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. :)
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.
The Final National tournament of the year took place in High Wycombe at the Superleage finals.
We took a large team and had a few in the running for grand champions.
There were some great fights from all our members
Paige fought in the advanced ladies category and got a 1st, 3rd
Katrina 2nd, 3rd. Charlotte 1st. Rory 1st. Robbie 2nd. Ellis 2nd. Rossi 4th. Maggie 2nd, 4th. Liam 2nd. Szymon 3rd. Andy E 2nd. Rossi 4th. Jasmine 4th. Jake 4th.
Then it came time to find out who the Grand champions for the league were and BKO had quite a few.
Maggie became grand champion in 3 Categories both points and light contact.
Andy E. Mens vets
Rory. Mens inter
Page Girls advanced
Katrina Pee wee Girls
Liam Boys light con
Charlotte Girls advanced
Then to crown the year off Charlotte was announced as fighter of the year. A great accolade.
Well done team a great year competing with 270 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies for the club .
We took a small squad to the D day inter club at Watford. This was a tournament for maily beginners, but also some of teh experienced fighters run by Dave ryan.
Well done BKO today was exciting - Ben was awesome in his first ever fight showing great confidence. Jake not afraid of anything or anyone getting better all the time. Katrina fighting a lot better than before actually thinking about the techniques and showing better movements. Brothers Robbie and Rossi made it to 3rd place fight off with Robbie taking it away
We took a large squad to the |Bristol Open. There were many new faces fighting and we entered the light con and Points divisions.
So many fights took place On Saturday the light con and team fights were on. Cat and Szymon fought well in their first tournaments and got to the semi finals. The Browns were in the tag teams but were unable to progress farther than the quarter finals. George joined with Callum from the Falcons and they fought as the Wessex warriors In the semi final they met the American team and after a hard fought bout it went to extra time. The Warriors narrowly lost and had to settle for third.
Kat and Mitch fought in the Ladies vets and advanced gaining bronse medals in both.
Next day saw the points fighting.
Charlotte got a silver and Maggie Robbie and Rossi got Bronzes. Alex was the fighter of teh day reaching teh final of the beginners under 10s aection where he had a great fight with a far more experienced fighter. It was all even till the last 10 seconds when he gave away a point and got Silver
Jasmine and \Belle also fought in the pee wees section, With Jas getting silver
There were no intermediate sections in teh adults, so most of our middle grades fought in the advanced sections to gain experience. Nicolle gave a great account of herself and as a green belt against a world champion she fought well and was happy, but not expected to win.
Win of the Day was Rory who along with Andy E and Mark W fought in the vets sections. Mak had a tough fight and Andy ganed a good 3rd. Rory fought through to the final winning a close bout against teh world champ on the way. In the final he remained composed and ran away the victor. Brisol open champion.
George also had some great bouts against very tough opponents He fought to the semi final with a wonderful sudden death score. \In teh final he was against a very good itaian kicker and was fatigued by all the fighting. Near the end of the last round he took a head kick and had to chase which left him too much to do Bronze for George. Another notable fight was Adanm who, although he lost showed great timing strenght and improvement and was unlucky not to progress further.
Well done team
The day was gold!!!
Excellent fighting from everybody!
Charlotte 1st and 3rd
Katrina 1st and 2nd
George T 2nd
Jake out ( but scored lots of points)
Andrew E 3rd
14 fighters 6 1st 2 2nd and 3 3rds
Everyone was fighting brilliantly and all ready for the Bristol open next week!!!
BKO members competed in three tournaments this weekend. Flanders. (See below) Chessington and Peterborough.
Harry fought in the advanced light con section at Chessington and won gold. Liam moved up to the adults light con as well and gained a silver.
Adam fought at the Peterborough open and won the open weight section and got a silver in his weight category.
Well done guys, great results.
next tournament is this weekend. Cimac Dorking open.
We took a team in the battle bus to the Flanders open in Antwerp, Belgium. This is one of the best and hardest tournaments to win. No lower grades or intermediates. Just one section for each weight division and it brings the best out from Europe and beyond. Yet it is still a small tournament.
We travelled by ferry on the Friday and arrived at the venue to weigh in. All the people running the event are very friendly and accommodating and the organisation is excellent. We then took off to the hotel. checked in and went out for something to eat.
Saturday was the kids and open weight section. George fought a tough German opponent and hit him with some great straight body shouts, but the refs refused to see them and he ended up chasing the fight and narrowly losing.
Robbie came out against a heavy Russian opponent, but couldn't get his attacking head on today.
Paige found out that we entered her in the Musical Forms!!! I thought she should have a go and I could yodel on the side!
Paige then entered her two other sections and dominated with her strong kicks and powerful punching she won through several rounds to the evening finals. She the joined a some other British girls for the team event and won through to the final again.
Charlotte showed great improvement and is building on the experience gained from the World championships. She is fighting the bigger opponents much better now and controlling the bout. She too was in the evening final.
Charlottes second section saw her once again fight the bigger opponent well and not receive the points that she scored. It is so frustrating when this happens. We look at the videos after and can see the shots that are missed, but ther is not much you can do at the time.
After all the round fighting had finished we settled down for the finals which were in a great setting with spotlights and entry music etc. Charlotte was up first and fought a great bout once again. The points going either way for two rounds. With a few seconds to go Charlotte hit her opponent with a round kick in the face which would have sealed the deal, but the refs missed it. In the dying seconds she scored a body shot as her opponent scored and the refs favoured the other girl so Charlotte had top settle for silver this time.
Kat was fighting in the ladies -75 light continuous. Kat is in the British team for the European championships next mont fighting in the Ladies vets section. here she was aginst teh younger ladies and was not expecting to win, but get some valuable practice in. She gave a great account of herself against a strong and fast opponent. Kat never flinched and hit some nice straight shots and combinations. She lost the bout, but she got some great exoerince and has raised her confidence for the Euros.
Killian fought in his section as well and made it to the semis. He was showing some great kicking and blitzing skills in the prvious rounds and it was an even fight in the semi finals, but he was looking away when throwing punches and that dropped his accuracy level. Eventually he lost, but got a bronze.
Paige came up against a very strong German girl and world champion in her first final. The first round saw the points going back and forth and it was even at the bell. In the second round Paige seemed to freeze and allowed her opponent to score some body shots and move ahead. Paige found it difficult to recover and eventually lost the bout.
In her second final it was a similar story. Paige was strong and dominating at first and then let her opponent move ahead to win. This was unusual for her as she normally fights like a tiger for the whole fight.The finals were high pressure in front of everyone and she has picked up great experience and not forgetting 2 silvers against the toughest opponents.
Next was the team finals and paige once again came out to face strong opponents. this time she focused for the whole bout and gave a great fight. Her team was always chasing the points and at the end they were once again in the silver spot.
After the presentations the day finished about 11pm and we all trudged wearily back to the hotel.
Next day was the adults sections George was up first against Stefan. He fougt a good fight, but once again the refs were not scoring the body punch. I stopped the fight to ask them if they were scoring that technique today? They said yes and the next moment they scored George's punch! Sometimes refs seem to be geared to score only certain moves?? george pulled the fight back from 5-0 to 5-5, But in the end he lost by a point .
Rory was in the semi final of the mens -75kg vets. At first he got caught by a kick and a punch from his opponent, but when he settled down he got the measure of him and was controlling the leg and scoring reverse punches. Near the end of the bout he did his usual thing of scoring a head kick to draw himself one point behind. In the final seconds he was desperately trying to get that extra point but it was not to be and so Bronze for Rory. His opponent went on to win the final easily and we discovered that he was a 4th dan and world champion, which made Rory the Purple belt feel much better.
George's final fight was in the -74kg category and here he did not rais ehis game against an opponent that he should have beaten comfortably. The fight game requres you to have everything working well in a bout, especially at this top level. When you are off your game you just have to chalk it up to experience and move on, which George knows how to do.
Annais was up in the ladies section and another close bout. When she attacks and does not hesitate after the leading kick Annais scores, But sometimes that hesitation allowed her opponent in and she lost by a point here.
I was up in te mens vets +75kg finals next against the world champion in the 2nd to last bout of the whole weekend at 8.30pm. It was a long wait and after 2 years out and an serious leg operation I did not know what to expect. |I got out there and made all the mistakes that I have a go at all our other fighters for making. :) I lost the bout by quite a few points, but once again. I felt I was not getting the points that I scored. I was pleased with some aspects of the fight and some need attention, but my fitness was ok and I gained a silver for the team.
Following the presentations we went into Antwerp and found a bar that sell 300+ beers. After drinking that dry we had the Belgian version of a Kebab and then went back to the hotel.
During the trip home on Monday we stopped off in Bruges for some sight seeing, shopping and waffles.
It was a great weekend and we had some good bouts and won some bling, but of coures we want golds and we could have had 5 this weekend. That's fighting for ya. Flanders is a great tournament with awesome organisation and a friendly attitude. I think the reffing was a litte below par this year though.
We will be back next year.
Well done team.