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.
Dan 1st & 2nd
Andy G 3rd
Andy H. 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.
On Saturday we had the regular grading for all grades up ro Purple belt.
Kids and adults were grading today and we were a little suprised at teh amount of kids we had. It was a very busy and hard working session, but we got through and saw many people gaing their grades aftre performing basic techniques, combinations, Bagwork, padwork, defences. sparring and much more.
Great work. Congratulations to you all.
Well done to Charlotte who fought in Birmingham recently at the Junior euro cup.
There wer no grade categories only weight and the tournament had excellent fighters in all categories.
Charlotte won gold in her first section winning against a fighter whom she had not beaten before.
She then moved up a wight and made it to the finals where she had hard fought bouts and lost by one point in a two round final.
A great effort from Charlotte who is showing great form in her fighting at the moment.
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Double tournament weekend for BKO. Liz, MMaggie Robbie and Rossi wnet to teh Hungarian world cup. Liz was fighting in four sections and won gold in the over 65kg light con section she also entered u65kg light con and both Poins section gaining Bronze in two and reaching theinal of the points where she once again went to extra time against the World Champion. Liz unfortunately pulled her hamstring during the extra time and had to settle for silver this time. Maggie, Robbie and Rossi had difficult fights due to their movin up a sectoin as they are now 13 and have to fight in the under 16 yrs category with Maggie Giving away over 10 kilos and 3 years to her opponent. Nevertheless they soldiered on and gained the experience. Well done team.
The rest of the team went to the Northampton open where they picked up 25 medals including 9 first places.
More importantly there were some great perfomances and much improvement in the fighting.
Ellis 2nd, 4th
George T. 3rd
Charlotte 1st, & 1st
Harry W. 1st
Harry B. 3rd
Rory 2nd &1st
Cannonball 3rd, 3rd
George P 1st (Grand Championship) &1st
Mitch 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Jasmine, Bob and Adam all fought well, but no trophy this time.
As usual it's all about the improvement and development and we saw loads today. Great to see people back after a lay off and first timers doing well. Some excellent performances.
Well done all. :)
Next tournament is the Junior Euro cup on Sunday.