great Paxton, Great Staughton, St. Neots and overall.
Darren Price - Shihan-dai
Andy also took the opportunity to present a trophy to Darren in recognition of all his hard work, support and dedication to the club over many years.
Great Paxton School Fete, 04/07/2014
On Friday afternoon Andy, together with a number of students and instructors from the club, put on a demonstration at Great Paxton School's summer fete. Thanks to everyone who came along to help out.
Ju-jutsu & Kick-boxing course with Master Tim Greaves, 22/06/2014
Once again Andy's instructor, Master Tim Greaves, put a group of students from the club through their paces in a 2 part ju-justsu and kick-boxing course.
This time the course started with 2 hours of kick-boxing and, after a short break, 2 hours of ju-jutsu which included a grading for the ju-jutsu students. Despite all the hard work everyone had a great time and learned lots.
Many thanks once again to Tim and to his assistants Matthew and Anna.
Black Belt Dan Grading - May 2014
Congratulations to Rob Flain (right) who earned his 5th Dan and Darren Price (left) who earned his 4th Dan.
Christmas Competition 2013
Once again its time to congratulte everyone who took part in this year's Christmas competition.
Medals were awarded in 5 categories; junior white to red belt, junior yellow and orange belt, junior green to brown belt, cadet and adult. There were four events - kata, sparring, groundwork and gauntlet.
Trophies were also awarded for Student of the Year from each class; Great Staughton, Great Paxton and St. Neots, as well as an overall Student of the Year.
Well done to everyone who took part and a special congratulations to our Students of the Year.
Black Belt Grading, 27/11/2013
Well done to all the new black belts and 2nd dans who graded on Wednesday night.
Everyone worked very hard over the 3 hour grading and fully deservied their belts. The club continues to go from strength to strength as we develop and retain quality, experienced students.
Ju-jutsu & Kick-boxing course with Master Tim Greaves, 19/10/2013
On Saturday Andy's instructor, Master Tim Greaves, put 24 students from the club through their paces in a 2 part ju-justsu and kick-boxing course.
The course started with 2 hours of ju-jutsu and was suitable for both beginners and those students with some experience. The session was both fun and very informative. Also, 6 of the students were assessed for kyu grages in ju-jutsu.
After a short break for tea/coffee and shortbread (thanks Alison) the physical work really began. Lots of moves, pad and bag work were covered in what a very good, if brutal, 2 hour kick-boxing session.
Many thanks to Tim and to his assistant Lauren.
Summer Competition, 07/07/2013
Well done to everyone who competed in Temple Martial Arts 2013 Summer Competition. Despite very warm conditions everyone worked very hard and deserved their medals. Medals were awarded for Kata, Sparring, Groundwork and Gauntlet.
A special congratulations goes to those two students named Best Summer Male Student and Best Summer Female Student of the year.
Great Staughton School Gala Day, 06/07/2013
A big thank you to everyone who took part in the demonstration at Great Staughton School's Gala Day. On a hot sunny day, members of the club gave a demonstration of the techniques that they have been learning.
Local School Karate Days, 19-21/03/2013
Over the course of 3 days Andy, with the help of other club members ran a number of classes in schools in the area.
A total of 14 classes were run at Great Paxton Schoool, Great Staughton School, Overhills School (Kimbolton) and Newton School (Eltisley). A big thank you goes to Alison Whittingham and Andrea Goodyear for helping out with the classes and to Yvonne Dougherty for organising Newton School at such short notice. Andy would also like to thank the schools for accommodating us and for their support. Everyone involved had a thoroughly enjoyable time and there was a great response from future students.
Swift Building Contractors Ltd present Temple Martial Arts with new equipment
The members of Temple Martial Arts would like to thank Swift Building Contractors Ltd for donating six brand new strike shields. Neil Roberts (left) and David Smith (right), co-owners of Swift Building Contractors, presented Andy with the new equipment on Wednesday night. The new strike shields were very much appreciated as their predecessors had experienced a great deal of punishment.
Neil is an instructor with the club who has been training with us since 2001 and Swift Building Contractors are offering members of the club, and their family/friends, special rates on building work.
If you would like more information contact:
Swift Building Contractors Ltd
32 St Neots Road, Eaton Ford, St Neots, Cambs PE19 7BD
Tel: 01480 403157
Fax: 01480 403156
Jeremy's Double Marathon
One of our Assistant Instructors, Jeremy Hill, and his friend and Jamie are aiming to run two marathon's in two weeks in April 2013! They will conquer both the Paris and London Marathon in order to raise funds for Children with Cancer. Some of you will know that Jamie's Godson, Alex has a brain tumour which, despite 3 long years of gruelling treatment, cannot be cured.
CHILDREN with CANCER UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers. Their aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer. http://www.justgiving.com/parislondonchallenge
Rob Flain - Shihan-dai, 19/12/2012
Andy presented Rob with a trophy to recognise his achievement on attaining his 4th dan black belt and becoming Shihan-dai, and also for his many years of hard work and support. (Shihan-dia is the title which preceeds Shihan, or Master).
Andy also expressed his gratitide to all the instructors whose dedication has made Temple Martial Arts the success that it is today. In fact the club has well over 100 students and is an associate member of NAKMAS (the National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools).
Christmas Competition 2012
Well done to everyone who took part in this year's Christmas competition.
Prizes were awarded in 4 categories; junior white to red belt, junior yellow to green belt, junior blue to brown belt, adult + junior black belt, and in five events; kata, sparring, bagwork, groundwork and gauntlet.
Trophies were also awarded for Student of the Year from each class; Great Staughton, Great Paxton and St. Neots, as well as an overall Student of the Year.
It was one of our busiest competitions yet and everyone did very well, making the judges work very hard to decide on the medals.
Black Belt Grading, 09/12/2012
Congratulations to everybody who graded on Sunday at Eltisley.
In what was the club's largest ever black belt grading, a total of 16 students (including juniors, cadets and adults), worked very hard to achieve 1st, 2nd and 3rd dan black belts.
Pre Black Belt Grading Course, 18/11/2012
A pre-grading course was held at Eltisley School to help prepare those entered for their black belts next month.
The four hour course focused on the traditional elements such as kata and kihon kumite. Everyone worked very hard and the four hours were over in no time.
See our Gallery page for more pictures.
Great Staughton School Fete, 30/06/2012
A big thank you to everyone who took part in the demonstration at Great Staughton School Fete on Saturday.
The crowd were treated to a display of line-work, sparring, breakfalls, bag-work, kihon kumite, weapons, ground-work and gauntlet. Despite some worrying looking clouds, the weather stayed dry and a good time was had by all.
Great Staughton School Karate Day, 26/06/2012On Tuesday Andy Drumgold and two other instructors from the club (Darren Price and Doug Shillito) spent the day at Great Staughton School taking each class for a 1 hour karate lesson.
The students took part in line work, sparring, bag work, ground work and gauntlet.
They had a very enjoyable time and left the sessions buzzing.
Andy and Darren also got the opportunity to relive the experience of school dinners and particularly enjoyed the chocolate pudding and custard
(Doug brought a pack-up consisting of cold pizza).
A big thank you goes to Darren and Doug for helping out and making the day such a success.
Summer Competition, 16/06/2012
Well done to everyone who took part in the Summer competition this year. The competition took place at Great Paxton School for the first time and the students worked very hard. Both students and spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Prizes were awarded in different categories for kata, sparring, weapons combat, groundwork and gauntlet.
See our Gallery page for more pictures.
Sport Karate Grading, 11/05/2012
Another sport karate grading took place on Friday night. Well done to all those who took part and for showing energy and stamina despite a gruelling warm-up.
Andy's 40th Birthday, Feb 2012
For once in his life Andy was stuck for words as he was presented with a sword by the students of the club to celebrate his 40th birthday.
When he did manage to find his voice again he said that he wasn't expecting anything like this and that it was the spirit of the club that gave him the greatest pleasure. He gets great satisfaction from seeing his students achive their full potential as they work their way through their belts.
Colchester Seminar with Sugasawa Sensei (7th Dan), 28/01/2012
On a bright sunny Saturday morning a group of 7 intrepid but nervous black belts assembled at Yelling and set off for Colchester in 2 cars. The journey should have taken about 90 minutes, but one car managed to take a 10 minute detour due to the driver being unable to see the sat nav in the bright sunlight.
On arrival at the recreation centre in Colchester we had a quick light snack before making our way to the sports hall. We got changed and made our introductions. It was a relief to find out that we were not the only visitors. There was even a party from Italy.
We learned beforehand that Sugasawa Sensei was suffering from an injury which meant that the seminar would not be an all-out sweat busting session. How wrong that was. Tim Shaw, from Shikukai Chelmsford who had organised the event, directed the session under the supervision of Sugasawa Sensei.
After a warm up we began with some linework, practising Junzuki and Gyakuzuki up and down the length of the hall, focusing on the movement and positioning of our bodies. At times moving without using any upper body techniques. This was followed by working multiple kicks off the same leg, switching between Maegeri and Mawashigeri whilst still moving up and down the hall. This all proved too much for one member of our group who thought that his training would be easier if he reduced the contents of his stomach. Fortunately he managed to excuse himself from the hall before the event and rejoined the group shortly after.
After a much needed break the session became less challenging on the body but, if anything, more challenging on the brain. We recommenced with working Pinan Nidan concentrating again on body movement. How to turn, in which parts the body was high and in which parts low. How to use body movement to assist the technique.
We then started working on the first Kihon Kumite. For those of us who were used to doing this a slightly different way it was difficult to shake off several years of conditioning and muscle memory. Itís amazing how such a minor change can make such a big difference.
The seminar was rounded off by Sugasawa Sensei breaking down the Kihon Kumite explaining the reason why the techniques are performed the way that they are and some of the important elements of Wado Ryu karate.
We left feeling that we had not only a good physical workout, but also a good mental workout. We had lots to go away and think about and feel that we have a better understanding of the art. We look forward to the next opportunity to training with Shikukai.
For more images see the Gallery page.
Sport Karate Grading, 27/01/2012
Friday night saw the first ever grading in sport karate. The students were required to demonstrate their knowledge of a variety of techniques and their ability for sparring.
Seminar with Sensei Tim Shaw (6th Dan), 14/01/2012
Well done to everybody who took part in the seminar. Despite Wyboston Village Hall being very cold on arrival, everyone thouroughly enjoyed themselves and the 3 hours seemed to pass very quickly.
Thanks go to Sensei Tim Shaw from Shikukai Chelmsford, and his assistants Steve and Brian, for once again providing a challenging and thought-provoking session.
Black Belt Grading, 14/12/2011
Congratulations to everybody who earned their 1st and 2nd Dan black belts on Wednesday at Great Paxton.
7 black belts were awarded in total to a mixture of adults and juniors. The panel was impressed by the hard work and effort shown by all candidates and their belts were thoroughly deserved.
Christmas Competition 2011
Well done to everyone who took part in the Christmas competition this year. The standard was very high again and the judges found it difficult to choose the winners in each category.
Prizes were awarded in 4 categories; junior white to yellow belt, junior orange to purple belt, junior brown belt & above, cadet/adult. The event started with sparring followed by kata, weapons, bagwork, gauntlet and dodgeball.
The trophies and medals
Student of the Year
A special congratulations goes to those students who were awarded student of the year in each class (St. Neots, Great Paxton & Great Staughton) and to the overall studentof the year. These prizes were awarded to students who consitently demonstrate the right attitude and effort in class each week.
Temple Martial Arts visits Shikukai Chelmsford, 08/11/2011
On Tuesday four instructors from Temple Martial Arts visited Shikukai Chelmsford to participate in a lesson and received a very warm welcome. The class was instructed by Tim Shaw, 6th Dan, who has been training in Karate since 1974.
The Shikukai organisation strives towards the perpetuation of pure Wado technique and, while there was much that was familiar to us, there was plenty to challenge mind as well as body. We thouroughly enjoyed the lesson and we look forward to our next opportunity to visit Chelmsford.
To find out more about Shikukai Chelmsford, visit their website - www.wadoryu.org.uk.