Brown belt grading

Congratulations to Paige who passed her Brown belt today.  After performing her techniques, Defences to the highest skill. 3x3 mins on the punchbag and then the same on the focus pads. 9 points fights and 5 continuous. Plus against the wall defences. in line sparring, Back to line sparring, and more. Hard fighting with lots of stamina and desire were needed to pull her through. But she did it.
Well done Paige!

...and now Tomorrow she fights in the Cimac World cup!

Hands down Chessington

A really hot day at Chessington.
WE took a team of mainly first time fighters to this tournament. It was great that they decided to fight in both points and light con. A great team spirit in there today with everyone supporting each other.

John Ayres fought in a section above his grade and weight as well and showed great skill and fighting spirit.
Mitch had her best fights since her comeback where her reverse punch timing was great.
Jake fought his heart out and demonstrated his good timing.

So many more good performances from everyone. A great day BKO
Princeley 1st
Kat 1st
Gabor 1st, 3rd
Paige 1st
Chris 1st
Jasmine 2nd
Mitch 2nd x2
AJ 2nd
Andy 2nd
Charlie 2nd, 4th
Lee 2nd
Dan 3rd
Jake 3rd
Martin 4th
John 4th
Matt 4th.
We took a lot of first timers to this one and there were some great fights and improvements from some of our seasoned fighters. . Well done team BKO

Grand slam. Crawley

First tournament for the Grand Slam at Crawley and an excellent, well organised tournament it was.
From the registration on Sport data to the inclusion of Facillitators to help organise the mats, The competition was Excellent. It even started on time........and nearly finished on time as well.
Paige 1st
Liz 1st x2, 3rd
George 1st
Kat 2nd x2
Maggie 2nd 
Rossi 3rd
Robbie 3rd
Andy E 3rd
Adam 3rd
Katrina, Bob, Charlotte and George fought well but no medal this time.
Fighter of the day was difficult to pick But I think it must be Rossi. His first fight was Excellent. LIz's final was also awesome. Her patience and timing was spot on. Paige fighting the girl she lost to in the previous section and then beating her by several points was a great moment. George doing the same. Andy's timing and focus. Robbie fighting hard against a much bigger opponent. Kat's semi final. Adam's kick that Almost hit.
As usual it's great to win trophies, but the improvement is where the long game is and each tournament is showing this whether we win or lose. Great work today team

Light Con Gradings

Congratulations to Tom and Ben on getting their light contact Red belt. BKO have a seperate grading syllabus for the light con discipline and they both showed great technique, stamina and spirit. Well done.

On saturday we had a full contact Kickboxing seminar with Tennessee and Leigh randall. Tennessee is one off the top full contact fighters in the world and fights for the WAKO GB team. The power she generates and the skill she demonstrates is amazing. Tennessee has been coached the whole time by her Father Leigh who was showing us their regime, tactist and skills today

They took the kids class first and then a two hour adults session. Both classes were shown the importance of guard and gnerating power from the shoulders and hips as well as footwork and timing. It was a great seminar and everyone was buzzing after. the kids loved the game of steal the headgurd and the adults enjoyed the line work and in line sparring at the end.  the skill and dedication of both Tennessee and Leigh is evident in their teaching, demonstrating and perfornance in the ring and it was a priviledge to have them at our club.
We also went for a cheeky Nandos after. :)

Red belt grading

More red belt gradings this week! Well done to Chilli. Todd, Jayden, Sofia and Eric  who gained their red belts tonight.
Also well done to Bob and  Jenn who got their Orange belt gradings. Loads of hard work and skill demonstrated by you all.

We went to Southampton for the southern area  Grans slam  on Sunday.

Taking a team of lower grades and some who want mat time, the Grand slam is a good local tournament to gain experience and get a feel for competition fighting.

As it was a bank holiday weekend the turnout was low this time, but still there were plenty of good opponents to compete against.

 

Belle and jazmine ended up in the final again with Belle winning this one with her round kick.
Jake showed great composure and good blitzing as he fought through to a winners place.
Oliver had a tough fight his first time out, but  stayed the course and scored a lovely Blitz on his opponent.

Callum also showed great spirit and carachter. and hard punching.

Dan had a bit of trouble in his first section, but came good in teh second with a 1st and 2nd place.

Adults saw Andy H and Finn fighting for the first time in Competition. They ended up in the final together and Andy took the title over Finn this time.

Ben also got to the final after beating team mate Andy G in the semis. Ben Fought well against his opponet and scored with a great counter hook kick, but  he let the fight get away at the end and had to settle for silver.

Rory also won his category well, developing his pulling strategy on his opponent.

 

Belle 1st
Jazmine 2nd
Ellis 3rd
Jake 1st
Oliver 4th
Callum 2nd
Dan 1st & 2nd
Andy G 3rd
Finn 2nd
Ben 2nd
Andy H. 1st
Rory 1st.

George Taylor and Jamie Adams entered their first match up fight night on Friday. George was fighting in Light continuous and Jamie in points category.

George had a tough fight in his first bout which went to extra tima and despite George stopping his opponent on several occasions the fight went the other way by a point. He then had a one minute rest and had a fresh opponent to fight for another 2x2 minuite rounds/ George Put everything into both fights and scored some great shots, but it was hard to fight two battles back to back with new opponents.

Jamie was also in the ring for the first time and was a little overawed by the situation. He scored some good points, but was not thinking about the fight and run into a few points which took the fight away.

Despite the results it was great experience for both  of them and they enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next one.