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SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST 2019


A smaller than usual USKA Fight Team due to the holiday period were in action today at the Burton Kickboxing Academy's latest BLCC Ring Continuous Kickboxing event in Burton-On-Trent.
11 fighters including Julia Glowacz, Abdullah Riaz, Zain Amer, Nikita Raubiska, Charlie Stokes, Rohan Kumar, Hammaad Shand, Ryan McQueen, Qasim Hassan, Khuzaimah Douglas and Qasim Beg took to the ring in 14 contests and conceded only 1 close defeat throughout the course of the day.
Coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn were very happy indeed on their fighters performances with lots to go back to the gym with to improve on for next time out which is what it is all about.
The next BLCC event will be held at the Meadway Sports and Social club in Birmingham on Sunday 22nd September where we expect a bigger team back in action and hopefully more of the same in regard to results.
Well done team on another successful day of competition.

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FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST 2019

Our next USKA Fighter Focus features a cadet fighter who has really come into his own these last few years in the shape of 15 year old Shakeel 'Showtime' Hussain.
Starting in the sport at the age of 9 Shakeel has steadily improved and is now considered one of if not the most skilful fighter in the junior USKA stable with a skill set and flamboyance that is rarely seen in a fighter at such a young age.
A regular on the open tournament circuit Shakeel has had great success across all the governing bodies showing that he really is the man to beat at his age in his -55kg weight class.
He competes across a multitude of different disciplines showing that he is a real all rounder and has been tipped by many to be the one to watch that could possibly go all the way in his chosen sport if he can remain focused and dedicated to his craft.
Whenever Shakeel steps into the ring or onto the mats you can expect Showtime by name and by nature but is still very grounded and humble in his approach to his sport which is probably his most endearing quality.
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WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST 2019

We are extremely pleased and proud to announce that following a successful bid the USKA Fight Factory have been selected by the West Midlands Police Active Citizens funding committee to fund 10 full training scholarship places to young people at our academy over the coming year with the first positions hopefully being selected and filled in October.
The Active Citizens fund comes from money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime act that is set aside each year by the Police and Crime Commissioner and made available for community projects to bid for.
The main criteria is that the project should encourage people to improve their area and help make it a safer place to live and work. The PCC distributes the money amongst local policing teams in the West Midlands and It is local police who recommends whether a project should be funded or not.
The 2019 / 2020 initiative was to attempt to reduce youth crime and / or knife crime in the area.
Following our successful bid we can now look to select 10 worthy applicants that would benefit from this initiative and fund a whole years training, grading examinations and equipment costs to put them on the right track and give them direction and focus in the sport of Kickboxing that could potentially change their lives for the better.
Applicants should be under 18 years old and will be considered irrespective of  race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics or disability.
If you or you know of anyone that would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity please send the following details via email to neilflex1@aol.com no later than Monday 23rd September.

Name:
Age:
Date of Birth:
Area of Residence:
Reason you would like to be considered for our project:
Contact Name:
Contact Telephone Number:
Contact Email Address:

Following a vetting process of eligibility successful applicants will be informed in due course.
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TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST 2019

Following his successful return to the ring back in June former ICO Super Lightweight Champion of the World Qasim 'The Dream' Beg goes straight back in to the deep end on Saturday 14th September at the Walsall Town Hall on another action packed TMA Fight Series card of 1st class Kickboxing when he attempts to recapture his former title to become a two times Professional World Champion.
Qasim who's undefeated Full Contact record currently stands at 45-0 takes on French ISKA European Champion Jonathan Maine on the 'England Takes On The Rest Of The World' Card. 
Maine as you would expect for a World title will be a significant step u in class from Qasim's last opponent but it is a test that the USKA Fighter must come through if he has aspirations of regaining his belt and Unifying other versions of the World Title level in the near future.
Team Maine know that if there was ever a time to beat the Dream it is now with Qasim having only just over 1 minute of ring time in the last four and a half years but Qasim is looking to be back to his best showing the Kickboxing World just why he was considered to be one of the best all round Full Contact kickboxer's that the UK has ever produced.
He is on fire in the gym at the moment and is looking to make a statement.
Let's get behind our man and show him first class support in the final chapters of what has already been an extraordinary career.

Tickets are available at the USKA gym for this event at the following prices...
Gold Inner Ringside: £40.00 (Limited Availability) (includes buffet and VIP bar entrance).
Silver Tickets: £30.00 seated.

Walsall Town Hall, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.
Doors open 5.00pm, First Fight 5.30pm
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SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2019

 

USKA Fight Factory would like to wish all it's members and friends Eid Mubarak.

May blessings be with you and your family's today and always.

All classes remain on as normal for anyone who wishes to train.

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SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2019


The 2nd WKO World Championships were held over the 26th- 28th July at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley with 15 individual Nations in attendance and over 800 fights taking place across a variety of different disciplines.
The USKA Fight Factory had 14 fighters taking part including Abdullah Riaz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes, Myesha Imran, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Aamina Sarfraz, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain, Qasim Hasan, Faith Velland and Khuzaimah Douglas.

Our fighters would be participating across 11 disciplines and rule sets under the guidance of USKA coaches Neil Kelly, Sean Quinn and Qasim Beg.
As with all open tournaments some categories were tougher than others but each and every USKA fighter held their own and put in a good account of themselves in the ring and on the mats especially considering that we had a lot of relatively inexperienced fighters in this years squad.
Following the end of the fights on Sunday USKA finished top of the medal table earning themselves the best club award for the second year running with an impressive medal tally of 58 podium positions including, 34 Gold, 19 Silver and 5 Bronze. It's worth also noting that 4 of our Silver medals came against our own fighters in the finals.  
We also had 4 of our fighters in the top 10 overall competitors of the Championships with Ehsaan Mahmood being awarded top male competitor, Shakeel Hussain coming in in 3rd position, Ryan McQueen in 5th position and Charlie Stokes in 9th position.
A big thank you to our supporters of family and friends who gave up their weekend to cheer our fighters on and who really make a difference when the going gets tough in there.
The team get back to the grind now and turn their attention to the ICO World Championships that will be held in Scotland in October where they will hope to continue their run of success.
Well done guys and girls, you did great!
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SUNDAY 21ST JULY 2019

A large contingent of 20 fighters from the USKA Fight Factory climbed into the ring today at the Aero-Kick gym in Highgate, Birmingham at the latest BLCC Ring Continuous Kickboxing event.

The team looked after by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Abdullah Riaz, Hawwa Sarfraz, Julia Glowacz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Maryam Sarfraz, Ibrahim Iqbal, Charlie Stokes, Mariah Mahmood, Ammina Sarfraz, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Mohammed Isa Khan, Qasim Hasan, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Faith Velland, and Khuzaimah Douglas and took part in a total of 22 bouts.
After a long but enjoyable day of competition they impressively finished only conceding 2 decisions.
Some valuable ring time and experience was earned today with our fighters learning lots about themselves and giving them something to go back to the gym to work on and develop for next time out.
As always well done to all our fighters in action and to all the spectators who turned up to cheer them on.

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SATURDAY 20TH JULY 2019
 
USKA Fighter Focus time again this time with us featuring 10 year old Ehsaan 'Head Hunter' Mahmood.
Ehsaan has been training since the age of 2 starting at the USKA Fight Factory firstly on our Little Ninja's classes and has progressed through now to our advanced grade technical classes.
The Head Hunter has excelled competitively on the open competition circuit winning a multitude of titles culminating in an impressive 5 World Championship Gold Medals so far.
The World of contact sports can expect big things from Ehsaan in the future with him having the ability and the work ethic to go as far as he wants in whatever discipline he chooses.
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WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY 2019

A Mash up of footage featuring USKA chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
The clips include fight footage from his Continuous and Full Contact career and training footage from the build up to his World Championship campaign from 2014 to 2015.
To complete this mash up we have a Hi-5 dance remix to the Graveyard shift anthem 'Ginger Ninja'as it's soundtrack.
What's not to love!
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SUNDAY 7TH JULY 2019


Last weekend USKA's very own former World Champion Qasim 'The Dream' Beg made his professional Kickboxing return when he took on Kyle Stevens on the TMA Summertime Brawl event at the Bescot Football stadium in Walsall.
Qasim made short work of Stevens showing no signs of ring rust taking his man out after three knockdowns via a first round TKO stoppage.
The fight was filmed by Fight Night Live TV and we are thrilled to be able to show you Qasim's pre-fight interview and the full but short action.

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SUNDAY 30TH JUNE 2019

Qasim 'The Dream' Beg successfully made his return to professional Kickboxing last night with an emphatic and dominant TKO stoppage over his opponent Kyle Reaney 1 minute 10 seconds into the 1st round on the TMA Fight Series Summertime Brawl 2 event at the Bescot Football stadium Walsall.
Despite a four and a half year lay off there was no sign of ring rust with Qas dropping his opponent with a perfectly timed uppercut early followed by two further knockdowns finishing his man with a head kick to end the bout.
With his comeback fight in the bank now Qasim will look to build on this stepping up in class next time out in an attempt to recapture some of his former glory with World title aspirations firmly in his sight hopefully by the end of the year.
Thank you to everyone who turned out in support of Qasim and Team USKA, it is truly appreciated.
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SATURDAY 29TH JUNE 2019


We witnessed the biggest USKA Ninjas grading to date today when 36 of our youngest and finest students where put through their grading assessments to earn their next coloured belts in a very hot USKA Fight Factory gym.
With 25 of the 36 Graders incredibly being 6 years old or under it was a pleasure to watch them confidently perform their grading criteria including an Exercise Circuit, Basic Shadow Boxing Line Work, Pad Work and Relay Circuits in front of family and friends for a little more added pressure. 
Congratulations to all our successful Ninjas who are going from strength to strength proving that even at such a young age they can show great competence and understanding on what they are being taught on their classes.  
A special mention to our two successful Blue Belt candidates Brother and Sister Ehsaan and Inayah Khan who completed their final USKA Ninja's Grade and as a result have now completed the USKA Ninja's syllabus.

The full list of successful Ninjas are as follows...

CALLAN McMAHON --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
AYAAN REHMAN --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT

MUHAMMAD HASAN SADDIQUE --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
CALLUM THOMAS --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
MUHAMMED ISHAAQ ZAYD --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
DANIYAL HUSSAIN --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
IBRAHIM KHAN --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ZAIN ABBASI --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
KHADEEJAH PANWAR --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ZAKARIYA OUALKIDA --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ISA PANWAR --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
JAMAL MAHMOOD --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ZOYA MAHMOOD --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
SAIFULDIN MAHMOOD --- USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
MALEEHA IMRAN --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
ROCCO BARNES --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
MOHAMMED AZAAN SHERAZ --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
ABDUR RAHMAN YUSUF ALI --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
SALUHUDEEN NISAR --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
EESAH SADIQUE --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
AYAAN AFZAL --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
HAIDAR KHAN --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
ETHAN BARNES --- USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE  BELT
DANYA FAYYAZ --- USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
NAHEMIAH FORBES BROWN --- USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
KEEGAN WATKINS --- USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
MUHAMMAD REZWAN --- USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
ZINEDINE KHAN --- USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
LOUIE BATCHELOR --- USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
INAAYA REHMAN --- USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
DOMINIK LESZCZYNSKI --- USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
ZEESHAN REHMAN --- USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
MOYA McNAMARA --- USKA NINJA'S GREEN BELT
SAARA HARIS --- USKA NINJA'S PURPLE BELT
EHSAAN KHAN --- USKA NINJA'S BLUE BELT
INAYAH KHAN --- USKA NINJA'S BLUE BELT

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FRIDAY 28TH JUNE 2019


Qasim 'The Dream' Beg successfully made weight ahead of his comeback fight tomorrow night tipping the scales at a lean and mean 64.4kg.
The 5 round Professional Light Welterweight contest against the experienced Reece Street was matched at 65kg and will feature as part of the TMA Fight Series event at the Banks's Stadium in Walsall.
The card which also showcases two World titles, an English title and a four man K-1 tournament looks to be a great night of action and one that Qasim and the USKA team are very proud to be part of.
We still have a few standing tickets priced at £25.00 if anyone would still like to spectate but be fast as they are sure to go quick on the door as the show is near capacity and close to selling out.
Best of luck Qas... Let's go let's get em!!! 

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FRIDAY 28TH JUNE 2019


15 Members of the USKA Fight Factory have been selected to fight as part of the ICO National England Team at the ICO World Championships in Scotland in October after qualifying at the British Championships earlier in the year.
Following their qualification they must now attend Team England squad training sessions every month in the build up to the championships to retain their positions in the squad putting in lots of work to improve and be ready to face some of the best tournament fighters from all over the World.
We are extremely proud of each and every one of our squad members and wish them the very best of success in their World Championship quest.
Unfortunately the sport at this level has an amateur status and as such is self funded with competitors having to find the finances for travel, accommodation and entry fees and that is before you even look at training expenses and equipment.
With this in mind we intend to give the USKA Fighters a helping hand and raise some funds for them to relieve the financial burden of the trip.
We will be arranging some fund raising events and have set up a GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to donate and help with this great cause.
All help is appreciate no matter how small so lets get behind our boys and girls and show the some much needed support!


Make a GoFundMe Donation Here!!!

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Pictured Back Row Left to Right

Khuzaimah Douglas, Qasim Hasan, Shakeel Hussain, Ryan McQueen, Hammaad Shand, Rohan Kumar

Aamina Sarfraz, Faith Velland.
Front Row Left to Right

Remy Mann, Charlie Stokes, Nikita Raubiska, Kaifah Imran, Abdullah Riaz, Ehsaan Mahmood, Myesha Imran.

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SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2019


12 USKA Fighters took to the ring on Sunday 23rd June at Leeds Martial Arts College at the LMA BLCC event.
Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Charlie Stokes, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar, Hammaad Shand, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Shakeel Hussain, Haatim Shand, Faith Velland and Qasim Beg set out early on Sunday morning with their coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn on the long trip up North in search of new opposition and fresh challenges.
The day had it's fair share of ups and downs and a few questionable matches in regard to age and weight but as always our fighters equipped themselves well making strides forward and improvements under the pressures of combat conditions.
Well done to everyone who made the journey and put themselves out of the comfort zone in preparation for fights further afield in the near future.

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THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2019


With the fight team putting in the extra work to try and get ready for the World Championships at the end of the year we set a base combination on Thursday at the USKA Fight Factory working off the counter attack using USKA basic chopping technique and secondary attacks.
The focus of the drill was to keep their eyes on the moving target to level switch and modify their shot selection to find the target with multiple counters.
This type of training needs to be drilled with repetition to make it second nature and instinctive and I think the fight team did a pretty good job on getting to grips with it. Well done crew!

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TUESDAY 18TH JUNE 2019

Busy nights training on Tuesday evening at the USKA Fight Factory with everyone working hard on all three classes. Here's a little bit of Padwork footage from our intermediate class showing our students developing their basic defence and counter attacking skills on the focus pads. With the emphasis on focus and repetition the class attendees done really well especially considering there were so many new red belt additions following their first grading last weekend.

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SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019

Sunday was a busy day for USKA with our Female Division Grading at the USKA Fight Factory, The Kwon Grand Slam 2019 final at the Wolverhampton Race Course and the Adrenaline Inter-Club event at the Adrenaline Kickboxing Gym in Lichfield.
At the Kwon a team of 5 fighters including Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes, Shakeel Hussain and Khuzaimah Douglas were lead by USKA Coach Qasim Beg into the final event of the 2019 series.
The team performed excellently throughout the course of the day keeping a clean sheet across the board winning 6 Gold medals and picking up 5 Grand Championship belts for amassing the most total points over the course of the three 2019 Kwon Grand Slam events.
Coach Sean Quinn took a team of 12 fighters to Adrenaline including Abdullah Riaz, Hawwa Safraz, Julia Glowacz, Kaifa Imran, Maryam Sarfraz, Aadam Ali, Remy Mann, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar and Ehsaan Mahmood who rushed from the Kwon to attend eager to get in as many fights as he could on the day.
All of the Adrenaline contests on the day were none decision skill bouts across Kickboxing, Boxing and K-1 disciplines with some of our fighters having two and three bouts each racking up as much ring time and experience as possible.
Across the board Coach Quinn was very happy indeed with his teams performances on the day feeling most had made positive steps forward implementing things they had been working on in the gym and putting it into practice in a competitive environment.
Well done to all our lads and girls who were in action today as we now look forward to next weekends BLCC event in Leeds where hopefully we will continue our run of impressive performances.
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SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019


Following yesterdays Grading at the USKA Fight Factory it was the turn of the Female Division today with 14 girls attempting their next belts in front of club instructor Ruqayya Griffith and USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
The first four Grades from Red Belt to Orange Belt were in contention and the girls did not disappoint all passing with respectable grading results.
Ruqayya is doing a great job with the Female division with numbers at an all time high and producing a standard of Female Kickboxing in Birmingham that hand on heart I can say is second to none.
Well done girls on yet another impressive grading examination.

The full list of successful results is as follows...

Anaya Kiani --- Red Belt

Maryam Faisal --- Red Belt
Hafsah Ali --- Red Belt
Safaa Eslam --- Red Belt
Sosin Hadji --- Red Belt
Zainab Akbar Khan --- Red Belt
Maymuna Faisal --- Red Belt
Vicky McGovern --- Red Belt
Aisha Abdullah --- White Belt
Ayesha Ali --- White Belt
Hanaa Khan --- White Belt
Hannah Aslam --- Yellow Belt
Ruqayyah Aslam --- Yellow Belt
Aisha Ali --- Orange Belt
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SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2019


53 New Grades were inducted into the USKA Kickboxing record books today following a 6 hour grading examination at the USKA Fight Factory.
7 Grades from Red Belt to Blue Belt were contested with each and every candidate being put through the scrutiny of the USKA syllabus under the watchful and detailed eye of Grading examiners Neil Kelly and Qasim Beg.
Anyone who has ever participated in an USKA grading will know just how hard they are with no favours given meaning anyone who doesn't reach the prescribed standard leaves empty handed having to go and regroup fixing their shortcomings and showing what they are made of to come back stronger next time out. It is a bitter pill but one that ultimately in the long run is for their betterment as a Martial Artist.  
We had some outstanding results today with our A-Team of passes including Safwaan Gul (Red Belt), Hashim Mohammed (Red Belt), Mohammed Danyaal (White Belt), Khalysah Plummer (Yellow Belt), Faith Velland (Yellow Belt), Ehsaan Mahmood (Green Belt), and two amazingly strong performances in Remy Mann (Blue Belt) and Charlie Stokes (Blue Belt) who after 7 hours on the mats including the warm up class didn't skip a beat showing the highest of standards of Kickboxing at only 12 and 13 years old respectively. 

Well done to all our successful Graders on yet another outstanding effort.

The Full List of Results are as follows...

Ahsaan Mahmood --- Red Belt
Zaim Amer --- Red Belt
Sabih Asif --- Red Belt
Rizwaan Khalid --- Red Belt
Danyaal Abbas --- Red Belt
Yue Ru Zhou --- Red Belt
Sihhaab Gul --- Red Belt
Rehaan Khalid --- Red Belt
Nimerah Shafiq --- Red Belt
Rehan Hassan --- Red Belt
Hamna Asif --- Red Belt
Raihan Islam --- Red Belt
Safwaan Gul --- Red Belt
George Panagoulas --- Red Belt
Aayan Khan --- Red Belt
Moin Khalid --- Red Belt
Isaiah Fyfield-Calder --- Red Belt
Sabrin Hagi --- Red Belt
Zain Khalid --- Red Belt
Yeasin Midul --- Red Belt
Mohammed Hagi --- Red Belt
Hashim Mohammed --- Red Belt
Mustafa Ali --- Red Belt
Ibrahim Eslam --- White Belt
Yusuf Khan --- White Belt
Connor Watkins --- White Belt
Muhammad Eslam --- White Belt
Ishaan Khaliq --- White Belt
Neha Malik --- White Belt
Kerim Teksut --- White Belt
Rohan Kumar --- White Belt
Ryan McQueen --- White Belt
Safa Gul --- White Belt
Halima Bibi --- White Belt
Mateen Subhani --- White Belt
Mohammed Danyaal --- White Belt
Adam Uddin --- Yellow Belt
Khalysah Plummer --- Yellow Belt
Faith Velland --- Yellow Belt
Remeshae Forbes Brown --- Orange Belt
Maryam Sarfraz --- Orange Belt
Idrees Yusuf --- Orange Belt
Khyro Forbes Brown --- Orange Belt
Aeysha Yusuf --- Orange Belt
Logan Fisher --- Orange Belt
Haleemah Yusuf --- Orange Belt
Abdullah Riaz --- Green Belt
Nikita Raubiska --- Green Belt
Ehsaan Mahmood --- Green Belt
Aadam Ali --- Green Belt
Eesa Hassanjee --- Purple Belt
Remy Mann --- Blue Belt
Charlie Stokes --- Blue Belt
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WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2019

!!! Qasim The Dream Comeback Interview !!!

Saturday 29th June sees the long awaited return to Professional Kickboxing for USKA Fighter Qasim 'The Dream' Beg on the TMA Fight Series Summertime Brawl 2 event following a four and a half year absence from the sport.
Qasim remained unbeaten as an Amateur and Pro Kickboxer in a career that seen him win Area, English, British, European and World titles dominating the Lightweight and Super Lightweight division over a ten year winning run.
His last fight seen him lift the ICO Super Lightweight World Title beating Greek Superstar Stauros 'Nirvana' Exakoustidis and his plan is the once again climb to the top of the pile and recapture his former glory and World title belt.
The event will be held at the Stadium Suite, Banks's Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall WS1 4SA and will also feature a Professional World title, a Pro Am World title a four man K-1 tournament special event and a full supporting undercard.

There are limited availability tickets for this event at the following prices...
Gold: £500 (Table of 10) including a two course silver service meal and waitress service
Silver: £35.00 seated including a snack bar voucher
Bronze: £25.00 Standing

SEE USKA RECEPTION FOR FURTHER DETAILS
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TUESDAY 4TH JUNE 2019

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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 2ND JUNE 2019

Despite it being Ramadan and with it usually being a very slow time for the fight team we had 11 of our fighters turn up to the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham today to compete at the ICO Lordswood Tri Series Event 2 / Midland Championships.

The team coached by Coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Kaifah Imran, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes, Myesha Imran, Aamina Sarfraz, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain, Muath Ghanem, Khuzaimah Douglas and Qasim Beg.
After some very strong performances on the day we finished proceedings with an impressive 10 Golds and 2 Silvers with 9 of those Golds also doubling up as ICO Midland Championship title wins.
We are seeing some real improvement from our fighters at the moment with them implementing what they are being taught in the gym and translating it come fight day learning from each and every fight outing. This can only be a good thing with most of them setting their sights on World Championship medals later this year.
Well done to everyone who fought today, you guys were firing on all cylinders!

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SUNDAY 26TH MAY 2019

Despite it being Ramadan and Bank Holiday weekend Team USKA were still present today albeit with a smaller squad than normal at the New BKA Kickboxing Academy in Burton-On-Trent for their latest BLCC Kickboxing event.

The 11 fighter team headed by coach Sean Quinn and assisted by Khuzaimah Douglas consisted of Abdullah Riaz, Hawwa Sarfraz, Julia Glowacz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Maryam Sarfraz, Aadam Ali, Aamina Sarfraz, Myesha Imran, Muath Ghanem and Qasim Beg.
We had a mixed bag of performances and results throughout the day but lots was learned and experience gained in every bout that we can take back to the gym and make positive adjustments where needs be.
We have a road trip planned for the next BLCC in Leeds on 23rd June which is always beneficial dealing with the rigours of fighting away from home to prepare us for the bigger competitions on an International scale.
As always... Well done team!

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MONDAY 6TH MAY 2019

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The USKA Fight Factory would like to take this opportunity to wish all it's members, family and friends a happy Ramadan Mubarak.
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 5TH MAY 2019


The WKU / KWON British Open Championships was held at Wolverhampton Race Course on Sunday 5th May and once again a small team of USKA Fighters were in attendance lead by coach Sean Quinn.
The 7 fighter squad consisted of Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahood, Myesha Imran, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain and Qasim Hassan.
Following a day of mixed results and tough competition we finished the competition with a tally of 15 medals including 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze.

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THURSDAY 2ND MAY 2019


With Ramadan fast approaching there is no better time to announce a charity gym project in conjunction with ISRA-UK that we will endeavour to repeat annually.

ISRA-UK is a charity organisation based in Birmingham that has been operational for over 30 years. Their mission is the relief of poverty worldwide with the aim to instil change, hope and prosperity to the lives of many around the world.
The project we have decided to get involved in will be water aid to provide a spring well in Uganda costing just £950..
This project will be carried out in a community that has little or no clean water supply.
These water solutions provide life-saving access to water for drinking, crop irrigation and market gardening.
We have now got a collection bucket at the USKA Fight Factory gym for cash contributions and will be looking at topping up our total with a charity fundraising event later on in the year.
Please give generously to this great cause and help us reach our target and to help to save lives.
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SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019


Team USKA were in action once again today at the AFSO Open British Championships at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham.
Coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn had a busy day with their 13 strong team compete in four different disciplines including Ring Kickboxing, Mat Continuous, K-1 and Sport Boxing.
The team consisting of Abdullah Riaz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Aadam Ali, Charlie Stokes, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Hammaad Shand, Qasim Hasan and Faith Velland performed very well throughout the day picking up a very impressive 31 Medals including 18 Golds, 12 Silvers (including 5 USKA Vs USKA Finals) and 1 Bronze Medal.
With our fighters competing in regular competitions you can really see the growth and improvement each and every time out and is putting the team in great stead to do well at the WKO and ICO World Championships later in the year if they can can continue their momentum in the forthcoming months.
Well done to each and every member of team USKA's fighters and spectators on yet another successful day at the office.

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MONDAY 22ND APRIL 2019


We are very pleased to announced that as from this week Hall of fame Professional ICO Super Lightweight Champion of the World and USKA Black Belt Qasim 'The Dream' Beg will be joining us as part of the coaching staff assisting with instructing classes across our weekly timetable.
Qasim as most people will know was unbeaten in a 44 fight Full Contact career and was regarded as pound for pound one of the best fighters in the World in his prime winning pretty much everything there was to win in a comprehensive career.
He also excelled in his technical ability earning himself a straight A pass mark in his USKA Black Belt grading examination in 2013 meaning he will be a great asset to the USKA Fight Factory helping each and every student to achieve their goals with his vast experience of over 20 years involved in the sport.
We welcome The Dream on to the U.S.K.A number one team!

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SUNDAY 20TH APRIL 2019


It was a scorching hot Easter Sunday but we still had a stacked USKA Fight Factory team of 20 fighters turn out for the latest Aero-Kick BLCC event at the Community Aero-Kick gym in Highgate, Birmingham in a total of 22 fights.
The team looked after by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Abdullah Riaz, Julia Glowacz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Idris Yusuf, Eesa Hassanjee, Aadam Ali, Ibrahim Khan, Aeysha Yusuf, Aamina Safraz, Myesha Imran, Hammaad Shand, Rohan Kumar, Haleemah Yusuf, Ayriwana Miah, Mohammed Isa Khan, Qasim Hasan, Sami Kelly and Abdul Yusaf.
The USKA crew performed well with many of our fighters showing growth in different areas of their game mixing it with good competition and only conceding one decision over the course of the day.
The BLCC standard of fighting has gone through the roof over the last couple of years and really highlights what a great circuit it is for young fighters to develop their skill and learn their trade.
Well done to each and every one of our fighters who was in action and to all the USKA supporters that turn up to cheer our fighters on.

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SATURDAY 20TH APRIL 2019


With the USKA Ninja's classes being some of the busiest sessions at the USKA Fight Factory at the moment it was no surprise that even with it being the Easter Holiday weekend the latest Ninja's grading would be the biggest yet with 30 grading candidates attempting their belt assessments.
For that extra little bit of pressure the Ninja's would be put through their paces in front of lots of their family and friends as well as being under scrutiny of Ninja's coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn.
The Ninja's were pushed to their limits with their relay circuits, basic shadow boxing line work technique, pad work and finally their exercise circuit with each and every one of them performing excellently and knowing that they had all really worked hard to earn their new coloured kickboxing belt.
With most of the Ninja's grading today being within the ages of 4-6 years old it is truly remarkable to see the standards being reached by these young kickboxers both physically and mentally showing maturity beyond their years.
We would like to say a big well done to 7 year old Dean Fahd on completing his USKA Ninja's syllabus by passing his Blue Belt and becoming only the 6th child to do so in the USKA Ninja's history.
A big thank you to all the parents of all the children on the grading today for their continued support and also to all the helpers who took the time to make themselves available to coach, mentor and hold pads for our USKA Ninja's throughout their Grading Examination.


The full list of the successful graders are as follows...

DAWUD SARFRAZ - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
IMAAN AHMED - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ROCCO BARNES - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
MOHAMMED AZAAN SHERAZ - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
SALAHUDEEN NISAR - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
SABEEYAH HUSSAIN - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
MALEEHA IMRAN - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
AYAAN ALI - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ADYAN HUSSAIN - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ABDUR RAHMAN YUSUF - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
EESAH SADIQUE - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
MAYSA BAYOOMI - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
ETHAN BARNES - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
SAADIYAH HUSSAIN - USKA NINJA'S RED BELT
DANYA FAYYAZ - USKA NINJA'S W / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
MIKAIL VAUGHAN - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
KEEGAN WATKINS - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
EISA KHAN - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
MUHAMMAD RIZWAAN KHAN - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
ISHE MUHAMMAD - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
ROMAN HORAN - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
MUHAMMAD REZWAN - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
MUHAMMAD UWAIS SHAFIQ - USKA NINJA'S WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT
INAAYA REHMAN - USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
LOUIE BATCHELOR - USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
DOMINIK LESZCYNSKI - USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
ZEESHAN REHMAN - USKA NINJA'S YELLOW BELT
MOYA McNAMARA - USKA NINJA'S ORANGE BELT
SAARA HARIS - USKA NINJA'S GREEN BELT
DEAN FAHD - USKA NINJA'S BLUE BELT
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WEDNESDAY 17TH APRIL 2019


Lee 'The Wizard' Whitfield made his Professional return to Kickboxing after 10 years away against tough Latvian Viktor Gricjus on Saturday evening at the Walsall Town Hall Return of the Champions event.
Fighting out of the USKA Fight Factory under coach Neil Kelly Lee put in a solid performance winning a unanimous points decision and re-announced himself on the International Kickboxing stage with aspirations of now going all the way to the top and capturing a Professional World title and realising the potential that he has always had.
Watch the FightNightLiveTV filmed footage here and be sure to give it a like.

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SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2019


On Saturday evening USKA Professional fighter Lee 'The Wizard' Whitfield climbed through the ropes in a return to professional kickboxing after a 10 year hiatus at the TMA Fight Series Return of the Champions event at the Walsall town hall.
Lee who runs the very successful Bai Lang kickboxing gym in Telford and fights out of the USKA Fight Factory in Birmingham is a former Professional English Champion and still has aspirations of winning International title honours in the future but would first need to get through tough Latvian Champion Vikto Gricjus over 5 x 2 minute rounds to move forward to that goal..

Lee looked fantastic showing no signs of ring rust demonstrating silky skills over the 5 rounds systematically picking apart the tough Latvian to win all 5 rounds on the judges score cards to claim a Unanimous points decision win to the delight of his 100 + crowd of supporters.
Big congratulations to Lee on this victory showing everyone that there is indeed more to come from Wizard in the future.
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SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2019

The International Combat Organisation (The ICO) hosted their annual British Championships on Sunday 7th April at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.
The British also doubled up as the Qualifying event for the 2019 World Championships in Scotland with any one winning a medal earning their slots in the squad.
The well attended event seen nearly 450 fighters compete in over 1000 categories meaning a long day of competition for everyone involved.
There were 19 USKA Fight Factory fighters in action competing across 4 disciplines in the ring and on the mats in Ring Continuous, Mat Light, K-1 Light and Box Light.
The team headed by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Abdullah Riaz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Myesha Imran, Remy Mann, Charlie Stokes, Hammaad Shand, Aamina Sarfraz, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain, Qasim Hassan, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Connor Aston, Muath Ghanem, Khuzaimah Douglas, Ruqayya Griffith and Faith Velland.
At the end of a very long day USKA topped the medal table with an superb 48 medals including 23 Golds, 23 Silvers and 2 Bronze. This medal haul was even more impressive considering 10 of those Silvers were against our own USKA Fighters in the finals.
Well done to all our fighters and loyal supporters who endured the long tiring day and congratulations to all the team who made the podium and qualified for ICO Team England to compete at the 2019 ICO World Championships 2019.
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SUNDAY 31ST MARCH 2019

26 USKA Fighters climbed through the ropes in 29 contests at the Warriors Fight Club BLCC Event at the Meadway Sports and Social club in Kitts Green, Birmingham on Sunday.
The team coached by both coaches Kelly and Quinn consisted of Abdullah Riaz, Hawaa Sarfraz, Julia Glowacz, Kaifah Imran, Ehsaan Mahmood, Nikita Raubiska, Idrees Yusuf, Maryam Sarfraz, Eesa Hassanjee, Aadam Ali, Haider Nawaz, Aeysha Yusuf, Charlie Stokes, Remy Mann, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar, Haleemah Yusuf, Rabia Khan, Connor Aston, Qasim Hassan, Samera Ali, Ruqayya Griffith, Faith Velland and Khuzaimah Douglas.
We had a mixed bag of performances and results some performing excellently and some under performing and letting the long day and nerves get to them somewhat but it has to be said against some fantastic opposition.
The highlight of the day for USKA seen 9 year old Ehsaan Mahmood turn in a career best dominant performance against LMA Kickboxing's Eli Winfield-Jowitt to win the BLCC English -30kg title by unanimous points decision in a great fight between the two.
Well done to everyone who competed and to all the spectators who came and support all our fighters in action.
We look forward now to the next BLCC in only three weeks time back at the Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham on 21st April.

 

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SUNDAY 17TH MARCH 2019

A small team of seven fighters including Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain, Faith Velland and Khuzaimah Douglas competed at the 2nd Event of the Kwon Grand Slam series yesterday at the Dunstall Park Race Course in Wolverhampton.
Coach Sean Quinn was looking after them at the mat based kickboxing competition and following an eventful day team USKA finished proceedings with an impressive 4 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal.
With only 1 Grand Slam event left to go on the 16th June we have a few of our fighters in pole position to win the Grand Championship so watch this space.
Well done as always to all of our boys and girls that were in action.
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SUNDAY 17TH MARCH 2019


Our USKA Female Division had 16 girls taking their Grading's today under the watchful eye of club instructor Ruqayya Griffith and USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
As a testimony to Ruqayya's instruction we had 100% pass rate with all our candidates gaining their new belts.

We had star A graders in Michelle Plummer (A- Red Belt) and a trio of superb Orange Belt performances in sisters Khaifa Imran (A- Orange Belt), Harisah Imran (A- Orange Belt), Myesha Imran (A Orange Belt) to top off proceedings on the day.
Well done to all of our girls and of course Ruqayya for once again getting our girls ready in their preparations.
Our full results list is as follows...

Zaynab Hasseen --- Red Belt
Aisha Abdullah --- Red Belt
Dahlia Sultan --- Red Belt
Marwa Abdul-Aziz --- Red Belt
Ayesha Ali --- Red Belt
Aleena Afzal --- Red Belt
Safa Abdul-Aziz --- Red Belt
Rumaysah Tahari --- Red Belt
Mirah Kauser --- Red Belt
Michelle Plummer --- Red Belt
Atiya Bahaar --- White Belt
Imara Farook --- White Belt
Jamimah Bahaar --- White Belt
Kaifah Imran --- Orange Belt
Harisah Imran --- Orange Belt
Myesha Imran --- Orange Belt
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SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019


The latest general grading at the USKA Fight Factory today saw 40 students go for their next belts under the scrutiny of Grading examiner and USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly.
With every Grade from Red Belt through to Junior Black Belt being attempted (9 Grades in all) we were in for a long day with the senior grades on the mats non stop for 7 1/2 hours including the morning warm up class.
An USKA belt is notoriously difficult to get with the standard and bar set very high in terms of the technical level required and every student that passed today can wear their belt with pride knowing that they truly deserve it.
Unfortunately we had a few not quite reach the prescribed standard today coming up short which is never nice but it is important to remember that each and every grading is a step on the journey and not the final destination. They can and will bounce back and come back stronger after a lesson learned if they can dig deep and show that true Champion's resolve.
A special mention must be given to all our star A graders in Rohan Kumar (A- Red Belt), Mohammed Danyaal (A- Red Belt), Julia Glowacz (A- White Belt), Faith Velland (A White Belt), Khalysah Plummer (A White Belt), Rico Mann (A Purple Belt) and also to our highest grader today in Derelle McKenzie who successfully passed his Junior Black Belt.

Here is the full list of our successful results...


Ishaan Khaliq --- Red Belt

Rudi Spencer --- Red Belt
Isa Khan --- Red Belt
Alfie Parish --- Red Belt
Eren Teksut --- Red Belt
Esa Zaman --- Red Belt
Kerim Teksut --- Red Belt
Sihaan Zaman --- Red Belt
Aliyah Teksut --- Red Belt
Neha Malik - Red Belt
Safa Gul --- Red Belt
Allannah Gardiner --- Red Belt
Rohan Kumar --- Red Belt
Ryan McQueen --- Red Belt
Mohammed Danyaal --- Red Belt
Julia Glowacz --- White Belt
Abdur Rahman --- White Belt
Fahd Butt --- White Belt
Amarr Syed --- White Belt
Faith Velland --- White Belt
Khalysah Plummer --- White Belt
Mia Stokes --- Yellow Belt
Jacob Ashford --- Yellow Belt
Azeem Qadeer --- Yellow Belt
Maryam Sarfraz --- Yellow Belt
Hawwa Sarfraz --- Orange Belt
Jamal Ali --- Orange Belt
Mohammed Isa Khan --- Orange Belt
Ilyas Hossain --- Orange Belt
Adam Ali --- Orange Belt
Khadijah Riaz --- Green Belt
Aamina Sarfraz --- Green Belt
Rico Mann --- Purple Belt
Mohammed Ibrahim Khan --- Blue Belt
Shakeel Hussain --- Blue Belt
Khuzaimah Douglas --- Blue Belt

Omar Farooq --- Jnr Brown Belt

Derelle McKenzie --- Jnr Black Belt

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THURSDAY 14TH MARCH 2019

 

Take a look at our USKA Female Division advert showcasing our girls in action over the duration of a technical Kickboxing class.
A big thank you to all the girls who took part and helped us film the advert.
If you could give it a share to advertise the class and give us a quick thumbs up like on YouTube it would be very much appreciated.

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SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019


17 USKA Fight Factory fighters travelled to Burton Kickboxing Academy in Burton On Trent on Sunday to take part in the latest BLCC Event. The BKA gym in Burton has been the home of the BLCC for many years now and this would be the last event to be held here due to relocation of the gym which will take place at the end of next month. The team coached by USKA coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn took part in 18 contests on the day performing excellently in some really tough fights conceding only one decision from start to finish.

Our fighters in action were Nikita Raubiska, Khaifah imran, Ehsaan Mahmood, Idrees Yusef, Aadam Ali, Harisah Imran, Aeysha Yusef, Charlie Stokes, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Myesha Imran, Haleemah Yusef, Shakeel Hussain, Samera Ali, Faith Velland and Khuzaimah Douglas.
Well done to all our fighters on yet another successful competitive outing. We look forward to our next BLCC event hosted by the Yin Yang gym in Kitts Green, Birmingham on Sunday 31st March.
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SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2019


A stacked USKA Ninjas Grading today saw 24 of the USKA Fight Factory's youngest members take and pass their next belts in fine style in front of family and friends.

The Grading examination incorporated a relay circuit, basic line work technique, pad work, exercise circuit and for our Ninjas taking their final USKA Ninjas Blue Belt Shadow Boxing and Bag Work.
Three of our candidates completed the whole USKA Ninjas syllabus of grades today passing their final Blue Belt grade amazingly at only 5, 6 and 6 year old respectively. 

The final list of graders and their results are as follows...

Danya Fayyaz --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Mikail Vaughan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Husna Arfhan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Muhammed Idrees Hussain --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Eisa Awais Khan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Aaron Khanbabaee --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Muhammad Rizwaan Khan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Ayaan Afzal --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Ishe Muhammad --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Hafsah Khan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Muhammad Rezwan --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Matthew Khanbabaee --- USKA Ninjas Red Belt
Inaaya Rehman --- USKA Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Dominik Leszczynski --- USKA Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Louie Batchelor --- USKA Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Zeeshan Rehman --- USKA Ninjas White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Zinedine Khan --- USKA Ninjas Yellow Belt
Moya McNamara --- USKA Ninjas Yellow Belt
Saara Haris --- USKA Ninjas Orange Belt
Ehsaan Khan --- USKA Ninjas Purple Belt
Inayah Khan --- USKA Ninjas Purple Belt
Sufyaan Qayum --- USKA Ninjas Blue Belt
Ryan Hulance --- USKA Ninjas Blue Belt
Isaac Haris --- USKA Ninjas Blue Belt

We would like to thank all of our helpers on the grading today and to all the parents of our Ninjas for their continued support.

The next USKA Ninjas grading will be held on Saturday 20th April.
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SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2019


A team of 13 USKA Fight Factory fighters competed today at the WKA Junior English Open Ring-Sports Championships in Wednesbury in the West Midlands at the Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

Predominantly a novice team with some of our fighters participating in their very first ever fights it was going to be a tough ask in at the deep end but it was a risk that coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn felt was worth taking after watching them perform in training over the last few weeks in preparation.
The team consisting of Abdullah Riaz, Kaifah Imran, Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes, Harisah Imran, Ibrahim Khan, Myesha Imran, Aamina Sarfraz, Hammaad Shand, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen and Derelle McKenzie all placed in their individual kickboxing categories and took home an impressive 8 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals with some fantastic performances to the delight of their proud coaches.
Well done to all our team who were action who once again did us proud.
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SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2019


New Kickboxing Fighters Session at the USKA Fight Factory.
USKA Super coach Sean 'The Mighty' Quinn starts his new Kickboxing Fighters session this coming Friday 22nd February from 8-9pm.
With two Fighters session already established in the week dedicated to boxing this will be a great addition to our timetable focusing on all aspect of Kickboxing technique including Padwork, Bagwork and Strength and Conditioning.
The session is open to all ages and all levels and is guaranteed to bring the USKA kickboxer's to the next level.

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SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2019


It was competition time once again today for a team of 11 USKA Fight Factory fighters at the 1st leg of the Lordswood Tri-Series event at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.
The Ring Sport side of the event also doubled up as the ICO 2019 English Championships meaning there was titles as well as points on the line for the fighters in attendance.
Team USKA  headed by coaches Kelly and Quinn consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Charlie Stokes, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain, Faith Velland, Ruqayya Griffith and Khuzaimah Douglas.

At close of play they took home an impressive 17 medals including 8 Gold, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze and among those medals we bagged 6 New ICO English titles in the ring.
On a slightly negative note we fell victim to more than a few dubious decisions on one mat in particular but it is important to sometimes see through the result and instead focus on the performances which we have to say were very good across the board.
Well done to all of our fighters who were in action as we now look forward to yet another English Championship next week when the junior team travel to Wednesbury to challenge for WKA English Titles.
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SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2019


It was back on the road and back in the ring again today for the USKA Fight Factory Fighters this time competing in Brownhills, Lichfield at the Adrenaline Interclub kickboxing event.
The team of 14 fighters were matched in Kickboxing and Boxing Non decision skill bouts over three rounds gaining valuable ring time and experience to help work on their overall fight games and development.
All performed excellently under the watchful eye of USKA coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn learning a little bit more about themselves as fighters making the day a very productive and enjoyable one.
The team in action were... Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmmod, Kaifah Imran, Aadam Ali, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Aamina Sarfraz, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Muath Ghanem, Faith Velland, Khuzaimah Douglas and Mark Pell.
Well done to all our guys and girls that climbed through the ropes, as always we are very proud of you.

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SATURDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2019


Team USKA were on the road heading North today travelling to the WKO English Championships at the Metro Dome in Barnsley.
Headed by Coach Sean Quinn the 10 USKA Fight Factory fighters in action were Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Ibrahim Khan, Remy Mann, Charlie Stokes, Derelle McKenzie, Hammaad Shand, Ryan McQueen, Shakeel Hussain and Khuzaimah Douglas.
Following a long but successful days competition we finished with an impressive 15 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

We had 2 fighter finishing in the top ten competitors of the competition in Ehsaan Mahmood and Remy Mann and as a club finished top of the medal table earning us the accolade of Number one gym a the tournament.
Well done to all of our fighters that were in action on bringing us back 15 new English Titles to the USKA Fight Factory.
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SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019


27 USKA Fight Factory fighters took to the ring at the Community Aero-Kick gym in Highgate, Birmingham on Sunday 27th January to take part in the first BLCC event of the year.
Out of the 27 we had 10 fighters making their ring debuts controlling nerves and tournament conditions at a packed full house competition where 80 fights in total would be contested featuring fighters from 17 quality clubs from across the UK.
The Fight Team accompanied by coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of... Abdullah Riaz, Nikita Raubiska, Kaifah Imran, Ehsaan Mahmood, Aadam Ali, Eesa Hassanjee, Mohammed Ibrahim Khan, Jamal Ali, Harisah Imran, Haider Nawaz, Omar Farooq, Myesha Imran, Rohan Kumar, Ryan McQueen, Amina Sarfraz, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Jad Joma, Ateeq Al-Rehman, Saned Ibrahim, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Adam Ali, Samera Ali, Khalysah Plummer, Ruqayya Griffith, Faith Velland and Khuzaimah Douglas.
Following a very long but enjoyable day of competition we finished proceedings with only 2 loses and 1 draw but most importantly some great experience gaining performances.
The BLCC is a great platform for novice fighters to learn their trade and get valuable ring time before they hit the open circuit.
The next BLCC will be held at the BKA Kickboxing gym in Burton on Sunday 24th February where we will once again will have a fight team out in force.
Well done to each and every one of you for once again doing your gym, your coaches and yourselves proud.

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SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2019


A small but ready team of USKA Fight Factory fighters descended on Dudley Leisure Centre today to take part in their first competition of the year at the WKU Kwon Grand Slam series 1 event.
Headed by coach Sean Quinn the team of four consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Charlie Stokes and Ryan McQueen.
With good performances across the board they shook off the rust and ended the day with a very respectable 3 Golds and 1 Silver medal.
With the competition being so close to the new year it never attracts big numbers from USKA but more of the team will be in action next week at the 1st BLCC event of the year at the Aero-Kick gym in Birmingham.
Well done team for hitting the ground running and getting team USKA off to a fantastic start for 2019! 

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SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY 2019


Classes resume at the USKA Fight Factory this morning with our Female only sessions.
Here's to another great year of training and development.
For a full list of classes available at the gym please click the link below


USKA TIMETABLE 2019

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MONDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2018


Happy New Year to all our USKA Family and Friends!
Potentially some really exciting things in the pipeline for 2019 that will take the gym to new and exciting levels... Watch this space! 

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SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2018

Proceedings wrapped up for the year at the USKA Fight Factory today when the USKA Female Division held their annual Super Girl competition and Student Presentation awards for 2018 after a great year of development under the instruction of our Female Division Instructor Ruqayya Griffith.
The Super Girl competition consisted of 10 individual events which competitors got points for depending on their position. At the completion of the last event all the points were added to give us our winners.

A fun day was had by all and our results were as follows...

7-11 Years
1st Place... Layyah Kelly
2nd Place... Kaifah Imran
3rd Place... Hannah Aslam
12-15 Years
1st Place... Myesha Imran
2nd Place... Rabia Khan
3rd Place... Harisah Imran

16 Years to Adults
1st Place... Khaliysah Plummer
2nd Place... Summayya Mahmood
3rd Place... Miriam Akhtar

Seniors 30 Years +
1st Place... Samera Ali
2nd Place... Michelle Plummer
3rd Place... Judith McTiernan

Irrespective of the results we would like to say a big well done to all our girls on their efforts especially as most of them were competing for the very first time. You all did exceptionally well.

Following the presentation of the Super Girl trophies and medals Ruqayya then commenced with her student awards for 2018...

Well now it’s time to start off with our student presentation awards for the second year running but before that, I’d like to give a short review of our ladies’ division. As the female instructor for over 3 years I have taught many students who have come and gone but this year I have come across students who are collectively interested and passionate about training at USKA which makes my job that little bit easier. The introduction of the Thursday class has encouraged new members as well as existing members to train multiple times in the week and continue to make improvements. Also, the success of the Sunday’s class has grown significantly with over 40 people training on a weekly basis and in 2019 I hope this figure is doubled. We have had 4 successful gradings with some of the females achieving their orange belt this being 1/3 of a blackbelt and the females being more confident and having success on their sparring.

 

We start off with our 2 runner ups for the student awards.

 

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

 

Even though this girl has been part of USKA for a while her concentration and effort would waiver on class. Over the past couple of months, I have seen a huge improvement in this girl’s concentration, her attendance at the gym and just generally enjoying to be there. She has also come out of her shell and is confident to spar anyone on class.  Despite previously failing her white belt, she did not let this phase her and came back better and stronger by passing her white belt with a very good mark.

 

This award goes to...
Hannah Aslam


The second award goes to one of our adult members.


This person has not been with us for long and is by no means a natural but since joining theLadies classes I have seen nothing but hard work and dedication from her. Her first class was definitely a challenge mentally and physically and within the first 10 minutes it would either make or break her. I am glad to say she saw it through and realised she was more than able to cope with the class. I have seen a noticeable difference in her confidence and self-belief, which has led to her passing her first belt with an exceptional score and now moving onto the intermediate classes to progress further.


This award goes to...

Judith McTiernan

 

Now onto the big awards, this being the student of the years.

 

The first award goes to one of our junior members.

 

Since the time that she has been here, I have seen nothing but hard work and passion on her classes. When most females walk in to the gym, they have to be encouraged to throw punches with power and aggression. However, this student is different as the first punch she threw I was amazed at the believability and power behind it. This girl strives to be the best person on class due to her competitive nature which results in her being one of the fastest but still having good technique on class. She enjoys the practical aspect of kickboxing by jumping onto the sparring classes and has just passed her yellow belt last week. I am confident that if her passion stays within the sport, she will be achieving great results.

 

This Junior of the year award for 2018 goes to...

Myesha Imran.

 

Now moving onto our Adult of the year.

 

Each week, this student is always focused and puts in 100% effort on her classes. This student maximizes the limited hours available for the female division by attending early or staying after class to work on her weaker areas. She also motivates and encourages others to fulfil their potential by asking others to come early and work alongside to improve their sparring. She is constantly asking questions and being attentive on all classes whether it is a technical or practical class. Despite her being a mum of 4 she finds the time to balance responsibilities with her training which only a few can do. This has led to her passing her orange belt and in the upcoming months she plans on having her first fight in the ring.

 

This Adult of the year award for 2018 goes to...

 Samera Ali.

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This concludes our female division event and classes for 2018 and in 2019 where we look forward to taking things to the next level with some exciting things in the pipeline and planning for the future of the USKA Female Division.


Our sessions will resume on Sunday 6th January 2019.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and take this time to wish all our members and friends a Happy Christmas, holiday period and a new year.

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SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2018


12 USKA Female Division graded successfully today at the USKA Fight Factory in our last Grading Examination of 2018.
We had three students pass their Red Belt, three students pass their Yellow Belt and 6 Students pass their Orange Belt in the two hour Grading.
Female Division Ruqayya Griffith has done great things with the USKA girls over the last few years and it is great to see them progressing through the levels with some of them now eligible for attendance to advanced classes.
Congratulations to all the Female Division on their success and long may it continue... Osu!

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SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2018


A successful final general Grading of the year seen just under 40 students attempt and pass their latest belts at the USKA Fight Factory today under the scrutiny of USKA Chief Instructor and Grading examiner Neil Kelly.
The Grading ranging from Red Belt through to Purple Belt took just over 4 hour hours to complete which meant our highest belt candidate Remy Mann being on the mat for 5 hours when you take into account his hour long warm up class in the morning.

We had a rare 100% pass rate today with no fails which shows the candidates took it seriously in their preparation putting in the hard work to get ready for their big day.
Congratulations to all our successful candidates on receiving their new belts and a special mention to our
A-Team for their A Grade passes...

Faith Velland (Red Belt)
Khalysah Plummer (Red Belt)
Ilyas Hossain (Yellow Belt)
Jemmima Mahmood (Orange Belt)
Ehsaan Mahmood (Orange Belt)
Remy Mann (Purple Belt)

The Grading's continue tomorrow with the Female Division hoping to continue the success from today. Best of luck to all our girls in action!
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SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018

On Sunday 9th December the USKA Fight Factory hosted it's End of year celebrations.
It turned out to be a great day where a fantastic turn out showed up to celebrate what has been an amazing year for the gym and it's members.
We started the day with a fitness Iron Man competition where over 80 competitors took part and pushed themselves to the limit over 6 physically taxing challenges in front of family and friends in pursuit of medals, glory and bragging rights.
After the competition it was food time with the attendees settling down to a great spread put together by the USKA family and friends.
Once everyone had been fed and watered we had some party games that went down a storm with the team taking part in pass the parcel, body part balloon popping, raw egg Russian roulette, the Khuzaimah Douglas Cracker Challenge, and the lucky dice roll that had the room in fits of laughter and most people covered in fresh cream.
We could have happily played the games all night but with time against us it was time to wrap up proceedings and hand out the Iron Man competitors medals and proceed with our Student Presentation Award ceremony starting off with our yearly review. 
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USKA FIGHT FACTORY YEARLY REVIEW 2018


It’s now time for our Student presentation awards for 2018 but before that as always I’d like to give a short review of our year as a club including some of our successes both in and out of the ring.

 

It’s been a great year for us in terms of student retention and development with us implementing the new payment options earlier in the year which has led to more consistency in training.
The grading examinations have been busy and to a high standard from the USKA Ninjas to the Ladies division and on to the general grading’s at the club.
We have had two USKA Ninja’s in Zain Amer and Julia Glowacz complete the full USKA Ninja’s syllabus of belts and had a rare addition to the USKA Black Belt records when Ra’ees Kiani passed his 1st Dan Black Belt in September with a first class straight A Pass Mark.

 

Our numbers on all of our classes are extremely healthy and the reputation of the club is at an all time high in terms of people wanting to train with us to develop their Martial Arts once again marking us as one of if not the number one club in the country.

 

Competitively we once again have had two World Championships home and abroad to focus on with the WKO World Championships in Barnsley in July and the ICO World Championships in Rome, Italy in November.
These Championships have kept the Fight Team on the boil all year seeing them consistently doing well at Area, English, British and European level competitions.

 

Last year was our most successful year ever of competition and this year we amazingly have managed to surpass that success once again highlighting that what we are doing is working and ever improving.

Our competitive title tally this year seen us pick up 2 Area titles in BLCC and ICO Competition, 20 English titles in BLCC, WKU and WKO Competition, 39 British titles in BLCC, ICO, WKO, WMO, WKU and WUMA Competition, 10 Five Nations titles in WKO Competition, 4 European titles in WMO competition and a massive and Outstanding 46 World titles at the WKO and ICO World Championships.
In total that is 121 titles at recognised Governing Bodies Championships!

 

Outside of these titles we have picked up many Grand Slam Grand Championship trophies at other high level competitions and have bettered last year’s win ratio from 95 to 96% at BLCC Competition from novice to seasoned competitor.

 

Looking back at the two World Championships as I think they deserve a special mention we had 14 fighters compete in Barnsley at the WKO World Championships and 9 fighters fly off the Rome, Italy for the ICO World Championship.
From the two World Championships they brought home an incredible 82 Medals including 46 Golds, 24 Silvers and 12 Bronzes.
I’d like to just take a second and give credit to our World Championship Fight Squad and present them with a little token to celebrate their efforts… Could we have up…

 

Ehsaan Mahmood who fought at the ICO World Championships in Italy

Kian Beech who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Harvey Adlam who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Remy Mann who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Hammaad Shand who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Aman Kiani who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Shakeel Hussain who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Connor Aston who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely and ICO World Championships in Italy

Qasim Hasan who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Lennon Fortey who fought at the ICO World Championships in Italy

Declan Ward who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Haatim Shand who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Ra’ees Kiani who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Aryan Singh who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Lucy Kings-Wheatley who fought at the WKO World Championships in Barnsely

Khuzaimah Douglas who fought at the WKO World Championship in Barnsley and ICO Word Championships In Italy

can we give our World Championship fighters a big round of applause on their achievements.

 

We already have two World Championships to look forward to next year and there is no reason why we can’t continue this fantastic winning streak across the board with our ever growing and improving team of fighters.


We start off today with two of if not the most deserving awards that we give out every year…….

Our USKA Coaches and Instructors Awards.


The role of a good coach and Instructor does not stop at just teaching punches and kicks.
I recently seen online someone list the job description of a coach and I’d like to share it with you as it couldn’t be any truer.


A good coach needs to be a…


- A Life Coach.
- A Psychologist.
- A Mentor. 
- An Inspirer. 
- A Supporter.
- A Friend.
- A Problem Solver.
- A Stress Reliever.
- A Motivator.
- A Role Model.
- A Promoter of Respect, Patience, Humility, Discipline, Perseverance, Empathy, Courtesy,   Listening Skills, Loyalty, and self control just to name a few qualities.
- Someone who will hug you when you are down and pick you up when you have fallen. 

- Someone who knows what buttons to press to get the very best out of you.
- Someone who puts their heart and soul into you.
- Someone who wants success for you just as much as you want success for yourself.


We are lucky at USKA to have a coach that meets all of that criteria in abundance.

This man lives and breathes the development of the young kickboxers in the gym and is as passionate now as he was when he first took up a coaching role with us many years ago.
His understanding of the Fight Game is unquestionable and week in week out he puts his heart and soul into his sessions to cater for and bring out the very best from each and every student who attends his classes.
He is unselfish in his time and gives up many of his weekends throughout the year to accompany the Fight Team at competitions up and down the country and is a large part of their successes competitively from first time fighter through to World Champion.


On a personal note he is and remains one of my closest friends and advisors and my right hand man.


I give you the one the only...


MIGHTY MR SEAN QUINN


Our next Award today is an USKA Instructors award…

 

This award goes to a young lady who is doing great things with the USKA Female division and building our ladies classes into as strong an entity as all the other classes at the gym.
The numbers on our Female only classes have grown consistently throughout 2018 and the standard is comparable with the mixed technical classes which is amazing considering most of the girls on those classes only train once a week due to time restraints.
She is very humble and approachable and has a great rapport with all of her students.
Her own training has been consistent all year despite juggling University commitments and she is hoping to take her USKA 1st Dan Black Belt sometime in 2019.

 

This Instructors award goes to....

 

MISS RUQAYYA GRIFFITH


Before we move on to our student awards I would like to take the time to appreciate and acknowledge another key figure in USKA’s set up who is in effect our general manager.
The day to day behind the scenes running of the gym as well as the administration of the club is taken care of largely by my better half Alva.
Alva is the unsung hero of USKA freeing up my time to allow me to mainly concentrate on the clubs structure and development.

Not given credit anywhere near enough I hope you’ll join me in thanking Alva for the work she puts into the gym and I’d like to present her with a small token of all of our and especially my appreciation for everything she does here at the Fight Factory….


MRS ALVA BEIRNE


On to our student awards now...

 

This by far has been the hardest year yet in deliberation on who has been most deserving of receiving one of our USKA Student awards.

Myself and Sean have had a short list of over 30 people and over the last four weeks we have had to whittle it down and make the cut to leave us with the following 12 candidates.

We have gone back and forth and many things have been taken into consideration in our decision making.

We have taken students across all the facets of the gym as a true representation of what we do and represent here at the Fight Factory.
Taking into account the last 12 months of training and choosing 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.
It’s worth remembering however that the fighters have already received their rewards in the form of medals, belts and titles so these awards are more about what students have done outside of competition and their work and attitude in the gym.


Student Award 1

 

The first student award goes to one of our fighters who has come on in leaps and bounds this year and is arguably one of if not our most improved fighter in the gym over the last 12 months.
After qualifying for the ICO World Championships in April I was asked by his father whether it would be worth his son considering fighting in the Championships in Rome.
As a relative novice at the time I had my reservations but told him that it would probably be too much of a big ask but if he was willing he could tag along for the experience.
On earning his place on the team he knuckled down and started to put in the hours in the gym and rack up the competition experience he needed which brought his style and confidence on no end.
Winning a Gold in the Sport Boxing at the WKO World Championships in July and an amazing three Gold’s at the ICO Word Championships across three different disciplines in November he surpassed all expectations and established himself as a true World class competitor.
The scary thing is about this lad is we have only scratched the surface in terms of potential and if he stays hungry and continues the way he is going we could have something very special on our hands here.

This award goes to...

 

HAMMAAD SHAND

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Student Award 2

 

Our second award goes to one of our Little Ninjas who although being only 5 years old it seems like he has been training at USKA forever.
With a rarely seen passion in someone so young we have seen him progress through the USKA Ninja’s grading system leaving him with only one more belt to achieve before he completes the syllabus.
He lives and breathes Kickboxing and whereas you see other Children his age watching cartoons this young warrior will be at home getting his viewing from watching the USKA YouTube channel.
In fact I think he is probably singlehandedly responsible for the majority of our views.
He’s a lovely kid and has a bright and long future in Kickboxing as long as he stays in love with the Sport.

 

This award goes to...

 

SUFYAAN QAYUM

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Student Award 3

 

Our next award goes to another one of our technical students who always gives 100% in her training whenever she is at the gym.
She has been consistent in her training throughout the year and has worked hard for all of her grades which she has passed with very high grading results.
She has made the transition onto the sparring classes and although not the most naturally gifted in this area she is working hard to develop and improve.
I am very happy with where she is at right now and deserves this award for her effort over the last year.

 

This award goes to...

 

NATALIA CHEPEL

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Student Award 4

 

The next student award today goes to one of the younger members from our Technical classes that has shown real potential in everything she does.

This student caught both mine and Sean’s eye and we both believe she has something special and a quality that is seen in very few children of her age.
Showing real passion on her classes she consistently puts in 100% and as a result has reaped the rewards with great grading results and noticeable improvement week in week out in her sparring that will hopefully see her compete in her first competition next year.
I fully expect her to go from strength to strength in 2019 and am very excited to see how good this girl can be in the future.

 

Our first award goes to...

 

KAIFAH IMRAN

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Student Award 5

 

Our next award goes to one of our Little Ninja / Beginners Technical Kickboxing cross over’s.

This young lady has had a strong year working hard on her classes and always trying her best to impress on each and every class she is in attendance on.
After completing her full USKA Ninja’s syllabus of belts in October and being only the second USKA Ninja ever to do so she now sets her sights on the Beginners classes and her Red Belt grading that she is considering attempting next week.
I’m sure if she is successful there it will not be long before you see her on the sparring classes and then in to competitions.
A lovely girl and a real team player….

This award goes to…

 

JULIA GLOWACZ

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Student Award 6

 

Our next award goes to another young fighter in the gym who has had lots of ups and a few downs in competition but has always bounced back from his downs with a vengeance.
He is one of the most active competitors in the gym and is picking up experience in each and every competition he enters.

The potential of this young man is scary and although sometimes his focus wavers, which you have to expect with someone so young, when he is on it he is nothing short of World Class.

He has picked up numerous titles throughout the year but the highlight would have to be the three Gold Medals he picked up in Rome, Italy at the ICO World Championships in November.
What has pleased me even more about this young man though is the fact he has got back on the grading ladder to progress through his belts.

Grading’s at USKA are such an important part of a fighters development and addresses attention to detail in pursuit of perfection.
For this reason it has pushed him over the line on this one.

 

This award goes to...

 

EHSAAN MAHMOOD

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Student Award 7

 

Another USKA Ninja now and one that never seems to have a bad night in the gym which is extremely rare for any chid let alone one so young.

Her behaviour is second to none with myself and Sean never having to pull her up on her discipline for breaking rules.

We could make an argument to give her a reward sticker after each and every Ninjas class because she is so focused.

Her effort level is always 100% and she is turning into a poster girl and role model to all the other Ninjas on the class with her showing them how things should be done.

 

For the second year running this award goes to...

 

AISHA ABDULLAH

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Student Award 8

 

Our next award goes to a young man who is active in all areas of the gym.
Often helping out on the USKA Ninja’s classes, working hard on the technical kickboxing classes, grading on a regular basis, always present on the fighters and sparring sessions, entering all the BLCC competitions and now moving on to open class competition that will hopefully see him progress on to National and International competition next year.
The highlight of his year came only a few weeks ago where he picked up two English title belts at the WKU English Championships announcing his arrival on the open circuit with a bang.

 

This next award goes to...

 

NIKITA RAUBISKA

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Student Award 9

 

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

This award goes to a young man who has stepped up his game both technically and competitively this year and is now reaping the rewards from all his hard work.
Investing more time in the gym and paying attention to detail on his technical kickboxing classes has seen him pass his Green Belt grade in June with a very high pass mark.
Competitively he has surpassed all expectation winning 2 Gold medals at the WKO World Championships in Barnsley and an amazing 5 Gold medals at the ICO Word Championship in Rome.
The scary thing is I feel we have only scratched the surface with his potential and the best is yet to come with loads still to work on.

Our first Runner up for Student of the year for 2018 goes to...

 

REMY MANN

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Student Award 10

 

On to our next Runner Up for Student of the year

Our next Runner up for student of the year goes to someone who has had some pretty amazing highs this year both technically and competitively.

He successfully returned to competition following injury which pretty much kept him out of the ring for all of last year and started to find his form despite his long layoff.

After a few lower level competitions he fought brilliantly at the WKO World Championships in Barnsley in July winning 3 Gold Medal World Titles putting in performances that warranted him being named USKA Fighter of the tournament.
Straight after the Championships it was back to the grind to get ready for his USKA Black Belt in September which as most of you know is an exceptionally hard grade.
So hard in fact that we have only awarded 5 Dan grades since USKA was formed in 1996.
Following a 6 hour grading under the watchful eye of myself and ICO Word President Andrew Hennessy as grading examiners he was awarded his Black Belt first Dan with a straight A pass.

Training for a World Championship and training for an USKA Black Belt at the same time takes some doing but shows it can be done if you are strong minded and hard working enough.

 

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


RA'EES KIANI


I'd also like to take this opportunity on behalf of the International Combat Organisation to present Ra'ees with his ICO Black Belt 1st Dan Certificate.

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

 

To be considered for this award you need to be fully invested in the gym and everything it is involved in over the full 12 months of the year.

The student who has won the award this year has done just that following an amazing year of development, growth and competition leaving him truly top of the pile for 2018.
The changes in this young man started in April after qualifying for the ICO World Championships through the British Championships Qualifying event.
It was agreed that he would be able to attend but he needed to considerably up his game in regard to his attendance and effort if he was going to be anywhere near ready for November.

The young lad always had the ability but previously had lacked the full commitment that was needed to take him to the next level.
This all changed after the qualifiers and he was in the gym every day in preparation for the biggest challenge of his career.
The change paid off in July when he earned himself a Gold medal on the mats at the WKO World Championships in Barnsley
The improvements and tournament successes kept coming and in November he surpassed all expectations turning in the best performances of his career to stay unbeaten in Italy and win an incredible 5 Gold medals and World Titles.
Outside of the tournaments the changes in his work ethic has served him well improving constantly on his technical classes and gaining his Purple Belt with an impressive grading result in September.
This lad has show team player qualities by helping others on their development in particular on the USKA Ninja’s classes where he is a regular helper.

Our USKA Junior student of the year Award for 2018 goes to...

 

SHAKEEL HUSSAIN

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On to the Senior Student of the year for 2018...

 

Our Senior Student of the Year award this year goes to someone who has finally got there after previously for the last two years achieving runner up.

This year he has continued to develop and has gone into the seniors continuing exactly where he had left of in the cadets.

Always giving 100% on all of his classes whether it’s on a technical or fighters session he has shown to be a real student of the game constantly looking for ways to better himself in becoming a more improved martial artist.

Steadily progressing through the grades he passed his Purple Belt in September and is on schedule to hopefully attempt his Blue Belt in March getting to the business end of the USKA syllabus.

On a competitive level he has done everything that has been expected of him this year for the most part dominating everything he has competed in culminating in 3 WKO World Titles in July and 2 ICO World Titles in November impressively bringing his overall World Championship Gold medal tally to 10 in only 2 years of competition.
The only way is up for this lad with God Willing 2019 seeing his Full Contact Gala debut where I’m sure he will be equally as successful as he has been on the tournament circuit.

Another great year for this fighter... I give you our Senior student of the year for 2018...

 

KHUZAIMAH DOUGLAS

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Moving on now to our Fighters Fighter of the year award for 2018...

 

Our next award is for the fighter from the fighters and is aptly named the USKA Fighters Fighter award.

 

Any fighter who has competitively stepped on the mats or in the ring over the last 12 months gets a vote on who they think is most worthy of this award.

They might choose their favourite fighter, they might choose who they think has most improved, they might go with someone who they feel has shown lots of heart or they might choose the person they feel has performed best against the best opposition.

Their choice is their own and their vote is confidential.

 

The following fighters were nominated…
Ra’ees Kiani

Aman Kiani
Derelle McKenzie

Khuzaimah Douglas

Ehsaan Mahmood

Harvey Adlam

In joint second place and runner up for this year’s award was

Remy Mann

Hammaad Shand

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

SHAKEEL HUSSAIN

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

 

The scholarship award is now in its anniversary 10th year and over the last decade has really gave it’s reciprocates a great opportunity and platform to really develop themselves with 12 months of all you can eat kickboxing.
The Scholarship basically funds 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...

 

JULIA GLOWACZ

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Thank you to everyone who has helped to make today possible and such a success.

Our classes will be on as normal until Friday 23rd December and then we will break up for the holidays.

 

We are back in the New Year on January 6th for Ladies classes and January 7th for all other sessions with gradings planned for March and Open Competitions and a BLCC competition planned for the end of January 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 hope you’ve all had a great day... Osu!

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SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2018


The last competitive outing for Team USKA saw 8 of it's fight team compete at the WKU English Championships at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham today.
The team headed by Coach Sean Quinn consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Harvey Adlam, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Saned Ibrahim, Qasim Hasan and Khuzaimah Douglas.
After a long and tough days competition the team finished with a very impressive medal tally of 8 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes.
The WKU English was the last fight competition for 2018 with the team now earning a well deserved rest with the next open planned for 20th January and the next BLCC for 27th January when the fight season starts again in the new year.
Congratulations to all our lads in action today on their success in the ring and on the mats.

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FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2018


Well here it is ladies and gentlemen, the Highlight Reel from the USKA Fight Factory Fighters at the 2018 ICO World Championships in Rome, Italy.
I'm sure you'll agree they done us proud with some fantastic performances over there.

Give it a watch... Give it a Youtube like... and give it a share!

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SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2018


A smaller than usual squad of 6 USKA Fight Factory fighters entered the final leg of the ICO Lordswood Combat Tri-Series at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham today lead by USKA coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn.
The team consisting of Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Lennon Fortey, Shakeel Hussain, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas performed excellently in all of their categories in the ring and on the mats with everyone placing in their divisions.
We finished the day with an impressive 6 Golds and 3 Silvers and 9 Grand Championship trophy winners based on points accumulated across the three Lordswood tournaments of 2018.
Our individual results were as follows...

Harvey Adlam
Gold - Ring -35kg division

Kian Beech
Silver - Ring -30kg division
Silver - Mats Under 4ft 6 division
Grand Champion - Ring -30kg division
Grand Champion - Mats Under 4ft 6 division

Lennon Fortey
Gold - Ring -50kg division
Gold - Mats Under 5ft 6 division
Grand Champion - Ring -50kg division
Grand Champion - Mats Under 5ft 6 division

Shakeel Hussain
Gold - Ring -55kg division

Aryan Singh
Silver - Ring -55kg division
Grand Champion - Ring -55kg division

Khuzaimah Douglas
Gold - Ring +65kg division
Gold - Mats Over 5ft 6 division
Grand Champion - Ring +65kg division
Grand Champion - Mats Over 5ft 6 division

Lucy Kings-Wheatley
Grand Champion - Ring Ladies -60kg Division
Grand Champion - Mats Under 5ft 6 division

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MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2018
ICO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Well we have just finished at another Word Championship for the USKA Fight Factory fighters this time representing ICO Team England at the ICO Word Championships in Rome, Italy from 2nd-4th November.
The competition was tough and testing with some of our fighters pitched in against older and heavier opponents in merged categories but through all the adversity they kept their cool, keep their focus and turned in some amazing performances over there to surpass all expectations and bring home the bling cashing in on all the hard work they had put in in preparation for the Championships.
With fighters competing over 6 different fighting disciplines it was a very busy two days of competition for the USKA lads and their coach Neil Kelly under conditions that would emotionally break some fighters but nothing fazed our 9 boys finishing the competition with an unbelievable 35 medals including 23 Golds, 8 Silvers and 4 Bronze medals which was without doubt was the highest ratio of medals won by any single club at the Championships.
Our fighters success was as follows...
EHSAAN MAHMOOD - 3 X GOLD, 1 X SILVER
Gold - 10yrs & Under Mat Continuous -30kg
Gold - 10yrs & Under Boxing -30kg
Gold - 10yrs & Under Low Kick -30kg
Silver - 10yrs & Under Ring Continuous -35kg

KIAN BEECH - 1 X GOLD, 3 X SILVER, 2 X BRONZE
Gold - 11-12yrs Mat Continuous -30kg
Silver - 11-12yrs Boxing -30kg
Silver - 11-12yrs Boxing -35kg
Silver - 11-12yrs Mat Continuous -35kg
Bronze - 11-12yrs Ring Continuous -30kg
Bronze - 11-12yrs Ring Continuous -35kg

HARVEY ADLAM - 1 X GOLD, 1 X SILVER, 1 X BRONZE
Gold - 11-12yrs Mat Continuous -35kg
Silver - 11-12yrs Ring Continuous -35kg
Bronze - 11-12yrs Boxing -35kg

REMY MANN - 5 X GOLD, 1 X SILVER
Gold - 11-12yrs Low Kick - 40kg
Gold - 11-12yrs Low Kick - 45kg
Gold - 11-12yrs Boxing -40kg
Gold - 11-12yrs K-1 -40kg
Gold - 11-12yrs K-1 -42kg
Silver - 11-12yrs Ring Continuous -40kg

HAMMAAD SHAND - 3 X GOLD
Gold - 13-15yrs Ring Continuous -40kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Mat Continuous -40kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Boxing -40kg

SHAKEEL HUSSAIN - 5 X GOLD
Gold - 13-15yrs Ring Continuous -50kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Mat Light -50kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Boxing -50kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Low Kick -50kg
Gold - 16-18yrs Low Kick -50kg

CONNOR ASTON - 1 X SILVER 
Silver - 16-18yrs Low Kick -50kg
(Had to pull out of subsequent categories due to a foot injury)

LENNON FORTEY - 3 X GOLD, 1 X SILVER
Gold - 13-15yrs Low Kick -55kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Ring Continuous -55kg
Gold - 13-15yrs Mat Continuous -55kg
Silver - 13-15yrs Points Fighting -55kg

KHUZAIMAH DOUGLAS - 2 X GOLD, 1 X BRONZE
Gold - 16-18yrs Ring Continuous -75kg
Gold - Mens Boxing -75kg
Bronze - 16-18yrs Low Kick -75kg
It goes without saying that we are all exceptionally proud of our fighters on what they have achieved and the way that conducted themselves on the trip.
We would like to thank ICO President Andrew Hennessy and his team at ICO for the opportunity and stage to compete in International Competition and a special thank you to all the ICO coaching team that helped corner our fighters and helped them achieve the success they did.
The fighters would also like to say a big thank you to USKA coach Sean Quinn who played a big part alongside coach Neil Kelly in getting the fighters ready for battle in the months leading up to the Championship.
Thank you to all the travelling spectators who all pulled together to make it a fantastic trip helping each other all the way through and showing the true meaning of support, teamwork and family.
A final thank you to all the USKA coaches, assistant coaches, helpers and staff that looked after the USKA Fight Factory gym in our absence and insured that it was business as usual when we were away. It is truly very much appreciated as it would not be possible if it was not for you.
So in closing with this Medal tally added to our WKO World Championship success in April we finish the year with an outstanding total off 82 World Championship medals including 46 Golds,24 Silvers and 12 Bronzes beating last years total of 60 World Championship medals including 33 Golds, 17 Silvers and 10 Bronzes.
We salute each and every one of you on your efforts... Osu!
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WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2018


Nine USKA Fight Factory members fly off to Italy in the early hours of tomorrow morning to represent ICO Team England at the ICO World Championships in Rome.
The team pictured: (Back Row) Harvey Adlam, Kian Beech, Ehsaan Mahmood, Remy Mann (Front Row) Khuzaimah Douglas, Connor Aston, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey and coach Neil Kelly will compete across 6 fighting disciplines against some of the best fighters in the World.
We would like to wish the team a safe trip and the very best of luck and success in Rome knowing they will do us proud irrespective of results, we are very proud of each and every one of you.

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SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2017


17 USKA Ninjas attempted and passed their latest Grading Examination on today at the USKA Fight Factory in front of family and friends.
The well attended grading saw the Ninjas put through their paces featuring relay circuits, basic line work shadow boxing technique, pad work and finally an exercise circuit to finish proceedings after nearly 1 hour 30 minutes on the mats.
Well done to all our USKA Ninjas on some great performances and a special mention to Julia Glowacz on gaining her Blue Belt which is the final belt in the USKA Ninjas grading system.


The results all passes were as follows...

DAWUD ALI..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT
INAAYA REHMAN..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
DOMINIK LESZCYNSKI..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
OLIVER KIDA..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
HAIDAR KHAN..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
ZEESHAN REHMAN..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
MOHAMMED UWAIS SHAFIQ..... USKA NINJAS RED BELT 
NAHEMIAH FORBES BROWN..... USKA NINJAS WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT 
ZINEDINE KHAN..... USKA NINJAS WHITE / YELLOW STRIPE BELT 
SAARA HARIS..... USKA NINJAS YELLOW BELT 
ZAARA HUSSAIN..... USKA NINJAS YELLOW BELT
EHSAAN KHAN..... USKA NINJAS GREEN BELT
INAYAH KHAN..... USKA NINJAS GREEN BELT
SUFYAAN QAYUM..... USKA NINJAS PURPLE BELT
RYAN HULANCE..... USKA NINJAS PURPLE BELT
ISAAC HARIS..... USKA NINJAS PURPLE BELT
JULIA GLOWACZ..... USKA NINJAS BLUE BELT

Many thanks to all the parents for their continued support of our USKA Ninja's and finally to all the helpers that gave up their time today to help at the grading which we could not do without.
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WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2018


In one weeks time a team of 9 USKA Fight Factory Fighters will fly to Rome in Italy to represent ICO Team England at the ICO World Championships 2018.
Lead by USKA Chief Instructor and ICO Team England Head Coach Neil Kelly the team consisting of Ehsaan Mahmood, Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Lennon Fortey and Khuzaimah Douglas will compete across 6 different fighting disciplines in pursuit of Gold Medals and World Titles.

The team have trained exceptionally hard in their preparations and are all on weight and ready to rumble at what looks in prospect as being a fantastic World Class event with anticipated record numbers and countries in attendance.
Each and every team member would like to thank everyone who has helped to fund this trip through our Fund Raising events and to thank everyone in the gym from coaches to training partners to family and friends who have helped along the way to get them to this stage and ready to compete.
I'm sure they will all do us proud and give their all going for Gold.
Lion's on tour...Let's go let's get em!
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FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2018

Modelled excellently (although we may be a little bias) by USKA's youngest member Cara Kelly we now have the new USKA baseball caps in stock.
Caps come in one size but are adjustable at the back and are priced at £6.00 each.
Order yours from the USKA reception now!

*Please note that cute baby and cool Shamrock t-shirt do not come with cap purchase.
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SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2018

The National Brewery Centre in Burton-On-Trent played host to a very strong kickboxing card of action on Saturday 6th October.
The ICO and BLCC Co-Sanctioned event promoted by the BKA Kickboxing Academy was a title filled extravaganza featuring some of the countries top up and coming prospects. 
USKA Fight Factory had 5 fighters in action on the night contesting 5 title belts against some very talented opposition.
First up to contest the BLCC -30kg British title we saw USKA's Ehsaan Mahmood against JBS Kickboxing's Jayden Windsor.
We knew we were in for a closely contested bout with these two holding previous wins against each other and after 5 rounds of action with Ehsaan starting the stronger and Jayden finishing the stronger this was the case on the judges cards with the bout ending in a draw leaving the title vacant and setting up a possible rematch in the near future.
Next up for USKA in another 50/50 match up was Connor Aston against LSK fighter Joe Smith to contest the BLCC -50kg Midland Area title over 5 rounds.
These two put on a fantastic show for the crowd with some great back and forth exchanges with Connor taking the well deserved victory by Unanimous decision to pick up the BLCC Midland title belt.
Another -50kg title was up for grabs next when USKA's Lennon Fortey took to the ring against Impact Kickboxing's Macauley Morris to contest the BLCC -50kg British title.
Both fighters over the 5 rounds showed great skills and sublime kicking ability to put on a crowd pleasing performance with Lennon earning himself a Unanimous decision win and BLCC British title belt. 
Forth up for USKA seen the return to the ring of 13 year old Derelle McKenzie to contest the BLCC -65kg English title after a year out of competition. The opponent in the other corner was 16 year old Billy Gamov from the UMAC in York.
Despite giving away the age Derelle turned in a master class of skill, control and movement to earn himself a Unanimous points decision and BLCC English title belt. He also received some rave reviews from some very respected martial artists at ringside applauding him on such a skilful performance at such a young age.
Finally for USKA we had Ra'ees Kiani step in against late replacement Charlie Wilson from Shelby Martial Arts.
Ra'ess was let down from his original opponent at 10pm the night before leaving him facing the older and heavier Wilson for the ICO -55kg Midland Area Full Contact title over 5 rounds.
Wilson came to fight and was in there swinging for all 5 rounds but Ra'ees's cleaner work kept him ahead on all three score cards earning him a hard earned Unanimous points decision and new ICO Midland title belt.
As well as giving our fighters their due praise we would also like to commend each and every one of their exceptional opponents and fighting camps for putting on some great displays of kickboxing.
We would also like to humbly thank our travelling support with USKA Bringing nearly 80 spectators to cheer on our fantastic five.  You could be heard loud and proud and was very much appreciated from each and every one of our fight team.
Finally, a big thank you to show promoter Chris Squirrell and the BKA team for their hospitality and opportunity and stage for our fighters to do their thing.
Congratulations and well done to everyone involved. Osu!
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WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2018

The Fantastic Four just became the Famous Five!!!

USKA will have 5 fighters in title action at the BKA Ring Rage event on Saturday 6th October at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-On-Trent as part of a bumper night of Kickboxing action.
We are thrilled to be part of this event and look forward to some hard fought battles.
Our Fantastic Four are...

BLCC Midland Area -50kg title fight
Connor Aston (USKA) Vs Joe Smith (LSK)

BLCC British -30kg title fight
Ehsaan Mahmood (USKA) Vs Jayden Windsor (JBS)

BLCC British -55kg title fight
Lennon Fortey (USKA) Vs Macauley Morris (Impact)

ICO Area Full Contact title fight
Ra'ees Kiani (USKA) Vs Mikhail Ravjani (Rav Boyz)

we have now also confirmed the following great fight...

BLCC English -65kg title fight
Derelle McKenzie (USKA) Vs Billy Gamov (UMAC)

The fighters are working hard in training camp and it would be great if we could get a big support from the gym down to cheer them to victory on the night.
Tickets are available from now from the USKA reception priced at £25.00.
Earlier that day at the same venue there will be a BLCC daytime show with 25 fights for anyone who would like to be considered for a match.
Standard BLCC entry fees of £15.00 for fighters and £6 spectators will apply with top up entries fee's of £10.00 (for fighters) and £19 (for spectators) available for anyone who wishes to stay over and watch the evening shows action.
Weigh in for the BLCC show will be at 12pm with the first fight starting at 1pm
Doors open for the evening show at 5pm with the first fight starting at 6pm
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SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018


The USKA Fight Factory hosted a Fundraising Family Fun Day today to raise money for it's World Championship team that will travel to the ICO World Championships in Rome in November as part of

ICO Team England.
The focal point of the day saw the Fight Team participate in a sponsored 4 hour continual 80 round sparring session in the USKA Fight Factory ring.
Outside of that we had a great day with everyone having fun on the bouncy castle and taking part in all the activities including a tombola, cup stack game, smash the rat game, pick a pair game, henna, face painting, hair braiding and everyone really went to town on the Academy's Instructors Neil Kelly, Sean Quinn, Ruqayya Griffith and Amer Kayani with the main event Soak-A-Coach event.

Everyone was well fed and watered with the great selection of food and cakes on offer and the event surpassed all expectations bringing in over £1000 with more more still to be counted once all the fighters sponsor forms are in.
We would like to thank everyone who supported the day from the organisers, contributors and of course all the attendees who turned up and parted with their hard earned cash.
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SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018


Really long and busy day today for the USKA Fight Factory fighters at the Aero-Kick BLCC event in Birmingham with 23 fighters in action featuring in 28 fights.

The team coached on the day by Coaches Neil Kelly, Sean Quinn and Aryan Singh consisted of NIkita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Eesa Hassanjee, Khadijah Riaz, Kian Beech, Remy Mann, Aamina Sarfraz, Hammaad Shand, Omar Farooq, Rohan Kumar, Shakeel HUssain, Abdulmalik Abdullah, Saned Ibrahim, Connor Aston, Lennon Fortey, Qasim Hassan, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Adam Ali, Harris Ali, Khuzaimah Douglas, Ruqayya Griffith, Sumayya Griffith and Irfan Ahmed.
They all performed very well and only conceded 3 decisions throughout the course of the day. Well done all.
The next BLCC event will be in Burton-On-Trent on Saturday 6th October if anyone would like to compete.
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SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018


The latest USKA Fight Factory grading saw 29 new grades awarded today following what was in total

a 5 hour grading examination.

Congratulations to all our successful candidates and commiserations to the few that came up
slightly short this time around.
Failing a grade either makes or breaks you but if lessons are learned from it it can in the long run be the best thing that ever happens to you.
On our coloured belt grading we had a very impressive 2 straight A's in Maryam Sarfraz (Red Belt) and 
Aryan Singh (Purple Belt) and 4 A- grades in Daanyaal Deen (White Belt), Hammaad Shand (Yellow Belt),
Natalia Chepel (Yellow Belt) and Rico Mann (Green Belt).
Grading examiner and USKA Chief instructor Neil Kelly was then joined by ICO World President Andrew Hennessy to access and grade USKA 1st Dan Black Belt candidate Ra'ees Kiani in his attempt to become only USKA's 6th ever Black Belt.
After 6 solid hours on the mat for Ra'ees with him turning in a near faultless performance despite having to deal with some pretty painful hamstring cramps mid way through Ra'ees joined the exclusive ranks as an USKA Black Belt with a straight A pass receiving high praise from both grading examiners
Neil Kelly and Andrew Hennessy.
Congratulations to all our successful Graders on some amazing performances today but especially Ra'ees on becoming USKA's first Black Belt in 5 years.
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THURSDAY 13TH  SEPTEMBER 2018


For the first time in 5 years an USKA student will attempt to take an USKA Black Belt on Saturday when 15 year old Ra'ees Kiani sits his 1st Dan grading examination.
The Grading examination follows nearly eight years of training for Ra'ees who has trained 6 days a week for much of this time to get him to where he is today.
At USKA we do not give away Black Belts lightly and in USKA's history since 1996 we have only had 5 Dan Grades awarded which shows how prestigious this achievement really is should Ra'ees meet the standard and pass on Saturday.

Ra'ees had has his fair shares of ups and downs over those 8 years with many broken bones, injuries and ailments along the way but he has persevered and is now less than 48 hours away from probably the toughest challenge of his life.
We wish Ra'ees the very best of luck in rising to this challenge and joining a very exclusive club of truly exceptional martial artists.
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WEDNESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2018

USKA will have at least 4 fighters in title action at the BKA Ring Rage event on Saturday 6th October at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-On-Trent as part of a bumper night as Kickboxing action.
We are thrilled to be part of this event and look forward to some hard fought battles.
Our Fantastic Four are...

BLCC Midland Area -50kg title fight
Connor Aston (USKA) Vs Joe Smith (LSK)

BLCC British -30kg title fight
Ehsaan Mahmood (USKA) Vs Jayden Windsor (JBS)

BLCC British -55kg title fight
Lennon Fortey (USKA) Vs Macauley Morris (Impact)

ICO Area Full Contact title fight
Ra'ees Kiani (USKA) Vs Mikhail Ravjani (Rav Boyz)

The fighters are working hard in training camp and it would be great if we could get a big support from the gym down to cheer them to victory on the night.
Tickets will be available from next week from the USKA reception.
 Tickets are priced at £25.00.
Earlier that day at the same venue there will be a BLCC daytime show with 25 fights for anyone who would like to be considered for a match.
Standard BLCC entry fees of £15.00 for fighters and £6 spectators will apply with top up entries fee's of £10.00 (for fighters) and £19 (for spectators) available for anyone who wishes to stay over and watch the evening shows action.
Weigh in for the BLCC show will be at 12pm with the first fight starting at 1pm
Doors open for the evening show at 5pm with the first fight starting at 6pm
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SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018

WKO BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS


Some of the USKA Fight Team were on the Road again today this time at the WKO British Championships at the Metro-Dome in Barnsley.
The 9 fighter team headed by Coach Sean Quinn consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas.
They finished the day with a very respectable 11 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.
As well as the good results USKA finished 2nd on the overall medal tally only losing out to a team who had double the amount of competitors.
USKA Fighters also managed to have 6 of their 9 fighters ranked in the top 10 competitors of the tournament.
Congratulations and well done to everyone who climbed through the ropes today and did their thing.

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SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018

USKA FEMALE DIVISION CUB GRADING

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12 of our USKA Female Division were awarded their new belts today at the USKA Fight Factory following a grading that took no less than 3 hours in total to complete.
The examination under the scrutiny of USKA Chief Instructor Neil Kelly and club instructor Ruqayya Griffith covered basic technique, combinations, one step sparring and continuous sparring and covered criteria from Red Belt through to Green Belt syllabus. 
Our Star Grader today was 8 year old Kaifah Imran who passed her white belt

with a very impressive score of 91 / A-.
Congratulations to all our successful candidates who did the club and your instructor Ruqayya proud.

The following successful graders were as follows...

AMINAH ALI SHAN - RED BELT

KHADIJAH ALI SHAN - RED BELT
KAIFAH IMRAN - WHITE BELT
HARISAH IMRAN - WHITE BELT
MYESHA IMRAN - WHITE BELT
HAJRAH MAHMOOD - YELLOW BELT
AISHA ALI - YELLOW BELT
RABIA KHAN - YELLOW BELT
SUMAYYAH BIBI - YELLOW BELT
SAMERA ALI - YELLOW BELT
SUMAYYAH MAHMOOD - YELLOW BELT
NUSAIBA KHAN - GREEN BELT
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MONDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2018

USKA FAMILY FUN DAY

SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018


On Saturday 22nd September between 1pm-4pm USKA Fight Factory will be hosting a family fun day and would love it if you were able to attend. 
On the day we will have a Sponsored sparring event with our World Championship squad who will attempt to continually spar for 4 hours straight.
Also on the day we will have lots of sub events and things to do including...

* A BOUNCY CASTLE
* FACE PAINTING
* MENDHI
* SOAK A COACH
* CAKES
* REFRESHMENTS
* TOMBOLA
* FUN AND GAMES
* RAFFLE PRIZES
* AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

All the money raised at this event will go to the USKA World championship team of fighters to help fund their trip to Rome in November to compete at the ICO World Championships.

Tickets are available for this event from the USKA Fight Factory reception priced at just £1.00.

** Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult **


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TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST 2018

I's been a while since we brought you an USKA Fighter focus video profile but we are back with a bang with our fifth instalment featuring none other than our starlet Lucy 'Lazer Legs' Kings-Wheatley.
Training since the age of 8 and still only 15 years old Lucy has achieved so much in the sport already winning a mountain of titles right through to world honours in her 7 years in the sport.
Lucy is doing it for the girls and offering inspiration for any females out their who want to start up and achieve great things in a contact sport like kickboxing.
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SATURDAY 25TH AUGUST 2018


A quieter than usual USKA Ninjas grading due to the holidays today seen 9 USKA little Ninjas work for and gain their next coloured belts following a tough 1 hour examination assessment at the USKA Fight Factory.

Put through their paces by grading examiners Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn the Ninja's in front of family and friends showed fitness, technique and determination to pass their belts and move onto the next level of their martial arts training.
With impressive showings from our Ninja's some as young as 4 years old they thoroughly deserved their new belts and certificates and are a real credit to the USKA Ninja's division. 
The belts awarded today were as follows:

Zinedine  Khan - USKA Ninja's Red Belt
Greta Raubiska - USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Moya McNamara - USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Ehsan Khan - USKA Ninja's Orange Belt
Inayah Khan - USKA Ninja's Orange Belt
Ryan Hulance - USKA Ninja's Green Belt
Sufyaan Qayum - USKA Ninja's Green Belt
Dean Fahd - USKA Ninja's Purple Belt
Julia Glowacz - USKA Ninja's Purple Belt
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THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST 2018

The following video shows highlights from Team USKA's time at the WKO World Championships that were held at the Barnsley Metrodome on the 28th and 29th July.
14 USKA Fight Factory fighters and 3 coaches spend two nonstop days notching up the medals across 8 different disciplines from Full Contact to Fusion Rules to Ring Continuous to Sport Boxing to K1 Light to Low Kick Kickboxing to Light Continuous to Points Fighting and finished the competition with a very impressive 47 medals that included 23 Golds, 16 Silvers and 8 Bronze medals.
As well as the individual medal count we were awarded Top independant team at the tournament and had five of our fighters placed in the Top 11 competitors of the tournament in Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas, Aman Kiani, Ra’ees Kiani with Lucy-Kings-Wheatley coming in as the overall number one competitor being awarded the Best Female competitor World title belt.
Relive the action of what was a great weekend of competition for our fighters and make sure you give it a like on Youtube if you like what you see.

Kian Beech: 0:21 - 1:27
Harvey Adlam: 1:27 - 2:24
Remy Mann: 2:24 - 3:13
Hammaad Shand: 3:13 - 4:54
Aman Kiani: 4:54 - 6:28
Qasim Hasan: 6:28 - 8:14
Shakeel Hussain: 8:14 - 9:28
Connor Aston: 9:28 - 10:51
Declan Ward: 10:51 - 11:22
Haatim Shand: 11:22 - 12:04
Ra'ees Kiani: 12:04 - 13:58
Lucy Kings-Wheatley: 13:58 - 15:32
Aryan Singh: 15:32 - 16:59
Khuzaimah Douglas: 16:59 - 18:14

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TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2018


USKA Fight Factory would like to wish all it's members and friends Eid Mubarak.

May blessings be with you and your family's today and always.

All classes remain on as normal for anyone who wishes to train.

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SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2018


With the holiday season upon us a smaller USKA Squad of 8 fighters under the watchful eye of Coach Sean Quinn travelled to the BKA Kickboxing Academy in Burton on Trent on Sunday 12th August to take part in the latest BLCC event.
The team of Nikita Raubiska, Abdulmalik Abdullah, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Qasim Hasan, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Haris Ali and Declan Ward took part in 10 bouts and only conceded 1 closely contested decision.
Coach Quinn was overall happy with his teams performances on the day and has seen areas that his team can improve on for next time out.
Every day is a school day... well done team.

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SATURDAY 28TH / SUNDAY 29TH JULY 2018


Following two nonstop days of competition at the Inaugural WKO World Championships held at the Metrodome in Barnsley on the 28th and 29th July 14 USKA Fight Factory fighters and 3 coaches finished the weekend tired but content after racking up both performances and results to be proud of.
Fighting across 8 different disciplines from Full Contact to Fusion Rules to Ring Continuous to Sport Boxing to K1 Light to Low Kick Kickboxing to Light Continuous to Points Fighting the team seemed to be in action on one of the five fighting areas for almost every minute of the two days making it both emotionally and physically draining for all involved.
Coaches Neil Kelly, Sean Quinn and Amer Kayani looked after our team consisting of Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston, Qasim Hasan, Declan Ward, Ra’ees Kiani, Haatim Shand, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas against opposition from 16 different countries as well as some of the best fighters from across the lengths and breadth of the United Kingdom.

At close of play on Sunday the team amassed an incredible 47 medals that included 23 Golds, 16 Silvers and 8 Bronze medals which by all accounts is an amazing tally for a small team of only 14 fighters.

With ongoing points totals being collected relating to each medal won we also had 5 of our fighters placed in the Top 11 competitors of the tournament in Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas, Aman Kiani, Ra’ees Kiani with Lucy-Kings-Wheatley coming in as the overall number one competitor being awarded the Best Female competitor World title belt.
If that wasn’t sweet enough USKA was then awarded a huge trophy for Best Independent team of the tournament for their large haul of medals which was a fitting end to a great tournament for the USKA fighters.
On refection I think we couldn’t really have hoped for better results coming into this tournament with 4 of our fighters being very inexperienced but they showed that by putting in the work in training camp that they could indeed enjoy the spoils of victory come fight day.

Team USKA would like to thank Mr Jon Green and his Team at WKO for their hospitality at this year’s events and congratulate them on their first of what we hope will be many World Championships for them in the future.
Finally a big thank you to everyone who has supported our fighters in the build up to this tournament from parents to team mates to spectators and well wishers, we hope that they did you all proud.

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FRIDAY 27TH JULY 2018


So we have a busy weekend ahead of us for the USKA Fight Team with no less than 14 of them in action at the inaugural WKO World Championships at the Metrodome in Barnsley on Saturday and Sunday.
This competition follows an intensive 6 week week training camp where all our contingent have been putting in the extra work in order to prepare them for every eventuality against potentially some of the best fighters on the planet.
The team consisting of Kian Beech, Harvey Adlam, Remy Mann, Hammaad Shand, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Qasim Hasan, Connor Aston, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Haatim Shand, Ra'ees Kiani, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh and Khuzaimah Douglas will weigh in today ahead of their big challenge with the fighting commencing early on Saturday morning.
We wish all our fighters the very best of luck and know regardless of the results that they will do us proud and put in a great account of themselves.

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SUNDAY 22ND JULY 2018


We had 19 USKA Fight Factory fighters in action in 23 bouts on Sunday at the Aero-Kick BLCC Back in Brum XIV BLCC show.
The event held at the Community Aero-Kick gym was supported well with 21 clubs from across the country taking part in a total of 52 kickboxing bouts.
Our team headed by Coaches Neil Kelly and Sean Quinn consisted of Nikita Raubiska, Ehsaan Mahmood, Eesa Hassanjee, Khadijah Riaz, Remy Mann, Aamina Sarfraz, Hammaad Shand, Shakeel Hussain, Qasim Hasan, Aman Kiani, Abdulmalik Abdullah, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani, Lucy Kings-Wheatley, Haatim Shand, Declan Ward, Aryan Singh, Khuzaimah Douglas and Ruqayya Griffith.
With many of our team planning on competing at higher level events in the near future they were matched hard in most cases giving away age, weight or experience but this did not faze them at all seeing them rise to the occasion and turn in some career best performances only conceding one loss throughout the course of the day.
Congratulations team on a great day of competition proving that all the extra hard work you guys are putting in is translating and working in the ring on competition day.
The next outing for us will be next weekends WKO World Championship event in Barnsley where we have 14 of our team going for Gold against International competition in pursuit of Word titles.
We wish them the very best of luck and support knowing that irrespective of the results they will do us proud.

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SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018


On Sunday 15th July the USKA Fight Factory hosted a Fundraising Ironman Competition to raise money to send a team to the ICO World Championships in Rome, Italy in November.
60 Competitors and their supporters turned up and helped us raise an incredible £1000 which will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal total come Championships time in November.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed in making the day such a success from competitors to contributors and finally to all the helpers on the day who we 100% we could not have done it without.
On behalf of all the prospective World Championship Fight Team we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018


5 Fighters and 2 Coaches took to the WUMA British Summer Open at the Perdiswell  Leisure Centre in Worcester on Sunday 8th July.

Coaches Sean Quinn and Amer Kayani headed their charges Harvey Adlam, Aman Kayani, Shakeel Hussain, Connor Aston and Ra'ees Kiani into battle and after some decent performances the team all left with something bringing home 3 new British titles and two Silver medals.
With all the WUMA competitions categories split in heights it was apparent that some of our fighters were giving away significant weight some up to what we believe to be 15kg and despite this our lads found a way to put in good accounts of themselves not taking a backward step.
With one more BLCC competition on the 22nd July before the WKO World Championships at the end of July our fighters are starting to show the form needed to do well and bring home the results. Well done guys.
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SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018

8 USKA Fight Factory Fighters were in action on Sunday at the Cimac Superleague World Cup held at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood Birmingham.
The team coached by coaches Sean Quinn and Amer Kayani consisted of Ehsaan Mahmood, Remy Mann, Aman Kiani, Shakeel Hussain, Lennon Fortey, Connor Aston, Ra'ees Kiani and Khuzaimah Douglas.
After a frustrating day of competition with the feeling that we probably could have turned in better performances we finished with Podium positions of 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronzes.
It's all part of the journey though and win, lose or draw we have once again some valuable competitive experience in the bank that will hopefully serve us well at the upcoming WKO World Championships in Barnsley at the end of the month and at the ICO World Championships in Italy in November.
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SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018


Today marked the biggest USKA Ninja's grading to date with 23 USKA Little Ninja's being pushed to their limits at the USKA Fight Factory in pursuit of their next kickboxing belts in the humid summer 30 degree gym heat.
The 1hr 30 minute Grading featured a relay circuit, basic shadow boxing technique, pad work and an exercise circuit to finish with the added pressure of performing in front of family and friends.
With some of today's participants as young as 4 years old they have to be commended for their excellent focus, effort, discipline and concentration all attaining the prescribed standard in fine style and earning their new coloured belts.
All belts at USKA have to be earned and this grading without a shadow of a doubt showcased the best grading performances that we have ever witnessed on an USKA Little Ninja's grading to date.
Thank you for the continued support of our Ninja's parents and family for cheering our Ninja's through the hard grading and a massive thank you to all the helpers from our technical classes who gave up their time to hold pads and help with the grading.

The Grading results are as follows...

Moya McNamara.....USKA Ninja's Red Belt

Roman Horan.....USKA Ninja's Red Belt
Greta Raubiska..........USKA Ninja's Red Belt
Louis Batchelor.....USKA Ninja's Red Belt
Saara Haris.....USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Ibraheem Farook.....USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Zaara Hussain.....USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Isa Farook.....USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Malika Suliman.....USKA Ninja's White / Yellow Stripe Belt
Keegan Watkins.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Ehsaan Khan.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Connor Watkins.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Eren Teksut.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Nylah Taylor-Johnson.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Kian Watkins.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Inayah Khan.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Kerim Teksut.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Aliyah Teksut.....USKA Ninja's Yellow Belt
Sufyaan Qayum.....USKA Ninja's Orange Belt
Ryan Hulance.....USKA Ninja's Orange Belt
Isaac Haris.....USKA Ninja's Green Belt
Dean Fahd.....USKA Ninja's Green Belt
Julia Glowacz.....USKA Ninja's Green Belt
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SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018


Congratulations to our 9 successful Graders on our USKA Female Division Grading today.
100% pass rate and some very strong showings indeed.
It shows once again that our female division instructor Ruqayya Griffith is doing a fantastic job of bringing them all through. Well done to all our girls!
If anyone would like to join this great team our female only Beginners classes can be found at the USKA Fight Factory gym on a Thursday evening between 5:30pm - 6:30pm and a Sunday morning between 11:00am - 12:00pm.
Be proud to say you hit like a girl!

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SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 2018


We had the first grading of the weekend today at the USKA Fight Factory with 42 USKA students attempting to move onto their next coloured belts.
Following the morning warm up classes the grading lasted 5 hours in total with the final candidate Connor Aston completing his Blue Belt grade emotionally and physically exhausted after leaving it all on the mats. 
Pretty good results across the board and plenty of constructive feedback for everyone to improve their games for next time out.
A few people came up short dropping shy of the pass mark which isn't the end of the world as long as lessons are learned from it.
Our star grader today was Mr Aston turning in a very impressive grading score of 97/A on his Blue Belt grading.
It's the Female Division's time to shine now with their grading tomorrow afternoon.

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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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