Well done to Dale who got his yellow belt on Tuesday. (finally).
He missed the first grading and then was away for a couple of weeks, then I was away! But we finally completed and he passed all the disciplines of Basics, combinations, defence, bagwork, padwork and sparring. Well done Dale.
11 members of BKO went to the Kiraly summer camp in Hungary this year
The camp had 140 people attending and takes place over 8 days with 3 training sessions a day consisting of a fitness workout in the morning, drills training and a sparring session in the evening. There is a rest day on Wenesday and a competition on the Saturday. Fighters were seperated into ability/age groups and worked together for the week.
The sessions were rotated through Conditioning, Blitzing, kicking, defences and Swot analysis. On some evening sparring sessions the groups were combined so that you could spar with fighters of other abilities.
An important part of training like this is how you rest and recuperate your body. Most days we went to the Spa for a few hours and alternated between hot saunas and cold pools which revived your aching limbs somewhat.
Tuesday night saw us letting our hair down and visiting the local pub where beer, wine and Palinka flowed and there was even an impromtu disco complete with lights in the corridor!
Saturday was a tag team contest where we were put with random partners and competed in a round robin competition. Most fighters are quite tired at this point in the week, but there were still some great and skillful fights.
This is the third year that we have attended the summer camp and it has become a highlight ofour year and a great way to sharpen your skills for the rest of the fighting season as well as being a good holliday. The camp is open to all ages and abilities and We will be attending the 2017 camp and already have people booking their flights.
The summer camp started on Monday with 3 hours training a d ay for a week. Lots of kickboxing based games and drills on the first day, plus plenty of sparring and grading work was done.
The class was split into four coloured teams re, Blue, Green and yellow with all games and tournaments giving points to each team. A captain was nominated for each team every day who was to organise and control them.
On the second day the sun was shining, so after a few competitions in the gym we went to the park and continued grading work and defences, then a game of Kickboxing rounders. We rutrned to the gym and had a short game of Nerf wars using the extra mats as bases and shields. It was utter mayhem but great fun.
Wednesday saw us setting out an arena with the punchbags for various fighting games of Horses, spiders etc. then grading work and bagwork followed by a more prolonged game of Nerf wars.
More to follow
Congratulations to Neil, Charisse and Rob who passed their blue belts. Lots of hard work in preparation for the grading showing great skill, determination, stamina, heart and the ability to push yourselves beyond your limits. Over the last year they have been working their techniques and combinations and had to perform them continuously on the night. Then do the same with their defences. 3 minute rounds of bagwork and pad work then 12 rounds of sparring, points and continuous with 30 seconds rest in between. It was hard but it was worth the effort. Well done.
Kids Summer camp 2016. Mon 25th-Friday 29th July 10am-1pm. Training, Sparring, Grading, fun and games,
Open to all clubs and beginners
£55 for one child, £90 for 2 children, £125 for 3 children. £15 daily bookable in advance.
Contact me for details.
We took an adult squad to this one. The cash prizes bring out some of the best fighters .
Pat was up first in his second tournament in the beginners/intermediate section. Pat fought well and is quick coming forward with strong straight punches. His semi final went to extra time, but he eventually lost to the section winner. 3rd place.
Dale fought in the begs/inter over 80kg section and was against a very tall more experienced fighter in the semi final. Dale used good movement and timed some nice counter reverse punches but it was difficult against the range of the more experienced fighter 3rd place. Great work form these two red belts. two competitions in two weeks both performed with a tough fighting attitude.
Michelle fought in the intermediate ladies section and won her first bout using well timed punches. Her semi final was against a very tall fighter. Mitch moved and countered with a reverse punch that is improving all the time. Covering the kicks scoring to the body. The fight was very close and a backfist from her opponent in the final stages of the bout meant Michelle had to settle for 3rd. She then entered the advanced category and had a very close chess match of a semi final that she eventually lost 3rd place. Not content with that she entered the Open weight section fighting arguably the top fighters in the country.Michelle gave it everything, and didn't flinch from the barrage of kicks that were thrown at her, but it was a very difficult task considering the difference in experience. The best performance from Michelle so far. seeing some real development in her awareness and confidence.
Liz also fought in the open weight section and met Gemma Upfold . Euro champion and Gb squad member Liz took the fight forward and covered her opponents strong kicks for most of the bout. Gemma managed to score a head kick and this was the difference in the scoreline as liz lost.
In continuous Liz is showing much more control and tidiness in her techniques resulting in her scoring more during the bout She initially was down by a couple of points, but her superior fitness, power and accuracy saw her win through. In the semi final she had a quick opponent who was difficult to nail down. Liz scored some great shots however but not enough to get her a final place this time. 3rd
Andy fought through a couple of rounds in the senior mens section. His long reverse blitz catching his opponents out all the time and his movement and speed causing problems. He lost out eventually to a leggy fighter who managed to push Andy back a couple of times and sneak the extra point.
Andy then entered the men's Vets section where his speed was telling in all the rounds and he eventually ended up a clear winner and received the £100 prize money.
George fought in several senior sections and had many tough bouts today. He moved into his stride in the men's under 80kg section where his timing, speed and straight punch saw him win the section and also £100 prize money. The next section saw George facing a fast leggy opponent and although it seemed like he had control and was moving to win, he got caught with a well timed hook kick and eventually lost the bout.
In the open weight George fought through a couple of rounds and met Chris Aston in the semi finals. It was a very close fight and after several tit for tat scores. Chris was up by a point with seconds to go. George then threw a round kick that flew forward and scored on Chris' head. Aston then recovered a point and the bout went to extra time. In the dying seconds Chris launched a bliz and George successfully countered with a side kick putting him in the final against De reece Williams.
The two round final was a very tough fight for George. Williams is an exceptionally quick and clever fighter and George needed all his skills to score points. At the end of the 1st round the score was 8-4 to Williams. George managed to get a back a couple of points at the start of the second round, but the hard fights he had during the last hour started to tell and George's energy was sapping. This let Williams in to score more points and win the Open weight. George 2nd. George's fitness is very good and has been working hard on it, But when you have so many demanding bouts in a short space of time it is exremely tiring. However George will now increase his training as he says he must be ready for all comers in any situation.
An excellent day for BKO. Wining against top class opponents. More importantly though is the development and improvement that is being seen in all our tournament fighters. As long as you have this then you are sewing the seeds for success in the long term and raising standards throught the club.
Tournament no 16
Well done to the BKO team at the Hands down open today. Great fighting from first timers and old guard alike. Some had to dig deep in hard fought battles. Nick and Dale scored their first competition head kicks. Maggie won by 6 clear points against an opponent who beat her by 6 last time. Jamie hit some great blitzes. Jo powered her way to a 21-18 win in the two round final. Tianna had close fights in the black belt section. George threw some wicked ridge hands. Red and yellow belts fought with passion and great strategy. Mitch re discovered her reverse punch, Kat was cool and scored some lovely straight punches.
Well done Team. :)With all the new fighters doing so well I can see a great hhjh
Maggie 1st Jo 1st, Pat 1st, Tianna 1st, 3rd, Robbie 2nd, 3rd, Regan 3rd, George 2nd, Kat 2nd, Mitch 3rd, Dale 2nd, Marcus 3rd, Justin 2nd, Nick 4th , Jamie 4th,Rossi 4th
Great seminar today thanks to Laszlo Gombos. Many things learnt and lots of exercises and drills to take away. A great hot a sweaty session. Also Thank you to everyone who came along and sweated and supported.
Nandos at 6 everyone. :) even if you didn't make the seminar come on down. Then we are watching the football somewhere?