In the town of Kildare there lives a little girl.
I mean really sick.
The poor thing is not even 2 years old has to have help with breathing.
She was (and maybe still is) the record holder for the longest ever case of Swine Flu in the world. She survived, just.
The doctors said she wouldn’t. But she takes after her dad, she’s a fighter.
Her Dad is a friend of the Wild Geese, we know him from working on the Doors around Dublin, he’s a stand up guy, the kind of guy you’d walk into any scenario with, he’d never let you down.
His name is Seamus O Droigneain, or Shay for short.
Shay and his instructor came up with the idea of performing martial arts displays in order to raise funds so that his daughter, Lia Leigh Ni Droigneain, might be able to get life saving stem cell surgery.
When Shay got on the phone to us, we didn’t hesitate to say yes, we’d go down and support their demo.
Over the coming year Shay, Keith and the Wild Geese will be getting together to perform various Martial Arts displays, hopefully we can raise the cash to get Lia the treatment she needs.
I’m going to have a box added to www.wildgeesema.com so that people can donate, I’ll also be putting out updates as to when we will be next performing. I’d also like to offer anyone wishing to host us for a workshop on Doce Pares Eskrima, Kenpo Cubano, Kettlebell Lifting and / or Bodyweight training, we will donate our entire fee (sans travel costs) to the Breaking for Lia fund.
The first of these workshops will be on the 7th Feb at Wild Geese HQ. Dave Hedges (IKFF & IUKL-IKSA Kettlebell coach) will be teaching a Kettlebell Basics workshop. All proceeds will go to the Breaking for Lia fund. Details here
Please have a look at the following two clips. The first is of Shay and his instructor Kieth, the second is Paul and Dave.
Shay / Kieth breaking:
Wild Geese Fire stick:
2 – Steve Maxwell Workshop 2010
We recently had the honour of hosting the incredible Steve Cotter of the IKFF at Wild Geese, now it makes me almost burst with exitment to tell you all that Mr Cotters old colleague, Steve Maxwell has been I touch ASKING for us to setup a seminar for him here!
I’ll say that again, Steve Maxwell, one of the first black belts from the Gracie JuJitsu school, a man with around 40 years in the strength & conditioning industry, a Brazillian JuJitsu world champion and the guy Pro fighters such as Diego Sanchez of the UFC go to for training.
This man, dropped me an email saying how he’d love to come to my studio in Dublin!
You can probably tell, I’m more than a bit excited! I have personally followed Steve’s work for several years now, his training methods have probably influenced me more than any other and anybody that is a regular attendant of my Kettlebell Fitness sessions would attest to the efficiency of this style.
Steve and I have just agreed a date a few days a go, we are still talking about course content, but here’s what he’s offering:
Bodyweight training certification
Kettlebell Training Certification
Strength & Conditioning for the MMA Fighter
The first two are his usual options, I asked if he’d do the third, he agreed. If you have a preference, please let me know, I want this to be the best seminar you’ve ever attended.
The Dates (subject to change) are the 3rd and 4th July 2010, location is Wild Geese HQ, Dublin.
Keep an eye on the Blog and the Facebook event page and of course right here in this newsletter.
This is a video teaser for one of his other workshops, watch and enjoy.
3 – Adding Iron to your Lunch
Wild Geese Vitamin and Mineral Supplement guideline no. 1 states: “Iron – This important element is vital to your health, appearance and overall well being.
It is recommended that a large dose of Iron be taken from the ground to overhead a minimum of 3 times per week.”
And the best time to supplement your Iron intake?
Why, with your lunch of course.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can drop into Wild Geese HQ and treat yourself to a dose.
Drop in between 12 and 2pm, whenever you get your lunch break, and take part in a high intensity, short sharp shock. A quick Kettlebell workout that will leave you charged and ready for the afternoon ahead.
Most of the time you will be following a prepared circuit that is posted on the wall, but as you progress you will then receive your very own personalised program to follow. A program that is tailored to your individual needs, be it strength, Weight control or athleticism.
If your are in the Dublin 2 area or across at the IFSC, please drop in for a chat, or better still, have a go.
4 - Four Day Combined Ship Security Officer (SSO) & Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) Course
Thinking of a new direction to take?
Have you considered moving into the Specialist Maritime Security Sector?
Whether you wish to work as part of a Maritime Security Team (MST), in the more official capacity of a Ship Security Officer (SSO) on a luxury super yacht, motor cruiser, a cruise liner, an oil or bulk cargo tanker or any other type of vessel.
Or as a shore side Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise as a maritime security specialist.
The ESTS International 4-Day Combined Ship Security Officer (SSO) & Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) course is designed specifically for individuals who wish to either gain more knowledge in their current port security field, or wish to move into port security as a Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).
The course also covers the relevant areas as defined in the International Ship & Port Facilities Security (ISPS) code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and their use.
This intensive and very informative course is instructed by certified Maritime Security Specialists, Ship Security Officers (SSO) and former Royal Marines Commandos who were members of the Elite Comacchio Group RM, now known as Fleet Protection Group (FPG) RM with an average of 15 years experience in the Security Industry.
The course is designed to instruct the student in (but not limited to) the following areas:
• The principles of international maritime security requirements
• Explore the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
• Understand the current threats against maritime vessels
• Devise & maintain ship security plans (SSP)
• Appreciate the various security levels
• Develop & maintain measures for controlled access to a vessel
• Conduct ship security & associated risk assessments
• Implementing effective search mechanisms and security controls
• Understanding Port Facility Security Officer security responsibilities
• Conducting a Port Facility Security Assessment
• Devising and maintaining a Port Area Security Plan (PASP)
• Bolstering port security
• Understanding port facility security actions
• Anti-piracy weapons & countermeasures
We are offering the course running on the 12th to 15th February 2010 at the discounted price of £855 (normally £950) UK Pounds. The course will be held at our Head Office in Manchester.
Anyone wishing to attend can book and pay for the course on the following web page: www.specialist-security.com.
You can also email us at the following email
Stephen Richards CMAS
Director of International Operations
Certified Master Antiterrorism Specialist (CMAS)
Certified Maritime Security Specialist (SSO & CSO)
ESTS International Contact Information:
Reception: +44 (0) 161 618 1043
Fax: +44 (0) 161 618 1496
5- New Judo Juniors Classes & Munster Open Judo Results
This January saw our intrepid Judo Coach, Mr Donal Tannam, open up a new Juniors Judo class.
Previously the Wild Geese founders, Paul Cox & Dave Hedges have always shied away from teaching kids classes, they believed their particular areas of expertise to be unsuitable for youngsters. After all the Kenpo and Filipino martial arts are built around street defence and not showmanship or performance. We’d get our selves into a lot of hot water if little Johnny punched someone in the throat at school.
But Judo is different. It is a wrestling system that doesn’t involve punching, kicking or weapons. It teaches the practitioner to use guile, not strength. It teaches patience and using their opponents strength against them. It teaches physical and mental strength and discipline and the rolling and falling practice is not just practical but also fun.
Judo is largely taught as a competitive art, students have the option of entering into tournaments, testing themselves against other practitioners and maybe coming home with trophies and medals. As did Donal’s own daughter, Lisa, who took Gold at the recent Munster Open Tournament and will be training on Sunday in the brand new 4:00 pm junior class.
Other medal winners from the tournament include Paul Cummins who took Gold, Silver and Bronze, James King competing for the first time taking Silver, Michael McKenna who won a Bronze and a Silver, congratulations to them all.
Of course students do not have to compete if they don’t want to, they may simply train simply for the pleasure of training and developing their confidence and ability.
The Judo Juniors classes are on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at WGMA HQ (click here to view map), there are two hour long classes running 4-5pm and 5-6pm, students may attend either session.
The age range available to join is from the age of 6 up to 16, at which point students will be encouraged to join the senior classes.
Cost for the Judo Juniors is €20 per month, and no equipment or experience is necessary to join up.
All Proceeds go to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society
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