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This week BKO entered two tournaments.
George headed for the Dutch open in Amsterdam. It was along drive to get to the venue which this year was run on one day. This made it especially long. George started competing at 9.30 am a nd finished at 11.30 pm. There was also very strong competition this year.
He entered the open weight where he eventually met Richie Veres from Kiraly team. It was a close and shut out affair and |George lost 5-2 in the end.
In the Tag team he was with Brando Prince and they fought a stong fight against the Norweigan opponents, but it seemed the refs were unable to see their scores and they lost by a point.
In the -74kg section George beat several opponents 10 clearing some and scoring with spinning kicks and a tornado kick. He was extremely tired at this point and had a deal with Brandon that if they reached the semi finals and had to mette eachother one would drop out giving the other energy for the final. Because it was the -74kg category it was George who had to step aside leaving Brandon to win the section and George to pick up 3rd.
The rest of the team went to the Cimac Superleague in High Wycombe. A great new venue and a well attended tournament.
We saw Katrina start the day by running from mat to mat to compete in several sections and get a third.
Star of teh day Was Maggie who gain 4 GOLDS!! in light con and points. She also won the -37kg section which is 9 kilos heavier than her. An amazing performance and one that inspired the whole team as Maggie showed her workmanlike approach and never say die attitude.
Robbie then emulated Maggie and gained his first Gold at the Superleague with a great composed performance, following this up wath a silver.
Charlotte also improved her game and fought through to the finals where she fought a great fight but lost by a point.
Liz also got a silver and showed how her points fighting has improved.
Adam also got a bronze.
There were some great performances today. Andy Evans timing and strategy was much better. Rossi fought well and and was brave enough to enter the light con, a discipline he has not had ,uch practice in. where he fought a very experinced fighter who hit hard. Andy Gould also entered his first tournament and gave a great performance as did his son Dan.
Not a bad start to the Super league, but there will be plent more opportunities to get on that podium and become a grand champion.
The Irish open was very difficult this year. Not necessarily because of the talented fighters that attend, but because of the atrocious weather that shut down Dublin Airport und several inches of snow.
Some of us were stuck at Gatwick for 10 hours and then had our flights cancelled with no way of re scheduling. More of our team spent 3 days at the Ferry terminal in Holy head waiting for the weather to clear. Their preserverance paid off and they managed to arrive on the Saturday.. This was too late for Liz however as she missed her 5categories that she entered!!
Everyone was understandably tired, but still competed in teh much reduced tournament giving some good bouts to their opponents.
Paige, fighting in her first Irish open fought with great skill and determination to get a 3rd place losing narrowly to the eventual winner of her section. It has long been an ambition of Paige to compete at this tournament and she is keen to return and take the top spot next year.
We reached the finals of the Basingstoke sports awards in several sections this year. Club of the year, Team of the year, Coach of the year, junior ladies and senior ladies, volunteer coach of the year.
Liz got a very creditable 3rd place in the senior ladies where she was up against many world champions and athletes from Basingstoke.
The Kids team also came in 2nd place in their section.
We all went to teh Appollo hotel for a meal and presentations and had a very nice time.
We will be pushing for top spots next year.
We took a team of 10 to the WAKO British Championships in Birmingham this year. On Saturday it was the light continuous sections and Maggie was up firs. She gave a great account of herself and narrowly lost in the final. Maggie is improving at a great rate because of her light con training and it's helping her points fighting as well.
Ollie from Sweden had two greulling fights and was unlucky in the semi finals not to progress. He hit his opponent with hard shots and took the fight to him, but a split decision gave it to teh other guy. Bronze for Ollie.
Neil was up next and despite some good strong punching and movement in the second round he was hit by his opponents long side kicks and this took the fight away from him. Bronze for Jeppo.
Saturday was a very long day at this tournament and we didn't get home till midnight, but we were up and ready to go again the next day. Another long drive to Birminham.
Liz and Kat showed their strength and carachter when they met in the final of the light con vets. A great tactical fight eventually went to Liz. British Champion.
It was points fighting today.
Maggie excelled at this and won her section after 10 clearing one opponent and stopping another in the final. British Champion for Maggs.
Rob Payne had some tough fights, but showed his heart, spirit and composure by winning the final and becoming our 3rd British champion of the weekend.
Liz then steped up in points and won her first section. then once again met Kat in the final. A very close fight with Liz eventually winning by 2 points.
In the lower weigh Liz met Sharon Gill in the final and gave a great account of herself against one of the sports legendary points fighters. This time Liz had to settle for Silver.
Andy Evans fought through to the semi finals and met a world champion.. He was unlucky not to score with his side kicks, but a great learning experience.
Rob Read made areturn to tournament sparring after an 18 year lay off!!! He was strong and moving well, but just needs to shake off some of the rust and this will be his title in the future.
George was up finally and dominated some very good fighters. the final of the -84kg category was a hard bout against a good opponent with a strong, long side kick. George moved and dominated and finished British Champion.
In the -79. George once again had tough fights and his energy was dropping when he reached the final. In the second round George's opponent ducked his head low and George threw an uppercut which connected hard and broke the nose. It wasn't maliciouly done, but the judges deemed it to be excessive conact and disqualified George so he had to settle for silver
Paige also fought a great fight against a strong and experienced opponent. She improves with every tournament .
Charlotte also fought well, but no trophies this time..
Maggie Gold, Silver.
Liz. 3 x Golds, 1 Silver.
Rob Payne Gold. Bronze
George. Gold. Silver.
Kat 2x Silver.
Andy E. Bronze.
Rob Read. Bronze.