Just off Walton Road in Woking there is a fabulous kick
boxing gym which I discovered purely by chance. This friendly, family run, yet
professional business is run by Jesse Saunders and his wife Liz. When I first
went into Shin Kick to make enquires I met their 13 year old daughter who wowed
me with her brilliant knowledge of the business and their little one who was clearly running the reception desk with a lovely big smile.
As well as being a former professional fighter, Jesse
is a renowned referee and judge, a director at IBMTO (Independent Board of Muay
Thai Officials), a BMTA Muay Thai instructor, a level 2 fitness instructor, a level
3 personal trainer and a qualified TRX instructor.
Liz Saunders is the lady running the entire business
side of Shin Kick and she is also a massage therapist and a mummy too.
Jesse first got into Muay Thai through a Thai friend in
Guildford when he was 14 and this sparked his love of the sport. He has been
out to Thailand to train many times in the past.
The gym has excellent facilities and runs classes for
children and adults from beginners upwards. They also offer one–to-one private
trainer sessions which can be tailored to your level of fitness.
Muay Thai is a combat sport which originates from
Thailand, so essentially, Shin Kick is a fighting gym but you can learn self-discipline,
self–defence, balance and co-ordination, get fit and learn a new sport. If you
want to get in the ring you can, if you don’t want to you don’t have to.
Children attending the gym will be more self-confident and
get fit; it is a much better option than sitting on the sofa watching TV and playing
computer games. Also, belonging to a gym can make a child feel included and
part of something good, which is especially necessary for a child who needs
their self-esteem boosted. (Children can start from age 5)
Shin Kick is a gym where you can pay as you go and
there are also membership options. Clearly membership will ensure you get off the
sofa and go, always a good incentive. If you can’t commit to membership, then
the pay per class is brilliant. If you are not sure whether Muay Thai is for
you, you can ask for your first class for free.
Personal training sessions are £40 a session but can be bought in blocks of 5 with the 6th session free.
Adult classes are £12 per class or included free in membership from £70 a month.
Children's classes are £7 per class or included free in membership from £35 a month.
Classes can consist of pad work, technique work, clinching
techniques, light sparring, body conditioning, abdominal work, burpees, sit ups
There are also Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes taught at
Shin Kick and they are good for self defence, cardio workout and general
fitness. These are also taught from total beginners to the advanced fighters.
Since the gym first opened in 2007, Jesse has produced
many English, British and European champions and top ranking fighters so if this
is a path you are interested in, then Shin Kick is definitely a brilliant place
When you first go to Muay Thai there is spare equipment
you can borrow, however they also sell a fabulous range of clothing and
equipment so you can treat yourself. Let’s be honest, we all want the correct kit
and to look the part. Your normal shorts and t-shirt will be great, but once
you get into the classes you need the right gear and you will want to buy the
MDK branded clothes and equipment.J
The enthusiasm and camaraderie is evident at Shin Kick
and there is a good spirit of helping each other with things like pad work and
bag work. This is a good place for adults and children alike and you shouldn’t be
put off because Muay Thai is a combat sport, there is absolutely no atmosphere
of aggression in Shin Kick and you will definitely feel more confident after a
For information on this fabulous gym please go to their
weekend I got to see my totally favourite band back together and playing a
fabulous rocking set at Herofest 2017 in Farnborough.
have got back together with two of the original members, Paul Morehead (AKA my
dad) on guitar and backing vocals, Dick Walker on bass and vocals and Graham 'Topper' Clay joining them on drums.
gazebos were almost uprooted with the sound of Waisted playing their set at
Herofest, a mini pub festival in Farnborough. They were not the first group on
stage but their fabulous, professional set were the first act to get the
audience dancing. Despite the incessant rain, Waisted had the audience dancing
and braving the deluge. The rocking beat the fantastic tunes and the amazing
guitar playing woke the crowd up and brought the event to life.
and Dick have played together in bands since the 1960s, including Shades of Green,
Sweet Life, previous line ups of Waisted, and also separately in other bands.
Topper is also a seasoned performer with various bands. I won’t tell you their
collective age because they will kill me J
trio all play their instruments as if they have been playing them since the
last century........hang on, they have been..... and it really shows. Their
individual and collective knowledge and expertise made their set a cut above
the rest while still entertaining the crowd without swagger and pretension.
covered versions of songs by Steve Miller, Small Faces, The Clash, Tom
Robinson, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis and Robert Johnson. My
favourite of the set was Whole Lotta Shakin by Jerry Lee Lewis, a fabulous way
to end a brilliant set.
I may be biased but my Dad’s guitar solos are amazing; for an old bloke he is
doing pretty damn well.J
In fact these three talented musicians create a relaxed, enthusiastic
atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. As with all the best musicians, there is the
odd joke, the occasional flippant comment thrown into the crowd and a definite
sense that they are there to have fun and perform because they love it. They
are first class but they don’t talk themselves up because they don’t need to,
the music speaks for itself and it speaks a language we all understand.
If you want to book Waisted for a gig then email them at email@example.com To
see more on Waisted, including a video, and to keep a look out for their next gig, you can go to
their Facebook site Waisted. ( see below)
stories are woven into the fabric of life and become almost true; Sometimes
stories are true and become fiction. No one really knows where the line is
drawn and no one needs to know. I will let you decide. A story is for telling,
for enthralling, for entertaining, the origin is unimportant.
The Seven Disastrous Dates.
time we met I was telling you about that great guy, well he turned out not to
be so great, but that’s a story for another time. That seven dwarves picture
you put on your Instagram really made me laugh and made me think. Snow White
may have had seven dwarves, but I have had 7 disastrous dates, or near dates. (Well
I have had more than that but let’s not go there)
call them dribbly, grumpy, dopey, droopy, pervy, slimey and oddball.
was the one with the monosyllabic voice, I nearly died of boredom over a cup of
coffee, and in fact I was almost hoping I would die because it would have put
me out of my misery. I personally think he should hire himself out to
insomniacs because I was that close to dozing off that I was pinching myself to
stay awake. The only word he said with any inflection at all was AND.
Unfortunately this meant he was changing the topic he was boring me about.
was the tall, skinny one who dribbled while he ate. I was so glad we only went
for a pub drink, because, quite frankly, watching him eat a packet of crisps
put me off ever eating again. How can you slurp crisps? How can you dribble
while you eat? How? Why? I need answers?
can I say about grumpy? He was grumpy from the first time he asked me out,
through his text messages and through two comedy films at the cinema. I thought
the first one may have not been to his taste or that he was having a bad day,
but no. Second date, comedy film again, stony stare, not so much a twitch of
his lips and the rest of the room, including me, in fits of laughter.
well he was not really dopey, so much as ignorant. Only his opinion counted,
only his ideas were correct. To be honest most of what came out of his mouth
was inane drivel. He did seem to have got a lot wrong in his life; he made
stupid choices and always backed the wrong horse, so to speak. It would never
have gotten past the first date because he was too busy telling me his pearls
of wisdom to listen to a thing I had to say. If it’s one thing I hate, it is a
know it all.
now we come to pervy. Thus named because, before we had actually got as far as
a date, he had let me know that he wished me to walk on him while wearing
boots!!! Well, I am sorry but I need a man who is a man, not a walkover (literally.)
Real men do not want women walking on them. You can really go off a tune with a
mental connection like that. I do not want to hear Nancy Sinatra’s “These boots
are made for walking” ever again.
was a total creep, a weird, cringey guy who I have turned down a few times. His
talk of what he wanted to do was way beyond what I would find acceptable and I
am no prude. All I can say is that there are toilets for certain things thanks
and the door is that way (metaphorically as we never went for that drink) As
well as being a slimey weirdo, he had SMALL HANDS!!! Now you know all about my
small hands phobia, we have discussed it many times and no, just NO!!!
what can I say about droopy? You guessed it hun; we had passed the dating stage
when I found out that he was not just droopy but rather undersized in certain
areas. To be honest, he had a stumpy pencil and did not know how to write with
it. (I do like a good analogy.) Sadly he had talked the talk, constantly and
promised me the world. Unfortunately it turned out that all he had to offer
was, in relation to the world he promised, a corner of the car park. (No, not
literally, I am far too old for that)
way my lovely, I will write again soon and I so hope that you haven’t pulled a
muscle laughing. It could seriously only happen to me and now you know why I
won’t go on that dating site you mentioned. If I can meet that many weirdos in
real life...... how many could I meet online? The possibilities are endless.
A series of pieces in the form of letters; you can decide if
they are fact, fiction or a mix of the two? Some will be relationship related;
others will be humorous incidents and, well, who knows what else.... we shall
see. Below is the introduction as a taster.
couldn’t make it up!
Sometimes stories are woven into the fabric of life and become
almost true; Sometimes stories are true and become fiction. No one really knows
where the line is drawn and no one needs to know. I will let you decide. A
story is for telling, for enthralling, for entertaining, the origin is
to stay cool on a hot summer night and other random tips.
Dummy disclaimers are in red but I hope common sense prevails and
they are not needed. I take no responsibility for the stupidity of others.
last few weeks has seen a large rise in temperature and some horribly hot
nights. I do not do well with the heat and have been using fans and cold
flannels to cool down.
Last week I had a brainwave. I filled a hot water bottle
with a little ice and some water from the fridge.....I had made a cold water
be honest it is logical and I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of it before. If
you warm your bed with a hot water bottle then why not cool it with a cold
got me thinking about useful tips around the house so here goes.
1.To get the most out of face cream, hand cream or anything
else in a tube, cut it in half when it’s nearly empty and you can get to what
is left inside. There is usually a lot of the product left that would otherwise
get wasted. The top, which you have cut off, will usually fit over the tube to
keep the contents from drying up. Do not do this with
products that are prescribed, go off easily or are chemically. Be careful when
cutting the tube, good scissors are needed.
lids from certain products make good containers. The lids from Sanctuary
products are orange or clear and are fabulous little pots. I use some on my
desk at work for paper clips, split pins etc and I use some in the bathroom for
standing my electronic and normal toothbrush in. It is always a waste to throw
away a useful item if it can be reused as something else. However, if I don’t
have a use for something I do not keep it “in case” because that leads to
clutter. Again, check the suitability of the lid you
are using. If the product was toxic in any way or contained a lot of chemicals,
do not re-use, just re-cycle.
container that cake cases come in is fabulous for slightly bigger desk pots and
again, I use them at work. In a world of excess it is good to re use things
rather than buy something else.
have a glass kitchen jar for cotton wool balls in the bathroom. It looks nice
and is functional. This one was too tall for my kitchen so I re-purposed it for the
bathroom. It matches the cotton bud container bought for the princely sum of
£2.You could also use glass jars for decorative
soaps, bath pearls, bath salts or bath puffs. Beware
children (and men) and glass.
tip my mum told me years ago is to use normal furniture polish to remove sticky
marks left behind by labels. It works, you usually have it in the cupboard and
it is a lot cheaper than buying the products which are designed to remove
sticky marks. Check on the bottle of polish for the
kinds of surfaces you can use it on. If it is not listed then you are risking
ruining the surface.
those hard to iron items of clothes, something you want to dry quickly or if
you just run out of drying space... I have a solution. Take a radiator clothes airer
and put it over the top of the door. You can then hang a couple of coat hangers
with clothes on to dry. If a door is not strong be
sensible and don’t put anything dripping wet on either.
Before anyone questions the use of the word “chemically”, as used in number 1, it
is, in fact, a Sara word and is allowed. 😄