The next BKO beginners course will start on Wednesdasy January 8th 6-7pm. The course is £40, runs for 6 weeks and will encoupass basic techniques, defences, bagwork plus fitness and stretching routines. There will be a red belt grading on completion.. All other BKO classes are free for the duration of the course.
Come along and learn a great sport, Defend yourself, get fit, meet new people and have fun.
Saturday the 14th December saw us all descend on the Riverdene pub for the BKO Christmas party and presentations. there were 40+ in attendance this year and many trophies and awards were given out. There was drinking and feasting and Kareoke, dancing and fun had by everyone.
Rory received his award for Student of the year and Rob was Fighter of the year. There were many smaller awards for peoplewho had distinguished themselves for good and not so good reasons plus Black belts and coaching awards.
A great night as usual with partying and celebration of the club and everyone's achievements of 2019. On now to 2020 and to further glories.
Happy Christmas everyone!
The large grading of the year took place this week with over 40 people working for their belts. From Ninjas (under 5s) to older vets and black belts. The technical grading took place on Saturday and ran from 9.30 am- 7.30pm with basic drills and combinations, plus various defences, bagwork, padwork, against the wall drills and much more. the fighting part of the grading was on the |Thursday with everyone completing their points' light cotact and full contact disciplines.
Well done everyone who took part. The grading is just the culmination of all the hard work and dedication put in over the last year and it was an amazing performace.
Here's the data from this years competitions.
This year we fought in 30 tournaments
We took 298 trophies. 86 1st 87 2nd and 104 3rd
We had 15 national Grand champions.
World Championships. 1 Gold, 1 Sliver 1 Bronze.
European Championships. 1 Silver 2 Bronze.
3 British champions
Cimac Fighter of the year.
Top of the league this year is Me with 5005 points! :) . Not bad as I only fought in 2 tournaments, but I did meet myself in the final of one which is pretty awesome time travelling!
The actual first place is Maggie with 366 points. Charlotte is 2nd just 18 points behind. followed closely by Robbie and then Paige in 4th. The highest adult is Liz. Not bad after having a baby this year, then George in 6th Rory 7th and the youngest member of the team Jasmine making a great 8th place. Ellis has a well deserved 9th place and Nicolle completes the top ten.
54 members competed and Robbie did the most tournaments this year at 20
Have a look and see where you came. Merry Christmas and happy hunting for next years circuit everyone.
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.