Great work again from our team at the GB Grand slam in Cannock.
Belle was up first in the pee wees section which, despite it's name had some high grade fighters. She lost her first bout agains a very good and experienced fighter, but came back in on the repercharge type system and won her next two bouts. She met another very good fighter in the simi final and using superior tactics of moving and then rushing attacks the fight was level.There was then a clash and I thought the refs gave her the point to make her one ahead. I told Belle to keep back, but it turned out the score had gone the other way. Great fighting and spirit from Belle.
Rossi also gave a great performance today, fighting two opponents that he kept back with his kicks and scored defensive side kicks to reach the final. The final was a great bout with both fighters wrestling for dominance and trying to out time and out maneuver each other. It went to extra time with teh same result. Eventually Rossi's opponent managed to get a punch in and that settled it. Awesome work Rossi.
Ellis used her reverse punch and leg blocking to make it to the final and was fighting a very strong fighter. She scored once again with her reverse punch, but had to settle for 2nd this time.
Nicolle has shown her great timing and movement has improved even more when she won the Intermediate section after a 3 round final. She then entered the lasies advanced and fought someone who towered over her. The plan was to pull her kick out and tehn drive the reverse punch to score. This worked well and it was a very close fight. Nicolle missed a coupel of shots and got caught, which gave her silver.
Maggie also fought her heart out in the semi finals. The bout ended 22-18 to her opponent, but the main thing was that Maggie score 17 of those with her hands!!
A good standard of vets was here today. Andy reached the semi finals and had a tough bout settling for 3rd. Rory made the final and tit for tat fight ensued with Rory pulling his opponents techniques out. the fight went to extra time and his opponent managed to get slightl ahead which settled the fight.
Charlotte 3rd x2
Results from British Championships today.
Charlotte 2nd, 3rd
Rob 2nd, 3rd
Paige 3rd, 3rd.
Not forgetting Adam S. Who had some great fights in the senior categories and scored some lovely points.
A high level there today. Some great fights from the team. One of those days where we all performed well and really raised their standard, but the gold eluded us.
Robbie Brown taking 1st cat 18 and 1st in cat 19 and 1st place in older kids teams
Rossi Brown 3rd in cat 18 and 1st in older kids teams
Maggie Brown 4th in cat 18 and 3rd cat 54 LC
Katrina 4th cat 4 and 2nd in younger kids teams
Jake 2nd in younger kids teams
Jasmine 1st cat 2 2nd cat 3 and 2nd in younger kids teams
Josh 1st in cat 6 then stepped up to cat 11 taking 3rd place
Abby 2nd in cat 14
Dan 1st in cat 10
Symon 1st cat 20 and 1st in older kids teams
Nicole 1st cat 28 2nd cat 32
Kerry Wonderful Anderson 2nd cat 28 and 2nd cat 36
Stuart 2nd cat 26
Runner up places to Andy Ellis Jake in their categories
there was a bit of a mess up at the end which messed up Symon and Matt taking their categories but they were both there to support the BKO team from start to finish VERY WELL DONE ALL Very good DAY FOR BKO as always
Videos of some fights
We have a few people nominated for the Basingstoke sports awards this year.
Liz is up in the senior ladies category
Rob is in the senior mens
George. Coach of the year.
Maggie and Charlotte Junior girls
BKO club of the year and team of the year.
The awards take place on March 1st. so lets hope we do well this year.
Thank you to Aviva who have granted us £1000 for our kids team to enter tournaments.
It has been a policy of ours to raise money for the kids team and to help develop and introduce all the kids who want to compete to tournaments. All the childrens sections at the recent WON tournament were paid for by the club.
Last year we raised £3000 for the kids team entries and this year has started well with this award from Aviva. We also have planned more bag packs etc to raise funds ourselves.
The success we have had with our kids team has meant that we are getting recognition from companies like Aviva, Post office and Persimmons and with their help we have further developed and improved our standard.
Thank you Aviva.
Saturday saw the first BKO kids club tournament.
We run these to give the new kids and teh inexperienced ones a first idea of what it's like to fight in a tournament. It also gives the regular fighters a bit of mat time befor ethey go to a major competition.
They are a bit chaotic but great fun and invaluable practice for the real thing.
Yesterday was no exception. We even had the little ninjas competing.
1st Xavi, 2nd jazzy. 3rd Jack.
1st Alex. 2nd Josh.
1st Reece. 2nd. Sophia. 3rd Fran, Katie, Cohl.
1st Jake. 2nd Jasmine. 3rd Belle. 4th Katrina.
1st Jamie. 2nd. Ellis. 3rd. Todd. 4th Sam. Reggie.
1st. Marley. 2nd. Eva. 3rd. Ryan.
1st. Chillie. 2nd. Ben. 3rd. Josh. 4th. TJ
1st Robbie. 2nd Maggie. 3rd Dan 4th. Rossi.
The first tournament of the year was in High wycombe at the WON.
We had nearly 40 people registered to fight at this one, but colds and flu etc took a few out, but still a healthy large team arrived at the venue.
The standard was very high with competitiors from Hungary, Austria, Italy, csech republic, Spain and many more.
Our kids team are gaining experience all the time and moving up the levels. This means that although they are improving, they have to fight in harde sections. Either heavier, taller, older, higher grades etc. Still the kids team are gaining places and beating opponents who they lost to last year. There were great perfomance from all the kids and especially the first timers at such a big tournament. I was very pleased with Jamie's fighting as he just did everything we told him in his fights and even though he didn't quite get into the medals this time, the improvement was fantastic and will see him win medals in future I'm sure. Great mature fighting from Adam also who hit his opponent with a juping backfist and side kick in the same movement, but still didn't get a point! It was Like's first time and he warmed into his bout. At the end of the fight he scored some lovely punches, but was not given a point and this cost him the fight.
Adults put on a good show as well. Rory fought in the vets section and came up against Ed Lofts. Probably teh best vet fighter around. So unporedictable and rangy. He cought Rory at first, and Rory had to constantly push the fight to get some points back. Very hard day at the office, but great experienced gained. Well done Rory.
Harry also had a difficult draw when he faced World champ Chris Aston on the first round. Harry is returning to points sparring and this is just the experience he needs. he pushed the fight too much in the early stages and got caught, which let the fight get away and Chris Racked up the points in his usual style.
Mitch fought in two categories. She did well against the Italian champion, in the semi final of the vets gaining a bronze. But her experience really told in her final of the inter section where her timing won her a Gold.
George was ill today, but still fought in three sections. He had a great fight with Cory cook in teh grand slam and despite narrowly losing, was pleased with his perfomance and how he handled the fight considering he was 50%
In the regular sections George reached the semi finals and faced Alex Veres. What an awesome fight with both of them thrying to out think eachother. George went ahead at first, but Alex pulled it back and in the final seconds George threw a testing backfist to pull out Alex's counter. He was a little too deep however and the counter hit giving Alex the win.
In the second section They met agin in the final, but by this time George was feeling very ill and had to stop the bout on several occasions to throw up into a bag! Despite this he caried on and got the silver.
George Silver, Bronze.
Maggie. Gold, Silver Bronze x2
Mitch Gold, Bronze.