BKO bring home the bling!
The CIMAC super league is a regular tournament in Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation’s (BKO) calendar. This weekend's tournament, at Windsor Leisure Centre, was the UK Open Championships and BKO’s 18th tournament of 2016.
George Hine, aged 10, has only been a member of BKO for a short time but is a determined fighter when on the mat. Fighting in the novice boys section, he got through to the final and narrowly lost by 1 point. It was a good return to tournament fighting after the 6 weeks summer break.
After waiting around for the kids and junior sections to finish, it was then the adult squads turn.
Having fought through the rounds, Liz Ferioli, who also fights for the GB team, landed 3 clear sidekicks on her opponent in the final and the judges did not score any of them meaning that Liz had to settle for second place. Following her points fighting, Liz returned to the mat, this time for light contact continuous. Once again she fought through to the final and faced up against her rival Katarzyna who brought some new moves to the mat on this occasion and managed to outmanoeuvre Liz to take first place and the trophy.
George Peploe, another member of the GB team, has been ramping up his training in preparation for the European championships in November. Despite the tiredness from his intense training schedule, he flew through the rounds and won the final with 10 clear points.
Neil Jepson, having recently passed his blue belt grading, was full of confidence heading into the tournament today. He was drawn against a very tough opponent in his continuous fight. His opponent, Alex Kennedy, has previously won 5 golds from the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) and the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) world championships. Neil gave it everything but Alex’s vast experience was a little too much for him.
Vinnie Turner fought in the intermediate section and earned a 4th place. He also fought in the veterans section (over 35), getting through to the final to earn silver.
Michelle Rees, fighting in the intermediate sections, took to the mat for her first light contact continuous tournament fight in over a year, getting through to the final and winning silver. Immediately following her final, she moved onto another mat and was tasked with fighting points in the advanced section. It wasn’t her day in that or the intermediate points section that followed and came away with mat experience and a bruised nose.
Some BKO members from across the pond (France) travelled over for the day to take part in the tournament as well! Anais Vandomme has consistently been improving and this showed with a confident performance and her silver and bronze medals. Killian Vandomme is an awesome fighter and one to watch for the future. He confidently took first place and the trophy in his section.
Then came BKO’s novice men points fighters. Justin Haigh and Nick Woodley are very new to kickboxing and tournaments and being yellow belts (2nd grade) were meant to be fighting in the novice section. Unfortunately with limited fighters in that section, they were moved up to the intermediate/ advanced section. They didn’t falter and fought hard. In the semi-finals, Justin narrowly lost out to Nick in the battle for the bronze.
Overall it was a great day for bling for BKO - 2 golds, 6 silver and 2 bronze. Some great performances and some areas to work on….their next tournament is in Winchester on the 18th September.