pointsfighting Archives | Wolfpack Martial Arts | Kickboxing Edinburgh

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!


6th March 2019
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Wolfpack recently returned from the huge kickboxing event, the Irish Open, held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Open is an impressive competition – close to 4,000 registrations every year. The sections are large, filled with the highest level of competition. There is a reason why being an Irish Open champion is a big deal; the standard of competitors is high and everyone knows.
The fighting began on the Friday with all the light contact sections.
The continuous fighters did very well, and a huge congratulations to Natasha Baldwin, one of the instructors here at Wolfpack Martial Arts. She continues to show that with enough determination, perseverance and motivation you really can achieve anything. Natasha made the decision to make the -60kg section, as well as her usual -65kg section, with she has not attempted to make in over five years. As usual, Natasha pushed on, training hard with a perfect diet, no matter what the circumstance and was able to reap the rewards when she furthermore not only won her -65kg section but also her -60kg section! Double Irish Open champion, and this was most likely made all the sweeter as her one year old daughter was able to watch from the sidelines – all we can say is, what a role model.
Friday evening saw in the points fighting team events – our own Adam Lough was asked by his friends from the Legend Summer Camp which he attends every summer in Greece, to jump in with them. Adam fought very well with the Greeks, and they ultimately came away with the gold. Congratulations to everyone involved!
The individual adults and juniors points fighting divisions ran on Saturday, followed by the grand champion event and cadets point fighting sections on the Sunday. The rest of our team competed on these two days where we had great performances all round, and we added to our medal collection.
Our end result was three gold, five silver, and eight bronze from a squad of fifteen fighters. Great work everyone, with lots to work on before next year comes around!