back from Dublin and what a great weekend it was. BKO all fought well and showed such an improvement from last year. There were no 10 point clear drubbings and no p*** and panic fights. Everyone showed great composure and most of the fights were very close. We had 6 members into the quarter finals including George in the Grand Championships and one silver medal.
Friday: The kids were amazing. Robbie, Maggie and Rossi showed excellent spirit in the team event where we were surprised at the size of the kids they had to fight. Robbie did particularly well as he went forward constantly and gained a draw. Kat had a real battle in the continuous section and got hurt with a hard shot to the nose and a kick to the sternum by a much heavier opponent, but in true Kat fashion she got up and won the bout. George fought in the team event with AKA and reched the third round losing to Team Bestfighter.
Saturday: I fought in the vets under 79, But knee problems, illness and no training meant I was well under par and lost to me old Mate Frank. smile emoticon
George had a good draw in the mens u79kg section and was looking good for the final but he made a mistake and lost to someone he really should have beaten. In the U84 kg section after several fights he met Top fighter Robbie Mcmenamy and had a good fight losing narrowly. Vin fought in the vets section and won through the first round, then fought well against his second opponent. With 6 secs to go Vin stopped because he thought the clock said zero and his opponent scored on him winning the bout. I then fought in the super vets category and although I was still far from on any type of form I got a silver medal. (It's a funny old sport).
Sunday: We started with the kids categories, Charlotte showed her kicking skills and strength to win through the first round of her first division, But was unable to progress further. In her second one she had a very close fight with a similar fighter but lost narrowly.She has great technique and strong kicks but was unlucky this time. Robbie also had a tough close first fight and maybe used his legs too much here. Rossi played his usual moving and evasion game in both his fights and at one point performed an amazing escape from the corner. We just need to get him punching and cutting back in to score the points. Maggie had a great fight in the heavier section against a bigger girl. Maggie traded kicks and hit her opponent 3 times in the head. The refs only scored her one point however and she lost the bout by a couple. In the next section she met the girl who won Britain's got talent! A bigger girl with a quick side kick. A valiant effort but she lost the bout 3-0.
Vin got up in the inter division and showed his improvement against a bigger fighter!!! It was close and Vin just didn't read a couple of reverse punches which lost him the bout
Spazzy used her side kick and Backfist well in the first fight and lost by a point to the eventual winner in her second bout.
Nicole in only her second tournament gained valuable experience about the hook kick. Which is the only way to get it. smile emoticon She fought well and is developing her techniques nicely.
Andy's reverse punch movement is strong and he needed to realise it against his opponent. A great performance by Andy but as with most bouts it is tactics that make the difference. Andy went for some side kicks that his opponent countered, but when he launched his reverse punch it scored every time.
Kat fought her second round continuous bout but was still suffering from the previous injury. Her opponent was a tall rangy fighter who was hitting very heavy. We decided that it was best to pull her from the bout and keep her injuries to a minimum for the points section. Kat won her first fight here. In her second fight she took a little to long to suss out the Italians kicks. But when she did her movement and counters were working really well. Too late to win though. Kat also fought in the womens veteran section where they were all senior grades and included world champions. She won her first bout and fought well against a good experienced opponent. Despite scoring some nice reverse punches she had to concede the bout 6-4.
Charisse has shown such an improvement. becoming tidier and more clinical in her fighting and techniques. A really close fight with a Czec girl followed and if Charisse had attacked on her fakes more it would have gone her way.
George fought through Italians, a German and a Mexican to eventually arrive at Jack Felton in the Grand Championship. George is still one handed at the moment and had a great bout with one of the best fighters in the world but had to concede this one.
I am so proud of everyone that fought in Dublin. We have a depth in the club that is now producing good results from Kids to adults. From beginners to advanced and against world class fighters. There is still plenty to do, but in the last year our fighters have developed in maturity and skill and it is showing every time we go out to fight. Keep up the great work people. Well done.
Great day at the WAKO British Championships yesterday.
Robbie was up first and had a hard bout with a very good fighter. Robbie chased his opponent fand scored a great hook kick to level the fight at 7all In extra time Robbie continued working hard but eventually lost by a couple of points. His opponent went on to win the section.
George was having a difficult day with his injured hand and his Rhythm. He fought through to the semi final of the mens under 79kg section and lost to an opponent who he would normally have beaten. He then fought in the mens under 84kg section where he won through to the final meeting World champion Thomas Banks. George's form returned and a very close fight ensued with both fighters pulling and pushing to get an advantage. All was level after the first round and the movement, faking and scores were excellent. In the last seconds George managed to gain a point and this proved enough for him to win the fight and become British Champion.
Ken was up in the Vets 094kg section. Still finding his feet in competition, Ken made it to the final where he met the world silver medalist. A long bout ensued and Ken gave the advantage back to his opponent a couple of times by employing the wrong strategy. However the final bell saw Ken the winner and British champion.
Vinnie also fought in this section and had a good close fight in the semi final but was just pipped by a low body shot and had to settle for bronze. Vin also fought in the mens o94kg section. Despite a brave performance he couldn't progress any further here.
Kat met World Champion and legend Ruth Nelson in her first round. She scored some good points and would have a had more if she did not turn her head when countering. Kat was gaining experience with this fight however and gave a great account of herself. She then met Gemma Upfold another champ in the ladies section. Hard fights for Kat today, but great experience.
Michelle met Spazzy in the semi final. and it was a battle of Spazzy's side kick and backfist against Michelle's movement and straight puncht. With seconds to go Michelle was a point ahead, but Spazzy backed her up and scored to level the fight. Extra time was also close, but Spazzy's side kick scored he decider and put her into the final. Bronze medal for Mitch.
Spazzy met Ruth in the final and came out scoring the first point and uttering war cries. Was this going to be an upset? Ruth showed her class and scored points. Spazzy gave her all but had to settle for silver this time.
Andy fought in the mens Under 85kg and won easily against his opponents. In the final his movement and fast punches coped well with his opponens kicks and he deservedly ran out a winner and British Champion.
Rob fought a very close bout in the mens under 74kg section, It was level after the first round. In extra time Rob's opponent managed to get a couple of points clear and win the bout. Rob gained valuable experience here and has great potential to win in the future.
I fought in the mens vet over 94 kg section and ran out the eventual winner.
So a great weekend for BKO 4 British champions, 2 silvers, 3 bronze and most importantly good perfomances for everyone. Roll on Dublin.
another tournament down.
abi was up first and had a two round fight in the final. she has improved massively since watford and is starting to come forward with a reverse blitz. a strong performance and a 1st place for abi.
next up was jamie is a very large category. he had a lot of battles and was throwing at the right times we just need him to tighten up his guard and his punches. his last fight he was getting hit hard but he carried on the fight and saw it through to the end.
sean's turn for continuous. he had a great first fight moving his head and countering. need to get him moving his feet when he punches instead of reaching for the opponent. he won 3 lost 2 and then had to fight for third which in my opinion he won but the judges thought differently.
sean was knocked and had points after. i think id he was fully fit the result could have been different.
next up we the return of phillipa. who's strength and power was scaring the other opponents. drew her first fight and the got kicked in the head twice against someone she should b. but a top performance from her especially as this is her first tournament in 2 years and back from an ankle injury.
next was kat. she won he first points and is now starting to read the bounce and rhythm of her opponent to make sure she lands that reverse punch first. he walked into a head kick which shook her but carried on fighting.
she then had the same girl in continuous and she was scared. it was a two round fight and she was fighting her usual self until the last 20 second where she got annoyed and completely destroyed her opponent with punches by then it was too late to secure the win.
she was then back in the advanced section for points where her reading of the opponents rhythm started to shine. she caught a big punch in the face but shook it off and carried on 3 2nd places for kat
next up was graham who was a little tentative at first but warmed into the rounds. first fight if i remember right was a draw but there was some close calls. we need to get you working the gap between you and the fighter more. stepping in and out of the gap.
last but not least we had richard back for his 2nd ever tournament. who was addicted to the backlist tot he body. it was working for a few of the fights but we need to switch up the move when they start recognising it. but the attitude of hitting the opponent was much better after phillipa gave you a telling off for being to nice! a 3 rd place for richard and for a second tournament a great performance
thatsdone onto the WAKO british championship!!!!!!
Great day out at the Won yesterday coaching over 30 of our fighters and being run ragged from one mat to another. The atmosphere was amazing with some of the highest quality fighting. Well done to all the fighters and supporters for being there. Thanks to Michelle who also ran around the mats coaching and organising. As did Gribbs and many other BKO fighters who were coaching, advising and supporting. Great team work. Well done Kerry who made all the food (and ate most of it)! Thanks to All the parents who gave up their Sunday to bring their little fighters along.
Laynar 1st. Abi 2nd, Ciel 3rd, Charlotte 3rd, George 2nd, 3rd Teams, Vin 2nd, Curtis 1st, 2nd continuous, Andy 3rd, Kat 2nd, Mitch 3rd, Alex 3rd, 2nd, Steve 3rd. Killian 1st, 3rd. Anais 1st, 1st. (apologies if I missed someone, I had to cover 50 fights. Just let me know and I will amend)!
Getting places are great of course, but perfomance and attitude is the key to longevity in this sport and so many people raised their game today.
Chloe fought in quite a difficult section as it was open grade and took some hard kicks, but did not give up and fought her best to the end.
Abi demonstrated her understanding of controlling kicks in her fight and was unlucky not to win the semi final. Laynar also showed this skill and it paid off for her as she won the section.
Robbie had a very close bout with someone who 6 months ago beat him 8-0. Losing by just a couple of points.
Charlotte was nervous about being in with black belts, but demonstrated a cool head by winning through to the semi final.
Adam also had to dig deep and show his character as well winning his first bout.
Curtis returned after a several months away and showed his natural ability by winning and placing 2nd in continuous.
Steve Moore at 59 took on world champions and young fighters in both points and light con getting a 3rd place
Richard had a great first tournament putting into practice what he has learn.
Liz still produced the goods despite having an abcess in her Jaw. Cannonball as usual pummeled away at Giants
John showed great spirit and skill as he fought the guy who he lost to in the fight night. Scoring head kicks and some great punches. The refs eventually gave it to the other guy, But I thought it was a draw at full time.
AShley also demonstrated what a great continuous fighter he is and was unlucky with that final decision.
George is going from strength to strength, Keen to fight everyone and getting great results. The final against Tamas was awesome. Two class fighters playing chess. What more do you want.
Just some of the notable things that happened yesterday and the season has only just started. There will be other victories and losses but we will reach the end of this year Much improved and wiser for it.
That's it for this year then! Next week we are at the Hands down tournament at Chessington. #GOBKO.
Long day today at the open. We got back at midnight! First tournament of the year for BKO
Nicole entered her first tournament as well, attacking strongly and winning her first fight in the ladies novice section, she was unlucky in the final and had to settle for a silver. Today saw the return of Michelle back to tournament fighting after nearly a year out. She is not back to her best just yet, but she got a bronze in the intermediate section and a silver in the ladies vets.
George fought in the mens senior section. Won his first fight and narrowly lost his second but really pulled everything out of the bag for the third place fight off with the best performance of the day. Then he fought in the senior mens continuous winning two hard bouts convincingly and taking gold. No medals for BKO world champ Vinnie today, but he can take a lot from a great performance by him against Daz Ellis in the mens veteran section where he took the fight to his opponent but just lost 6-4 in the quarter finals.
Next tournament should see most of the club competing at the Watford Open on 31st January.