Wehad 3 members selected for the WAKO British team for the World Championships in Turkey and came away with a Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Andrew was making his first trip with the team has had a good year competing both Nationally and internationally.
fighting in the men's Vets -84kg section. A heavier section than he is used to. Andrew reached the Semi finals and was against a strong Mexican opponent. Andrew used his movement and driving punches to score and evade. In the second round Andrew got caught with a head kick for 2 points. This meant he had to chase the fight and was unable to regain points. Andrew received a bronze medal for his first time at the championships.
Liz has only been competing for the latter half of the season as she had a baby in March. She had a mountainous task to get herself fit for competitions but her dedication and training paid off as she was selected for the squad. Liz was also mad flag bearer for the opening ceremony.
Liz made the final of the Ladies Vets section against a very strong Italian with neat and quick techniques. Liz's strengths lay in her ability to rush an opponent and her hard hitting power. She has fought her opponent on many occasions with wins going either way. This time Liz's strategy was to fake her opponent and keep clear of scoring till she saw an opening. This worked well in the first round as the score was very close. During the second round Liz made attacks at her opponent, but despite both fighters hitting each other the Italian was given the score. This left Liz with no option but to attack and try to get the points back which played to the |Italian's strength. At the bell Liz had to settle for a silver. She was disappointed but with missing half of the year's training it was a very big task.
Rob is the current British and European champion in the men's -63kg section and was keen to add the World championship to his collection. He had suffered setbacks this year with a broken nose received at the British Championships and a back injury. This kept him out of training and competing regularly.
Rob fought his way through the early round and found himself in the final against the same Danish opponent he faced in the Europeans. Rob wasted not time in using his speed and timing to score. His opponent responded with hand techniques and pulled back the score. At the end of the first round it was very close. In the second round Rob raised his level and started to score more punches, intercepting his opponents kicks and using his fast attacks. He moved further and further ahead. At the end of the bout Rob was 10 points clear and world champion.
Brother from another clubber and regular at BKO Darrell Merryweather is also World Champion at mens vets -74kg and Sammi Jassim got Bronze and gold for the team. Well done guys.
￼?FINAL TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR?
GB GRAND SLAM AND SOUTHERN AREA GRAND SLAM
Symon 1st ?
Maggie 2nd and 3rd GB grand slam champion ??
Robbie 4th southern area grand champion
Paige GB grand slam champion
Jasmine 1st?southern area grand champion
Dan 2nd? southern area Grand champion
Nicole southern area grand champion
Kerry southern area grand champion
Well done everyone a great end to the year
On to gradings and Christmas paaaaaartty
Chris came down to give us a competition sparring seminar this week.
We ran through loads of sparring drills and strategies and some new ones. Using the rear leg to change space and distance. Both kids and adults had a great time and the session was invaluable for developing or fighters. Lots of sparring followed and set us up for the GB grand slam the next day.
We were asked to do a demontration at Basingstoke Flip out Trampoline centre where they had a night dedicated to raising funds for Children in need. We had a good squad of people who turned up to sho padwork, defences and sparring. The space was quite small, but everyone gave their best and after both demonstrations were through people could use the facilities while a band were playing. Well done everyone.
This week we had our kids Halloween party on Tuesday.
Everyone came in fancy dress and there were lots of games and fun as well as a little training. Coffin races, zombie fighting, Duels, facepainting, sweets and fruit.
Everyone had a great time and were exhausted by the end of the spooky event.
Lewis came down and gave the kids and adults a lesson in the basics of tricking. That's perfoming acrobatic kicks and stunts seen in most action and martial arts films.
Moves such as Butterfly kicks and tournado kicks were practiced and everyone got the hang of them pretty quickly.
The kids finished off with cartwheels to round off into kicks and the adult class kept going for an extra half hour.
Everyone loved it and can't wait for the next workshop, which should be in January.
To see a video fo our efforts click HERE!