We took a team of 8 to the Kiraly Summer camp in Hungary.
The camp takes place over 8 days with training three times a day. The morining training involves a drills based workout for an hour to start the day. Mid morning there is a skills workout with 4 stations. Kicking, Offensive, Defensive and conditioning , which each group rotates around daily. In the evening there is a sparring workshop involving some fighting drills and 16 mats of general competition sparring. On the Saturday it is the Kiraly Tournament. This year involving 2 man tag teams.
Our journey did not get under way too well as we missed our flights on Saturday due to the Meet and greet parking failing to turn up for 30 mins. Some of us arrived late on Saturday however and Me and and George had to wait till Sunday to train. Once at the camp though we settled into the routine of the training sessions followed by the afternoon at the spa to recuperate. The accommodation is dormitory like, but allows great interaction with the team. The food is 'CHICKEN' every day done in many different ways for every meal except for the eggs at breakfast. Which is still 'Chicken'! There is plenty of it though and it is healthy and gives you the energy to keep going.
The training sessions were very informative and intense. It was great to work out with so many different people and styles and make new friends in the process. We have learnt a lot and had confirmation that our own training is up there with current practices. To relax in the evening we would sometimes pop down to the local bar or go to the Csongrad music festival, where you could eat or stoll amongs the bars by the river.
Wednesday was rest day where you could choose to go to the local town of Szeged or play Paintball? or just relax at the camp in Csongrad. Because of the day off, Tuesday night is a bit of a party night with some beer and the deadly Palinka flowing. Some suffered worse than others!
Training continues for Thursday and Friday with sparring and drills as well as an anylisingl session of frighters with Kiraly coach Istvan and other team coaches. Then Saturday is the camp Tournament, which this year was two man tag teams randomly generated. I was pleased that we had four of us in the finals and the BKO fighters gave a good account of themselves with Charlotte and me winning our sections and Paige and Andy coming second.
Saturday night is the sayanora party at Gringos pub and once again the Beer, Palinka and other dubious liquids flowed until about 4am. There was dancing in the corridors and disco lights. On Sunday everyone gets up late. (Obviously) and although there is an offer of a training session. Very few take it up and slowly people get the bus or car and travel home. The camp slowly becomes quiter as they dissapear and soon it is our turn to leave and it is over for another year.
The Kiraly training camp is one of the highlights of the year for us. It is a great burst of intense work that boosts your fighting
for the coming tournament season, and gives you skills and startegies for your future training and competing. It is like 3 months training compressed into a week. It's also a holiday, with warm weather and relaxation, especially for the parents and spectators. You get to train with some of the best Kickboxers and make contact with people from across the world. Bonding and making friends and connections in the kickboxing community.
Although the camp is great value for moneay and your cash goes a long way out there. for next year we will besetting up an account so that people can pay monthly and spread the cost
Thursday night is squad class open to all grades and young cadets. Other clubs welcome to train working through competition sparring and training for 1,5 hours.
Click below for some of last night's sparring
BKO quiz night. Open to members and non members. Helping to raise money for Charlotte to go to the WAKO World championships and bring the gold back for GB, Basingstoke and BKO.
All the details are on the poster or you can message us for more information.
Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation Kids summer camp 6-16 years.
Get the kids out of the house this summer and started in a great sport .
Keep fit, have fun, become a champion, learn self defence.
Message me to reserve a space or for more details.
Well done everyone today. Everyone fought their hearts out and gained lots of valuable experience on the mat and running things.
Results. Ninjas. 1st Jamie Lee. 2nd Xavier. 3rd Jazzy.
Lower grades -110cm. 1st Freya. 2nd Sophia. 3RD Daisy.
-120. 1st Belle. 2nd Callum. 3rd Josh. 4th Alex & Jacob.
-130 1st Sam. 2nd Jake. 3rd Remi. 4th Ollie & Katrina.
-130. 1st Maggie. 2nd Bob.
-150. 1st Charlotte. 2nd Robbie. 3rd Rossi. 4th Princeley. Dan. Josh and Jamie. great fighting but to medal this time.
+150 1st. Joe. 2nd George. 3rd Ellis 4th Chillie.
It was good to see the new guys fighting with the more established fighters and also how the middle grades are now pushing our top fighters and scoring a lot on them.
Thanks to all the helpers, time keepers, scorers and of course refs and also to all the parents who came to support.
Next one is in September.
We took a small team to the Cimac World cup yesterday. Our 22nd tournament of the year and the last before the summer break.
It took place in Birmingham on a very hot day
Maggie was up first in the light con and secured herself a first place again in a well controlled battle.
Charlotte then took to the mats and fought through several rounds to the final where she won a tense and tight conflict to gain the gold.
Maggs was up again in the heavier points section and once again she got to the final, but lost narrowly
Charlotte also fighting in a heavier weight made the semi final and lost by a point settling for 3rd this time.
Paige was up next. After fighting for her brown belt yesterday she was feeling a little tired but still fought her heart out.first in the girls section and then after getting to the final of the open weight she had a great battle. Losing by 1 point .
Andy Evans also had a good day beating a far larger and aggresive opponent in the semi finals. Throwing some great counter reverse punches and side kicks. In the final he was up against a strong experienced fighter who took a couple of points at the beginning, but once Andy got his timing in the fight was quite even. It was too much for him to pull back however. Andy continues to fight opponents who are more experience and black belts compared to his purple belt. Yet he is closing the gap on them all the time. He has finally broken his 3rd place habit this year and won the silver. !!!
Liz fought in her usual three sections. Up first was the ladies under 65kg which she won comfortably. In the +65 She had a tough final against a very hard hitter. Liz moved and used her footwork to maneouver her opponent and avoid the punching power. She then countered and blitzed to score. Near the end of the fight a short lapse in concentration saw her opoonent score a head kick which prover the difference in scores at the end. Silver for liz
She was up again for the points section winning through to the final. Her opponent score first and was happy to let Liz move and stay back looking for an opening. Liz attacked a couple of times, but was not punching straight today and missed an opportunity to level it. Silver again.
George was suffering from an illness and had entered the open weight and -84 categories which were running continuously, so it was constantly running from one mat to the other. George won through a few rounds and was looking sharp considering his condition but the reffing at the end of a long day and in the heat was becoming rather erratic for all fighters. many points were missed and strange decisions made. George met fellow sparring partner Brandon in the semi final of both sections and they were both close calls with demonstrations of excellent techniques, countering, pulling and fast attacks. Brandon had the edge on the day and George had to settle for Bronzes this time.
Rossi was his usual kicking self today and did not use his hands enough which resulted in him losing by a head kick in his battle. better luck next time.
Robbie also had a good fight against a strong opponent, but was unable to get the lad and lost a close battle.
Next week there is a tournament in Gloucester that some of the team are interested in
We also have the 2nd in our Kids BKO league club tournament on Saturday.
Congratulations to Paige who passed her Brown belt today. After performing her techniques, Defences to the highest skill. 3x3 mins on the punchbag and then the same on the focus pads. 9 points fights and 5 continuous. Plus against the wall defences. in line sparring, Back to line sparring, and more. Hard fighting with lots of stamina and desire were needed to pull her through. But she did it.
Well done Paige!
...and now Tomorrow she fights in the Cimac World cup!