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We  took a team of 10  to the WAKO British Championships in Birmingham this year. On Saturday it was the light continuous sections and Maggie was up firs. She gave a great account of herself and narrowly lost in the final. Maggie is improving at a great rate because of her light con  training and it's helping her points fighting as well.

Ollie from Sweden had two greulling fights and was unlucky in the semi finals not to progress. He hit his opponent with hard shots and took the fight to him, but  a split decision gave it to teh other guy. Bronze for Ollie.

Neil was up next and despite some good strong punching and movement in the second round he was hit by his opponents long side kicks and this took the fight away from  him. Bronze for Jeppo.
Saturday was a very long day at this tournament and we didn't get home till midnight, but we were up and ready to go again the next day. Another long drive to Birminham.
Liz  and Kat showed their strength  and carachter when they met in the final of the light con vets. A great tactical fight eventually went to Liz. British Champion.

It was points fighting today.

Maggie excelled at this and won her section after 10 clearing one opponent and stopping another in the final. British Champion for Maggs.
Rob Payne had some tough fights, but showed his heart, spirit and composure by winning the final and becoming our 3rd British champion of the weekend.

Liz then steped up in points and won her first section. then once again met Kat in the final. A very close fight with Liz eventually winning by 2 points.
In the lower weigh Liz met Sharon Gill in the final and gave a great account of herself against one of the sports legendary points fighters. This time Liz had to settle for Silver.
Andy Evans fought through to the semi finals and met a world  champion.. He was unlucky not to score with his side kicks, but a great learning experience.

Rob Read made areturn to tournament sparring after an 18 year lay off!!! He was strong and moving well, but just needs to shake off some of the rust and this will be his title in the future.

George was up finally and dominated some very good fighters. the final of the -84kg category was  a hard bout against a good opponent with a strong, long side kick. George moved and dominated and finished British Champion.

In the -79. George once again had tough fights and his energy was dropping when he reached the final. In the second round George's opponent ducked his head low and George threw an uppercut which connected hard and broke the nose. It wasn't maliciouly done, but the judges deemed it to be excessive conact and disqualified George so he had to settle for silver
Paige also fought a great fight against a strong and experienced opponent. She improves with every tournament .
Charlotte also fought well, but no trophies this time..

Maggie Gold, Silver.
Liz. 3 x Golds, 1 Silver.
Rob Payne Gold. Bronze
George. Gold. Silver.
Kat 2x Silver.
Andy E. Bronze.
Jeppo. Bronze.
Ollie. Bronze.
Rob Read. Bronze.

Results from today at Chessington.
Jake 2nd
Robert 4th
George T. 3rd
Emily 1st
Belle 2nd
Jasmine 1st
Charlotte 1st
Maggie 1st, 2nd light con.
Paige 1st, 1st
Katrina 3rd
Ellis 2nd
Ben 1st
Nick 4th
Andy 2nd
Liz 1st, 1st, 2nd.
Mitch 2nd, 4th
Callum and Sam fought well but no place this time. Well done all.

Watford Open 2018

Results from a loooong day at the Watford open. Not bad seeing as a lot of us are moving up the levels, weights grades etc. Well done BKO. Proud as usual.
Katrina 1st
Curtis 1st, 3rd
Maggie 1st, 2nd
Jasmine 2nd
Belle 3rd
Adam 3rd
Andy E 3rd
Nicole 3rd
Mitch 3rd, 3rd
Liz 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Charlie 3rd
George 2nd.
Jamie, Charlotte, George, Mark, Nick, Paige and Ellis had some great and close fights, but no trophy today 
Improving all the time people.

 

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Superleague Nov 2017

Some great results from the Last Super league. 
Liz 1st and 3rd
Maggie 2nd
Ellis 2nd
Robbie 3rd
Rory 3rd
Grand Champions:
Liz. Points and Continuous
Rory and Mitch.
Some great fights from Rossi, Charlotte, Andy, Nicole, Mitch and especially Katrina.

We are proud of you all!! :)
Great end to a great year team. Full steam ahead for the Grading in December.

We Welcomed the return of Liz and George from the WAKO World championships yesterday. Liz brought home the Bronze and they both fought brilliantly but were unlucky not to medal in all three categories. Liz losing out by a split decision and one point to both world champions and George narrowly losing to the finalist and WAKO world series champion. George also fought in the team Which reached the quarter finals also.  They did BKO and GB proud and are already gearing up for next seasons internationals. We are lucky to have such calibre people in the club. People who show the dedication, determination and commitment to compete at the best level in the world and then come back and share their experience and expertise with the rest of us.
I couldn't be more proud of them both.
I would also like to congratulate BKO France :) star Annais Vandomme fighting and gaining experience in her first World championships. Well done.

 

The WAKO World Championships were hosted in Hungary and it was an awesome spectacle. Looking everybit as professional as the Olympics. Plus the online streaming and results service meant you could watch and keep up with all the action during the day. An amazing achievement.

Next year is the European championship fpr the adults and the World championships for teh kids and we have a few of our members with an eye on a place in the squad.

Superleague Nov 2017

Some great results from the Last Super league of 2017
Liz 1st and 3rd
Maggie 2nd
Ellis 2nd
Robbie 3rd
Rory 3rd
Grand Champions:
Liz. Points and Continuous
Rory and Mitch.
Some great fights from Rossi, Charlotte, Andy, Nicole, Mitch and especially Katrina.

Well proud of you all!!! :)
Great end to a great year team. Full steam ahead for the Grading in December.

We Welcomed the return of Liz and George from the WAKO World championships yesterday. Liz brought home the Bronze and they both fought brilliantly but were unlucky not to medal in all three categories. Liz losing out by a split decision and one point to both world champions and George narrowly losing to the finalist and WAKO world series champion. George also fought in the team Which reached the quarter finals also.  They did BKO and GB proud and are already gearing up for next seasons internationals. We are lucky to have such calibre people in the club. People who show the dedication, determination and commitment to compete at the best level in the world and then come back and share their experience and expertise with the rest of us.
I couldn't be more proud of them both.
I would also like to congratulate BKO France :) star Annais Vandomme fighting and gaining experience in her first World championships. Well done.

 

The WAKO World Championships were hosted in Hungary and it was an awesome spectacle. Looking everybit as professional as the Olympics. Plus the online streaming and results service meant you could watch and keep up with all the action during the day. An amazing achievement.

Next year is the European championship fpr the adults and the World championships for teh kids and we have a few of our members with an eye on a place in the squad.

Bristol Open 2017

We took a team to the Bristol open last week. This is the biggest tournament in the UK and brings fighters from all over Europe and the USA.

This year we could only pre register for the competition and we put in 34 entries

On Saturday Liz entered two light con divisions. Her new movement and tactical fighting is paying off as she reached the semi final of both. In the first she was narrowly beaten but in o65kg she won through to the final. Once again Liz moved and picked her points when needed and she came away with the gold.

George fought in the open weight section against the best fighters of the tournament. In his first fight he beat the Italian that he lost to last week, then dominated his fight against a British fighter and went through to the quarter finals. He met Alex Veres of the Kiraly team. George kept it close for the first round, but during the second the fight got away from him and he lost the bout.

Robbie and Rossi fought in the Tag team as a warm up for the points sections tomorrow. They reached the second round.

Sunday

Today was all the points sections and the majority of BKO fighters were entered today.

Good performances were seen from our fighters today and great improvements in attitude and experience.

The lower grades saw Jamie score a lovely blitz, but couldn't make it count to win, Dan showing great timing but losing in the quarters by a point as did Joe who was his usual aggressive attacking self. George T. fought well to the quarter final and was just pipped in extra time.
Andy Fought the world champion in the men's final and showed a great improvement in his footwork and timing gaining a silver.

Mark Won the first round of his fight in the men's section, but lost the bout in the 2nd round. We found out later that it should only have been one round, but it was too late to change the result!

Neil fought through several rounds to the semi finals and lost a close bout getting a silver.

Nicolle got a silver as well after winning her fights with her characteristic reverse punch. There was a complaint that she should have moved up a section because she won the Irish open, but the officials said that she was within the rules.

Crystal fought her first time in inter/advanced and used her great kicking and blitzing skills to score. She is gaining experience here and lost her bout eventually.

Paige has been sporting a hip injury, but was determined to get some mat time. She met a good Irish fighter with great kicks. Paige pushed her back and unfortunately fell on her hip. Paige's punches were strong, but she was hampered by her injury and had to finish second here.

Adam showed some great maturity and control in his fight where he constantly pulled his opponent onto his defensive backfist. In the quarter final he met a very good Irish fighter who hit him hard and knocked him down. Adam received some attention and then came flying back at his opponent. It wasn't enough to win him the bout, but showed his talent and spirit.

Richard also had a great couple of fights reaching the semis in the men's intermediate. His vision and control of the fight gave him an easy win in the quarter finals. He met an unorthodox Slovenian fighter who slowed the fight down and Richard followed the pace which cost him the fight.
Rory was also in this section and fought a good fight against a tactical reverse puncher. It was a close fight and it was only the fact that Rory elected to attack the head a bit too much and opened up to his opponents reverse that cost him the fight. Good to see his jump kick employed again although it did not hit this time.

Maggie, Charlotte, Robbie and Rossi all fought in 2 categories for experience. Maggs used her kicks to back her opponent up and score and gained herself a good silver. Charlotte was also beating opponent after opponent but lost in extra time in the quarter finals. Rossi is starting to use more and more hand attacks and coupled with his evasion techniques it is causing his opponents problems. Robbie had the fight of the day for him in the boys section with a very close fight where he scored with kicks and counter punches and was unlucky for the refs not to see his jumping side kick. He lost narrowly.

George Met Alex Veres again in the u74kg category. The fight was much closer this time with George being more patient and cagey. He lost the bout in the last seconds after what seemed like a one each was given to his opponent. This meant he had to chase the fight and was unable to level it back.

George then fought an American fighter in the U79kg category. Once again a very close fight happened and was only separated at the end of the final round where George lost.

A great tournament, well run and Organised and a pleasure to be at with our best performance so far. Our results 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 7 Bronze.
Well done all who fought and those that helped out as well as all the parents and people who came and supported.

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Dorking 2017

Great days fighting at the Superleague today. 
Charlotte 2nd
Maggie 3rd
Robbie 2nd &3rd
Rossi 5th
Ellis 4th
Mitch 2nd &4th
Liz 2nd & 2nd &3rd
Nicole 3rd
Rory 3rd.
Neil 2nd
No golds today, but some amazing battles and great improvements in our fighters. Well done all.  Kids all fought well and had some amazing battles with opponents they would have really struggled with a year ago. Liz's new found movement is paying dividends. Neil's light con fight was the best I've seen from him so far. And Rory's attempted jump kick to save the fight would have been technique of teh year had he not fallen over afterward. :)
We have several club members in the running for the grand championship places this year. So lets train hard and put every effort into the last Superleague in November.

Flanders Open 2017

Back from a long and successful weekend at the Flanders open in Antwerp Belgium.

BKO took a team of 9 to this tournament which has the best of Europe competing and no beginner or intermediate categories.

Saturday was the Kids and open weight.

First up was Maggie who used her kicking power and follow up combinations to fight through several rounds reaching the evening finals.
Charlotte came up next and was looking strong in her section, but some unfortunate decisions lost her the fight this time. Charlotte then came into the u37kg category and blasted her way through with her movement and powerful kicks into the final.
Maggie then cam on again in the under 32kg category and once more proved dominant winning all her fights and reaching the final once again.

Robbie won his first fight and was unlucky not to reach the semi finals after a close fight when a kick was scored on him in the last seconds. He then moved up a section to the heavier weight and fought bravely pushing the bigger opponent but was unlucky not to proceed this time.

Rossi used his characteristic movement to avoid a very tough and hard hitting Russian. The fight was close and Rossi attempted a lovely blitz attack in the final seconds but eventually lost by a point.

George was up next in the Open weight against a large Italian. He was moving well and hit with his front hand against his opponents side kick, but the refs were scoring the kick and at the final bell George lost. One of those fights where it is hard to see what happened.

The finals took place at the evening show with lights, demos, presentations etc.
Maggie was up first in her 2 round final. Her opponent was clever and strong, but once again Maggie's strong and accurate kicks and her backfist won the day making her our first gold of the tournament.
Charlotte came up next and repeated Maggie's success. She was confidant and played a tactical game scoring with a wonderful side kick to the face to open the gap between her and her opponent. Gold for Charlotte.
Maggie then re appeared for the heavier final. Maggie pressed the fight all the way, but it was a difficult task against the bigger opponent. She chased her down at the end of the fight, but couldn't make up the points so a Silver for Maggie this time.

By the time the presentations were done it was 11.30 and we had been at the venue for over 14 hours! So it was back to the hotel and up early for the adults sections tomorrow.

The next day saw the adults sections.

Liz was up in the ladies points and had to meet the open weight champion from last night. Liz employed her movement around the mat and was attempting to pick her points. On one clash she unleashed her right cross and the Italian felt it hit her hard. Liz put up a great performance, but was unable to beat her experienced points opponent.

George came to form today fighting one of the best Italians in the under 74kg section. Points going either way and George just losing out in the final seconds.

In the U79kg section he hit his stride and cleared his first opponent, then dominated a very good German and cleared another one to reach the semi final

In the semis the points went either way and George was working the fight and looking dominant, but the refs were seeing other things and what should have been George clearly ahead at the bell was instead a draw. In extra time it was the same thing At the end of the round George pulled his opponent into a side kick and hit him with a backfist, but the kick was scoreds and left George with 3rd.

The evening was Andy's turn to fight under the lights in the men's u74kg vets final.
Andy came out pumped and was in the mood to fight. His timing and striking was good, but a few mistakes left him chasing the fight. Andy stepped out twice unaware that an extra set of mats had been put around the area. His attacking reverse punch was scoring on his opponent all the time and his pulling and pressing was great but he could not make up for the earlier lost points. A well deserved silver.

The Flanders Open is one of the best, well run and smallest tournaments on the WAKO circuit. With top level fighters no crowds and good organisation. Plus we found “all you can eat ribs and curried Frogs legs!
We will be heading back next year.

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