SUCCESSFUL AUTUMN GRADING AT SENNEN:
The Autumn Penwith Mayo Shin Do Karate grading and training session took place at Sennen Community Hall.
Penwith area coach, Clive Double, black belt 6th Dan said: "Everyone worked hard and the standard was high. It is good to see them progress over the months."
Clive was assisted by Denzil Searle, black belt 3rd Dan, and Jon Butcher, brown belt two black tags.
The next Penwith grading and training session is in February and the annual Mayo Shin Do Black Belt Grading at Sennen Community Hall in March.
For further details visit the website www.mayoshindo.org
Grades awarded: Max Wardle, White Belt; Ruby Wilson and Isobel Harvey, White Belt one yellow tag; Loveday Thomas, Yellow Belt; Jonathan Thomas, Yellow Belt one orange tag; Tamsin Harvey, Orange Belt one green tag; Paul Broocks, Neil Harvey and James Harvey, Brown Belt.
MARAZION SILAT SEMINAR PROVES A MASSIVE HIT:
A martial arts seminar held in Marazion for the students of Ronin Combat Academy has been hailed a great success.
The theme was Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD), a martial art from Brunei, a small country in South East Asia. The chief instructor of this style of Silat, or Guru as he is known, is Maul Mornie, who was holding his first seminar in Cornwall.
Silat is a traditional martial art system that hails from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, and is quickly growing in popularity within the martial arts community. Historically, Silat was a very secretive art that incorporated many weapons skills - ranging from battlefield weapons such as machetes and axes, to flexible weapons like whips and scarves, and also concealed blades that would have been used by assassins. There are many different styles of Silat however, and Maul does not claim to be an expert of them all – he travels the world promoting the culture of Brunei and teaching his family's own system called Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD).
The Ronin Combat Academy (RCA) teachers and students were very excited that Maul had agreed to travel down to Cornwall.
RCA instructors Ray Burns and John Bennetts have trained at several other SSBD seminars in Britain, and the feedback has always been the same – Maul Mornie's system is the best that anyone has seen for a long time. Indeed there was an excellent turnout with some people travelling long distances to attend. Ray and John would like to thank all those who made the trip, in particular Pat O'Malley and his students from Rapid Arnis International – a highly respected martial arts group in Britain.
Everyone attending the seminar, despite their level of experience, was hugely impressed by Maul. Indeed there were students at various different levels of skill and ability at the event, with some having only been at the Ronin Combat Academy for a few months.
All participants expressed how well the techniques were taught by Maul – making the movements easy to understand and replicate once he had demonstrated them.
Every SSBD skill and strategy is relevant to western society today, due to the increase in street crime, assaults and particularly knife attacks.
SSBD can help students to train the correct attributes and the right mindset to be aware of, and overcome many types of altercations. Not to mention the many health benefits that can be acquired in learning a new skill, improving physical fitness and increasing self confidence – the true magic of martial arts.
Maul proved that with dedication and self belief, it is possible to develop yourself into an impressively effective and powerful individual.
For more information on the art of Silat Suffian Bela Diri, visit www.silatsuffian.com. You can also see videos of Guru Maul Mornie on his Youtube channel www.youtube.com/maul565.
For more details about training with Ronin Combat Academy visit www.ronincombatacademy.com or joining them on Facebook.
CHARLIE PASSES THE BATTEN AT AGM:
The Cornwall Target Association held its annual meeting at the Fraddon Village Hall. The meeting was taken by Association president, Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.
The meeting heard from retiring secretary Charlie Batten that there were two main items of concern to the target shooting fraternity in the past year.
Firstly, the possibility that the County Long Range, currently at Trethosa Moor, on land owned by Imerys, could be under threat because they want an energy company to create a 'solar park' close by.
Negotiations were ongoing and we expect to be further forward by the end of the year.
The second cause for concern, was more positive in that since the Olympic and Paralympic Games, some clubs have had a large increase in people wishing to learn to shoot.
This has left some clubs with too few qualified coaches, however, the association is hopeful about improving that situation, with the help of the Chief National Coach.
The officers were unanimously re-elected, with the exception of the Mr Batten, who last year announced his intention to retire from the post after 24 years, stating that he believed the post should be held by a currently competing shooter.
Les Sayer, of the Liskeard Rifle Club was proposed and elected to become the new secretary.
Colonel Bolitho thanked Mr Batten for his sterling years of service, and welcomed Mr Sayer to the post. The two men will collaborate to ensure a smooth transition.
There were a number of awards made and were presented Colonel Bolitho.
The Powderham Cup was retained by Cornwall's juniors, who trounced Devon on that county's home range, and the cup was presented to the junior organiser, Geoff Davies from the Truro club.
The next award was of blazer badges to the Cornwall air rifle team who came second in the National competition.
The winning team were: Mrs Sandy Parker, Matthew and Philip Hammond, Tom Perry, Phil Yeomans and Dave Husband. Only the two Hammonds and Tom Perry were present to receive their awards.
The final presentation was that of The Lord Lieutenants Trophy , originally donated by Viscount Falmouth, to be presented to the person, team or persons who were adjudged to have done the most to further the sport of target shooting during the past 12 months.
This year's winner was Rod Aldred, from the Helston Rifle club, for his excellent work with the juniors of that club, introducing a new discipline and taking the juniors out of county to compete.
The Lord Lieutenant presented the trophy to loud applause.
The third round of the shoulder to shoulder league matches have now been shot with wins for Truro (487) at Hayle (473) and Penzance and St Ives (488) over Helston (479) all scores ex 500.
The outstanding shoot of the round was for Charlie Griffiths of Penzance in his first season with the club, scoring a maximum 100.
League table, page 79.
OLYMPIC LEGACY TO INJECT £100,000 INTO DUCHY:
Cornish organisations are now able to apply for a share of £100,000 over the next year to help young people get into sport in the county, as part of an innovative Olympic legacy programme.
On Friday November 15, the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) launched the third year of the OIympic-inspired, Sportivate, for 14 to 25-year-olds to get into sport.
As the local driving force behind the national campaign to increase levels of participation, the CSP will be awarding grants to support local sporting projects.
Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is giving teenagers and young adults – who currently aren't playing sport in their own time – the chance to receive six weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.
The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part. Since it was launched in Cornwall in June 2011, the programme has already been a massive success with almost 1,300 more 14 to 25-year-olds regularly participating in sporting activities off the back of the Sportivate sessions they'd attended.
Last year Nankersey Gig Rowing Club in Mylor received a Sportivate grant to run a project and have received much more than the monetary benefit.
Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "Through Sportivate funding we have been able to invest in Cornish community clubs and organisations, providing essential resources to get more young people more active and to also work towards building a legacy from the 2012 Olympic games.
"Its success in Cornwall has been incredible and in less than two years, almost 1,300 young people have participated in six weeks or more of sporting activity and continued to enjoy taking part in that activity within their community."
The Cornwall Sports Partnership is also working at a local level to bring Places, People, Play, the government's official legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympics, to life through a number of other projects.
One of these, Sport Makers, is an inspirational programme that will see many more people given the confidence and opportunity to volunteer in sport locally.
It has also assisted in a significant amount of funding being invested in the county to renovate local community sports facilities, through Sport England's Inspired Facilities funding.
Successful venues include St Ives Tennis Club, St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club, Falmouth Sports Centre, Pentewan Sands Sailing Club, Grampound Road Cricket Club and Callington Community College.
For details about any of the Olympic Legacy programmes in Cornwall, or to apply for a Sportivate grant, visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's website: cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk
CORNISH ATHLETES CELEBRATE FINE SEASON:
The awards evening for the highly successful inaugural Cornwall Triathlon Series, organised by Carrick Leisure, took place at the Sands Resort Hotel in Newquay.
Following the success of the Brownlee brothers at the London Olympics, triathlon has become the fastest going sport in the UK over the past year which showed within the Cornish series with more than 700 athletes completing at least one event throughout the season.
The series itself comprised of ten events throughout the county from May to October with distances from sprint to middle distance. Athletes had to complete six events to qualify in the overall standings.
The evening was hosted by M Geoff Samuels, senior community Leisure Officer for Carrick Leisure. The guest speaker was Cornwall's Cassie Patten, who won bronze in the open water 10 swim at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Dave Hooper of triathlon England was also in attendance.
Thanks was given to series sponsors Cycle Logic, USM, Giant, Aqua sphere, Triathlon England and Cornwall Council.
Awards were presented to the top three in each age group and the overall series winners.
The overall series winners where Anne Maskell (Cycle Logic) ahead of Helen Webb (Mounts Bay) and Sarah Myford (Cycle Logic).
In the men's series, internationals Dave Bartlett and Penzance's Neil Eddy, both of Cycle Logic, finished joint first with Steve marks of Newquay Tri third.
Among the age groups winners the men's over 50s was won by ex-international runner Mark King, (Tri Logic) who has become the first person to win both the Cornish Road Roaders' title and triathlon titles albeit 15 years apart.
A special award was given to Jonno Gibbins (Tri-Zone who became the only person to complete all ten events.
Other award winners: Male 60: 1, Ivor Earl (Tamer Trotters); 2, Eddie Sugar, (East Cornwall Harriers); 3, Barry Drew (Tri-Logic). Female 60: 1, Marilyn Mitchell (St Austell Tri). Male junior: Callum Roberts (NewquayTri). Novice of series: Clive Boyes-Hunter, (Gyllyngvase SLSC). Female 50: eq 1, Lesley Richardson (Newquay Tri and Lisa Player (St Austell (Tri); 3, Jackie Swift (Tri-Logic). Male 50: 1, Mark King (Tri-Logic); 2, John Thompson (Newquay Tri); 3, Barry Jackson (Tri-Logic). Female 40: 1, Anne Maskell (Cycle Logic); 2, Sarah Myford (Cycle Logic); 3, Lisa Crawford. Male 40: 1, Steve Marks (Newquay Tri); 2, Dave Pell (Tri-Logic); eq 3, Andrew Smith (One & All), Darrin Porter (Tri-Logic) and Jonno Gibbons (Tri-Zone). Female 21-39: 1, Helen Webb (Mounts Bay); 2, Sandi Hill (Newquay Tri); 3, Liane Holt (Newquay Tri). Male 21-39: eq 1, Dave Eddy and Dave Bartlett; 3, Ian Wright (Truro Rowing Club).
INTER AREA LEAGUE
The second round of Inter Area League fixtures were played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday with North v West and Central v East. At the time of writing no results information has been received.
Over the forthcoming weekend the qualification competition for the County Triples will be played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls club with 41 teams split across the two days with 21 playing on Saturday and 20 on Sunday chasing the 8 spots available in the county finals later in the season.
COUNTY NEWS ROUND-UP:
Cornwall U14 Boys defeated a Cornwall U18 Girls' side by 31/2-11/2 in a best of five fourball betterball matches at Carlyon Bay on Sunday.
"This practice match was designed for the Under-14 boys to be better prepared for next season after losing all their matches this year," said Cornwall Golf Partnership's county development officer Simon Wood.
"We believe in time this new approach will pay off in terms of the Under-14s' results."
Results (Cornwall Boys Under-14 first): Connor Davidson & Finlay Rule bt Emily Toy & Shannon Ashcroft 2 up; Tom Lentern & Bradley Barnes bt Abi Maude & Gemma Marsland 2&1; George Leigh & Rhys Johns halved with Eugenie Knight & Amy Wellington; Lewis Jackson & Danny Sweet lost to Laura Andrew & Charlotte Brook 2&1; Jack Andrew & Harry Macauley bt Lucy Lind & Victoria Pawley 2 up.
Among those attending this year's CGU County Dinner at the Hotel Bristol, Newquay will be at least five past County Presidents, seven past County Champions, five past County Captains and 10 members of this year's first team squad.
Graham Yates, a director of England Golf, will speak on behalf of that organisation and in addition there will be comedy from Keith O'Keefe.
Thirty-two pairs will be doing battle for a place in the last 16 when the second round of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes is played on Sunday.
At the same time another 32 pairs will be contesting the first round of the Plate competition. Play gets under way in the main competition at 8am and at 10.08am in the Plate.
Falmouth came out on top in a cliffhanger of a President's Cup match against Looe at St Austell on Sunday, with Paul Collins clinching victory for his side at the second extra hole after the teams were locked together at 41/2 points each.
In the semi-finals on February 24 they will meet Merlin, themselves 5-4 winners over China Fleet in another nail-biting encounter at Trethorne.
Both matches in the other half of the draw were more clear cut, with Launceston defeating Lanhydrock 7-2 at Looe and Bowood Park overwhelming Lostwithiel 71/2-11/2 at Carlyon Bay.
The winners will meet in the last four on February 24.
Local clubs round-up, page 76.