On the 14/15th January we headed off to Solihull for the WAKO British Championships. The National annual tournament for WAKO which had many GB squad members, British, European and World champions in attendance. There were no beginners or intermediate fighting categories, so it was a high level event.
Saturday was the continuous/Light contact categories. Michelle competed in the ladies section and won her first bout well. In the final she met European champion Gaynor Morgan and despite Mitch's valiant efforts, Gaynor won the fight leaving Michelle in silver medal position.
This tournament also saw the return of Steve Moore to the continuous arena. Steve fought in the mens section and met Mark watton in the final. It was a close run thing, but Mark managed to score more kicks and won the bout. Steve got the silver.
George also fought in the mens continuous. Despite the fact that he has not trained for continuous fighting thi syear he lost narrowly in the semi finals and gained a Bronze medal.
The points tournament took place on Sunday and was well attended this year with lots of junior and youth fighters. With each bout taking place over 2x2mins round it meant that the fighting ran well into the evening and the adult sections did not start till 9pm
There were plenty of great fights to see however First up were the ladies categories. Michelle and Kat were fighting in this one.
Kat had a bye in her first fight and then won successive fights convincingly to reach the final. Michelle also had a good win and reached the semi final where she once more met European champion Gaynor Morgan. This proved a much tougher affair and despite giving everything, Michelle lost the bout and had to settle for a Bronze medal. Kat then met Gaynor in the final where her experience once again showed and she beat Kat into silver medal position. Kat also entered the womens veteran section and was keen to get her bout underway but her opponent pulled out giving Kat the British Championship by default!
Vinnie Turner entered both the Mens veterans under 94 kg and over 94 kg. Vinnie has been making great progress in these categories lately with his long and awkward style proving difficult for his opponents. He used his reach to good effect in the Under 94kg winning through to a Bronze medal position. In the over 94kg Vinnie made it to the final which was a very close affair and was only decided in the last 20 seconds of the 2 round bout as His opponent edged vinnie into silver meal position.
Stephen Gribben entered two categories and has been fighting and timing his opponents well lately. After a minute of the first round it was clear there was something wrong as Steve was unusually showing signs of fatigue. Possible virus. He wasn't moving his legs and even though he was reacting and countering he found it hard work to press the fight. Steve lost his bout and had to immediately move on to the next section where, without any recuperation time, he suffered the same fate.
George fought next in the mens sections reaching the semi final, George had dominated his opponents with fast counters and inspired footwork. He met Top Ten Fighter Tom Evans in the semi final and an awesome bout ensued. Both fighters were seeking openings using kicks and counters, fakes and movement. With seconds to go Evans caught George with a low side kick and won the bout leaving George with a Bronze medal.
Andy Partridge also fought in a couple of mens sections. He lost narrowly in the first group, but made it to the final of the second and was expecting to meet World Champion Thomas Banks. This did not come about as the semi final was won by Thomas' opponent. In the final Andy threw everything he had at his fighter and it was evenly matched. Near the end of the bout Andy needed a head kick to take it to extra time. He threw a hook kick which connected and then his opponent countered with a spinning kick. The Referees ignored Andy's head kick and scored the spinning kick. With seconds to go this put the bout beyond Andy's reach and he had to settle for silver.
On the whole it was a great day for BKO. The quality of fighting from all levels has improved vastly and the team spirit and mental attitude shows that we can achieve good results in major tournaments. Well done everyone.
Kat Dhillon. Gold, Silver
Michelle. Silver, Bronze
George. Bronze Bronze
Vinnie. Silver, Bronze
L to R. Andy Silver. George Bronze. Squad photo. BKO selfie
On February 1st we took the biggest squad ever to the Chessington interclub tournament. 30 fighters in total ranging from beginner kids to advanced black belts.
The Chessington tournament is run on a round robin basis and covers poits as well as continuous sparring. It isheldin the atrium of a university which has natural light which adds to the atmosphere and relaxed ambience of the tournament. The tournament kicks off with the advanced open weight sparring and then moves on to the kids sections.
With so many fighters entering different sections it would take too long to describe all the fights here. Notable fighters were Robbie Brown and Charlotte Adams who won their respective sections in the kids divisions. Also Andy Partridge came second in the open weight. Amy Lee siu had the fight of the day with a tenacious battle in the final of the beginners section fighting an opponent from the weight above. The fight went to extra time and eventually Amy lost 20 points to 19. An excellent effort for her first tournament. Another notable first was Dylan Crawte showing his lightning blitzes to win against a much larger opponent.
There were many notable fights, incidents throughout the day. BKO eventually came second in the overall club of the day tournament? The excitement and club involvement wore me out. Well done to everyone.
PS We all finished off having a traditional after tournament KFC
Andy P. 2nd place seniors. Robbie Brown 1st. Rossi Brown 4th. Charlie Baker 3rd. Harry Baker 4th. George Baker 4th. Harvey Butcher 2nd. Charlotte Evans 1st. Aimee Evans 3rd. Laynar Purser 2nd. Amy Lee Siu 2nd. Dylan Crawte 1st. Michelle 3rd intermediate. Kat 1st Intermediate, 3rd continuous. Alex 2nd. Tom 3rd. Ian 1st continuous. Curtis 1st. Graham 3rd. Jimmy 1st points, 2nd continuous. Mark (Cannonball) 3rd continuous. Lucy 4th. Spazzy 4th. Ron 3rd. Vinnie, Mark B and Kerry had to pull out through injury.
LtoR: Amy 2nd place. Robbie 1st place. Curtis 1st place. Charlotte 1st place.
Last week we took a squad to Watford Open National tournament. This is one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments to occur in the UK kickboxing calendar with fighters attending from several European countries including Hungary, Czech republic, Italy, Austria and Germany. Some of the fighting was the best in the world. Everywhere you looked there was an awesome battle going on. It was a long day though as we were still competing at 9.30pm. Winning or placing at this tournament is a great achievement given the standard at all levels/
Sunday Jan 11th saw the first tournament of the year for BKO. Travelling to Birmingham for the Kwon International competition. This was the first time we have been to this tournament and the standard was high.
Spazzy Fought really well and showed her improvement, but is still competing with only one arm working so she was unable to progress in the tournament.
Kat gained a well earned 2nd in beginners and a 2nd in the intermediate section where she met Team mate Charisse in the semi finals and managed to nudge her out in sudden death. Charisse came 3rd.
Vinnie came 2nd in the beginners and entered the Veterans section where everyone was a black belt. Vinnie met the European silver medalist in the semi finals and after kicking him in the face and spending most of the fight at 3 points each, Vinnie eventually lost 6-3 and had to settle for 4th place. But a great achievement for someone who has not been training for a year yet!
George Reached the final of the u79 seniors section and was in command throughout the fight but kept losing focus and letting his opponent back in. This meant the fight went to sudden death and George lost having to settle for 2nd place
What an excellent time was had yesterday when Ryan Marlow 7x world champion and 2x european champion came down to the club.
It was a Sunday morning 10am and most were bleary eyed and a bit quiet, but that soon changed when we began the Plyometric warm ups. Lots of jumping and hopping to strengthen the legs. Then mexican wave press ups, Sphynx press ups and other interesting exercises.
A short stretch followed and then on to the technical work which consisted of reducing your "Tels", one and two beat countering and punching, Managing kicks and defence work. The day finished with sparring and a team event. Ryan gave insight into his method of fighting which has made him sucessful, but stressed the fact that it wasn't a 'one fits all' approach. the emphasis was to take what you need and adapt to yopur own style.
Everyone was buzzing by the end of the two and a half hour session and, although tired, they were keen to put into practice all that they had learnt.
We then went to the pub for lunch Where they had a one off BKO menu for us. Now thats special!!!!
Happy new year to all at BKO!
Last year was a real step up for the club. Loads of winners trophies and places in many tournaments. Competing internationally. 5 superleague Grand champions, British and European champions. Lots of new members and new gradings.
This year we have even greater things coming. Seminars with Ryan Marlow, Chris Aston and Zsolt Moradi. Tournaments in Dublin, Holland, Belgium and Austria. The Kiraly Summer camp in Hungary. The world Championships, Many local and national tournaments, demonstrations, club fun days and a grand reunion. Plus more!
Sunday 28th September 2014
While Ron, George and Debbie Peploe and Steve Gribbins were away fighting at the Flanders Open in Antwerp, BKO also represented at the Infinity South West tournament in Yeovil.
The tournament was run under Infinity Martial Arts rules, the main differences from WAKO rules are x2 points for a kick to the body and 3 points for a kick to the head.
First up was Steve Devereaux and Jimmy Pedrick in the Novice Men’s +75kg Points. Both made it through to the final, Steve in emphatic style beating his opponent with several hard head kicks and by 15 clear points to have the round stopped with still 45 seconds remaining on the clock. Jimmy had a slightly harder route to the final ending up in a sudden death fight off, but managed to secure the vital point needed.
The final was close run affair with Steve just edging Jimmy at the end, although both fighters showed a very high standard for the Novice category, a lot of spirit, never giving an inch and fighting hard right up until the final buzzer. A BKO first and second place!
Next up was Kerry Anderson and Lucy Weller in the Novice Ladies -65kg Points. Kerry battled back from a disappointing result in her first fight to gain a strong 3rd place. Lucy finished 4th although the results did not fairly reflect the standard of fighting displayed by the ladies, in particular Lucy who looked very strong and will definitely be winning tournaments before long.
Making her tournament debut was Nicky Mcghee in the Novice Ladies +65kg Points who came third overall which is a great result for a first tournament. Again, some very determined and proactive fighting on display with lots of confidence and points to work on for the next tournament.
In the intermediate Men’s +75kg Points was Paul Corio and Steve Devereaux stepped up again following his victory in the Novices section. First up was Steve who despite this being only his third competition mixed it up against some technically strong and very fast competition. Next up was Paul who went point for point with his opponent and at one stage went 2 points clear, however was just pipped in the final seconds to lose 9-8. The 3rd place fight off between Steve and Paul was also a very close fight, with Steve scoring a heavy 3 point head kick early on and Paul fighting back to make it 5-5 with only a few seconds to go but conceding a late point to give Steve the win and 3rd place overall.
Last up for BKO was Michelle Reese in the Ladies Mixed Abilities +65kg Continuous which is a tough category as novices can be matched against advanced fighters. In what can only be described as a fantastic show of determination, Michelle fought hard against a more experienced opponent and despite losing out on the day consistently pressed the fight and did not give an inch.
A very big shout out to Andy Partridge who came along purely in a coaching capacity this time and stood in our corners shouting encouragement and tips, all of the BKO fighters were very grateful to him for his help!
Another tournament, another really positive show from the BKO team, a lot of fun and more trophies to add to the 2014 haul and the best thing of all is….it can only get better! #GoBKO