We took a team to the Bristol open last week. This is the biggest tournament in the UK and brings fighters from all over Europe and the USA.
This year we could only pre register for the competition and we put in 34 entries
On Saturday Liz entered two light con divisions. Her new movement and tactical fighting is paying off as she reached the semi final of both. In the first she was narrowly beaten but in o65kg she won through to the final. Once again Liz moved and picked her points when needed and she came away with the gold.
George fought in the open weight section against the best fighters of the tournament. In his first fight he beat the Italian that he lost to last week, then dominated his fight against a British fighter and went through to the quarter finals. He met Alex Veres of the Kiraly team. George kept it close for the first round, but during the second the fight got away from him and he lost the bout.
Robbie and Rossi fought in the Tag team as a warm up for the points sections tomorrow. They reached the second round.
Today was all the points sections and the majority of BKO fighters were entered today.
Good performances were seen from our fighters today and great improvements in attitude and experience.
The lower grades saw Jamie score a lovely blitz, but couldn't make it count to win, Dan showing great timing but losing in the quarters by a point as did Joe who was his usual aggressive attacking self. George T. fought well to the quarter final and was just pipped in extra time.
Andy Fought the world champion in the men's final and showed a great improvement in his footwork and timing gaining a silver.
Mark Won the first round of his fight in the men's section, but lost the bout in the 2nd round. We found out later that it should only have been one round, but it was too late to change the result!
Neil fought through several rounds to the semi finals and lost a close bout getting a silver.
Nicolle got a silver as well after winning her fights with her characteristic reverse punch. There was a complaint that she should have moved up a section because she won the Irish open, but the officials said that she was within the rules.
Crystal fought her first time in inter/advanced and used her great kicking and blitzing skills to score. She is gaining experience here and lost her bout eventually.
Paige has been sporting a hip injury, but was determined to get some mat time. She met a good Irish fighter with great kicks. Paige pushed her back and unfortunately fell on her hip. Paige's punches were strong, but she was hampered by her injury and had to finish second here.
Adam showed some great maturity and control in his fight where he constantly pulled his opponent onto his defensive backfist. In the quarter final he met a very good Irish fighter who hit him hard and knocked him down. Adam received some attention and then came flying back at his opponent. It wasn't enough to win him the bout, but showed his talent and spirit.
Richard also had a great couple of fights reaching the semis in the men's intermediate. His vision and control of the fight gave him an easy win in the quarter finals. He met an unorthodox Slovenian fighter who slowed the fight down and Richard followed the pace which cost him the fight.
Rory was also in this section and fought a good fight against a tactical reverse puncher. It was a close fight and it was only the fact that Rory elected to attack the head a bit too much and opened up to his opponents reverse that cost him the fight. Good to see his jump kick employed again although it did not hit this time.
Maggie, Charlotte, Robbie and Rossi all fought in 2 categories for experience. Maggs used her kicks to back her opponent up and score and gained herself a good silver. Charlotte was also beating opponent after opponent but lost in extra time in the quarter finals. Rossi is starting to use more and more hand attacks and coupled with his evasion techniques it is causing his opponents problems. Robbie had the fight of the day for him in the boys section with a very close fight where he scored with kicks and counter punches and was unlucky for the refs not to see his jumping side kick. He lost narrowly.
George Met Alex Veres again in the u74kg category. The fight was much closer this time with George being more patient and cagey. He lost the bout in the last seconds after what seemed like a one each was given to his opponent. This meant he had to chase the fight and was unable to level it back.
George then fought an American fighter in the U79kg category. Once again a very close fight happened and was only separated at the end of the final round where George lost.
A great tournament, well run and Organised and a pleasure to be at with our best performance so far. Our results 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 7 Bronze.
Well done all who fought and those that helped out as well as all the parents and people who came and supported.