BKO took a team to the Cimac world cup in Birmingham.
This is one of the hardest fought tournaments in the Superleague circuit.
Maggie Brown entered the girls advanced division. Using her strong front leg kicks and follow up punching she powered her way through several rounds beating the British champion on the way. In the final Maggie met the World champ and after a short while was 5-1 down. It looked to be all over, but Maggie found extra strength and continued to attack her opponent with kicks. She pulled back point after point and at the final bell she won by 9-6.
Nicole Langley continued her winning performances by earning first place here. It was by no means a foregone conclusion and Nicole had to get through some tough bouts, but her timing and accurate punching won her the trophy.
Michelle Rees Got silver in the ladies section as did Liz Ferioli in the light continuous class
George Hine gained a Bronze in the boys section and father and daughter Ellis and Rory Campion also got Bronze in the girls and mens pointfighting.
Robbie had to pull out due to illness after winning his first fight. Rossi and Paige fought well but were unlucky not to progress this time.
Successful day at Chessington today!
first up we had...
KATRINA AND BELLE'S FIRST TOURNAMENT.
we were a little worried because it was open grade but turns out we had no problems!
KATRINA takes from her mother and has no fear in getting stuck in. she got a 2nd place at her first ever tournament, she has massive potential and is very talented :)
BELLE steps on the matt for the first time as the smallest competitor but nothing was going to stop her! even holding her own against some black belt fighters!!! she has no fear and loved every moment on that matt well done belle :)
ROSSI was up next and had a couple of awkward fights. once he figures out his way around fighters that just aimlessly run at him and try to hit him he will have no trouble walking away with gold. He had one fight against a points style fighter and dominated showing his true talent. Got a little bit of work to do but you should be proud of yourself as you gave a brilliant performance against in against a 'normal style of point fighter'
MAGGIE was a natural out there and is starting to use her hands! she is now becoming a strong force and listened to instructions perfectly. picked up a gold and dominated her section. next aim for maggie is to put the same thing into the super league next week. FIGHTER OF THE DAY!!
ELLIS had her second tournament and the improvement in her fighting is massive. precise side kicks to the body and blitz's were flying. she had a tough kicker at the end and faced her fears! a real fighter and brilliant attitude in training which shows in her development on the map. 2nd place for ellis in her 2nd ever tournament!!
MICHELLE had a tiring day fighting in light con and two point section but focus and mental positivity was much stronger. had an extremely tough 'light' con fight to start but she kept getting up and stuck in, its all experience. she gained a 3rd in points intermediate and fought some very tough fights on advanced. you cant fault her ability to get up and keep going and had made her mindset so strong, massive improvement.
RICHARD REES had his first tournament and went straight into the intermediate section. definitely the fastest and most technical fighter in the sections but a few distance and timings that will come with more matt time. but a great performance and unlucky not to place 3rd just couldn't get the refs majority. looking forward to seeing you at more tournaments as gold is so close.
KERRY turned up LATE!! and seemed a bit mellow before fighting in her intermediate section but quickly got her head into gear. all the work we have been doing on Thursday came into place and came off the matt saying she could actually do what i asked her. (which makes me wonder what she has been doing so far) but had a lot of energy in her fighting and tactically fought brilliant. 2nd place for kerry!!
NICOLLE (With two L's) had her family down to watch and was up and raring for her first intermediate tournament. she took no prisoners and had a great spring in her step. timing and decisions were brilliant and when she decides she is going to win she always will!! he kicks are coming along nicely and i dont think it will be long till she can use them more effectively in tournaments. 1st place for nicolle and a very strong performance
LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE HAVE LIZ!! who had some great continuous fights and i thought was robbed out of a first place as she was blocking the 'head kicks.' but more importantly her timing on when to add pressure and when to blitz has grown massively!! giving her so much more to use while fighting. This also showed in her points fighting when she was up against a very quick and impressive fighter but instead liz used her timing to score a step back side kick and her explosive power to blitz her. i've never seen her come off the matt so happy and it was great to see! she has improved so much and shows now sign of slowing down. 2nd and 3rd for liz
What a brilliant performance from everyone! but this is just the beginning we need to get back into training and become the best we can be!
Kristian and Roland seminar on Wednesday and that will help everyone!!
I am very proud of everyone today. lets keep this mindset going and when your tired and hurting remember to still come train and push your partners as it not just you your helping but your team!
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Thanks to kerry for organising theis camping trip for the club to the New Forest water park near Ringwood.
The site has a "wipeout" style obstacle course in the water with loads of inflateables to climb on, Jump off, and not be able to get back up on. We all camped together and cooked around the bbqs and in the evening we had a log fire and plenty of drinks and snacks. etc. Played games of swing ball and football, Strummed guitars and basically chilled out
On the Saturday we had a little training session with the focus pads and started to put some meore unusual techniques and combinations together. EG: Cartwheel, Axe Kick, forward roll, spin kick. Or 12 fast spinning kicks then try to blitz the pads.
On Saturday we all donned wet suits and took to the assault course for an hour which was great fun and exhausting. Lots of challenging obstacles to negotiate and slides, Jumps and a spring board type thing.
Sunday saw Mitch and Martin take to the water again to try out the wakeboard zip line and very good they were too. Syaing up and keeping their balance as they were pulled along cheered by us and the massive carp that hung around waiting for the kids to give them snacks
Well done Charlotte who gained a silver in the Cimac Euro junior cup. This tournament attracts the best under 16s from around the country. Charlotte forught through several rounds beating fighters who she had lost to before. In reaching the final Charlotte met the Current WAKO world champion. A girl who is bigger and older that her. After a very close fight Chalotte had to settle for silver losing 2-1. A graeat effort and a demonstratiuon of how Charlotte's attitude and ability is improving all the time.
Great and long day at the Northants open yesterday. We went from taking over 20 fighters down to 12 after illness and injury came on board! A lot of our fighters were either first time or returning after a lay off etc, but still all gave a great account of themselves and I am so proud of how we battled and supported each other
Rory 1st, 3rd
George 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Michelle 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Rob 4th .
Ellis Had her first tournament but no trophy this time.
Emily had a hard fight and kept pulling the score back, but missed out by a point.
Charlotte made easy work of her division today.
Rory improved as the tournament went on and found his timing. and giving space to score.
George had the fight of the day in the final. Returning after a lay off because of Rock star duties. :)
Kerry made the effort and came up later winning her final.
Mitch finally discovered movement and had a great fight against a much larger opponent.
Page started slow, but showed the power of her reverse punch and round kicks by stopping her opponents.
Chantelle's first tournament. Took a little time to figure it out, but was soon scoring with blitzes.
Joe was unlucky not to get to the final with his fast attacking style.
Andy went on the attack and improved that focus. scored with two nice hook kicks.
Rob had good speed and was unlucky not to progress to the final. More reverse to the body. :)