Women in sport Archives | Wolfpack Martial Arts | Kickboxing Edinburgh

28th October 2019
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Wolfpack Martial Arts were very proud to host the first International Women’s Sparring Camp. Head coaches Kevin and Natasha had decided they wanted to improve the quality of female sparring in Scotland. So, they decided to host a women’s invitational camp. We had attendees from all over Europe; as close as England and as far as Hungary.

The first visitors flew in from Germany and trained with us in our Friday night sparring class. More women arrived on Saturday morning where Kevin hosted a mini-drills and skills session on Saturday morning. After a quick break, the women had two solid hours of sparring with some of the highest-level competitors in the world.

Following the second session on Saturday, these women and a couple of our regular Wolfpack members were privy to a private complimentary tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience. This was a great opportunity for our vistiors to experience some Scottish culture and taste some whisky. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Scotland!

After this, we were treated to a discounted Nando’s – which everyone thoroughly enjoyed after a hard day’s training.

One of the ideas which gave rise to this weekend of training was bringing up the standard of women in kickboxing and providing role models for this. This meant that Wolfpack hosted a “give-back” session: younger females from Wolfpack Martial Arts were invited to take part in a two-hour training and sparring session with the other women so they could see the potential in what they themselves could achieve.

The last training session for the girls was two doors down at CaveFit. This was where they took part in a conditioning-style workout organised by Sophie. It was organised into teams, and to no-ones surprise, it got very competitive! Everyone loved this style of workout and it was great to see everyone working hard.

Lunch was held at the Village Hotel, quickly followed by access to their leisure facilities: a heated pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi is always a welcome sight. What a perfect way to end the weekend!

We’d like to thank all the companies which got involved, please visit their websites for more information about them.

https://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/

https://cave-fit.com/

https://www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/edinburgh/

 

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21st October 2019
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October saw Wolfpack travel down to Bristol to take part in the Bristol Open 2019. We had a squad of 17 fighters competing over two days.

Light contact and points tag teams and open weights took place on the Saturday. There were definitely some battles! Adam Lough was our fighter of the day for coming away with a gold medal in his -63kg light contact and for stepping up to the adult divisions to compete in the tag teams with partner Grant McEwan and for them coming back with a bronze in their section.

 

 

On Sunday, it was point fighting day. We had most of the Wolfpack kids fighting and so, our highlight on this day was Aroush Shiek. This was due to the great improvements that she has made and we’re very proud of the way she fought.

 

 

Head Instructor Natasha Baldwin was also leading by example winning gold in her -70kg points fighting division. Other winners included: Aiden Lennan, Ollie Schofield and Maia Bisley. Congratulations everyone!

Our total medal count was:

  • 8 gold
  • 10 silver
  • 16 bronze

This placed us 8th out of 110 clubs, a massive improvement from last year where we placed 17th. Next year our aim is to be in the top 5!

Well done to everyone who competed, we can’t wait for the next one.

To see more photos from the event, head over to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wolfpackmartialarts/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2692208157489815


23rd May 2019
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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.