Blog | Wolfpack Martial Arts | Kickboxing Edinburgh


Wolfpack Martial Arts recently returned from the White Tiger Challenge held in Knock, Ireland.

We came away with 12 golds, 6 silvers and 11 bronze! Congratulations to all the competitors and we can’t wait for the next one.

Below is a video created by Jessica Smith, one of our instructors at Wolfpack, which we think has captured the essence of what it means to compete and travel as one of our team.

We hope you enjoy.

 


14th June 2019
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Next up in Fighters Corner is Robbie McMenamy, one of the best fighters to come out of the Emarald Isles. There really isn’t anything Robbie has not won – check his unique style out on YouTube.

We caught up with him to ask a few questions.

 

KPB: How long have you been training and what made you start?

RM: I’ve been training for 24 years since I was an 11 year old fat kid. I started because l liked the game street fighter and wanted to be Ryu. After that Jackie Chan movies spiked my imagination also!

KPB: There’s not much you haven’t won. What motivates you these days?

RM: Nothing motivates me more like good competition from another good martial artist which unfortunately seems to be hard to find these days.

KPB: Who are your favourite, most entertaining fighters to watch these days male and female?

RM: Male: Davide Colla and female: Martina Rossi.

KPB: The sport changes so often, as a fighter what core systems do you think are key to success?

RM: I think the core values have disappeared if I’m honest and it’s had a massive effect on the sport.

KPB: Favourite tournament?

RM: It used to be Best Fighter back in the day. Now it would be World Combat Games as it is the best in the world and only a few can confirm this.

KPB: If you had the chance to create a dream team with fighters from any era who would be in it?

RM: I would choose Nikos Memmos, Morten Spissøy Drew Neal, Gregorio Di Leo and Emanuele Bozzolani. Women I would have Luisa Lico and your Natasha.

KPB: Lastly will we see you teaching again in Scotland?

RM: If that’s an invitation then yes, I’d love to come back!


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On the 15th of May, Wolfpack Martial Art’s coaches Kevin and Natasha Baldwin were flown out to Atlantic City, USA. Natasha was to take part in the prestigious Ameri-kick International competition after a hard six week training camp. She  prepared meticulously for this event and it definitely paid off!

Natasha performed excellently, coming away with 6 gold medals in:

  • WAKO -65kg Point Fighting
  • WAKO -65kg Light Contact
  • NASKA team event winner
  • NASKA Point Fighting
  • NASKA Middle Weight Grand Champion
  • NASKA Overall Grand Champion

She fought over three days, and on the third day competed on the night show, in a special WAKO Open Weight gala where she only just missed out on a gold by one point in the last minute.

 

We congratulate Natasha for her tremendous achievements, and would like to thank Natasha’s sponsors: TOPTEN (Owner Peter Kruckenhauser pictured with Natasha, below) and club sponsor CVS Recovery for their continued support.

 


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Wolfpack head coach Kevin Baldwin, assisted by junior instructor and current British Champion Adam Lough, ventured out of the lair and over to SASA.

SASA is a department of the Scottish Government that specialises in antibody production and molecular biology.  They had been invited along to teach a class to the employees there. The reason being that SASA were having a Well-Being experience day. This included everything from yoga to a petting zoo, with some kickboxing thrown in there too!  The employee’s  were split into two groups: one before lunch and a second group afterwards. The participants really threw themselves into the sessions working hard from start to finish.  

The coaches thoroughly enjoyed themselves, stating that it was a great day working with really good people. After receiving some great feedback from those who took part, Wolfpack Martial Arts are now talking about hosting a regular kickboxing class on site at SASA.


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On the 4th of May, Wolfpack Martial Arts coaches (Natasha and Kevin Baldwin) presented sponsorship money to fighter Jennifer Lauder.  

Jennifer is a valued member of the squad who had been on a great winning streak this year, already picking up medals both domestically and internationally with the Wolfpack Fight Team, such as gold at the Golden Glove event in Italy and gold at the WAKO GB Nationals.  

Under the watchful eye of her club coach, Dave Parkinson of Iron Fist Academy, Jennifer has qualified to represent team England at this years WKC World Championships in Niagara. 

We look forward in helping her prepare for the event and are happy we can do our little bit; world championship trips don’t come cheap! We wish her the best of luck, and it has been a pleasure to be apart of her journey so far.


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On the 20th of April Wolfpack Martial Arts are hosting a WAKO GB kickboxing referee course. This qualification allows individuals to build experience and referee at subsequent WAKO tournaments. The course itself will be taken by WAKO GB Chief Referee Peter Markland, as a ref he has travelled the world and his reputation proceeds him. His delivery promises to be very entertaining yet informative!

It is a great opportunity that we are glad to be a part of, and we hope to see as many of our students, friends and family at this course to be a part of our kickboxing team. We would like to remind our senior students that a referee course IS required before any black-belt grading.

Places are £25 per person, and the qualification only needs renewed after two years. We can’t wait to get involved!

For further details, please see the original post on the WAKO GB Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wakogreatbritain/photos/a.1112390595444985/2632774120073284/?type=3&theater


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At Wolfpack Martial Arts, we believe that martial arts helps to build strength of character, independence and self confidence in any individual, at any age. Parents send their children to our classes from ages four onwards, realising that there are so many benefits that kickboxing training will bring to their little ones from fitness to key life skills.

However, this is not to say that parents do not have a place within our syllabus teaching! We are lucky to be surrounded with a great team – our instructors, students and parents all working together to create a real family-friendly atmosphere within our club.

An example of this would be within our Lil Dragons class (ages four to six) that we run every Saturday morning at 10am. We recently had all of our parents come and take part in the class, running through the forms that each child will need for their next belt. It is always good for parents to get involved, to be role models for their children and helping them out where they need it.

So, there is always place for parents to get involved with their child’s martial arts journey.

To start yours, drop us a message via our social media outlets or the “Contact” form on this page and one of our team will be in contact shortly.


2nd April 2019
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As another month passes, March certainly was a special one and for a change we are not talking about tournament success! Of course that itself hasn’t changed with great successes both domestically and internationally.

In this post however we would like to welcome our newest twenty three members to Wolfpack’s ranks, across all the different classes and membership strands!

To highlight a few, our Lil Dragon programme is doing very well with lots of new, bubbly faces joining in every Saturday morning – so much so we launched a Thursday class at 5pm. In fact, the Saturday class at 10am is so close to being fully booked until some of those students move up into the Wolfcubs programme.

Our other programmes are filling up too, with new members in Wolfcubs (seven to eight years) and Juniors (nine to thirteen years). Our Thursday night adult kickboxing class sees over twenty students on the mats, pushing their martial arts skills and fitness to the max. It’s always a sweaty one!

Tuesday night brings our kickboxing circuits, where there is a great atmosphere and ethos. This allows new members to build their knowledge of our martial arts syllabus for their gradings and build their strength and endurance.

In all of our classes, we make sure that you are always learning and growing. Kickboxing brings many benefits: self-confidence, discipline, motivation, fitness and learning a new skill to name a few. This means that we are always striving to bring the best out of everyone training with us.

So, for those who have just joined the Wolfpack Martial Arts family, we say hello and we can’t wait to see you all in your next classes!

Remember, if you have friends or family who want to join in, remember the easiest way to book in is through the “Contact” tab on this website.



Hello everyone,

Below is a video showcasing some of the students and training we do here at Wolfpack Martial Arts. This was made at one of our Open Squad Training sessions of the year – featuring our kickboxing coaches, Kevin and Natasha Baldwin, shot by one of our very own instructors, Jessica Smith.

We hope everyone enjoys this video and comes along for the next one!

Don’t forget to share!


19th March 2019
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Our very own co-founder Natasha Baldwin has been selected as one of the seeds of the Amerikick International sports karate event in Atlantic City.

Natasha has had a remarkable year to date, picking up at least one gold medal at every event she has attended. All this having been achieved only a year after giving birth to her baby Effy Rose! Her hard work and this formula for success had not gone unnoticed and shortly after her latest event, Natasha received the call from Jarrett Leiker, one of the promoters of this event – which boasts prize money for the women’s event of $2000!

Natasha will not only be representing Wolfpack Martial Arts, which is located in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh but also the companies CVS 24 and Top Ten, two sponsors she has had on board for sometime. As always, we are very grateful to have a support network around us and these sponsors play a major part.

We all wish Natasha the best for her nine week preparation camp in the lead up to this massive event, but as we know, when it comes down to hard work and preparation no one does it better.

 

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