Results today from a packed Bristol open
Charlotte 1st, 3rd
Liz. 2nd, 3rd
George 2nd, 3rd
Adam, Belle, Ellis, Katrina, Mitch, Rossi, Kerry, Cat, Paige and Andy, no podium today but some great fighting against tough opponents.
The year has taken it's toll on our team with injuries keeping a few people out . Well done to Liz and Rory though for fighting with broken noses and for Paige fighting with a broken hand.
Bristol was a tournament bristling with national and international talent this weekend.
Belle and Katrina really showed improvement today Much better and really tightening up those techniques.
Laurence did well in his first tournament, winning it outright in style. Some great head kicks there as well.
Gabby also showed his talent in his first tournament. Great reverse punches. Brother Ollie showed him the way with a fine gold medal as well.
Regardless of result it is always the performance and development that matters. To see our intermediate grade veterans fighting and beating much more experienced fighters, Our kids moving up to different size, age, weight and grade categories etc or watching Cat gaining experience taking on the best (and biggest) in the world unflinchingly shows a great future. Our fighters span the complete competetive spectrum from youngest to oldest, from beginner to international champion, the ladder of success is there for all to climb however far you wish to scale it.
There were some unlucky points and some very dubious ones. I was fighting as much as our team throughout the day against some bad and incompetent decisions for which I got disqualified!
All people make mistakes, and we accept that, we may moan or roll our eyes, but it is a fact and we acknowledge and understand this, But there is a great gulf between the class and professionalism of the competitiors and the way some officials run their mats. They make a great show of acting official and professional, but tend not to display the necessary knowledge and experience to give good value for money to the paying competitors, Coaches and spectators. Some also display, Dare I say it, a lack of honesty to admit their mistakes. The prevailing attitude seems to be to get the fights done and move on regardless of the quality of decision or accuracy fo results. Differnt officials (from the top down) have competing ideas on what the rules are which also compounds the issue. I was told when I complained about a referees sheer lack of ability to keep up with the speed of a top level fight (Not my fighter) that it was ok because in the next bout she gave a bad decision our way!? I can only surmise that the attitude is "It's ok as long as the incompetence is spread evenly"! When I asked to report an official I was told that if I want to make a complaint about the organisation and i'ts officials then I have to pay that very organisation £50 for the privilege and that they will not accept video evidence. How's that for a way of stopping people making complaints?
When Referees are asked to be on the mats concentrating for over 11 hours each day is it any wonder that mistakes are regularily made, even by the best and most experienced. The argument is that we do not have enough refs and therefore we have to work what we have hard to meet the demand, but this highlights the fact that we do not have the human resources to run tournaments of this size and quality and and should admit this and start building the infrastructure and training regime that is needed before they attemp it. Because it is the competitors, coaches, clubs and spectators that are paying their time and money to watch organisers and officials fudge things and stick bandaids on gaping wounds whilst we are informed that it will be better in the future.
My personal opinion is that an odd number of referees, (3) taking up space on a square mat, watching 2 fighters who constantly change their position is not the best system to start with. With refs on their feet all day and and having to move to get a better angle to view or to look where other referees are positioned, get out of the way of the fighters etc, interact with scorers, officials and coaches while the fight is running, plus the many other distractions and tasks is it any wonder that more mistakes are made than need be and the stress levels of all is sky high.
Better I think to have the refs sitting down on each corner of the area and focussing only on what they can see from their fixed vantage point. (as in light contact bouts) With one experienced official on the mat controlling the fight. It will take more referees, but the job will be simpler and people can be brought up to speed quicker without the all the miriad of multitasking required at the moment.
The spectacle of the Bristol open is amazing and many aspects have been developed and improved by the organisers to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible. We all apppreciate the hard work and effort they exert just to put it on. My concerns are not with the running and organisation of the tournament. neither are they isolated to this one tournament.
There are certain people making inroads into improving the situation and we applaud them and give them our full support and backing, because it is through them and their integrity, new deas and thinking that we will take our great sport to the level it deserves. The competitors and clubs are already there, we are just waiting for the rest of them to catch up.
I live in hope.
On to the Grand Slam in November Team.
Results from a quick day at the Superleague.
Robbie 1st, 1st
Maggie 2nd, 2nd
Jasmine had a hard fight against a bigger and older opponent today. Liz's sections weren't running, Also well done to Adam from WKO who got 2nd in Light con.
We have quite a few in the running for the grand champions places in November.
Back from the Flanders open, for me one of the hardest tournaments to win with amazing talented fighters throughout. It is long, but worth being part of and watching.
Maggie 1st, 3rd
Liz 1st, 3rd
Unlucky Ellis, Robbie, Rossi and George.
Great fighting from BKO squad. Maggie's final was awesome and Paige was unlucky to lose by just one point in hers. Liz would have done more but suffered a suspected broken nose and had to pull out of the light con sections. She came back to win the final of the points, battling the blood from her nose. Rory had great battles in a packed vets section and was robbed by a dubious decision in one and just missed in sudden death in the other.
A great weekend and a tiring one. We spent some time in Bruges after of course.
Thanks to MATNAV for guidance and Support and to Richard for getting kicked off by the ref. :) plus entertainment form Gianni.
We took a small team down to the Southern Grand slam today. Some great fighting from everyone. .Jasmine showed her improvement in attack and strategy. Robbie had a run out and won his main section well, but lost concentration in his second final.Liz was dominant throughout and was gaining mat time for the upcoming world championships. Andy showed his improvement as well countering a kicking opponent . Kerry made her first step on the mat this season and her front hand and timing served her well. Jaime once again showed his strong kicking in a section that was dominated by bigger and older opponents. Well done to Pete on his first ever tournament
Jasmine 1st, 1st
Robbie 1st, 3rd
Kerry 1st, 2nd
Results from a great GB Grand slam tournament today. Great fighting from all today. Good to see Nicolle stepping up to the advanced category working her reverse punch and taking on all comers.
The grand slam is making inroads into the tournament scene and Jacee and the crew are adding great innovations to push tournaments to the next level.
The day started on time! Everyone knew what time they were on and what area! It also finished an hour ahead of schedule! This is thanks to the effort put in to running the registration and categories. The facillitators who run each mat is a brilliant idea and helps all the officials and fighters to have a clear idea of running order etc. It also takes a lot of the pressure from the scoring table and the refs who seem more relaxed and able to do their jobs.
BKO are committed to supporting anyone who is attempting to better the tournament scene for the fighters, competitiors and organisers and seeking to develop a more professional attitude and platform for the sport we all love.
Review of the day
Georges Spinning kick in the -79kg division and his performance in the final in the open weight was a classic. George showed how to deal with an exceptional kicker with variety and precision. Just one mistake cost him the gold, but what a bout!
Paige smashed both sections using her kicking and power punching and she beat opponents that she had lost to before.
Rossi raised his game using his punching and blitzing more. He is gaining in confidence with his hand techniques.
Olly battled his way to 1st, some great ridge hand counters made sure he got to the final in both of his sections. Winning one and silver in the other.
Maggie used her vision so well today. Moving and turning as she kept her eye on her opponent and waited for the leg to drop before striking with the reverse punch.
Charlotte kept her cool once again and used her clinical counters and pressing kicks to win gold.
Rory's countering worked well for him in the semi final as he ground his opponent down and took the lead. Then strode away with his counter reverse punches.
Liz's movement and attack are improving all the time. She is playing a more clever game at the moment, keeping opponents guessing as to what she is going to do.
Ben's blitz is awesome and when he gains more confidence in it he will realise what a weapon he has.
Ellis' reverse punch worked well against an experienced opponent today, she warmed into the fight and showed some great timing and distance decisions.
Well done also to Kerry who Reffed for the first time today.
Paige 1st, 1st
Olly 1st, 2nd
Liz 2nd, 4th
Nicolle 3rd, 3rd, 3rd
Belle, attacked everyone with great timing, but her accuracy was not on form.
Katrina's reverse punch blitz was hitting, but the refs were not scoring it today.
Jasmine's attacking was great in her second fight. she had to keep charging in and showed great courage and deternmination.
Joshie's mind! Where is that!!! :)
Jamie's awesome axe nearly took his opponents head off.
Andy warmed into his fight and when he moved and faked he was a great difficulty to his opponent.
Cat's kicking is amazing and she threw some great blitzes today. She just needs to have more confidence in leading with her hands which are very good.
No podium this time for these fighters, but great fighting and super spirit. Well done all and thanks to all the parents and helpers who make it all possible.
Some great fighting from at the Children's open today. I was pleased to see the improvement that everyone has made over the summer. Particularly the younger fighters who attacked and used their hand techniques more.
Robbie 1st, 2nd
Szymon 1st, 2nd
Maggie 1st, 1st, 4th
Charlotte 1st, 1st Open weight
Ollie 4th, 4th
Belle and Katrina didn't get a podium spot this time but were fighters of the day because they had improved so much and showed great spirit .
Well done team! :)
BKO had two representatives at the WAKO Junior European championships in Hungary. This is the culmination of all the hard work and tournament training, competing and squad training that Paige and Charlotte have done over the last year.
The tournament runs for a week with each fighter cometing one round per day and if successful progressing to the final on Saturday.
Paige fought hard in her first round against a polish opponent. She dominated the fight with her strong punching and stopped her opponent several times in the second round to finish a clear winner. In the semi final her form improved and she once again dominated using her strong kicking combinations to pressure her opponent and then striking hard with her hands, Paige cleared her fighter by 10 points and went on to the final to meet her fellow GB team mate. Paige was giving away a large weight advantage here and she didn't get off to the best start after getting caught with a few simple shots. Paige constantly pushed her opponent in the second round and made gains using her punching combinations and speed, but she left herself too much to do and lost the bout. But it was a gold and silver for team GB in this section.
Charlotte has been working on movement and countering for this championships and it stood her in good stead for her first round fight against an Italian opponent. Charlotte pressed her back with her kicks and then pulled her opponent into counters. In the final seconds of the bout Charlotte's movement proved it's worth as she avoided her opponent and then countered with a jumping side kick as she was being chased. This secured her a semi final place. In this bout she faced a German. As the fight progressed Charlotte was once again moving and evading and pulling her opponent onto her punches, but the referees seemed to see her opponents scores before Charlotte's. She pushed back and tried to recover the points, but was unable to change the result. Bronze medal for Charlotte and team GB.
Charlotte was then selected to fight in the team event. GB were to face Ireland first of all and Charlotte showed her strength easily pressuring her Irish opponent with her legs and backfist follow up. Team GB progressed to the semi final where they faced Hungary. Charlotte was last fighter up and unfortunately had a lot of points to recover from the previous bouts. She continued with her usual style of forcing and pulling the opponent, but the Hungarian was content to keep a distance and let the time run down. Charlottte scored points, but it was to big a difference for her to get back. Team GB had to settle for Bronze this time.
Well done girls! A great achievement and good grounding and experience for the World Championships next year.
After 16 tournaments so far this year. Paige is top of the BKO league table with Charlotte close on her heels just 7 points behind. In third place (No it's not Andy)! but Maggie followed closely by her Brother Robbie. George comes in at 5th Rory going strong at 6th and Liz taking 7th place despite being out of the circuit for a while. Jasmine is our youngest fighter in the top ten at position 8 Nicolle is 9th and sneaking into 10 place is Michelle. :)
16 tournaments entered so far this year with 52 fighters competing and 180 podium places. Nice work team, we still have a packed summer with BKO socials, Kids summer camp, Kiraly summer camp. Wako squad weekend and the Junior European championships. In Hungary. Then there are 10-15 more tournaments national and international before the final tally in December. so, it's still wide open. We are having equipment prizes for the top people this year. Check where you are in the league below. :) #GOBKO
Results from yesterday (to my memory)
Jasmine - ?
Mini Mancino - 4th (but fought excellently first time stepping up to a harder tournament)
Charlotte - ??including open weight champion!!
Rossi - 4th but fought his first fight very well.
Paige - ??
Ellis - ??lost to Freya who is a top level fighter and with a bit more time will be a strong challenger.
Liz - ???
Kerry - ?
Andy - ?
? brilliant fighting from everyone