We took a small team of 9 to the Irish open in Dublin. The biggest Kickboxing tournament on the calendar with 3,700 entries.
Friday saw the Teams, light con and Vets sections.
George was up first joining a team with energise and other fighters. They had to take on the strong Barras team and George was up last. He started the fight 8 points down and was attacking all the time, but it was a difficult task to catch up. No progression this time, but a great warm up.
Andy was up first and used his reverse punch to good effect moving on to the quarter finals. He then had a tough bout and despite some great reverse punching he was just outpointed in the end
I had a litte outing on the mat as well. getting to the quarter finals.
Harry was in the senior light contact section. He reached the semi final against a very tall and strong fighter. Harry started well.moving around and driving forward with flurries, but his opponents reach and long legs were hard to beat over 2 rounds. Harry had to settle for 3rd.
Rory fought in the vets -74kg and was using his timing and cool head to move through to the semi final. A tough bout against a Candian? but Rory took the fight with some nice reverse punches and drawing movements
In the final he met our old training mate Darrell. A close fight in the first round, The second round saw much of the same. Darrell managed to get5 his nose in front and extended his lead to win his First Irish Open title and Rory got 2nd.
Nicolle fought in her first Light contact bout and moved really well using combinations and footwork to make her point. Near the end of the bout Nicolle threw a punch and her opponent moved which meant she spun, but turned immediately to fight again. She was warned for turning , which I though was harsh and lost a point and the bout.
Saturday was adults points sections.
Paige fought first and was on fire kicking and striking with power and accuracy that saw a 10 clear victory. In the qurter finals she could not reproduce her form and lost by a couple of points.
George was up next against an italian and despite hitting 4 scores in the first round that either one ref or another didn't register, one was a jumping back kick that dropped his opponent he lost the bout. One point was refused on the basis of it not being pulled back. I made a complaint to the chief referee and he confirmed that there is no rule in WAKO that states strikes have to be pulled back in the points division, but we keep coming up against this false ruling
Nicolle entered the intermediate section and once again moved around the mat with skill. she was slipping kicks and scoring punches well. This brought her to the semin final where she had a hard bout and narrowly lost, but gained a well earned bronze.
She repeated this feat in the Advanced section beating several opponents to reach 3rd place. Great work from Nicolle.
George then entered the -84kg section and beat some very good and difficult fighters from Ireland and Mexico. He reached the quarter finals and once again a very close bout that he narrowly lost through a head kick.
Rory entered the mens inter section and won several bouts to reach the semi final again, but this time he was caught with a side kick that finally ended his battle. Another Bronze for Rory.
Paige also fought today, however her form could not be repeated and she lost both her fights.
Liam fought in the light con division and carved his way through the first rounds with strong wins. He reached the final and showed his skill and dominance of the section by taking the title. Congratulations Liam.
Sunday saw the kids fight.
Belle gave her best, but her movement, timing and distance were not their best today and she lost her first bout.
Ellis. learnt to zig zag and was taking a leaf out of Nicolle's book when she would slip kicks and reverse punch. Her first time in teh advanced section and she reached the semi final earning a well earned Bronze.
Charlotte entered 3 sections with very good fighters in. Fighting in both bigger and more advanced categories. She showed her improvement usin more punches and hand counters to win throiugh to the quarter finals in all categories. beating very good fighters on the way. Charlotte's final tally was a Bronze in the +47kg category this time, but some great experince and improvement was seen today.
George fought in the Open weight, but was tired and aching after his efforts yesterday and despite a good fight lost out before the finals.
So a good Tournament for BKO with 7 medals. 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronzes this time and everyone reaching the quarter finals and some great fighting and partying for the team.
Roll on next year.
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
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.
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.