Back from the WAKO. A wonderful experience and the most talented packed tournament in the world! To win a gold or even place here was an achievement. 60 countries competing with nearly 900 competitors taking place over 5 days. All the big guns were here. Kiraly. US all stars, Ireland, Russia. ( How many times did we hear the Russian national anthem? With top fighters like Roman Brundle, Dean Barry, Raymond Daniels, Zsolt Moradi to name but a few. There was also very good teams like Slovenia, Mexico, Greece etc Not to mention the mighty GB team who took away 5 gold medals, 2 silver and 9 Bronze.
"How ya feeling GB"!!
For BKO George got to the quarter finals facing a Greek fighter with amazing kicks. George had some harsh scoring go against him when they scored some kicks to his guard and he had to chase the fight. Andy also made the quarter final and met world renowned Raymond Daniels. Andy stood proud and met Daniels with his reverse punch. I though he scored in the first four exchanges, but the ref's didn't. Andy didn't capitulate or get overawed as many do, but fought it out. It was a great performance and one that he should be rightly proud of.
I made it to the semi finals and really expected to be in the final and would have loved to fight Gunter Weninger but fate had other ideas and although I thought I was hitting first, the points were not going my way.I should have changed tactically and that's the lesson to learn from this one. In the world championship you can't take anyone or anything for granted. Still, A Bronze in the is fine I guess. smile emoticon
There has been lots of talk and comments made concerning WAKO and other associations and I don't get involved, but this week has shown the quality of the WAKO world organisation and the fact that this is where Zsolt Moradi wins his world championship, This is where jack Felton wins, his world championship, This is where Henrietta Nagy, Ruth Nelson, Krystian Jaroskievicz, Julia and Roberta Cavaliaro, Sharon Gill, Natasha Balwin. x2, Roland Veres, Scherbakov, Tamas Imre, Chris Collymore, Darryl Merryweather, Gunter Weninger all win their is testament to the level at which these championships are respected throughout the world, and there are so many more competitors I could mention who Stood on the podium or were unlucky this time or are gaining experience and will be the great fighters of the future. Of course there can be great fighters in all associations and at all competitions, but the breadth and depth of the talent on display this week, and the spectacle that was the demonstrated the quality of the event and I am so glad I was a part of it.
Happy new year!!!
Well what can I say It's been an amazing year
Here are the numbers
33 tournaments entered
60 club members competed.
264, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places gained
10 Grand champions
1 Cimac team of the year
1 WAKO world bronze medalist
5 seminars with top martial artists
3 charity events supported
2 demos done.
In 2014 we threw off the shackles and decided to commit ourselves to pushing the club and it's members as far as we could with the results you see above. The potential has always been there , but the right circumstances were not.
BKO is made up of many members who require different things from it. We have members of varying ages, top level competitors, part time competitors, Members who primarily want to grade, members who want to keep fit. There are many reasons for training and we try to meet all these expectations.
As a club we are looking to move forward and develop many more areas of Kickboxing. Adding more classes and training aids as well as developing the mental side of training and competing further.
The social side of the club has always been important and more social events are planned for the coming year as well as links to other clubs and martial artists. Including our own local tournaments
2015 was a great beginning, but 2016 looks to be even better with many things planned. I would like to thank everybody for your support over the year, whether you competed in tournament's trained at a class, helped out with teaching or organising etc, or were a taxi service that enabled the kids ( and in some cases the adults) to train and compete.
BKO is a club of many varied and different people and personalities, but ultimately it is a group of people who come together to train and pursue excellence in it's many forms. Numbers are not so important, individuals are and the club could not exist without every single one of them. From the teachers to the raw beginners, from the oldest in the club (Steve Moore) to the youngest toddlers. We are all on an individual journey together. A journey that will continue and grow in 2016.
I would like thank you and wish you all a Happy new year and look forward to meeting all the challenges and gaining all the achievements with you in the future.
A Brief review of the year. (Just a few of the things that we did in 2015)
2015 began with our first seminar with Ryan Marlow in January. Followed by some great results from the Kwon tournament and Watford open including wins for Jeppo and Curtis.
We followed this in February when Kat was given the WAKO Veterans British championship and Vinnie, Kat and Michelle got silvers and Bronze at the same championships.
After several more local tournaments we went to Dublin in March with a squad of 20 people. George reached the final of his weight category after fighting for 18 rounds. Finally losing a great bout with Dean Barry in the final. Following an excellent and informative seminar with Chris Aston we began our challenge for the Cimac Superleague with many great results and Paul secured injury of the year by breaking his hand. March also saw the start of the Grand slam league.
In April we had Jadi Tention pay a visit and give a brilliant seminar.. More tournaments including Super league and Chessington. Also the culmination of the latest beginners course.
In May we went to Holland for the Dutch open where Kerry got to the quarter finals and George came 2nd. Andy and Vinnie fought at the Top ten open and Lucy came third in her section. We then went to the Northants open and George and me won the grand championships. George had a great fight with Blaine Watson in the final and me with Daz Ellis. Also Kerry won her first major title.
June Gradings took place and lots more tournaments. Then a great seminar with Zsolt Moradi and Cheeky Nandos. We also gave a couple of demos in June.
More tournaments in July and sponsorship from R Brown Laundry engineering and Sap enabled us to buy pads for all the kids. In July also we had a very hot and excellent seminar from Kristian Jaroskiewicz. Gribbs left the club for the 10th time in this month and gatecrashed his leaving do. (He wasn't invited). More tournaments at Chessington and superleague as well as gradings and beginners courses this month.
August. 10 of us went to the Kiraly summer camp for a week of intense training, spa, and drinking. Andy Ron and George were selected for the WAKO British team.
September. More tournaments, Superleague. Infinity, Lordswood, Grand slam. Chessington was cancelled. George and Spazzy become Grand champs at Lordswood tournament.
John, Kat and Liz take part in the Only the strong Fight night in Watford.
October. Chessington returns. Bristol open sees us taking some golds silver and bronzes.
We receive our new suits thanks to the sponsorship. Jeppo wins his fight night match up.
November. George and Andy win their belts in Wales. We win loads of grand championships from the Grand slam tournament and Superleague where we are crowned team of the year 2015. George Andy and Ron take part in the WAKO world championships with the British Team. Andy fights Raymond Daniels and Ron wins Bronze.
December. Kerry and Gribbs announce a new BKO member arriving next year! Massive adults Christmas do and the kids running wild at JJs. Vinnie and Kat win the competition league for the adults and Charlotte for the kids.. Andy and Tyler get student of the year, Paul gets injury of the year
BKO world championships are won by Vinnie and Charlotte.
Happy new year!
It was a THREE tournament weekend for BKO this week.
George and Andy competed in a fight night in Wales where they both ran out winners and beat their opponents by 10 clear points. Great practice for the WAKO world championships.
Well done guys.
Wetook a squad to the final of the Southern area Grand slam at Eastleigh. Several of our fighters were in the running for Grand championships.
Charlotte was up first and showed great skill and control using her kicks and reverse punches to win outright Jamie had a great first fight and used some good defensive tactics agains charlotte coming 3rd.
Maggie, Robbie and Rossi also gave a great account of tehmselves in their section where Robbie came first, Maggie 2nd and Rossi 4th
Laynar used her reverse punch and a deadly side kick to win her section, Aimee was 3rd.
In the adults section Sean had some good fights using his strong counter techniques and sr=traight punch coming 2nd
Vinnie entered two sections and won both of them in sreat style
At the end of te day the grand champions were announced. BKO Picked up 5 Charlotte, Robbie, Sean and Vinnie who got two.
A great result for BKO.
We the drove to Windsor and took part in the final Cimac Super league fo the year.
Kat was her usual formidable self in the ladies continuous where she gained a first place. She then fought in the Ladies advanced where she gave a good account of herself against bigger and more experienced opponents, coming 4th.
chniques, scoring strongly. As the fight progressed his opponent closed Ashleigh down and managed to push him out of the mat several times. The result was a loss for Ashley in his first tournament for years, but it was only due to Ashley's tacticts and getting used to fighting in this style and on a mat. There are great things in the future for him.
Neil fought in the mens continuous and was experimenting with more movement and fluidity in the fight which worked really well. I though hedominated the bout until the last 15 seconds where his opponent scored some good kicks. the judges felt this was enough to give the bout to the opponent.
It was time to present the grand championships where BKO received 4. Kat in Points and continuous, Neil in continuous and Ron in Veterans. Best of all though BKO were awarded the team of the year trophy which is amazing as it recognises the effort and ability of our club as a whole and what we have achieved this year. It gives credit to all the fighters whether they have won a bout or not and all the parents and helpers who make the club what it is and can share in the success. Well done everyone.
Congratulations to the beginners who gained their red belt last week. They have been training over the last six weeks to perform punches, kicks, defence techniques, bagwork, conditioning and sparring in order to pass this grading and they achieved it with flying colours. Welcome to your martial arts journey and to BKO.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship by RB Laundry engineering services and SAP we have been able to give out 25 free suits, hand and foot pads to the kids class The suits are from Italy and have elasticated areas so that they feel really light and easy to move in. Adult have also got suits and the club is looking really neat and sharp now. (Really)! Next year we have been promised more sponsorship and will be able to provide free equipment to more of the kids class and squad.
Superleague Dorking 18th Oct
Not a bad day at the Superlegue Dorking.
Kat 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Liz 1st. Alex 1st .Andy 2nd . Neil 2nd. Vin 2nd . Neil 2nd. Jamie 3rd. George 3rd. Ron 3rd
Final tournament 15th November.Cimac possible Grand champions:
Ron. Kat points and cont. Charisse. Michelle. Laynar. Abi.Neil
Charlotte 4th place. Spazzy 2nd. Alex 3rd. Curtis 4th. Vinnie 2nd, 3rd. George 2nd. Liz 2nd
Bristol 9th 10th Oct
Very proud of the BKO team this weekend. Sporting the new suits and fighting their hearts out at the Bristol open.
Kat 1st, 2nd
Vin 3rd, 3rd,
Alex 2nd .
Some great fights from Maggie (Against a much bigger opponent) Sean, Ian, Mark, George, Andy, today. Well done Robbie and Rossi who missed their section smile emoticon . Also great support from Michelle, Spazzy, Charisse, Kerry (Who provided all the food). Lucy, Lucy,, Andy, Craig, Krissie and Nicole.
What a team.