Watford Open 2017
The BKO team headed off to St. Albans to take on the best from Britain and Europe!
Emily Evans took silver in her beginners’ category after a very close fought final, coming from behind twice. Considering this is only Emily’s second competition and her first major tournament, any nerves soon disappeared as soon as the fight started and Emily showed no fear in closing in on her opponent and finding her blitz.
Next up was big sister Charlotte Evans in the intermediate section sporting a very fluffy hat with pink bobble. (She didn't fight in it). Despite not being BKO official kit, Charlotte used her excellent kicking ability and blitz to battle through her category filled with some very tricky and experienced fighters to also take a silver medal.
Really looking forward to seeing Emily and Charlotte fight more and more over the coming season and developing their mat skills!
The Browns competed in both the intermediate and advanced sections, with Maggie reaching the quarter finals in both of her sections. Despite losing out early on in the advance category, Robbie and Rossi came back strong in the intermediates section, with Rossi reaching the quarter finals and having a very tactical bout with a strong and experienced opponent. Robbie kicked and backfisted his way to a bronze after some very close fights with just 1 and 2 points making the difference in each.
Jamie Adams fought in the beginners’ boys, in only his second ever competition and first major competition. Jamie did not let the occasion get the better of him and came out strong, winning his first fight with well timed Reverse punches and making it to the quarter finals, just missing out on a medal in another very competitive and tight category.
Killian and Anais fought superbly in all of their fights respectively. Killian kept his cool, even when he was made to wait for his final and received some harsh decisions. He lost out in extra time and took silver. Big sister Anais had some very tough opposition in her category, but showed her development as a fighter with side kick and backfist combinations to power through and take gold.
Then it was the turn of the adults, who despite being more of a challenge to organise than the kids squad, dug in deep and achieved some fantastic results.
Kat Dhillon made her long overdue return to tournament fighting and along with Michelle Reese fought in both the intermediate and advance lady’s categories. Both ladies made the quarter finals in the advance section with Michelle taking a bronze in the intermediates with Kat taking silver.
Ben Ralph made his major tournament debut in a very tough beginners’ category and went on to take a bronze, using some excellently timed reverse blitzing. Ben fought well in the semi final and was pulling back the points when he ran out of time which meant he narrowly missed out on silver. Nicole Langley also fought in the beginners against opponents twice her size. She was unfazed and kept driving her punches in, eventually coming away with a bronze medal, While Shannon Feighery fought hard and also took bronze and a bloody nose in the lady’s intermediates section.
Vinnie Turner returned to tournament fighting after several months break from training but it was like he had never been away as he began in the intermediate section by taking a bronze. Then he joined Andy Evans in the in the veterans’ section, however the chaps didn’t let the creaking of old bones and smell of Deep Heat distract them with Andy reaching the quarter finals and Vinnie taking another bronze.
BKO’s final fighter of the day was Curtis Sharkey who fought in both points and continuous, with both categories kicking off simultaneously. This meant that following a very tough and hard fought points category in which he won silver, Curtis had to immediately fight in the continuous section and despite some extremely tough opposition, and following a wonderful front kick to his opponents face, he pushed himself through to take the Gold medal!
Thanks to all that came to support and a massive thanks to Ron for coaching and covering several miles in a day, running backwards and forwards between mats. Another fantastic outing for BKO, showing what we can do on the big stage, with everyone digging deep and achieving great things.
Next week is the Hands down tournament at Chessington 5th Feb. Those going need to let Ron know so he can pre-register you by Wednesday.
Results from Today at the Daz Ellis open.
1st tournament to warm up for the season.
We wish Daz all the best in his fight against Motor Nurone disease
Mitch 2nd place x2. 3rd
Liz 1st place x2
Curtis 1st. 4th
George 1st. 1st in tag team
Robbie, Rossi and Maggie fought well but no placing