We took a small team to the Cimac World cup yesterday. Our 22nd tournament of the year and the last before the summer break.
It took place in Birmingham on a very hot day
Maggie was up first in the light con and secured herself a first place again in a well controlled battle.
Charlotte then took to the mats and fought through several rounds to the final where she won a tense and tight conflict to gain the gold.
Maggs was up again in the heavier points section and once again she got to the final, but lost narrowly
Charlotte also fighting in a heavier weight made the semi final and lost by a point settling for 3rd this time.
Paige was up next. After fighting for her brown belt yesterday she was feeling a little tired but still fought her heart out.first in the girls section and then after getting to the final of the open weight she had a great battle. Losing by 1 point .
Andy Evans also had a good day beating a far larger and aggresive opponent in the semi finals. Throwing some great counter reverse punches and side kicks. In the final he was up against a strong experienced fighter who took a couple of points at the beginning, but once Andy got his timing in the fight was quite even. It was too much for him to pull back however. Andy continues to fight opponents who are more experience and black belts compared to his purple belt. Yet he is closing the gap on them all the time. He has finally broken his 3rd place habit this year and won the silver. !!!
Liz fought in her usual three sections. Up first was the ladies under 65kg which she won comfortably. In the +65 She had a tough final against a very hard hitter. Liz moved and used her footwork to maneouver her opponent and avoid the punching power. She then countered and blitzed to score. Near the end of the fight a short lapse in concentration saw her opoonent score a head kick which prover the difference in scores at the end. Silver for liz
She was up again for the points section winning through to the final. Her opponent score first and was happy to let Liz move and stay back looking for an opening. Liz attacked a couple of times, but was not punching straight today and missed an opportunity to level it. Silver again.
George was suffering from an illness and had entered the open weight and -84 categories which were running continuously, so it was constantly running from one mat to the other. George won through a few rounds and was looking sharp considering his condition but the reffing at the end of a long day and in the heat was becoming rather erratic for all fighters. many points were missed and strange decisions made. George met fellow sparring partner Brandon in the semi final of both sections and they were both close calls with demonstrations of excellent techniques, countering, pulling and fast attacks. Brandon had the edge on the day and George had to settle for Bronzes this time.
Rossi was his usual kicking self today and did not use his hands enough which resulted in him losing by a head kick in his battle. better luck next time.
Robbie also had a good fight against a strong opponent, but was unable to get the lad and lost a close battle.
Next week there is a tournament in Gloucester that some of the team are interested in
We also have the 2nd in our Kids BKO league club tournament on Saturday.