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MONDAY 18TH JUNE 2018


On Sunday 15th July between 2-5pm we will be hosting a Fundraising Iron Man competition and fun day event at the USKA Fight Factory to help raise money to send a Team of USKA Fighters to compete at the

2018 ICO World Championships in Italy in November.

As Kickboxing is predominantly an amateur sport and self funded us raising enough money between now and November could be the difference between some of our fighters going and achieving a World Title or staying at home and missing out.
We would appreciate each and every USKA members support on this day to make it a success.
The Iron Man competition is open and suitable for all ages and abilities and everyone will receive an USKA medal for their participation.

There will be food, drinks and raffle tickets for sale on the day also to help boost our fund.

The cost to enter the Iron Man competition is £10 and Spectators for the event is £3.

Names for competitors must be registered with payments no later than Thursday 12th July

 

 HELP OUR CHAMPIONS COME BACK WITH THE GOLDS!!!

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SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2018

 

Team USKA had 7 competitors in action today at the BKA Kickboxing Academy in Burton On Trent in a total of 8 contests.
The team coached by Neil Kelly, Sean Quinn and Aryan Singh consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Declan Ward and Khuzaimah Douglas only dropped one decision in some tough well matched bouts.
Keeping it real we may have got the results today but the performances for the most part were laboured showing that we still have a lot of work to do before we step up in class at the WKO World Championships in 6 weeks time. Let training camp commence!!! 

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FRIDAY 15TH JUNE 2018

We at USKA Fight Factory would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all our Members, family and friends.
May Allah bring you all joy, happiness, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion.

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SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2018

NEW USKA THAI SHORTSAND SLEEVELESS HOODIE ORDER!


We will be placing an order for the NEW limited edition USKA shorts and a re-order of the limited edition sleeveless USKA Summer hoodies on Saturday 23rd June.

We will not be carrying stock on these items and will only be buying to orders so if you want them make sure you don't miss the deadline.
The shorts may be worn on all USKA Fighter sessions, Sparring sessions and Little Ninjas sessions and of course in competition where the discipline dictates it.
We have sample sizes available in reception for you to try on to help you pick your perfect size.
The cost of the shorts are £22.00 and the cost of the sleeveless hoodies are £26.00.
Don't miss out... Place your orders NOW!!!
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SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2018


The three USKAteers of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam and Connor Aston were in action today at the KWON Grand Slam Grand Final at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.

The USKA Fight Factory team headed by Coach Sean Quinn took part in the third and final event of the 2018 series with two of our fighters Ehsaan Mahmood and Connor Aston in with a shot of walking away with the Grand Championship Belt if they managed to do well today.
After a good days competing they walked away with 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and 2 Grand Championship Belts making it mission accomplished.
Well done to all three on their efforts today putting some good Ring and Mat time in the bank.
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WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE 2018


This video shows a round of boxing Padwork at the USKA Fight Factory on Monday 4th June 2018 with pad holder Sean Quinn and 11 Year old pad hitter Mohammed Ibrahim Khan. The round incorporates, offence, defence, counter attacks, footwork and ringcraft from both the outside, holders and hitters eye view. Our Padwork Boxing classes which cater for all ages and abilities can be found on a Monday evening

between 8-9pm and a Wednesday evening between 7-8pm.

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SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018


A small team of 7 USKA Fight Factory Fighters entered the 2nd event of the Lordswood Combat Tri-Series on Sunday 3rd June at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.
The team headed by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Hammaad Shand, Connor Aston, Lennon Fortey, Lucy Kings-Wheatley and Aryan Singh.
After a hot day of competing in the ring and on the mats the team managed to bring home a haul of 7 Gold medals and 7 Silver medals which impressive in it's own right but even more impressive when you consider that three of those Silver medals were conceded to our own team mates in finals.
Even in victory the USKA coaches recognised lots of areas across the board that we can make improvements in that we will start work on from Monday in the pursuit of excellence.
Well done everyone on their efforts today with our lads and lady taking important steps forward towards World Championship honours later in the year.

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THURSDAY 23RD JUNE 2018


Due to many of our female members fasting during the month of Ramadan we have decided to suspend our Thursday evening female only session until Thursday 21st June when it will resume with a new beginners female only kickboxing course.
Our Sunday morning female only class will remain on as normal throughout.

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SUNDAY 20TH MAY 2018


It was 6 medals for 6 competitors today at the WMO European Championships in Rugby when USKA took to the mats in a real old school tournament.
The team headed by coaches Sean Quinn and Amer Kayani consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Aman Kiani, Lennon Fortey, Ra'ees Kiani and Aryan Singh.
After a tough days competition we finished with 4 Gold's and 2 Silver's and more experience in the bank to bring with us again into the next battle.
Well done to all the fighters for once again representing the USKA Fight Factory in fine fashion. 

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WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY 2018


The USKA Fight Factory would like to take this opportunity to wish all it's members, family and friends a happy Ramadan Kareem.
All our classes will remain on as normal but if anyone is observing their fast exceptions will be made for working at your own pace and taking it nice and steady with your training throughout this blessed month.

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SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2018


It was a busy day of 14 Fights including an English title defence for 12 USKA Fight Factory fighters today at Aero-Kick Back in Brum XIII event in Birmingham.
Headed by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn the team consisting of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Omar Farooq, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Aman Kiani, Qasim Hassan, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Haatim Shand and Khuzaimah Douglas only conceded one defeat all day and turned in some really good performances.
Top of the bill was a BLCC -70kg English title defence by Khuzaimah 'The Damager' Douglas against reigning BLCC Midland Champion and former ICO European Champion James Houston from the MACK Marauders Kickboxing gym in Birmingham.
Going into this fight they held two wins a piece over each other and this would serve as a decider over 5 x 1 1/2 minute rounds for the title belt to end the argument once and for all.
After an amazing fight with Khuzaimah dominating the action his arm was raised as the champion winning every round on all three judges score cards 50/45, 50/45, 50/45.
Full credit to James for sticking in there but today there was no doubt about the decision with the worthy victory belonged to the USKA man.
Next stop... The WMO European Championships in Rugby next Sunday... Straight back to the grind team... Osu!

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SUNDAY 6TH MAY 2018


9 USKA Fight Factory fighters were back on the mats and in the ring on Sunday 6th May at the WKU British Championships at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.
The predominantly novice squad of fighters consisting of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Kian Beech, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Aman Kiani, Qasim Hassan, Connor Aston and Haatim Shand and headed by Coach Sean Quinn were treating the Championships as an experience building exercise but after a hard day of competition they managed to exceed expectations and bring home a terrific tally of results with 10 new British title belts, 7 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal.
Well done team on yet another successful day of competition.

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SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2018


11 Fighters took to the ring at the latest BLCC event at the Combat Academy in Barnsley

today in some great bouts.
Mainly matched in demonstration bouts against older, heavier and more experienced opposition the USKA team of fighters performed well and put in a very good account of themselves taking some valuable lessons away with them that will no doubt improve their overall fight game next time out.

Top of the bill for USKA saw Lennon Fortey get his long overdue English Title shot against Isaac Crombie from United Martial Arts College in York for the -50kg BLCC English title belt. After 5 rounds of superb kickboxing from both lads Lennon was crowned a worthy winner by unanimous decision making him the new Champion.
Our team headed by coaches Kelly and Quinn consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Kian Beech, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Aman Kiani, Sami Kelly, Lennon Fortey, Qasim Hassan, Connor Aston, Declan Ward and Khuzaimah Douglas.
Thank you to Mick Crossland and his Combat Academy team for their hospitality and for a good days competition.
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SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018


Another 17 USKA Ninja's received their new belts today following a 90 minute grading examination in front of their family and friends at the USKA Fight Factory.
The grading consisted of relay circuits with each grade progressively getting harder, basic kickboxing shadow boxing technique, Padwork and finally an exercise circuit while they were at their most tired to really put them to the test.
All of the USKA Ninjas rose to the challenge and passed with flying colours in what was the highest standard at a USKA Ninjas grading to date.
Congratulations to our new USKA Ninja Red Belts Nahemiah Forbes-Brown, Ibraheem Farook, Suleiman Afridi, Isa Farook, our new USKA Ninja White / Yellow Stripe Belts Keegan Watkins, Ehsaan Khan, Connor Watkins, Eren Teksut, Kian Watkins, Inayah Khan, Aisha Abdullah, Kerim Teksut, Millie Boulton, Aliyah Teksut, our new USKA Ninja Yellow Belt Sufyaan Qayum, our new USKA Ninja Orange Belt Julia Glowacz and our new USKA Ninja Blue Belt Zain Amer.
The future of USKA is promising going by what we seen today. Well done all!

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SUNDAY 22ND APRIL 2018


No rest for the Warrior as they say so it was on to the next one for the USKA Fight Factory fighters on Sunday 22nd April when they travelled to the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley to compete at the

WKO 5 Nations Open Championships.
The 12 fighter team headed by coaches Sean Quinn and Amer Kayani consisted of Nikita Raubiska,

Ehsaan Mahmood, Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Lucy Kings-Wheatley and Khuzaimah Douglas competed across 4 different fighting disciplines gaining medals in all.
After a great day of competition the team finished with a medal tally of 21 medals including 10 Golds, 5 Silvers and 6 Bronzes.
Well done team on yet another good day at the fighting office!

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SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2018


Crazy busy day for Team USKA today at the ICO British Championships with 15 USKA Fight Factory fighters in action over two different disciplines on the mats and in the ring.

With many of our team being Rookie fighters at this one we were expecting a hard day at the office but knew that win, lose or draw we would be picking up valuable tournament experience that would serve us
well in the future.
The team headed by coaches Kelly and Quinn consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Mohammed Ibrahim Khan, Danyal Zahoor, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Khuzaimah Douglas and Ruqayya Griffith.
At close of play and after a very long day our 15 fighter squad managed to pick up 24 medals including 11 Golds, 6 Silvers and 7 Bronze which would have to be considered a success and what I would imagine being one of if not the highest of the day.
Not only did our medallists pick up a place at a prestigious British Championships, they also earned themselves a place in ICO Team England that now have a chance to fight at the ICO World Championships in Rome, Italy in November this year contesting World honours.
Well done team on another successful days fighting!
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TUESDAY 10TH APRIL 2018

Line Work is such an important part of Martial Arts training and something that is often overlooked especially for fighters. We do Line Work at the USKA Fight Factory for a multitude of reasons and try to keep it as focused and real as possible in order to develop better concentration levels among our students. The drills featured in this short video from an Intermediate technical kickboxing class on Tuesday 10th April 2018 work on a reflex and reaction basis with the student trying to respond as quickly as possible to the instruction given, this will help their recognition of call from their corner in competition or from their pad holder in training. We also in this drill ask the student to loudly call the number of each technique thrown in order to develop that inner and outer confidence that is needed to be successful in any form of competition and can be compared to the KIAI! shout from traditional karate.
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FRIDAY 6TH APRIL 2018


USKA Kids Highlight Reel - The Remix!!!

Sooooo, over 10 years ago we made a kids highlight reel video at the old USKA Kickboxing Academy at the Chic Physique gym on Foremans Road, Sparkhill.
I think it might be time for a Remix with the current crop of Champions we have training at the USKA Fight Factory. Who's in???

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WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL 2018

At USKA we have always tried to cover all bases believing that the more you know the more equipped you are to deal with every eventuality.
On one end of the USKA content spectrum you'll find the demonstration flashy kicks that would more than at home in a Tae Kwon Do environment that we spend a little bit of time and attention to every now and again.
They are what we believe the icing on the cake and a nice addition to an already competent skill set of basics and help with a students perception of timing, accuracy and distancing. 
In this video we highlight some of that skill set from our advanced technical kickboxing class on Wednesday 4th April when we let the Fight Factory students loose on the flip target pad.
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SUNDAY 25TH MARCH 2018


It was something different today for the team of 16 USKA Fight Factory fighters when they fought at the inaugural SBA Sport Boxing Event at the Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham.

The recently formed SBA has set out similar rules and guidelines as the BLCC in regard to control and contact but would just concentrate on the boxing rule set that was new to many of USKA's competitors today.
The team headed by coaches Kelly and Quinn consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Kian Beech, Charlie Stokes, Danyal Zahoor, Hammaad Shand, Abdulmalik Abdullah, Lennon Fortey, Shakeel Hussain, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Haatim Shand, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Hazrat Khan, Khuzaimah Douglas, Nusaiba Khan and Ruqayya Griffith.
In total we took part in 16 contests and only conceded two narrow defeats but more importantly than the results turned in some measured and composed performances showing that the USKA fighters are just as home in a boxing ring as they are in a kickboxing one.
We hope to make this a regular feature in the future for the team and would like to thank Mr Rudy Robinson and Mr Colin Treasure at Aero-Kick and SBA for their hospitality and for what turned out to be a really enjoyable day.
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SUNDAY 18TH MARCH 2018

5 USKA Fighters fought at the second KWON Grand Slam tournament of the season at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham today.
The team headed by Coach Amer Kayani consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley and Ra'ees Kiani.
We had mixed performances in the ring and on the mats but still managed to bring home 10 medals including 4 Gold's, 3 Silver's and 3 Bronze's.
Win or lose, a big well done to the team for their efforts... Osu!
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SUNDAY 18TH MARCH 2018


The snow today couldn't stop the USKA Ladies doing their thing at the latest USKA Fight Factory Female division grading examinations.
10 of our female students braved the elements to turn in some fine performances across three grades over the two hour grading.
6 new Red belts were awarded, 3 new white belts and 1 new yellow belt.
Congratulations to all our new grades and Instructor Ruqayya Griffith who is doing a fantastic job with out female team Osu!

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SATURDAY 17TH MARCH 2018


Grading time again today at the USKA Fight Factory with 40 students being put through their paces in pursuit of their next USKA grading belts.
With every grade being contested from Red through to Brown Belt (10 grade levels in total) we were in for a long and tough day for our candidates proving once again that belts have to be fully earned and not just given away at the USKA academy.
Following the hour long warm up class on the morning the grading examination started promptly at 12:00pm and 7 1/2 non stop hours later the Brown Belt candidates threw their last punches and kicks to close of the grading.
Congratulations to all our successful Graders and commiserations to anyone that didn't quite make the grade this time out. It is a blip and a lesson and something that should motivate you to come back even stronger and better prepared next time out.
Big congratulations to our star grader Millie Gidda passing her White Belt grade with an outstanding 96 / A Grade and also our two Brown belt candidates Hamza Farooq and Derelle McKenzie who were also successful passing the most senior grade on the day.

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SUNDAY 11TH MARCH 2018

BKA BLCC EVENT - BURTON ON TRENT

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Yet another clean sheet with no loses for USKA at the latest BLCC event at the BKA Kickboxing Academy in Burton On Trent on Sunday with 9 USKA fighters climbing through the ropes and fighting out of their skin showing skill and will the get their hands raised in victory.
Our contingent of fighters in action were Nikita Raubiska, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Haatim Shand, Ra'ees Kiani, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward and Khuzaimah Douglas.
Main event of the day saw Khuzaimah Douglas challenge for the Vacant -70kg BLCC Cadets English title against home fighter Jamie Brain from the BKA gym over 5 X 1 1/2 minute rounds.
After a hard fought 5 rounds the judges scored the bout to the USKA fighter awarding him the well deserved points win victory and the BLCC English Title Belt.
USKA Support on the day was fantastic and we thank each and every person who was their cheering our fighters to victory.
Here is a short video featuring some clips of the fights to relive what was a great day for the team.

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MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2018


Here is some footage from the USKA Ninjas grading on Saturday 24th February 2018.

Even with our youngest students we don't just give away belts at the USKA Factory.

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SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2018


19 USKA Ninja's took and passed their Grading assessments today at the USKA Fight Factory all moving on to their next coloured belts in their 90 minutes examination.
The Grading in front of family and friends for a little extra pressure consisted of a relay circuit, basic technique, pad work and an exercise circuit allowed our Ninjas to show off what they had been practising and perfecting on their Little Ninja's classes and they all without exception did themselves proud.
It is amazing to see the standard and confidence in students as young as 4 years old flying through these belts and a testament that what we are achieving at the Fight Factory on these classes is well and truly working.
Thank you to all the parents for your ongoing support and all the helpers holding pads and coaching the kids today making it such a success.


KEEGAN WATKINS - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
SAARA HARIS - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
EREN TEKSUT - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
AISHA ABDULLAH - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
EHSAAN KHAN - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
RUMAYSA HAAJRAH - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
INAYAH KHAN - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
FARHAAN HUSSAIN - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
MILLIE BOULTON - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
KERIM TEKSUT - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
ALIYAH TEKSUT - USKA NINJAS RED BELT
SUFYAAN QAYUM - USKA NINJAS WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
ALI ASGHAR RAZA - USKA NINJAS WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
FATIMAH ZAHRA - USKA NINJAS WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
LILLIE JOHNSON - USKA NINJAS YELLOW BELT
JULIA GLOWACZ - USKA NINJAS YELLOW BELT
ISAAC HARIS - USKA NINJAS ORANGE BELT
DEAN FAHD - USKA NINJAS ORANGE BELT
KAREEMA BARAS - USKA NINJAS GREEN BELT
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SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2018


5 Fighters from USKA travelled to Rugby today to compete at the WMO National British Championships.

The WMO prides itself as an old school competition that scores clean solid strikes and no tippy tappy techniques so the USKA Fighters knew what they would be up against and relished the opportunity of mixing it with some of the country's finest fighters on the mats.
The team headed by coach Amer Kayani consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Kian Beech, Lennon Fortey, Ra'ees Kiani and Aryan Singh after some tough wars finished the day with 3 Golds and a Silver.
Well done team on yet another successful outing representing the USKA Fight Factory to the fullest. Osu!

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SUNDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2018

Another weekend... Another competition for Team USKA this time at the first BLCC event of the year at the Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham.
Our contingent of 14 fighters took to the ring in 16 contests and put on some fantastic performances managing to not conceded any defeats and only had a share of 1 draw.
Coaches Kelly and Quinn were really happy with everyone's effort and it was very apparent that all the hard work in the gym is translating and paying off in the ring come competition day. Well done to you all.
Our team consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Jovan Basra, Ibrahim Khan, Omar Farooq, Eisha Basra, Qasim Hasan, Shakeel Hussain, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas and Ruqayya Griffith.
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SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2018


Another 12 USKA Fight Factory fighters took to the ring and the mats today at the first leg of the Lordswood Tri-Series Championships in Birmingham.
The team headed up by USKA Chief coach Neil Kelly consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Kian Beech, Hammaad Shand, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Haatim Shand, Ra'ees Kiani, Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas and Barry White.
After a busy day of competition and some outstanding performances team USKA finished with a tally of 9 Golds, 5 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals. Even more impressively was the fact that 4 of our 5 Silvers came to our own USKA Team mates.
The results leave the team in Pole position for Lordswood Grand Championship titles at the end of the year if they can maintain their form over the next two legs of the series.
Well done to all our fighters who were in action in both the WKO English Championships in Barnsley on Saturday and the Lordswood Tri-Series on Sunday, you all did fantastic.

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SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

12 Fighters fighting out of the USKA Fight Factory climbed through the ropes today at the Barnsley Metrodome at the open English Championship hosted by newly formed WKO (World Kickboxing Organisation).
With over 300 competitors from some of the countries finest clubs in attendance it was clear that for anyone to win an English title belt or medal today they would have to truly earn it.
Our fight team coached by Senior coach Sean Quinn and assistant coach Amer Kayani consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Jemimma Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Kian Beech, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas,
At close of play our medal count consisted of 7 English Champions, 5 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals which has to be considered a success considering the level of opposition our fighters fought today. Well done to all our fighters who were in action.
A contingent from USKA will also be back out tomorrow at the first leg of the Lordswood Tri-Series in Birmingham where they will hope to recreate some of today's success.
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SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2018

We had a lone ranger from USKA in Lennon Fortey competing today at the

Watford Open National Championships in Aylesbury.
The Watford Open is considered to be one of the UK's premier mat based competition

with a high level of competitor in attendance.

Lenny competed in a stacked 47kg division in the Light Continuous category and managed to fight his way through to the finals to earn a very respectable Silver Medal to start off his competitive season.
Big well done Lenny!
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TUESDAY 23RD JANUARY 2018


In October 2017 Team USKA as part of ICO Team England returned from the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Tuscany Italy where a team of 7 fighters pulled of an amazing tally of 27 medals, 14 Golds, 6 Silvers and 7 Bronzes. The most we have ever had as a club from a World Championship event on foreign soil.

The level of competition in Italy was very high and is considered within the sport the one to win with so many governing bodies sanctioning and involved in it. The predominantly novice squad with only 2 of the 7 man team having competed abroad before surpassed all expectations on both the mats and the ring light continuous categories doing themselves, their club and their country proud. Here is a short highlight reel of our time in Italy including fighters... Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas.

Harvey Adlam - 0:20 - 3:19
Charlie Pearce - 3:24 - 4:33
Sami Kelly - 4:37 - 7:39
Connor Aston - 7:45 - 10:05
Lucy Kings-Wheatley - 10:10 - 11:35
Aryan Singh - 11:40 - 13:57
Khuzaimah Douglas - 14:02 - 16:10

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SUNDAY 14TH JANUARY 2018


USKA claimed it's first medals for the 2018 season today at the first in the Kwon Grand Slam series when the three Musketeers of Ehsaan Mahmood, Jemmima Mahmood and Laylaa Mahmood took to the ring and mats at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.

With most of the USKA team still shaking off the rust after the Christmas and New Year break and having only been back in the gym a week it was up to team Mahmood to represent which they did fantastically with Laylaa bringing home a Silver medal, Jemimma picking up a Gold and a Bronze and Ehsaan claiming two Gold's and a Silver.
Well done to all three in getting 2018 off to a flying start.
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SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2017
USKA FEMALE DIVISION SUPERGIRL COMPETITION
AND STUDENT PRESENTATION AWARDS 2017

The USKA Female Division wrapped up proceedings for the year on Saturday 23rd December at the USKA Fight Factory with their end of year Supergirl Competition and Student Presentation awards.

All the girls and Ladies had a great time at the event and gave their all over the 10 events fully earning their trophies on the completion of the competition.
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Following the trophy presentation for the Supergirl Competition it was time for USKA Female Division Instructor Ruqayya Griffith to award her Student of the year trophies for her most deserving Junior and Senior students...

Well now it’s time to start off with our student presentation trophies for the first year running but I want to start off with a short review on how this year has gone amongst the ladies.
Since moving the gym from Morcom Road to Warwick road, the numbers have increased significantly with us now having 2 hours every Sunday dedicated to the women and coming soon a further mid-week class in the new year on it's way. We have had 3 successful gradings throughout the year with over 30 people passing their belts and moving on to the next level.

Now onto our 2 student presentation trophies. These are 2 people who I think have gone above and beyond in the training since their time here.

The first award of the day goes to one of our junior members (under 16)....

Since the time that she has been here, I have seen a huge improvement in her confidence and her technical ability. I have noticed that she believes in herself more and realise that she is in fact good at kickboxing.Week in week out she is always here not just in body but in mind as well. Her commitment and attention to detail have allowed her to pass her first belt with an exceptional grade. If she keeps up her training like this, I am confident that she will pass her next belt with flying colours....

This award goes to...
 Sumayyah Mahmood

The second award goes to one of our adult members who is consistent in her classes since she has started here. Each week, she turns up early and is focused from the minute she walks through the door as she practises her techniques prior to the class starting. She is always willing to help the novices and is a good team player. It is clear that she’s passionate about kickboxing and enjoys the harder aspects of training as in the past she has voluntarily asked for American football drills. She has just passed her orange belt with an exceptional grade and in the upcoming year I hope to see her translate her technical ability into the ring.

This award goes to...
Nusaiba Khan
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That concludes our Female Division events and classes for 2017 and our sessions will resume on
Sunday 7th January 2018.
We would like to take this opportunity to announce a new mid week class for the Ladies starting on Thursday 11th January from 5:30-6:30pm which we are hoping will take our female students to the next level allowing them to train twice a week on the Ladies only classes.
We would like to wish all our members and friends a happy Christmas, holiday period and a New Year!
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SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2017

USKA IRON MAN COMPETITION &

STUDENT PRESENTATION 2017

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We had an excellent end of year celebration on Sunday 17th December with the introduction of the new USKA Iron Man competition where nearly 80 USKA students took part over 5 events testing their strength, stamina, agility and endurance.

In a fun but competitive environment competitors pushed themselves to the limit while being cheered on by family and friends in pursuit of points and medals.
During the competition former USKA fighter and newly crowned World IBO Professional Lightweight Boxing Champion Chantelle 'Wham Bam' Cameron popped in as our special guest to sign autographs and gave our students a chance to meet her and have photographs taken with her which delighted everyone and was a great touch to the days proceedings.
Following the competition it was food and games time where we had a blast playing pass the parcel, musical shadow boxing cone heads and probably the highlight of the games the lucky dice roll which had the room in hysterics.
Once the games had finished it was time to settle down to the important business of handing out our annual student presentation awards starting off with our customary yearly review.
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Yearly review


Well it's time again for our annual student presentation awards but I want to start off with a short review of our achievements as a club over 2017.
With the new gym being well established over the last year and all our classes being very well attended we have had a year of busy Grading's from our little Ninja's to the USKA Ladies division to the General club Grading's and although passing a record number of new belts in the gym we have still managed to uphold a very high standard comparable with the highest level in the country.

Competitively our Goals this year have largely been focused on two World Championships with the ICO World Championships in our home town of Birmingham, England and the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy in October where we had a team of 14 then 7 fighters competing respectively. 

On route to the World Championships we picked up 32 British Titles across ICO, WKA, WRSA and WUMA competition. 19 English titles across WKA and WKU completion. 8 Lordswood Tri Series Grand Champions and kept a 95% win streak across the BLCC series of competitions where are fighters did battle every month up and down the country.

 

In October 14 of our Fighters who had qualified at a qualifying event earlier in March and attended monthly squad training sessions with ICO Team England took part in the ICO World Championships in Birmingham and totally shone at the event bringing home 33 medals including 19 Gold Medal World titles, 11 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals.
Less than a week later 7 USKA Fighters flew off to Tuscany Italy to the Unified World Championships which is the biggest competition in the sport.
Once again the team surpassed all expectation bringing home 27 Medals including 14 Gold Medal World titles, 6 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals.
That is in total a phenomenal 60 World Championship Medals including 33 Gold, 17 Silver and 10 Bronze Medals from a small team of 14 fighters.

We intend to continue this winning run next year and attend many more competitions where I'm sure we will be successful recreating this success.

 

The first award of the day now and one that like every year is one of the most important and well deserved ones...
 

Our USKA Coaches Award
 

Good coaches are hard to come by. A coach that understands the game, understands the fighter and knows what it takes to get the very best out of each individual fighter under his care.
We are blessed at USKA to have one of the very best in the business.
His passion can been seen in with the Unselfish time he commits in getting the fighters ready for combat and physically and mentally ready 100% every time they step on the mats or into the ring.
Another quality of this coach is how he treats every single fighter whether it be a first time fighter or a Pro World Champion to his undivided attention and focus. 
His coaching also crosses over to the Little Ninja's giving his time up week in week out to develop the youngest members of the club and build up their confidence and technique.
Outside of coaching duties he is my right hand man, my confident, my friend and a part of USKA that 100% could not be replaced if he wasn't there.

 

I give you the on the only...

  

MIGHTY MR SEAN QUINN

 

On now to our individual awards....


USKA Instructors Award


This award goes to the Instructor of the USKA Ladies Division who has developed and built up the Female only classes at the Fight Factory into some of the strongest sessions in the clubs timetable.
With a very approachable personality coupled with a continually improving teaching delivery she has turned out some fine students of her own and the numbers on her classes and popularity of her sessions are a testament showing that she is doing a great job.
 There is an old saying that to know the Instructor you need only look at their student.
I have graded her students and they without doubt stand up against all the other students from the general classes at the Fight Factory.
On a personal level she has been consistent in her training and has shown improvement in her own development as a Martial Artist passing her Jnr Black Belt only last week with a very good grade so this Instructors award in effect also doubles up as a Student award.

Under this girls leadership the USKA Ladies division can only go from strength to strength and next year we are looking at introducing a mid week class which will enable her to bring on her students even more. I am proud to present this award to the one and only....

MISS RUQAYYA GRIFFITH

 

Onto the student awards now...

Our student awards are here to recognise the hard work and effort from selected members of the gym by myself and Sean who we feel have gave their all over the last 12 months across different areas of their training. We have chosen people who we feel have fulfilled their potential across all the different classes at the gym including Little Ninja's, Technical students and of course fighters.


Our first student award now...

 

Student Award 1


The first student award today goes to one of our members from our Little Ninjas classes who since her time with us has shown real passion for the art she is learning.

She is always consistent on her classes and always puts 100% concentration and effort on every session.
She has shown a real good comprehension and understanding of what she is learning which will put her in good stead  for when she moves up on to the beginners classes in the future.
In November she moved through to her second Little Ninjas belt which she passed with flying colours.

Her manners and etiquette are second to none making her a pleasure to teach and I predict good things for her in 2018 if she can keep up the good work.

 

Our first award goes to...


JULIA GLOWACZ

 

Moving on now to our second student award...


Student Award 2


Our next award goes to a one of our technical students who has shown yet another year of improvement showing that with hard work, patience and perseverance that it is possible to achieve goals that were once thought to be out of reach.

She has been consistent on her classes and this consistency has lead to confidence enabling her to last week pass her Blue Belt grading with a really impressive result.

I see passion in her work now that I have to say was missing for a few years when she first joined us and it really looks like she is enjoying what she is doing on each and every class.

This award goes to...


MISS SUMAYAH GRIFFITH

 

Our third student award...

Student Award 3

 

Our next award goes to one of our fighters who has had a really strong year of competing and has shown real class every time he has stepped onto the mats or into the ring.
After transferring from a different club in May this year he has been representing USKA turning in some fantastic performances on the open circuit.

He has made the transition to his new gym seamlessly and remains a popular member of the club with all his fellow team mates.
Although showing Real improvement the exciting thing is we have only scratched the surface with this lads talent and once we tap into the technical side of things next year he is destined for great things within the sport of Kickboxing.

 

This award goes to...

 

'LIGHTNING' LENNON FORTEY

 

We move on now to our forth student award...

 

Student Award 4

 

Our next award goes to another one of our Little Ninjas.

This Little Ninja has probably gone under most people's radar but myself and Sean have kept an eye on her week in week out and seen a focus and determination that is rare for someone of such a young age.

She is consistent in her training and also consistent in her effort and her focus that could give myself and Sean an excuse to give her a Little Ninja's sticker at the end of each and every training session.

We are very excited to see what the next year brings for this young lady.

 

This award goes to...

 

AISHA ABDULLAH

 

Moving on now to our fifth student award...

 

Student Award 5


Our next award goes to one of our Technical students who since moving up from the Little Ninja's classes has really hit his stride and has thrown himself into his training head first picking up his first three belts with exceptional grades.

His effort levels are consistently high and you can see a real pride about this young man's work in the gym which will serve him well as he moves through the grades and hopefully on to competitions in the new year.

 

This award goes to...

 

EESA HASSANJEE

 

Time now for our sixth student award... 

Student Award 6

 

Our next award goes to one of our Fighters who really is on top of his game and I have no hesitation to say he is the best fighter in the World at his age and weight.
Despite juggling his exams he has had a tremendous year competitively and along with multiple English and British titles earned himself a phenomenal 8 World titles across multitude of disciplines at two separate World Championships home and away.
As if that wasn't enough he has also found time to pass his latest USKA grade of Green Belt with a straight A pass showing that it possible to be a top level fighter and take care of business technically at the same time if you apply yourself in the correct way.
He is a great role member for all the members at the club and it gives me great pleasure to make this next award to the one and only...

 

ARYAN 'KING OF STING' SINGH


Our seventh student award now...

Student Award 7

 

Our next award goes to one of our members who is literally 'all in'.

First starting off on Little Ninja's before moving on to the Technical classes, passing three grades in good style and also competing in BLCC competitions showing that he is embracing the full USKA Kickboxing experience the way it should be done.

Anything that the club is involved in with the support of his parents he is first on the list showing an enthusiasm rarely seen in an eight year old child. 

Still a regular on the Little Ninja's helping out holding pads this young man has become a standard bearer for all the young students at the gym to aspire to be like.

 

A very worthy next award goes to...

 

NIKITA RAUBISKA


Onto our eight award now...

Student Award 8

 

Our next award goes to another young fighter in the gym who also has come on leaps and bounds this year translating what he has learned in the gym and putting it into practice in the ring and on the mats.

For someone so young he has a skill set that regularly sees him able to compete and hold his own with fighters up to two years his senior in the gym and in competition.

Some fighters have that X-Factor and that is definitely the case with this young man.
The highlight of his year came when he dominated his opposition at the ICO World Championships in Birmingham to win two World titles at his age and weight.

 

This award goes to...

 

EHSAAN 'HEAD HUNTER' MAHMOOD

 

The next award is our first Runner up for Student of the year...

Student Award 9

(Runner Up for Student of the year)

 

This award goes to a young man who we would have to say is well ahead of schedule and by far the gyms most improved fighter of 2017 starting the year as a rank novice and finishing the year as a 3 times World Champion winning two of those at the Unified World Championships in Italy at the biggest competition in the sport.

After winning the scholarship award last year this student took full advantage of it fighting in competitions at every opportunity and taking his technical Grades working his way through to Orange Belt with some very good results.
He has real goals and aspirations within the sport and is going about it the right way in trying to achieve them.


Our first Runner up for Student of the year for 2017 goes to...

 

 KHUZAIMAH DOUGLAS

 

On now to our next Runner up for Student of the year...

Student Award 10

(Runner Up for Student of the year)

 

Our next Runner up for student of the year goes someone who has had a blinder of a year in regard to results on the mats, in the ring and in her grading's.
As an advanced member of the gym she has technically set the standard passing her Jnr Black belt last week with an extremely rare Straight A Pass mark.

In competitions she has fulfilled her potential becoming a 5 times World Champion picking up 3 Gold Medals at the ICO World Championships in Birmingham and 2 Gold Medals at the Unified World Championships in Tuscany Italy.
The potential in this girl is unreal and she is starting to see in herself what we have been seeing in her for a long time and is now bringing confidence to the table as well as ability.

I can only see good things in the future for this girl if she stays on track, stays hungry and stays motivated...

 

Our second Runner up for Student of the year 2017...

 

LUCY KINGS-WHEATLEY

 

The first of our big ones with our Student of the year for 2017...

 

Student of the year Award 2017

 

On to the first of our big one's now with the our first Student of the year award.

This is an award that people have to invest a full year of hard training in to get anywhere near.

 

This student has done just that upping his game by attending the gym 6 times a week and putting in 100% effort and focus while he is there.

You can count on two hands how many classes he has missed this year and that commitment has paid off progressing nicely through his Grading examinations picking up his Purple Belt grade in June with a 94 / A- Pass which was a personal best for him.
Competitively he has had an amazing year winning all of his BLCC fights, doing well in open competitions but most of all rising above all expectations winning a Gold medal at the ICO World Championships and a sensational three Gold medals at the Unified World Championships in Italy in October.
He would have been forgiven for taking a few days off after each world championship but instead he was back in the gym the very next day after both on his sparring classes showing just how much he loves his training.
Outside of his own achievements he is always on the Little Ninja's classes as a helper inspiring and bringing on the next generation to hopefully achieve in the future what he has done.


Our first USKA student of the year Award for 2017 goes to...

 

SAMI KELLY


The second of our Student of the year for 2017 now...

Student of the year Award 2017

 

Our second Student of the Year award this year goes to someone who has been a nearly man in the past winning Runner Up two years running previous to this.

This year we feel he has made the step up earning this award through commitment , consistency, hard work and dedication.

His Technical work has been strong passing his Purple Belt in June with a 97 / A Pass and he has carried that across into his competing winning two Gold medals in both Kickboxing and Boxing at the Unified World Championships in Italy in October.

This lad is the Ultimate team player helping out week in week out on the Little Ninja's classes and always going out of his way to make everyone in the club feel part of the team which is a very admirable quality.

 

 A great year for a great kid... I give you our second student of the year for 2017...

 

MR CONNOR 'A' CLASS' ASTON

 

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Moving on now to our Fighters Fighter of the year award for 2017...

Fighters Fighter Award 2017

 

Our final award is one we introduced last year and we feel in some way is one of the most prestigious.

 

Each student who has competed this year gets one vote for who they feel is the Fighter of the year.
They might choose based on results, they might choose based on opposition faced, they might choose purely based on who is their favourite fighter to watch.
Their choice is their own and their vote is confidential.

 

Gaining the most votes the winner of this year's award goes to....


KHUZAIMAH 'THE DAMAGER' DOUGLAS

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Our last award for today will be our Student Scholarship award for 2018...


USKA Scholarship 2018

 

Our final award of this year's presentation is our prestigious USKA Scholarship award.

 

The scholarship award which is now into it's 9th year basically pays all costs relating to one students martial arts development over a full year including Training fee's, membership fee's, licence fee's, grading fee's, equipment sponsorship and competition entry fee's in a package that can be worth well over £1000 pounds.

With such a massive award at stake myself and Sean assess and deliberate throughout the year to see who we feel is most worthy of such an incredible opportunity.

Over the last 12 months we have gone back and forth between many of the active students at the gym taking many things into consideration and finally we both unanimously have come to a decision.

 

This year's USKA Scholarship is awarded to...

 

NIKITA RAUBISKA


 

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make today possible and such a success.
Our classes will be on as normal until Friday 22nd December and then we will break up for the holidays.

We are back in the New Year on January 7th for Ladies classes and January 8th for all other sessions with gradings planned for March and BLCC competitions planned for the start of February so anyone wishing to take part in these we will be wanting you back on our return dates.

Just to wrap things up I would just like to thank everyone for their support today from myself, Alva and Sean and we wish you all a very happy holiday and new year... Osu!

 

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SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2017


Well the snow and horrendous weather conditions didn't stop 9 (after pull outs) USKA Ladies division candidates attempt their Grades today at the USKA Fight Factory.
It showed the commitment and hunger of the students to make their way to the gym in the worst of weather in pursuit of their next belts.
Following the 70 minute grading we had 6 new Red Belts and 2 new White Belts with one student narrowly missing out and unfortunately falling short this time around.
At USKA a failed grade doesn't mean disaster it just means dust yourself off and back to the drawing board to show your metal next time out after making the necessary adjustments.
The Ladies division under the instruction of Ruqayya Griffith has gone from strength to strength this last year with the classes building to record numbers and we now have a good selection of coloured belts coming through with talk of a mid week class being introduced in the new year so watch this space.
Well done to all the ladies who graded today and of course to Ruqayya for teaching them to a great standard.

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SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2017


It was grading time again at the USKA Fight Factory today for 47 hopefuls all at the quarterly club grading examination.
We had a wide spectrum of grades ranging from Red Belt (1st Grade) through to Jnr Black Belt (10th Grade) meaning it would be a long day on the mats for all our participants.
A Big congratulations to our Jnr Black belt candidates Lucy Kings-Wheatley and Ruqayya Griffith who including the warm up class were punching and kicking for a total of 7 hours and managed to physically and emotionally hold it together to pass their belts with flying colours.
Our A Star Graders today were Mohammed Isa Khan passing his Red Belt with a 94 / A- Pass, Aryan Singh passing his Green Belt with a 97 / A Pass and Lucy Kings-Wheatley passing her

Jnr Black Belt with a 97 / A Pass.
Commiserations to our candidates that came up short this time. Know that anything worth having is worth working for and use this temporary disappointment to fuel the fire in coming back stronger and more determined next time.

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SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2017


The last competitive outing of the year for team USKA came in the form of the Burton BLCC event on Sunday 3rd December where a team of 7 fighters took to the ring for the the last time in 2017 to round up an exceptional year of competing.
The contingent consisting of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Aadam Ali, Qasim Hasan, Connor Aston, Declan Ward and Khuzaimah Douglas largely competed in demonstration bouts but we managed to keep a clean sheet of wins in the scoring bouts we took part in on the day.
We will have a well earned rest now until the new year where we will once again hit the circuit hard again.
Well done to each and every one of the USKA fighters that have donned the USKA strip and took to the mats and ring throughout 2017.

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THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2017


Between 20th -22nd October 2017 fourteen members of the USKA Fight Factory gym in Birmingham took part in the ICO (International Combat Organisation) World Championships at the

North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham.
The team performed exceptionally well bringing home 33 medals including 19 Golds (and new World Champions), 11 Silver's and 3 Bronze's which is an incredible haul from a small single club contingent.
Here is a highlight reel of the USKA fighters in action so you can relive some of the action from the Championships.

Well done all on your results and great performances across the board.

Ehsaan Mahmood - 0:33 - 2:36
Jemmima Mahmood - 2:37 - 4:49
Harvey Adlam - 4:50 - 6:05
Charlie Pearce - 6:06 - 7:38
Laylaa Mahmood - 7:39 - 8:05
Sami Kelly - 8:06 - 9:54
Lennon Fortey - 9:55 - 11:09
Connor Aston - 11:10 - 12:46
Aryan Singh - 12:47 - 15:19
Declan Ward - 15:20 - 17:13
Derelle McKenzie - 17:14 - 17:51
Lucy Kings-Wheatley - 17:52 - 20:12
Khuzaimah Douglas - 20:13 - 21:56
Lauran Lang - 21:57 - 23:50

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MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2017


USKA IRON MAN COMPETITION 

AND END OF YEAR STUDENT PRESENTATION 2017

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For our end of year celebrations this year we will be doing something slightly different to previous years with an USKA Iron Man competition followed by a small party that we will round off with our prestigious

USKA student awards for 2017.

The Iron Man competition will have individual events for points that will be accumulated at the end of the day with all competitors receiving an USKA medal for their efforts.
Following the competition we will have a small party with soft drinks and snacks with some

party games for the USKA kids.
To finish off proceedings on the day we will be awarding our annual presentation awards to students who we feel have most fulfilled their potential and excelled in certain areas of their training throughout the year.
You may well have been considered for one of these awards and the

only way to claim it is to be there on the day.
All this and the presentation of our prestigious Student of the year awards and one lucky student being awarded an all inclusive USKA scholarship covering all their

training and equipment costs for the whole of 2018.

We sincerely hope you can all join us as we get together as a club to celebrate yet another successful year at the USKA Fight Factory.
Our competition will start at 1:30pm with our party and presentation estimated to start at 4pm to 5:30pm (subject to change depending on numbers)

Tickets for the event are as follows...

Iron Man Competition fee £10.00 (Which includes entry to the party and presentation)
Iron Man Competition Spectators fee £2.00 (Which includes entry to the party and presentation)
There is no charge for children 3 year and under to the presentation and party.

Tickets can be purchased at the USKA Fight Factory reception with the deadline for entrance to the Iron Man competition being on

Thursday 14th December.

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SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017


The last open competition of the year saw Seven USKA Fight Factory fighters take to the ring and mats in what turned out to be a long and testing day at the WKU English Championships at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood Birmingham on Sunday 26th November.
The team headed by coach Kelly and Quinn consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas had some tough fights throughout the day against at times some World class opposition and managed to bring home 8 English title belts, 6 Silver medals and 2 Bronze medals which would have to be considered to be a good haul of results from such a small contingent.
As always with the open competition circuit we dropped a few decisions that be rights we should have won and on the flip side of that won a couple of decisions that maybe should not have went our way. Unfortunately it is all swings and roundabouts and the nature of the sport in this type of competition and we are smart enough sometimes look at the performance rather than the result and work out what we need to do to improve next time out from there.

With only one more time to do battle at the BLCC in Burton this weekend it is nearly time to hang up the gloves for the year and give ourselves a well earned rest from competing ready to pick it up again in the New Year to do it all over again in pursuit of Golds, titles and trophies.
Well done team, proud of you guys as always... Osu!

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SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2017


15 Little Ninja's impressed friends, family and grading examiners at the latest USKA Little Ninja's grading examination on Saturday 18th November at the USKA Fight Factory.
The hour long exam featured a gruelling relay circuit, basic techniques, padwork and exercise routine which each and every Little Ninja flew through with flying colours.
 Well done to all our successful graders who showed once again that the standard of our youngest students are continuing to go from strength to strength.


SUFYAAN QAYUM - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

FATIMAH ZAHRA - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

ALI ASGHAR RAZA - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

KIAN WATKINS - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

NICOLAS ZAMAREK - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

JASMINE BERNARD - LITTLE NINJA'S RED BELT

CONNOR WATKINS - LITTLE NINJAS RED BELT

ADYAN ALI - LITTLE NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT

AYANN ALI - LITTLE NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT

LILLIE JOHNSON - LITTLE NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT

JULIA GLOWACZ - LITTLE NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT

ARIYAN CHUDASAMA - LITTLE NINJA'S YELLOW BELT

DEAN FAHD - LITTLE NINJA'S YELLOW BELT

ISAAC HARIS - LITTLE NINJA'S YELLOW BELT

RYAN HULANCE - LITTLE NINJA'S YELLOW BELT

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SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2017

A smaller than usual team of 7 USKA Fighters alongside Coaches Kelly and Quinn attended the Lordswood 2017 Grand Final on Sunday 12th November at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.
Despite the team very much being on the come down after the World Championships they Impressively put in the work to once again bring home some great results including 8 Grand Championship titles based on results over the three Lordswood Tri-Series events this year.
Many of our losses today came with our own fighters clashing with each other so all in all another we would have to say a very positive and constructive day for Team USKA on the open circuit.
Well done to each and every one of you on your efforts today... Osu!

THE RESULTS...

7 Fighters...
8 Grand Champions...
8 First Places...
7 Second Places...
1 Third Places...

Harvey Adlam

Grand Champion - Boys Boys Ring Continuous -30kg
1st Place - Boys Boys Ring Continuous -30kg
2ns Place  Advanced Boys Mat Continuous Under 4ft 6

Lennon Fortey
Grand Champion - Boys Ring Continuous +45kg
Grand Champion - Advanced Boys Mat Continuous Under 5ft 2
1st Place - Boys Ring Continuous +45kg
1st Place - Advanced Boys Mat Continuous Under 5ft 2
1st Place - Advanced Boys Points Under 5ft 2
2nd Place - Boys Ring Continuous -55kg

Connor Aston
1st Place - Boys Ring Continuous +40kg
2nd Place - Advanced Boys Mat Continuous Under 5ft 2

Sami Kelly
2nd Place - Boys Ring Continuous +45kg
3rd Place - Advanced Boys Mat Continuous Under 5ft 2
Shakeel Hussain
2nd Place - Boys Ring Continuous -50kg

Aryan Singh
Grand Champion - Boys Ring Continuous -50kg
1st Place - Boys Ring Continuous -50kg

Lucy Kings-Wheatley
Grand Champion - Girls Ring Continuous +50kg
Grand Champion - Advanced Girls Mat Continuous Over 5ft 2
1st Place - Girl Ring Continuous +50kg
2nd Place - Advanced Girls Mat Continuous Over 5ft 2

Khuzaimah Douglas
Grand Champion - Intermediate Men Mat Continuous -75kg
1st Place - Intermediate Men Mat Continuous -75kg
2nd Place - Advanced Men Mat Continuous -75kg


Tia Fortey
Grand Champion - Advanced Girls Mat Continuous Under 5ft 2
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SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2017


Keeping the wins coming on Saturday in Lincoln USKA Wonder kid Lennon 'Lightning' Fortey won a three round Unanimous decision against Rio Van Zelst from TKMA Gym in Wigan in a Full Contact bout on the First Feud Kickboxing show at the Lincoln Fight Factory.
Lennon had been ill all week dropping over 2kg in weight but refused to pull out of the contest and although not vintage Lenny he showed more than enough to win all three rounds on the judges score cards. 

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SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2017


The latest BLCC event at the Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham featured 16 USKA Fighters in action over 16 well matched contests.
The fight team consisting of Nikita Raubiska, Aadam Ali, Jovan Basra, Mohammed Ibrahim Khan, Danyal Zahoor, Hammaad Shand, Charlie Pearce, Eisha Basra, Abdulmalik Abdullah, Shakeel Hussain, Qasim Hasan, Sami Kelly, Hamza Farooq, Connor Aston, Haatim Shand and Khuzaimah Douglas put on some really good performances only conceding two decisions over the whole day.

The BLCC is a great breeding ground for a young fighter to learn his trade and the team are already looking forward to the next outing at the BKA Kickboxing Academy in Burton-On-Trent on 3rd December.
Well done team for your efforts win, lose or draw, you were all fantastic.

 

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SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

USKA Fight Factory had fighters compete in two World Championship's in the space of 9 days...

ICO World Championship, Birmingham, England, 20th-22nd October 2017

14 Fighters... 33 Medals,19 Gold, 11 Silver, 3 Bronze

Unified World Championship, Carerra, Tuscany, Italy, 25th-29th October 2017

7 Fighters... 27 Medals, 14 Gold, 6 Silver, 7 Bronze

Total Medal Count from both Championships 

60 Medals, 33 Gold, 17 Silver, 10 Bronze

A massive well done to all our amazingly talented fighters on their exceptional results!
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WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2017

Following the amazing success at the ICO World Championships in Birmingham 7 USKA fighters boarded a flight to Carerra, Tuscany, Italy to compete in the Unified World Championship from 25th-29th October.
The small but capable team of Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas along with a team of loyal supporters were confident they could recreate their success from Birmingham at the biggest competition in the sport.
The 4 days of competition came with it's trials and tribulations for our magnificent seven with some difficult circumstances like never before but they managed to prevail and overcome all obstacles to bring home some fantastic results and a very impressive medal count.
We finished the Championship with a tally of 27 medals of which 14 were Gold, 6 were Silver and 7 were Bronze.

The entire ICO Team England squad of 18 competitors did equally as well with

24 Gold, 22 Silver and 13 Bronze.

The icing on the cake and to top things off on the flight home from Italy the team bumped into recording artist Ed Sheeran and spoke to him where he asked how they all got on and congratulated them on their success.

We at the USKA Fight Factory echo that congratulations and applaud or fighters on a job well done that once again surpassed all expectations of them.

Our individual results are as follows...

Harvey Adlam
Gold -35kg Tatami Continuous
Silver -30kg Sport Boxing
Silver -35kg Ring Continuous
Bronze -30kg Ring Continuous
Bronze -30kg Tatami Continuous

Charlie Pearce
Silver -49kg Full Contact
Silver -42kg Tatami Continuous
Bronze -45kg Ring Continuous

Sami Kelly
Gold - 45kg Ring Continuous
Gold -44kg Sport Boxing
Gold -47kg Tatami Continuous
Bronze -46kg WKA Ring Continuous

Connor Aston
Gold -48kg WKA Ring Continuous 
Gold -48kg Sport Boxing
Bronze - 52kg Tatami Continuous

Lucy Kings-Wheatley
Gold - 60kg Ring Continuous
Gold -60kg Tatami Continuous
Silver -60kg Sport Boxing

Aryan Singh
Gold -51kg WKA Ring Continuous
Gold -51kg Sport Boxing
Gold -50kg Ring Continuous
Gold - Korean Forms
Bronze ITF Forms
Bronze WTF Open weight sparring

Khuzaimah Douglas
Gold -70kg Ring Continuous
Gold -69kg Tatami Continuous
Silver -69kg Sport Boxing
Silver -69kg WKA Ring Continuous
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TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2017


So it's on to the next one for 7 USKA Fight Factory fighters when they fly off to Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning to compete in the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Tuscany Italy from the 25th-29th October.
Fresh off the back of last weeks ICO World Kickboxing Championships in Birmingham the team headed by coach Neil Kelly consisting of Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Khuzaimah Douglas and Aryan Singh hope to emulate their success where they collectively earned themselves 18 medals including 11 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

Before last week 5 of the seven USKA Fighters had never competed in International competition so it will be somewhat of an acid test taking part in the biggest amateur Kickboxing competition in the World and there are high hopes for the magnificent seven but we will be proud of them irrespective of the results win, lose or draw.
We wish them safe travels, good luck and a safe return laden with medals. Osu!
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WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2017
ICO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Following the Unified World Championships in Italy last year it was announced that the next ICO World Championships would be hosted in sunny Birmingham by ICO England in 2017. Concerns were raised and questions were asked if this was the right move for a multitude of reason with many feeling that it would not be a good tournament.
Those questions and concerns we're all answered explicitly this weekend following a successful Championships over three days from the 20th - 22nd October at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley
Wood, Birmingham.
15 National teams from four continents with countries as far as New Zealand and Brazil flew in with their finest fighters across multi disciplines to do battle in pursuit of Gold medals and the chance to be able to call themselves Champion of the World.
From Tyseley Birmingham a contingent of 14 USKA fighters qualified for their place in the team at the ICO British Championships in March this year and through rigorous monthly squad training sessions to equip them to be able to contend with every eventuality come World Championship time 7 months later.
On a weekly basis the fighters were put through their paces 6 times a week at the Fight Factory gym under the watchful eye of USKA coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn.
These sessions that were sometimes up to three and a half hours a day consisted of road work, sparring, padwork, bagwork, strength and conditioning and technical kickboxing got the USKA team to peak physical fitness and physiologically got them into the very best mindset for success. 
Expectations were exceeded for team USKA following the three day event with every single one of our competitors reaching the podium after what can only be described as some phenomenal performances.
The statistics read like this... 14 Fighters, 33 Medals, 19 Gold's, 11 Silvers, 3 Bronze's which is a phenomenal amount for such a small club of fighters.
This fighter to medal ratio was also the largest from any individual team of fighters at the tournament and one that each and every fighter should be exceptionally proud of.

Our Podium positions are as follows...

Ehsaan Mahmood 
-25kg Boys Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-25kg Boys Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
Jemmima Mahmood
-25kg Girls Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-25kg Girls Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
-30kg Girls Ring K1 Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
Harvey Adlam
-30kg Boys Mat Light --- Bronze Medal
Charlie Pearce
-45kg Boys Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-45kg Boys Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
-50kg Boys Ring K1 Continuous --- Silver Medal
Laylaa Mahmood
-40kg Cadet Girls Mat Light --- Silver Medal
-40kg Cadet Girls Ring Continuous --- Silver Medal
Sami Kelly
-45kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Silver Medal
-45kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
Connor Aston
-50kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Bronze Medal
-50kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Bronze Medal
Lennon Fortey
-50kg Cadet Boys Points --- Silver Medal
-50kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Silver Medal
-50kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Silver Medal
Aryan Singh
Korean Forms --- Gold Medal World Champion
-50kg Cadet Boys Points --- Gold Medal World Champion
-50kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-50kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
-60kg Adult Mens Points --- Silver Medal
Declan Ward
-55kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
Derelle McKenzie
-60kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
Lucy Kings-Wheatley
-60kg Cadet Girls Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-65kg Cadet Girls Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-60kg Cadet Girls Ring Continuous --- Gold Medal World Champion
Khuzaimah Douglas
-70kg Cadet Boys Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-70kg Cadet Boys Ring Continuous --- Silver Medal
Lauran Lang
-60kg Adult Ladies Mat Light --- Silver Medal
-65kg Adult Ladies Mat Light --- Gold Medal World Champion
-60kg Adult Ladies Ring Continuous --- Silver Medal

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in supporting and helping these fighting achieve these successes from parents to training partners to all our supporters who cheered our fighters on the day to perform as well as they possibly could, it is truly very much appreciated. A big well done to all involved.
Anyone else after this kind of success might rest on their laurels and maybe take some time off... Not us, on to the next one now where 7 of our fighters will travel with supporters to the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy on Wednesday to try and replicate some of this success at the biggest competition
within the sport.
We wish them well and have every faith in them to fly the USKA and English flag loud and proud.
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MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2017


Well fight week is finally here for our 14  USKA / ICO Team England fighters who will compete this weekend at

 the ICO World Championships 2017 in Birmingham England.

The Team consisting of Ehsaan Mahmood, Jemmima Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Derelle McKenzie, Laylaa Mahmood, Lennon Fortey, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward, Khuzaimah Douglas, Aryan Singh and Lauran Lang have trained extremely hard over the last 7 months in preparation for these Championships to get themselves in tip top physical condition and are looking forward to seizing the opportunity of lifting a World title on home soil.
USKA Coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn feel that each and every one of our fighters have put in the work and all that is left for them to do is to get themselves focused mentally for battle and cash in on all the hard work and sacrifices they have made in order to get themselves to this position.
The competition at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham will be held over three days from 20th-22nd October with all our fighters taking to the ring and mats on Friday and Saturday.
If anyone would like to come and cheer on our warriors in action tickets for the event are available on the door at a cost of £10 a day or £20 for the three days of fighting action.
We wish all our team the very best of luck and have every faith in you guys to do yourselves, the USKA Fight Factory and your country proud... Osu!

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SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2017


Busy one today for the USKA team at the BKA BLCC event in Burton On Trent with 16 fighters in action in 18 individual bouts.
The team headed by coaches Kelly and Quinn consisting of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Jemmima Mahmood, Yahya Kiani, Laylaa Mahmood, Charlie Pearce, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Haatim Shand, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Ra'ees Kiani, Declan Ward, Khuzaimah Douglas and Lauran Lang fought superbly not dropping a single decision throughout the day and turned in some sterling performances against some very talented opposition.
This was a great warm up for the team for the ICO World Championships that will be held in Birmingham in less than two weeks time where they hope to replicate some of today's success. 

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SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Just would like to say what an unexpected honour it was today receiving my 6th Dan Masters Grade from my instructor and also ICO World President Andrew Hennessy after the last ICO Team England squad training session before the World Championships.
It is coming up to my 32nd year in the sport of Kickboxing with barely a week away from it since I started in 1986 and I owe so much to this wonderful sport and martial art.
I've never been one to chase grades but I am humbled to be considered worthy of the award from my peers. 
Thank you to everyone that has been involved and supportive in my journey from day dot. Osu!

Neil Kelly
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MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Neil Kelly Make Em Miss, Make Em Pay - World Championship Highlight Reel 2011 - 2016

USKA Kickboxing's Chief Instructor Neil Kelly first making em miss and then making em pay over 6 World Championships between 2011 and 2016. Neil fought as a Professional Kickboxer remaining unbeaten between 1991 and 2002 winning Midland, English, British and Commonwealth title belts and decided to make a comeback in 2011 after 10 years out of the ring to compete once again at World level. This is a short highlight reel following through five World Championships with Neil winning 8 World Championship Gold Medals in Ring Continuous fighting. The Championships were the ICO World Championships in Kelkhelm, Fischback,Germany in 2011, the Unified World Championship in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy in 2013 and 2014, The ICO World Championships in Stuttgart Germany in 2015 and once again the Unified World Championship in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy in 2016. Following the 2016 Unified World Championships Neil once again hung up his gloves after a 27 year fighting career.
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SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017


A split squad of USKA Fighters took to the road on Sunday both at the WKKC Ippon Challenge in Bradford and the WUMA British Championships in Worcester.
The 8 fighter Bradford team consisting of Harvey Adlam, Charlie Pearce, Sami Kelly, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatly, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh and Khuzamah Douglas and Khuzamah Douglas under the watchful eye of Coach Sean Quinn had some mixed results bringing home 1 Gold, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze.
Some down to dubious decisions and a few down to what have we have to hold our hands up as being below par performances. 
In Worcester a 4 fighter team consisting of Laylaa Mahmood, Lennon Fortey, Ra'ees Kinai and Lauran Lang coached by Amer Kayani fared better bringing home 3 Golds and a 1 Silver amidst tough competition.
Win, lose or draw it's all about chalking up some more experience on route to bigger and better things in the future. No doubt adjustments need to be made in certain areas for some of the team but I think that has been recognised and shortcomings will be addressed.
Well done to everyone in action representing the club... On to the next one!!!

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SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017


Another day and another grading at the USKA Fight Factory on Sunday 17th September this time with the USKA Ladies Division in action with seven candidates attempting their next belts.
Under the scrutiny of USKA Ladies division instructor Ruqayya Griffith and USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly the ladies were put through their paces and at the end of the grading were awarded their new belts with very impressive grade results across the board.
Our star grader today taking her Red Belt was Aisha Ali with a score of 87 / B+.
Congratulations to all our graders on their excellent results.

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SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017


Saturday 16th September seen another 40 USKA Fight Factory students successfully progress to their next belts at the latest USKA club grading.
Despite the obstacle of Ramadan and the Summer holidays that would usually see us face a quiet grading 22 Red belts, 14 White belts, 2 Yellow belts and 2 Orange belts battled the three and a half hour examination under the scrutiny of Chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
Top Mark and star grader accolade went to new White Belt Eesah Hassanjee with a fantastic 95 / A- grade.
Congratulations to all our graders for their efforts today. All licences will be returned and certificates handed out on your next sessions.

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SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2017


Another day, Another competition for the USKA faithful with 14 of our fighters this time competing at the Eclipse BLCC event in Wolverhampton.
With some very interesting matches in prospect the contingent of Ehsaan Mahmood, Jemmima Mahmood, Hammad Shand, Charlie Pearce, Laylaa Mahmood, Shakeel Hussain, Hamza Farooq, Sami Kelly, Lennon Fortey, Lucy Kings-wheatley, Haaris Ali, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas put on some great performances against some really good opposition conceding only one defeat in 15 contests.
Every time a fighter climbs through those ropes they find out a little bit more about themselves that will help them on their quest of becoming the best fighter they can be. Win, lose or draw valuable experience is gained so that improvements can be made. 
Thank you to Fran Zuccala and Kyle Williams at Eclipse kickboxing for their hospitality and a great day of kickboxing competition.
We look forward to the next BLCC scheduled for the 8th October at the

BKA Kickboxing gym in Burton On Trent.

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SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017


Following a few no shows we were left with a smaller than normal Little Ninjas grading examination on Saturday 9th September at the USKA Fight Factory where 6 enthusiastic and committed Little Ninjas were put through their paces in front of their family and friends.
The grading consisted of a testing endurance relay circuit, basic technique, padwork and finessed off with a fitness circuit.
In probably the best showing at a Little Ninjas grading yet all 6 students were successful in passing their new belts and were awarded their new belts and certificates by USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
Congratulations to all our Little Ninjas on receiving their new extremely well deserved belts.

Little Ninjas Grading Roll Of Honour....

Zaara Hussain --- USKA Little Ninjas Red Belt
Julia Glowacz --- USKA Little Ninjas Red Belt
Lillie Johnson --- USKA Little Ninjas Red Belt
Ariyan Chudasama --- USKA Little Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Keon McNamara --- USKA Little Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Zain Amer --- USKA Little Ninjas Purple Belt

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SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2017


On the road again this week for team USKA this time to Rotherham for the 2017 WKA English Mat Sports Open Championships.

10 Fight Factory Fighters including Charlie Stokes, Charlie Pearce, Derelle McKenzie, Lennon Fortey, Sami Kelly, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas and Lauran Lang took to the mats in Mat Continuous, Sport Boxing and Points against some of the countries best practitioners and once again did their club and themselves proud with some fantastic results. 
At the close of day Team USKA amassed a grand total of 11 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals with Aryan Singh also being awarded Male competitor of the day following dominating performances in his Points, Sport Boxing and Mat Continuous divisions.
Thank you to Jon Green and his team at WKA for your hospitality and a good day of competition.
Well done all of our fighters but no rest for the wicked as they say... the team are out again next week in Wolverhampton at the latest BLCC event.
On to the next one... Osu!
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SUNDAY 27TH AUGUST 2017


6 Fighters from USKA competed in the ring on Sunday 27th August at the

WRSA British Championships in Walsall.
Originally with 9 fighters entered unfortunately matches could not be made due to pull outs for Derelle Mckenzie, Sami Kelly and Aryan Singh leaving the team consisting of Charlie Stokes, Charlie Pearce, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Lucy Kings-Wheatley and Lauran Lang to represent the team in the Ring Full Contact and Light Continuous divisions.
We finished the day with 7 British Champions and 1 silver medal which was actually against one of our own fighters in the final which pretty much left us with a clean sheet across the board.
Moving on now to next weeks WKA English Championship in Rotherham for hopefully more of the same.
Well done team USKA... Osu!!!

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FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST 2017


The forth in a series of USKA Fighter Focus video's profiling some of the talent from the USKA Fight Factory gym in Birmingham.
In this episode we feature the elder statesman of the gym Mr Amer 'The Hammer' Kayani.
Only starting the sport at the advanced age of 42 The Hammer has incredibly picked himself up 2 English Titles, 9 British Titles, 3 European Titles and a Unified World Title showing that age really does not matter when you are dedicated and determined enough to put the work in.
This insight offers inspiration to anyone who is feeling that they are too old to make their mark in their chosen sport.

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SUNDAY 13TH AUGUST 2017


USKA Fight Factory had 19 fighters compete in 21 bouts on Sunday at the Aero-Kick BLCC Back in Brum XI event at Community Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham.
The Competition was a memorial competition in memory of the former BLCC Vice President Dave Whitfield who sadly passed away following his fight with Cancer two weeks ago.
The team in attendance were Nikita Raubiska, Jemmima Mahmood, Ehsaan Mahmood, Aadam Ali, Mohammed Ibrahim Khan, Charlie Stokes, Laylaa Mahmood, Charlie Pearce, Derelle McKenzie, Shakeel Hussain, Hamza Farooq, Sami Kelly, Conor Aston, Lennon Fortey, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Hattim Shand, Declan Ward, Khuzaimah Douglas and Lauran Lang.
With impressive performances across the board we only dropped two decisions on the day leaving coaches Neil Kelly and Amer Kayani very happy with their teams work.
To add the icing on the cake USKA Fighter Derelle McKenzie was awarded junior fighter of the day following his mature and commanding performance against an opponent two years his senior.
The next BLCC event will be held at the Eclipse Kickboxing Gym in Wolverhampton on 10th September where the USKA team will be back in action.

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WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 2017


We will be opening next week on Tuesday 8th August and Thursday 10th of August from 12pm-2pm for some daytime open training sessions.
The open mat allows you to practice your own thing making use of all the facilities.
If you are on a pre-paid pass this session will be included if not it will be as our pay as you go cost of £6 for the session.
All welcome! 

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