Rob Payne ranked 2nd

After Robs wins in both the British and European championships, he is now ranked 2nd in the WAKO world ranking. Well doe Rob and you also gained your black belt. What a year. :)



It was the biggest BKO World championships we ever had last night with over 100 bouts and 2.5 hours of competition. Some great fights occurred with various match ups of ladies, men and kids.Harry Watson finally came out the winner just pipping Jim to the post by 1 point. Charlotte also won the Girls World championships. Great fun.
Thanks to Leigh Randall who came all the way from Wales to Referee the proceedings. :)

BKO Christmas party

Saturday 15th December saw the event of the year. The BKO Christmas party took place at the Riverdene pub.

There were about 50 in attendance and the night kicked off with someparty games organised?? by George. Catching a grape in your mouth and speed pints were but a few of the items. There was also a quiz and whos baby photo competition.  Everyone got involved and it was chaotic fun!
One of the main  events each year is the giving of the prizes and trophies. Many were given out, but the main ones went to Liz who won the BKO Grand championship. Andy E. Who became student of the year  and we had a tie for fighter of the year between Rob Payne and Rory. There was only one way to decide, so we got  out a game of Battling Robots and each fighter took their seats. After much pounding of buttons and smashing of fists into faces it was Rory's Robot's head that leaped up and declared Rob teh winner! Despite this we decided to give a joint award to both Rob and Rory this year. There were many other awards such as Injury of the year for Seans Back. Killer of the year for Kat's fighting, Newbie of the year for Erin and even good vintage of teh year for Larissa who keeps us supplied with wine! Many more were handed out too numerous to mention, but equally as important.
Following the presentations and the many thank yous on the mic. We moved on to teh aprtying with Karaoke, food, dancing and general merriment. Some of us were a bit over enthusiastic with teh booze, but it was a grat fun night and everyone had a good time and got home safe... eventually. :)

Happy Christmas. 

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Black belt grading

BKO had their first black belt grading in four years. Rob, Andy, Harry and Neil  have been dedicated to training for it for the last 6 months. 
The grading included pressured technical drills and defences. Many 3 minute rounds on bags and pads plus sparring disciplines such as against the wall, back to the line and in line sparring. Culminating in 16 rounds of technical disciplines which took  6 hours.

The sparring section covered 20 rounds and included points, light continuous and full contact sparring. They had to perform all disciples to a high physical and knowledgable  standard and show the dedication, spirit, integrity and honesty that come s with being a BKO black belt.

BKO have been grading people to black belt for 32 years and these four pupils have brought the count to 27 black belts passedin that time.


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Grading December 2018

This week saw a large grading taking place at BKO. Syudents from Ninjas to black belts were trying out .

We started on Saturday with the kids going through their paces and showing their sparring and technical drills

The adults came along in the afternoon and after 6 hours of Drills, 3minute rounds of bagwork and focus pads, footwork, sparring disciplines etc the first part was completed.

On Thursday everyone met up again for teh sparring element. all pupils did 20+ rounds of sparring including light contact and full contact.

By the end ofteh night the room was like a sauna and everyone was exhauseted but happy. Everyone received their belt, wristband and a certificate. Gradings are free at BKO



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Kids winter camp

This year we have the kids winter camp  from 27th-30th December.

Get the kids up and out  after Christmas. 

The camp will consist of lots of drills and sparring practice focussing on tournament work. Techniques and fitness, fun and games. Plus NERF WARS!!

It will rin from 10am-1pm every day  and costs £10 per day or £32 for all for days booked before hand

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We had four fighters representing Team GB in 6 categories in the WAKO European chamionships in Maribor this year.

Unfortunately Liz had to drop out because she became pregnant. Kat found that her two opponents had pulled out and WAKO rules are, No fight no trophy.

That left George and Rob.
George had the honour of leading the flag out in the opening ceremony
He faced a tricky Turkish fighter in the first round and looked to be settling in well scoring his backfist and front jab. The second round changed as his opponent caught up and in the third round it was close, but  the Turkish fighter won by 2 points. George was understandably gutted as he has all the skills and experience needed to beat this opponent who made the final. Sometimes these things happen and it is just not to be, but we take it, analyse it and move on.

Rob fought an Irish opponent in his semi final fight and it was a close one. Both fighters were nervous and it took extra time to seperate them. When Rob started using his round kick and pulled away by 3 points.

In the final Rob met a quick and moveable Danish fighter. Rob realxed more in this fight and his timing and reverse punch was scoring on his opponent time and again.  By the end of the fight Rob had won 13-5 and was the WAKO European Champion 2018. A great title to add to his British champions medal won earlier this year.

Congratulations Rob


Liz Ranked 1st in world

Liz has taken the top spot in the WAKO world rankings in the Ladies +65kg Light contact

She is also 3rd in -65kg and 9th and 10th repectively in the points categoreis

This despite the fact that she has not fought for a few months due to being pregnant!

Congratulations Liz on topping the world and on the birth of your child.