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
George, Ron, Gribbs and Debs went to compete in the Flanders open in Antwerp 27th September.
A very respected tournament with the cream of Europe's competitors there. no beginners or intermediate categories.
We arrived for registration and weigh in on Friday and was surprised to find only four fighting mats and one set of seating. A tournament with this amount of quality fighters in it would have attracted a huge crowd in the uk.
The organisation was excellent. We received a folder with all the categories and times on them as well as the running order for all the finals. There was also a warm up area with mats for the competitors and no one was allowed in the fighting areas, unless thye were a coach or competitor. This meant there was a great view of the fights from all areas of the seating.
Saturday was the junior fighters and grand championship sections We all entered these categories, but sadly despite good fights we didn't manage to progress. The standard was extremely high and the fighting very competetive and anyone who won certainly deserved the prize.
I entered the veterans grand championship section and after several fights with Norweigans a British fighter and a real battle with a German in the semi finals. I reached the final which was to be in the evening. This was 4 and a half hours later and at my age that generally means everything stiffening up, so I was a little anxious.
The final was held in the centre mat with lights and music and fanfares etc. I met another German and for the first minute and a half we were roughly equal, then he moved a couple of points ahead and I felt I needed to get a head kick in before time ran out, but this gave him the opportunity to increase his lead with backfists, so I had to settle for 2nd place. George said I went for it a bit early and could have retrieved some points more safely with punches. He was probably right there. I found out after that there was 150 Euros for the winner. If I'd have known that..........?
Sunday saw the weight divisions competition.
Debs decided to enter dispite the fact that she was jet lagged and had been tarining only intermittently and was only a purple belt. After putting up a good fighte she succumbed to the eventual finalist
Gribbs met an excellent Irish fighter and was caught out early on with a couple of heaqd kicks that he found it hard to recover from.This fighter also went on to the finals
George was on fire! He met a Swiss team fighter and it was a real battle with points going back and forth. There is very little to seperate fights like this and George lost the bout by one point in the closing seconds.
We stayed on to watch the finals which had some fantastic bouts,then went wearily back to the hotel.
This was an excellent tournament, well organised and set out and with the best fighters Europe has to offer.We also sampled the delights of Belgiums beer and waffles and experienced the Antwerp road system which seems to have been designed by the same person wo made the stairs in Hogwarts!!
We will be back.
Also on the same day BKO fighters took part in teh Yeovil open. See Paul's write up on here
TWO TOURNAMENTS IN ONE DAY Part 1
On September 21st BKO took a very large fighting team to the Interclub open at Chessington. This is a great tournament for all levels and is run on the Round robin system, so you get many fights for your buck and lots of experience. As soon as the tournament got underway BKO were on the mats in the senior section. This was the only section that was not Round Robin and sported a £120 Prize for 1st place George Gribbs Andy and me (Ron) entered this section with fighters from other clubs. After several bouts George and Andy made it to the final and gave us a great fight with George eventually winning, Andy second, Ron 3rd and Gribbs 4th. Following this the whole place exploded with BKO fighters in most sections competing for places. Notable moments were Charlie's side kicks, Michelles, continuous fighting, Neil winning the senior section, Marc dropping Vinnie with a punch to the solar plexus after time, Kerry beating the section winner 7-1. and many others too numerous to mention. Here are the results:
Rossi 3rd Juniors
Mark 3rd Continuous
Vinnie 1st place continuous, 2nd place points
George 1st Open weight (Won £120)
Andy 2nd Open weight
Ron 3rd Open weight
Gribbs 4th place open weight
Neil 3rd place continuous
Curtis 1st place points
Michelle 3rd ladies novice, 3rd Ladies intermediate, 1st ladies continuous
Charlie 2nd ladies
Kerry 3rd place Ladies
Helen 4th place ladies
Lucy 4th place ladies
Ian 3rd place points
Jim 2nd place points
John 2nd place points
Neil 1st place senior men continuous
Charisse 2nd place ladies
We then hot footed it down to the Superleague at Windsor (After travelling the wrong way up the M25) and fought there. Curtis excelled himself and won the beginners section again. George was on fire in the seniors and Andy was unlucky to get 2nd place in the mens Intermediate. Then he beat the same opponent 4-0 to gain another second place in the Advanced. Michelle had a very hard continuous fight for 4th place:
Andy 2nd place senior men intermediate, 2nd place senior men advanced.
Curtis 1st place Junior men
Shannon 3rd place ladies
Michelle 4th place ladies continuous
George 1st place senior men
Ron 2nd place executive men
Jim and Ian fought in junior men, but weren't placed??
So two tournaments in one day were completed and BKO gained many places and more importantly saw improvements in every area. There is such a thirst in the club for competeing and persuing excellence in this sport that we love. It can only lead to greater things. Well done.
The latest BKO Beginners course started it's 6 week run this Saturday 6th September 12.45-1.45. The new students were put through their paces with a warm up comprising of footwork training, playing tag and some stretchng. Then the basics of kickboxing stances and punches were explained and technique drills began folowed by some defences and blocking work. We then moved onto the bags to work the kicks and punches and completed the session with 30second burn up on the bag.
At the end of 6 weeks the students will complete their first grading. (Red Belt) performing all the basic techniques competantly and a 2 minute round on the punchbag.
Next week we will up the levels again and will be joined by a few more students who were unable to be at the first session.
There are a couple of places left for the current course, but we cannot accept any more after next weeks class. If you would like to join the next Beginners course, then message me on here.
The Kiraly summer camp took place in Csongrad Hungary from 2nd to 10 August 2014. Consisting of 5 hours of training and fighting daily with the world renowned Kiraly team and analysis from it's founder Istvan Kiraly.
In attendance were over 140 fighters from 19 countries ranging from Poland to Costa Rica. Fighters were split into groups of about 12 and then rotated around several stations covering Conditioning, Defence, Blitzing, Kicking and Analysis. These stations were run by each of the Kiraly team fighters.
Each day began at 7.30 with either a 5km run or an hour of aerobics. Because of my knee problems which prevent me from running I had to attend the Aerobics class each day. This proved to be a hard option as the level of aerobics was very high with Gabriella performing impossible abs and leg workouts and smiling all the way through and blowing her whistle while 140 kickboxers collapsed around her!!
We followed this session with a heart breakfast of Scrambled eggs mixed with bacon etc. There were essentially two classes. Women/youths and Mens and they would alternat the training times. The morning session was 1.5 hours from either 10.30 or 12.00 and covered the stations mentioned above, with drills, games and sparring involved.
Following this was Lunch, mainly some tasty chicken, rice or pasta and lots of Watermelon! Then a coach was laid on to take us to the spa in Csongrad where you could use the hot and cold baths or, my favourite, the warm thermal pool in the park. We would spend an hour and a half here trying to get our muscles back into shape for the next training session.
This was once again split into two times. Either 4.30-6.30 or 6.30-8.30pm alternating daily. This session was the main sparring and technical session and was taken by Istvan Kiraly. We concentrated on various strategies and practices and sparred with all comers including all the Kiraly fighters and world champions.
In the evening was dinner and then free time. Most went to the bar and spa in Csongrad to relax and ease aching muscles ready for the next days efforts.
After the 3rd day of traing was a rest day. Some people visited a nearby town and water park, others just rested in their rooms or at the spa. Then in the evening after dinner Lazslo Gombos showed his vocal talents performing a concert with his band. Debs and me were flattered to be asked to do a couple of numbers as a warm up. The evening was fun, relaxed and sober in comparison to the night before which saw most people letting their hair down at the bar and quite a party developing with vodka, Unicom and Palinka consumed as well as beer in sizeable quantities!
Thursday it was back to the daily training again with most people recovering energy after the day off. On Friday evening the classes were joined for a 3 hour sparring session with everyone and tuition, insight and analysis from Istvan. In the evening we went to the bar and had a very chilled marshmallow toasting evening.
Saturday was the Kiraly tournament day. All fighters were put into groups of 6 and then fought round robin with the winners going through to the quarter finals which took place later in the day.
Saturday night saw the final party and buffet with everyone letting heir hair down and once again the dreaded Vodka, palinka and Unicom emerged.
This was an amazing week of training and cooperation with martial artists from all over the world. We learnt so much form Istvan and all the Kiraly team and were always made to feel welcome. Friends were made and contacts forged with people from many different countries. We trained together, ate together, fought together and drunk together in a true spirit of co-operation. Mainly we learnt about ourselves. There were times when my body ached so much that I was sure I could not get up out of bed let alone throw punches and kicks, and still you put your gloves on and go training again for another couple of hours and afterwards you feel great! You realise that there is more in you than you think and that the biggest barrier to improvement is your mind.
I would like to thank Istvan, Laszlo, Zsolt, Tamas, Richie, Alex, Krystian, Henrietta, Vicky, Daniel, Gabriella and all the others too numerous to mention, (but just as important) who gave their expertise, assistance and advice and made this such a memorable week.