This year the summer camp took place from 15th - 18th of August.
Because the weather was good we spent the first couple of days training outside at Eastrop park. We introduced the kids to hill sprints and running exercises and also circuit training using the park equipment. We then had an hour or so of grading work followed by sparring and then some Nerf wars in the trees.
The last two days we spent at the club and the training intensified. Some would be taking their grading at the end of teh week while others were getting their heads around them for later in the year. There was still plenty of sparring, fun and games and teh usual Chaos of indoor Nerf wars with tennis ball granades and foottball bombs.
It was a great week with lots of fun and hard training. As usual it was wondeful to see all the kids progressing and focussing on their individual skills.
Well done to Sophia, Jasmine and Belle who gained their red belt and to Sam and Princeley who got their orange. Also well done to all the kids who came to every class and also the regular BKO classes. Especially Robbie, Maggie and Rossi who put in 21 hours of training over four days!!!
Congratulations to Liz Ferioli who is the latest BKO member to be selected to represent GB at the forthcoming WAKO world Championships in Hungary. Liz will d=be competing in the ladies Light contact division. We wish her all the luck and look forward to her brining home the bling for GB.
The Kiraly summer camp this year was from 29th July to 8th August.
15 BKO members attended the camp this year. George, Maggie, Rossi, Robbie, Charlotte, Mitch, Kat, Nicolle, Chrystal, Chantelle, Debs, Ron, Kerry, Gribbs and Rosie.
Training was like last year. 1 early morning work out or Run. A mid morning teaching session focussing on certain aspects of fighting. Attack, Defence etc. And evening session working on fighting drills and lots of sparring.
All accomodation and food (Always Chicken. Plus loads of watermelon)! were provided, so the camp really became our home for the week. There were 136 attendees from 16 countries,s ome returning from last year and others were newcomers to the camp.
During the afternoon we would retire to the local spa to recharge batteries and ease tired legs in the hot and cold pools. This activity becomes a life saver and is essential for recuperation for the evening session. Sometimes we would go to the local bar and chill out for an hour before wearily returning yo our beds.
During the week the temperature rose steadily and was hitting 40 degrees by Wednesday. In the training hall they recorded 50 degrees, but everyone still put great effort inro their training. Plenty of water was needed by all as the danger of dehydration was high.
Wednesday was a rest day and we visited the nearby town of Seged, Had lunch and went to the water park for the afternoon. The previous evening had seen everyone let their hair down at Gringo's pub and the Palinka was in full flow, Some people returned to their beds at 4.30am after a big party in the hallway.
The training was hard, but informative. As usual Istvan and the Kiraly team were open and friendly and passed on their knowledge with patience and enthusiasm. BKO members worked with people from all other clubs and made friendships and bonds across the world.
The Saturday was a tag team tournament with teams fighting in a round robin to find the last four for the semi finals. BKO members were in three of the finalists, but in the end Kat and Charlotte were victorious with the winning team and Rossi and Maggie came 3rd.
Once again an amazing experience with 2 months of training crammed into a week and learning with the best kickboxers from across the world. So much happened, So many funny incidents during training, eating, and resting that it would take a huge blog to convey them all so Iwill say Thanks to Istvan , the kiraly team and all the other fighters and supporters who we met, trained with and lughed with this year. We will be back in force next year for more of the same.
George has been selected to represent GB in the forthcoming WAKO World championships in Budapest, Hungary. He has to fund all his travel, training and expeses. So any help would be greatly appreciated. We have set up a pledge sports page for this. Please click on the lphotos below for George's highlight vid and a link to the crowd funding pagehave a look if you have the time
Well done Killian. An awesome performance for your blue belt tonight. It was hard work with lots of rounds and sparring, but you showed your skill and determination. A pass with distinction. Congratulations.
BKO league tables after 19 tournaments. 45 competitors from the club, 100+ trophies. Well done Mitch for being top by just 1 point after your efforts on Sunday. Charlotte is the top Junior fighter, We have a little break from domestic tournaments now till September, but there are still 10 more competitions till the end of the year and we still have Kiraly camp and Charlotte in the team for European championships in August.
Well done to Mitch and George who went to the Watford interclub after a lot of the team had pulled out due to illness and overdoing it at George's Massmatiks gig.
Michelle got a 2nd place and George 3rd. They were generally happy with their performances and were concentrating on improvements worked on in the class
Also well done to Killian who won a bronze at the WMAC tournament in Birmingham.