WAKO squad training

Andy, Charlotte, Neil, George, Liz were all here at the first squad training session for WAKO GB which was held at North Solihull Sport Centre on Sunday 19th March. A fantastic turnout across the board with athletes from all disciplines working hard with their respective coaches. A little highlight video capturing just a few moments from the four hour session.
 
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Irish open 2017

What a weekend we have had at the Irish open Everyone fought their heart out. Such an improvement. Andy Partridge got bronze. Charlotte got silver and Langers gave everything she had and pulled off a gold. So proud of everyone in the team Great attitude, great support and great skill. Onwards and upwards
Time for a Guiness. ? ? ? ? ? ?

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Sunday Spar Jan 2017

Well done everyone who turned up for Sunday sparring today Especially those that travelled long distance. We really appreciate you guys coming along. 2 hours of great fighting, tips, strategies and analysis. :)

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Just got back after a packed day at the WAKO British championships with loads of fighting talent. Here are the results.
Jeppo 3rd
Rob 3rd
Andy E 3rd
Andy P 3rd
Vinnie 3rd
Ken 3rd
Kat 1st (opponent pulled out) 3rd
Charlotte 2nd
George 1st, 3rd
Mitch 4th
Great preparation for Dublin and the rest of the season.

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Gradings Feb 2017

Congratulations to Andy Persephony, Natasha and Rachel for getting their red and yellow belts respectively 11th Feb. Great work guys. :)

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Hands down Feb 2017

BKO//CHESSINGTON

Another great day out for bko everyones fighting attitude on top form and massive massive improvement from everyone.

first up was jamie who showed great timing with his reverse punch throwing dummies and blitz's. we now have a strong style to work with to ensure more wins. had some strong timings with his reverse punches but at times lost his head and started running at the fighter. but overall Jamie is improving so quickly.

then we had robbie who drew one of the strong hands down boys (someone who beat him by 10 points last year) this time the fight ended 2-2 a very even fight although i saw robbie land a jumping side kick to the body that wasnt counted, but that doesn't bother me as robbie's attitude in training and fighting is incredible and it is now showing on the matts. after this fight robbies injury to his shoulder stopped him from fighting the other fights but i strong performance.

next up was rossi who has found his fighting side. pacing up and down the matt and was very focused, landed a beautiful blitz, huge improvement in attitude skill and general fight. just need to tighten up his tactic and he will be countering this fighters easily. he was unlucky not to place but was definitely one to beat in the section. now he must carry out the same attitude into his training and i would expect robbie and rossi to be meeting in the final after taking out the world!!! :P

Elizabeth Ferioli was up next with a very tough continous fight. she followed tactics perfect and throwing some powerful shots (which doesn't surprise anyone) she found her feet with this fight and with a bit more time shall be victorious. timing is growing leaps and bounds!! 2nd place for liz

Ashley Williams's turn next. very focused slightly nervous but after 30 seconds of his first fight his footwork and pure class of technique and attitude shone through. both fighters much taller than him but he used the space well to close the gap and our time them. a few wild choices of kicks but most shots landing clean and connected (a few shots i wouldn't like to be taking) a great confidence boost and a well deserved win! 1st place for ashley

next up was George who seemed to have tired legs (ON YOUR TOES!!!! ON YOUR TOE!!!!) but used his timing attitude and drive to win all his fights and take 1st place. it was good to see George win as he wanted it so badly. we are working on your legs strength an fitness and soon you will b taking even more first places. few techniques we need to tighten up as well but this will all come with time. a natural fighter :)

back up for more was Elizabeth Ferioli for points. her points fighting had grown incredibly since training with us and its brilliant to watch a continous fighter use her strength and it to work. this first fight showed this with such a strong straight punch to the face. her second fight was a draw and had to fight for 1st place which when to extra time. such a close fight but just came short. not bad for someone with jet lag!! 2nd place in points for liz

Robert Payne AKA mr inappropriate was up next. he was looking sharp and had a strong stance. he started blitzing slightly too high but when he found his distance it was plain sailing to 1st place. with more matt time potential and very strong fighter for the country.

hot from watford open Ben Ralph's turn was up. listening to instructions well and performing is tactics well. we need to get him crossing his feet when he blitz's but he beat all of his opponents using his great timing. he was not flustered by anyones moves and deserved a 1st place :) keep it up ben

Fighter of the tournament maggie brown was finally up. to many people they would just see her scoring kicks, but she used many tactics with her kick, countering, changing levels, pulling kicks short and blitzing. she fought all three of her fights differently apply pressue on some and showed patience with others. while kicking she was lining he hands up and most of the time was first to score with her hands after the kick. she (like her brothers) had her eyes on first place and was willing to fight anyone for it. timing tactics and technique was strong and won a much deserved 1st place

last but not lease we had a Paul Dogzy Corio Vinnie Turner and Mark Watson in a section with another two fighters.

Paul Dogzy Corio had some tired legs but after 2 years out cam back strong. only turned his head a few times in some points he started tightening up his tactics, working is front arm. using his reach well and taking a 3rd place not bad for the first tournament in 2 years. congrats paul just need to tighten up the guard and work the front arm

Mark Watson showed how much he has developed his feet were moving and was reading his opponent well (it doesn't help that vinnie and paul at double his height) but great attitude and the best i have ever seen him fight. great timing on the reverse punch just need to fight different angles when fighting massive giants so you dont run into their front arm

Vinnie Turner after a strong start at the watford open found his front arm using it as a jab, once his opponent starts to try to block his jab he can us his main reverse punch tactic. its working great and he is questioning himself less. an all round improvement for vinnie and a good warm up for the british nationals. 1st place for vinnie

1st place - vinnie, rob, ben george, maggie and ashley
2nd place -- liz x 2 
3rd place -- paul

but amazing fighting from the rest of the team (and im not just saying that generally massive improvement and deserves to be placing keep it up!)
robbie, rossi, mark and jamie.

please let me know if iv forgotten anyone im doing this from memory and im tired :P

well done bko love the team 
GO BKO!

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Watford Open 2017

Watford Open 2017

By Paul.

The BKO team headed off to St. Albans to take on the best from Britain and Europe!
Emily Evans took silver in her beginners’ category after a very close fought final, coming from behind twice. Considering this is only Emily’s second competition and her first major tournament, any nerves soon disappeared as soon as the fight started and Emily showed no fear in closing in on her opponent and finding her blitz. 
Next up was big sister Charlotte Evans in the intermediate section sporting a very fluffy hat with pink bobble. (She didn't fight in it). Despite not being BKO official kit, Charlotte used her excellent kicking ability and blitz to battle through her category filled with some very tricky and experienced fighters to also take a silver medal. 
Really looking forward to seeing Emily and Charlotte fight more and more over the coming season and developing their mat skills!
The Browns competed in both the intermediate and advanced sections, with Maggie reaching the quarter finals in both of her sections. Despite losing out early on in the advance category, Robbie and Rossi came back strong in the intermediates section, with Rossi reaching the quarter finals and having a very tactical bout with a strong and experienced opponent. Robbie kicked and backfisted his way to a bronze after some very close fights with just 1 and 2 points making the difference in each. 
Jamie Adams fought in the beginners’ boys, in only his second ever competition and first major competition. Jamie did not let the occasion get the better of him and came out strong, winning his first fight with well timed Reverse punches and making it to the quarter finals, just missing out on a medal in another very competitive and tight category.
Killian and Anais fought superbly in all of their fights respectively. Killian kept his cool, even when he was made to wait for his final and received some harsh decisions. He lost out in extra time and took silver. Big sister Anais had some very tough opposition in her category, but showed her development as a fighter with side kick and backfist combinations to power through and take gold.
Then it was the turn of the adults, who despite being more of a challenge to organise than the kids squad, dug in deep and achieved some fantastic results.
Kat Dhillon made her long overdue return to tournament fighting and along with Michelle Reese fought in both the intermediate and advance lady’s categories. Both ladies made the quarter finals in the advance section with Michelle taking a bronze in the intermediates with Kat taking silver.
Ben Ralph made his major tournament debut in a very tough beginners’ category and went on to take a bronze, using some excellently timed reverse blitzing. Ben fought well in the semi final and was pulling back the points when he ran out of time which meant he narrowly missed out on silver. Nicole Langley also fought in the beginners against opponents twice her size. She was unfazed and kept driving her punches in, eventually coming away with a bronze medal, While Shannon Feighery fought hard and also took bronze and a bloody nose in the lady’s intermediates section.
Vinnie Turner returned to tournament fighting after several months break from training but it was like he had never been away as he began in the intermediate section by taking a bronze. Then he joined Andy Evans in the in the veterans’ section, however the chaps didn’t let the creaking of old bones and smell of Deep Heat distract them with Andy reaching the quarter finals and Vinnie taking another bronze.
BKO’s final fighter of the day was Curtis Sharkey who fought in both points and continuous, with both categories kicking off simultaneously. This meant that following a very tough and hard fought points category in which he won silver, Curtis had to immediately fight in the continuous section and despite some extremely tough opposition, and following a wonderful front kick to his opponents face, he pushed himself through to take the Gold medal!
Thanks to all that came to support and a massive thanks to Ron for coaching and covering several miles in a day, running backwards and forwards between mats. Another fantastic outing for BKO, showing what we can do on the big stage, with everyone digging deep and achieving great things.

Next week is the Hands down tournament at Chessington 5th Feb. Those going need to let Ron know so he can pre-register you by Wednesday.

Paul C.
#GoBKO

 

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Daz Ellis Open

Results from Today at the Daz Ellis open.
1st tournament to warm up for the season.
We wish Daz all the best in his fight against Motor Nurone disease

Mitch 2nd place x2. 3rd
Liz 1st place x2
Curtis 1st. 4th
George 1st. 1st in tag team
Robbie, Rossi and Maggie fought well but no placing

 

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