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DFM Martial Arts held its second annual kickboxing and grappling competition at the Willowburn Sports Centre.
Students from DFM Kickboxing, Directional Fighting Method and the Reivers MMA clubs joined together for a day of high kicks and low takedowns.

DFM Instructor Darren Currah said: "There were some very good displays of both kickboxing and shoot wrestling in the competition and all the fighters showed good fighting spirit.
"It was interesting watching those from different systems compete against one another. But no matter what core system the students came from, they all give it their best with some surprising results."

The tournament was held under a round-robin system with each contestant fighting the other contestants. The competition started with kickboxing with fighters squaring off over one round of three minutes.

Competitors were Lisa Williams, Jo Kelly, Barry Angus, Andy Newton, Steve Mclaughlan, Ryan Copeland, Georgie Currah, Laura Cook, Scott Hall, and Terri Hopper.

Points were scored for clean punches and kicks to the head and body, combinations of sweeps, low kicks and punches, and knees to the body and thighs.

Jo Kelly emerged as the eventual kickboxing winner with Andy Newton coming second. Both fighters put good, determined displays to win their medals.

The grappling contest was a no-strikes shoot-submission competition of one round of ten minute duration.
Students had to wrestle, throw or takedown the opponent and then make them submit through a lock or choke hold. Points were awarded for takedowns and submissions, attempted submissions and reversals. Steve Mclaughlan won in style with Barry Angus coming in with a good second in the contest.

DFM instructor Phil Doherty said: "The whole DFM team would like to thank all those who took part in the competition, including the officials and spectators. "There were some great fights and we are looking forward to doing it again next year."
THE "BIG SQUEEZY" DFM ANNUAL COMPETITION
DFM Martial Arts
is holding the second annual kickboxing and grappling competition in November.

There will be three categories: DFM Shoot fighting; DFM kickboxing and MMA Reivers.

Last year’s event was a great success and a fun day.

The same rules apply this year and contestants are encouraged to take part in all sections.

Medals and the student of the year award are up for grabs.

The provisional date is Sunday, November 16th. TBC.
 

MARTIAL ARTS TV STAR HEADING NORTH

CHRIS Crudelli, the star presenter of Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves is featuring in a seminar in Jarrow.

Chris, who has spent his life studying martial arts since age eight, intends to teach his Jui Fa Men style of kung fu (Way of Nine Methods) which is a modern self-defence based adaptation of all the different arts he has studied.

Chris said: “I love the North East and was recently up there teaching in Stockton, which was fun as the guys were down to earth and such good fun.

“I’m a working class lad from Birmingham so they were my kind of people.

“I’m looking forward to coming up to Jarrow and I’m going to teach self-defence and the art of using psychology to stop people attacking you.”

As young lad Chris lived with a Chinese family who taught him their family style kung fu.

Then aged 17 he went to China and spent ten years studying from the top Chinese martial arts instructors and learning Kali knife and stick fighting from the Philippines plus many other combat arts.

When asked what his most memorable experiences were from his debut TV series he said it was meeting Hatsumi Maasaki, the only recognised grandmaster of Ninjutsu, whom he described as awesome.

He said: “It was the way that everything he did was a deception. Before you knew it he was all over you!

“I also enjoyed training with Ushiro sensei, the guy who taught Okinawian Karate. He was three moves ahead of me every time and I just couldn’t hit him!”

Chris is coming to the Kong Sai Kung Fu school in Jarrow which is run by DFM’s good friend Sifu Steve Youngman.

The session will be a three hour seminar and costs £40 per person.

The seminar is being held on Sunday, November the 9th.

If anyone wants to go please email Phil at: phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk

NINJUTSU MASTER KEITH PORTER SEMINAR

TOP Ninjutsu instructor Keith Porter is teaching this deadly art in Newcastle in November.

Keith, who is DFM instructors Phil Doherty and Darren Currah’s good friend and Tai-jutsu instructor, will be attending the Advanced Fighting Centre on November 15th.

Phil, who trained with Keith in Kent for five years, said: “Keith is one of the top martial arts instructors alive today and his knowledge has to be experienced to be understood fully!

“Ninjutsu is one of the core arts under-pinning Directional Fighting Method and every opportunity we get we train with him.

“Ninjutsu is one of the most deadly and effective systems and stretches back at least 900 years.

“Keith has studied extensively in Japan with Grandmaster Hatsumi and has in fact just returned from Bujinkan Ryuko dojo – so I’m sure he has lots of interesting things to show on the seminar.”

Sensei Porter is coming to the AFC in Newcastle on Saturday, November 15th. 

Anyone wanting to attend should email Phil at:phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk.

MMA EVENT IN THE NORTH EAST

The club is looking to organise a night at an MMA event held in the North East.
The MMA Total Combat 27 event is being held at Rainton Meadow Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, on Saturday, November 29th. 
Door open at 6pm and the first fight scheduled for 7.30pm.
If you are want further info see link.

www.mmatotalcombat.com  
Email: darrencurrah@hotmail.com or Steve Mclaughlan

smc.bandit@hotmail.co.uk 

EARN DOSH

DFM Martial Arts is part of a company called DFM Self-protection Ltd, a training company that specialises in Conflict Resolution Training.

If any DFM student provides a business contact that turns into a CRT Course that student receives £50.

CRT is the art of stopping violence before it happens using body language, verbal skills and psychology.

It is taught to medics, council workers and business employees and many many more professions.

Phil said: “DFM Self-protection also organises accredited first aid at work and health and safety courses as well fire marshal courses and how to deal with difficult customers, and student street safe courses.

“If any of our members puts us in touch with a business that requires these type of training and they buy one of our courses then that member receives £50 as a finder’s fee.

“Assistant DFM instructor Steve Mclaughlan has already benefited from the scheme.”

If you know of a business or organisation that is looking for this type of training then please email Phil at: phil.dfmselfprotection.hotmail.co.uk

FIRST AID COURSE

DFM is organising a first aid course for martial artists.

The course is obligatory for instructors and assistant instructors but all students are encouraged to take the course as part of their training.

DFM Instructor Phil Doherty said: “We are hoping to hold this in the New Year and would like as many students as possible from all classes to attend.

“Martial arts are contact sports and it’s important to have such a qualification in case of injury.

“A first aid certificate is also some thing that can be added to a CV or job application and is also a good every day skill.”

Email: phil.dfmselfprotection@hotmail.co.uk


NEWSFLASH 2008

GRADING SUCCESS

STUDENTS of DFM Martial Arts have gained their new belts after a tough examination.

Four of the 11 participants were not only passing their senior level grades but were also gaining their assistant instructor qualifications.

The students were assessed over a four week period before being subject to a final examination held at the Willowburn Sports Centre.

Members of Directional Fighting Method and DFM Kickboxing schools took the tests.

DFM Instructor Darren Currah said: “All the students put their heart and soul into their examinations and deserved their belts for all their hard work.

“By combining both continuous assessment and a final examination means the students push themselves over a sustain period of time and improve further before they take their test.

“Congratulations all those who passed and especially to those who also became assistant instructors.”

Students were tested on their knowledge of martial techniques and principles as well as fitness.

They were tested on their sparring and defence combat against street attack. 

In DFM Kickboxing the following gained: Lisa Williams – Black and Red belt (assistant instructor), Steve McLaughlan - Purple belt; Teri Hopper - Green belt; Scott Hall - Yellow belt; Jo Kelly  - Yellow belt; Sarah McLaughlan -Yellow belt.

In Directional Fighting Method: Barry Angus – Brown Belt (assistant Instructor); Andrew Newton – Brown Belt (assistant Instructor); Heather Swanston – Brown Belt (assistant Instructor); Steve Mclaughlan – Purple Belt; Robin Francis – Purple Belt; Michael Simpson – Orange-white belt.

NEW NAME COMPETITION FOR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CLUB

All suggestions will be considered, good or bad, with a prize for the best name and a kicking from Darren for the most appalling.

Steve McLaughlan suggested the Spartans, famed Greek warriors who were the best fighters in the ancient world.

They also were known for some thing else that frankly doesn’t quite go with our image. Ahem. (And Steve’s in the lead for the booby prize! Bum bum!)

I suggested (Phil) the Wolf Pack (best choice) and Robbie’s Reivers (worst choice – sounds like a Northumbrian folk band!).

So come on – give us your suggestions.

Email: phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk, robert@currah35.wanadoo.co.uk

CASH RAISED FOR CHARITY

The Multi-style seminar recently held at the Willowburn Sports Centre was a great success with £130 raised for charity.

Top instructors from Aikido, Evasive Self-Defence System, Kenjutsu and Western Historical Weapons Systems joined DFM instructor Darren Currah in teaching on the day.

There will also be other seminars arranged during the year.

CDs of the event are available for £3 from Phil. Money goes to charity.


NEW MMA AND KICKBOX 4 FITNESS SUCCESS

ALNWICK’S new Mixed Martial Arts and Kickbox 4 Fitness classes were a great success with large numbers turning for the opening day.

More than 35 new students began training in DFM Martial Arts’ newest classes held at Willowburn Sports Centre on Sunday.

The most popular class was the ladies-only Kickbox 4 Fitness session run by DFM Instructor Lisa Williams.

She said: “With more than 20 women turning up for the first session the class has got off to a fantastic start.

“The great thing about a ladies only class is that the students can get fit in a comfortable more relaxing environment.

“Kickbox 4 Fitness is an excellent way to lose pounds and tone up because all of your body is used in the sessions. Fat burns away and muscles tighten while giving the heart and lungs a good workout for total fitness.”

More than ten students turned up for the first session in the world’s fastest growing sport, Mixed Martial Arts.

In this class the emphasis is on competing with both punching and kicking and jutsu ground fighting.

Popularised by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) this sport is now second to football in terms of world-wide television viewing figures.

DFM Instructor Rob Currah said: “The classes are for both those who fancy competing and those who want to use its training methods to get into great shape.


UP-AND-COMING FUTURE EVENTS

DFM Martial Arts is holding the second annual kickboxing and grappling competition in June.

Last year' s event was a great success and a fun day.

The same rules apply this year and contestants are encouraged to take part in both sections.

Medals and the student of the year award are up for grabs

We need to know what dates everyone can do.

Email phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk, or darrencurrah@hotmail.co.uk


The Marfest08 International Martial Arts Festival is being held in April.

Directional Fighting Method's troupe of troubled warriors have been invited to take part.

The event is the largest martial arts exhibition in the North and all the money raised goes to cancer research.

DFM Instructor Phil Doherty said: “Cancer Research UK is the DFM Martial Arts charity of the year and it’s great that we have been invited yet again to take part in the North’s premier martial arts exhibition.

“We would like all DFM martial Arts members from all our clubs to come down and support the event if at all possible.”

More details on the Marfest08 will be sent soon.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION COURSE

WE are holding a CRT Martial Arts course in May.

For those not familiar with CRT it teaches professional ways to defuse confrontation and conflict so you don’t get into violence.

The course covers:

·        How we Communication: Body Language: Warning, Danger and Autonomic signs of impending violence

·        The Big No No’s

·        Personality Types. Betaris Box (How your attitude can inflame a situation)

·        Confrontation: The Progression of Resistance

·        LEAPS (How to ask questions and gain empathy)

·        Understanding Distance and the Reaction Zone

·        Fight and Flight and Flinch and Freeze

·        Anatomy of violence and Defusing Conflict

·        Difference between Assertiveness and Aggression

·        Changing the Script (Writing the Great Escape)

·        CRT Guard Positions and the Law on Self-Defence  

Many professions and occupations require CRT training in staff and participants get a signed certificate which they can use in job interviews.

All senior DFM instructors have attended the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service’s (NHS) CRT Familiarisation Course and hold certificates.

This course is obligatory for DFM Instructors but all students should try to attend as it is part of the ethos of our organisation.

All participants get a bound booklet and a certificate.

The course will be held in May.

Email phil to place your name on the list. phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB AND ANDREW

Birthday boys Rob Currah and Andy Newton celebrated special occasions recently.

Rob turned the big 4-0 and Andy got the keys of the door (as opposed to usual where he is shown the door!) and turned 21 last week.

Both celebrated in time honoured fashion and got pissed! Well’ what can I say…

But: Happy Birthday to You; You live in a Zoo; You’ve got a face like a monkey; and you smell like one too.

Altogether now… hee hee hee


MULTI-STYLE SEMINAR IN NEW YEAR

SOME of the region’s top martial arts instructors are coming to Alnwick to teach on an open seminar in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The workshop features sessions in Jui-jutsu, Evasive Self-Defence System, Kenjutsu, Aikido, kung fu and Directional Fighting Method (DFM), historic western sword systems.

Hosted by the Directional Fighting Method Club, the event is being held on Sunday, January 27, from 9am at Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick.

DFM instructor Phil Doherty said: “The idea behind these seminars is to raise cash for Cancer Research UK while bringing different martial art groups together in friendship.

“It is open to any martial artist from any club or association who would like to try different arts and help raise cash for this very important charity.

“All the instructors share one philosophy and that is open mindedness to new ideas and principles from other arts.

“This is the first of many different seminars that will take place across the region hosted by different clubs and associations all with the aim for promoting friendship and raising cash for the charity.

“We would love for other martial arts groups in the Alnwick area to become involved in the fund raising efforts and host similar events."

The seminar costs £15 per participant on the day and £10 if pre-booked.

Those attending should wear a martial arts uniform or loose sports clothing and bring a packed lunch and water.

For further information call Phil Doherty on 0191 4401368 or Darren Currah 01665 604871.

 

BREAKING (water) NEWS

HOT off the wires – DFM member Dave Price has had a baby.

The new addition to the club is called Isaac and sleeps, well like a baby…

Congrats and welcome to the sleepless night club!

Updates to come! Exclusive pics.

NEW MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES

A NEW MMA starter class is beginning at Willowburn Sports Centre.

The class will teach the fundamentals of ultimate fighting and cage rage competitions both for contest and fitness (student choice).

The first lesson is being held on Sunday, February 3 from 5pm to 7pm.

MMA draws on a number of different methods including boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, ju-jutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, western grappling and judo, and others.

DFM Instructor Rob Currah said: “This class is ideal for both those interested in competing in competitions and those who want to get fit by using the rigorous training methods in MMA.

“In MMA you learn to both the stand up game with boxing and other striking arts and on the ground with ju-jitsu and grappling.

“It’s a great way to get fit, gain confidence and learn new skills.”

The MMA club is part of DFM Martial Arts and all students from other disciplines and clubs are also members by right.

Phone: Rob on 07828 898645 or Darren on 01665 604871

Email: robert@currah35.wanadoo.co.uk

NEW WOMEN’S KICKBOX 4 FITNESS CLASS 

A NEW kickboxing based fitness class for women is opening next month

The female only DFM Kickbox 4 Fitness class is being held at the Willowburn Sport Centre on Febrary 3 from 5pm to 6pm.

Kickbox 4 Fitness is a great way to improve flexibility, tone tums and develop upper and lower body strength.

The class is being run by new DFM Instructor Lisa Williams.

DFM Instructor Lisa said: “This is a great way to get fit, lose weight and tone up generally.

“Although the system uses kickboxing moves there is no sparring. Instead the emphasis is on fitness and improving health.

“It’s also good fun and great way to meet new people.”

Classes are strictly 16-years over.

The first lesson is free.

Phone Lisa: 01665 576853

Email: lwilliamsecdl@yahoo.co.uk

UP-AND-COMING FUTURE EVENTS

DFM Martial Arts
is holding the second annual kickboxing and grappling competition in June.

Last year’s event was a great success and a fun day.

The same rules apply this year and contestants are encouraged to take part in both sections.

Medals and the student of the year award are up for grabs
The date will be confirmed later.

 

The Marfest08 International Martial Arts Festival is being held in May

The Directional Fighting Method troupe of troubled warriors have been invited to take part.

The event is the largest martial arts exhibition in the North and all the money raised goes to cancer research.

DFM Instructor Phil Doherty said: “Cancer Research UK is the DFM Martial Arts charity of the year and its great that we have been invited yet again to take part in the North’s premier martial arts exhibition.

“We would like all DFM martial Arts members from all our clubs to come down and support the event if at all possible.

“DFM Martial Arts is hosting a seminar on 27th Jan also in aid of raising money for the charity and it would be great for everyone to come and take part in this and support our own charity event.”

More details on the Marfest08 will be sent soon.

DFM Martial Arts invited to a charity seminar to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

The seminar is being hosted by Sifu Steve Youngman and is being held in Wallsend in February.

There will be a number of different system being taught from Aikido, modern fighting systems, traditional karate jujitsu and many other.

See above

There will also be other seminars arranged during the year

 

MARTIAL NEWS 2007

 FIRST DFM MARTIAL ARTS ANNUAL COMPETITION A GREAT SUCCESS

DFM Martial Arts held its first annual kickboxing and grappling competition at the Willowburn Sports Centre.

Students from both DFM Kickboxing and the Directional Fighting Method Club joined together for a day of high kicks and low takedowns.

DFM Instructor Darren Currah said: “It was a great day full of fun with good displays of both kickboxing and ground fighting from all the students.

“It was interesting watching those with more grappling experience fight kickboxing and the other way around.

“But no matter what core system the students came from they all give it their best with some surprising results.”

The tournament was held under a round-robin system with each contestant fighting three times.

The contest started with the kickboxing competition over two rounds of two minutes each.

Points were scored for clean punches and kicks to the head and body, combinations of sweeps, low kicks and punches, and knees to the body and thighs.
Scott Norris drew two fights and won one; Barry Angus drew two fights and won one; Andy Newton won one fight, drew one and lost one; Steve Mclaughlan won one, drew one and lost one;Robin Francis won one and lost two; Heather Swanton lost two; Ryan Copeland won two and lost one.

The grappling contest was a no-strikes shoot-submission competition of two rounds of three minute duration.

Students had to wrestle, throw or takedown the opponent and then make them submit through a lock or choke hold.

Points were awarded for taking an opponent down, moving from one ground fighting position to a superior fighting position, range of techniques employed, ground defence against an attack, defence against shoots and fighting spirit.
Steve Mclaughlan won one, drew one and lost one; Andy Newton won one, drew one and lost one; Ryan Copeland won two and drew one; Scott Norris lost two and drew one; Barry Angus drew two and lost one; Heather Swanton lost two and drew one;  Robin Francis won two and drew one.

Heather Swanton was named as the winner of the Fighting Spirit Award.

Heather was the only female contestant and is of slight build. 

DFM instructor Phil Doherty said: “Some of the fighters Heather fought are around six foot and weigh in on average about 14 stone.

“Yet she managed to give all the strapping lads a surprise with her excellent ground defence and quick counter-attacking and above all sheer guts.”

 

CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHT A DRUNKEN SUCCESS

THE Club held the first presentation night at the Oddfellows Arms.

Medals for the competition were handed out to the fighters who took part in the annual competition.

Scott Norris, Robin Francis, Heather Swanson, Andrew Newton, Steve McLaughlan, Ryan Copland and Barry Angus all received a medal. (Food was laid on by Heather in the form of fairy cakes – but hey buggers can’t be choosers! A bit camp, but nice all the same.)

Heather was the winner of the competition’s Fighting Spirit Award for her sheer guts and surprising the boys.

Next was the Student of the year awards. Steve McLaughlan was the winner for the kickboxing club and Andrew Newton and Barry Angus jointly received the trophy for the Directional Fighting Method Club. 

After that it all went a bit blurry…

BREAKING NEWS

HOT off the wires – Hannah McDonald has had her baby.

Kickboxing student Hannah give birth a few weeks ago to a bouncing girl weighing in 8lbs 5oz.
The new club member is called Grace Alexandria.

Both mum and baby are fine.

The little darling sleeps throughout the night…

Congratulations Hannah and Karl.

DFM STUDENT SAVES GIRL FROM CRAZED SEX ATTACKER

DFM student Andrew Newton turned super hero and rescued a 13-year-old from being raped in a busy street.

While waiting for a bus he heard a girl scream, turned and saw a man on top of a young trying to take her clothes off. 

Andrew, who is learning to become an instructor, used his skills to drag the sex attacker off her and pin him down while the boys and girls in blue arrived.

The attack took place in the Haymarket Bus Station, Newcastle at around 10pm.

He was helped by other men who helped keep him under control.

Andrew’s exploits saw him feature as a page lead in the Sunday Sun newspaper.

The girl was having a family night out but had ran ahead of her main party to the bus station where the man allegedly just grabbed her and tore her clothes off.


The man has been arrested and charged with a sex offence. He will face a crown court trail shortly.

MARTIAL NEWS 2006

UP AND COMING SEMINARS AND COURSES

Multi-style Seminar

THE Kurai-Nami Kenjutsu Club are holding a one day mixed martial arts seminar in March.

Clubs that have already agreed to take part include DFM and the Hotspur School of western sword fighting as well as the Evasive Self-Defence System.

DFM Instructor Phil Doherty said: “If you can make it to this seminar then do so because you’ll learn a lot from the different perspectives from both the different instructors and the systems they teach.

There will be a collection in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“It doesn’t matter which DFM school you belong to – this course will help you understand combat at a deeper level.

“You’ll also be helping raise funds for a special cause – one in three of us will get cancer at some time in our lives. All the money raised will go to the Newcastle research centre, which is the leading one in the UK.”

Email Phil if you’re interested on phil.doherty@hotmail.co.uk

Alnwick’s DFM Kickboxing club makes the grade

DFM kickboxing students kicked and punched their way through their grading examinations to win their new belts.
Eight students from DFM's adult kickboxing school took the gruelling grading that tested their expertise in kickboxing and fitness.
First they had to demonstrate their conditioning levels with sets of press-ups, squats and sit ups as well as endure rounds of skipping.
Then they were tested on their punching, kicking and striking techniques against kick shields and focus mitts.
Then each student had to spar with opponents to finally win their belt.
Lisa Williams won her brown belt, Steve McLaughlin and Scott Norris both got their blue belts, Chris Dunn, David Turner and Terri Hopper won their orange belts, and Laura Lewett and Brianna Etriken received their yellow belts.

DFM Martial Arts is offering two free lessons to any new starter in any of its combat and fitness schools throughout January and February.

The Club is also opening a 12 to15-year-old kickboxing class at Willowburn Sport Centre this month from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesdays.

And in February DFM plans to run a 12 to 15-year-old class at the North Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick.

A new Kickboxing for Fitness class for women will also be held at the centre on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm, and Sundays from 10am to 11am.

GRAPPLING CLASSES

NEW grappling classes will be starting on a Wednesday from 8pm at Willowburn Sports Centre.

The classes will cover shooting in, takedowns, ground fighting, submissions, chokes, locks, transitions and escapes.

Systems covered: Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Ninjutsu, Japanese Daito Ryu Ju-Jutsu and Small Circle Ju-Jitsu.

This class is open to all members.

MarFest 07

STUDENTS from the Method will be taking part in a major martial arts showcase.

The event, held in Sunderland in May, is the biggest show of martial arts in the north of England.

Last year more than 40 clubs took part and it was watched by around 1000 spectators.

The DFM students will be demonstrating open hand defences as well as hanbo techniques.

All the money goes to Cancer Research UK.

See DFM instructor Phil Doherty for further details.

KICKBOXING AND GRAPPLING BOUT

WE are still awaiting the date for the next kickboxing tournament.

As well as kickboxing it is proposed to hold a Shoot Fighting match as well.

Shoot Fighting is submission wrestling without punches, kicks or strikes.

The Closed Combat Academy are the hosts.

As soon as we get a date we’ll send details via email.

See either Phil or Darren for further details.

 
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