Just before Christmas the Black and Brown belt gradings took place. Dan Kipping and Tom Wilson gained their black belts and Robert Rivers and Rhys Clarke their Brown Belts.
All four candidates had been specifically training for six weeks prior to their grading which took place over two days. All had to successfully perform basic and advanced techniques, many defensive disciplines.
18 rounds of bagwork and 18 rounds of sparring including ponts, continuous and full contact. It was very hard work, testing all aspects of kickboxing and each performed to their best ability.
Well done and congratulations to you all.
BKO Review of 2013 By Paul Corio
2013 has been a very successful year for BKO and its members. Here are some of the highlights…
January kicked off 2013 in awesome style for BKO as in Ron Peploe was crowned the British WAKO champion.
BKO attended the biggest international event of the kickboxing calendar in February at the Irish Open with Ron Peploe, Deb Peploe, Charisse Peploe, Philippa Peploe, George Peploe (yes, lots of Peploes) and Heather Chilcott all competing and putting in some impressive performances both on the mat and in the pub drinking Guinness.
In April Craig Ashford, George Peploe and Steve O’Grady took on the challenge of Tough Mudder, a 10 mile assault course which includes fire, ice and even electrocution among a course of obstacles designed by Special Forces soldiers. The boys stuck together and got around in a very respectable 4 hours.
In May the WAKO British Squad came calling at BKO inviting Ron and George Peploe into the training squad for the 2013 European Championships in Greece and the World Championships in Brazil. Although Ron and George didn’t make it to the final squad, we suspect they will get further invitations in 2014.
July saw the Green and Purple belt gradings take place with some fantastic personal displays of great fighting, grit and determination. This was on one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures on the mat reaching in excess of 95 degrees and gradings taking just over 3.5 hours to complete. Needless to say it was challenging, exhausting, sometimes painful and emotional, however everyone showed tremendous character to come away with their belts.
In October and November BKO welcomed 2 classes of beginners who braved a six week course of training, culminating in their achieving their red belts. It’s great to see so many new faces at the club training and working hard, well done to all who stuck at it!
The 8th November saw 2000 Spartan Warriors descend on Pippingford Park in West Sussex for the Reebok Spartan Race Beast, including BKO’s Craig Ashford, Stu Roshier and Michael Skeats. The Spartan Race Beast is the grand finale of the obstacle racing season attracting competitors from all over the UK and Europe and comprises a 11+ mile muddy trek through countryside tracks, up hills, through lakes, mud holes and several obstacles such as monkey bars, the ice pit, fire jump, Hercules lift and a 20m rope climb before being battered with pugil sticks while crossing the finishing line. Despite the added challenge of torrential rain and an average temperature of 9 degrees made worse by a biting southern wind which saw many competitors succumb to hyperthermia, the lads got round the course in just over 4 and a half hours each. There was even some time on the way round to bust out some dance moves and throw in a couple of spin kicks. If BKO had been around in 400BC, I don’t think the Persians would have stood a chance!
November also saw the final CIMAC Superleague of the season with Steve O’Grady being named Grand Champion in the Executive Category after 7 tournaments throughout the year. Ron Peploe also placed in the same category. Also placing well overall were heather Chilcott in the Novice Ladies section, George Peploe in the Senior Men Under 75kg section and Andy Partridge in the Intermediate Men Over 75kg Section.
Fight Night on 7th November in Andover saw Steve O’Grady, Heather Chilcott and Nev Norval representing BKO. Just to set the scene, this is different to normal club and tournament fighting as it takes place at a rival club, on their mat, in front of a large crowd and can be a daunting challenge. This was Nev’s first ever tournament and after a cagey start, overcame his nerves, found his blitz and broke down his opponent beautifully to come away with the win. Heather too overcame her nerves early on to put in a cool and measured performance, again coming away with the win. Steve had a very tough fight with an experienced opponent, which was exciting and at times emotional with both fighters digging deep and giving their all. Unfortunately Steve just lost out on points, however is guaranteed to come back stronger than ever for his next fight.
On 13th December BKO invaded the Skewers pub for our Christmas meal and a cracking night of Caribbean food, a few drinks (just a few) and awards given out; the highlights included Heather Chilcott winning ‘fighter of the year’, Andy Partridge winning ‘student of the year’ and Jamie Smyth winning the much sought after ‘injury of the year’ award. I’m also told that a few of our more insane members braved their hangovers and went to Steve’s Saturday class the next morning…nutters!
Ending the year on a high was Tom Wilson and Dan Kipping who after 2 nights of demonstrating attack and defence techniques and 19 rounds of fighting, including 2 rounds of full contact fighting achieved their black belts. This is a fantastic and hard earned achievement which is the culmination of many years training and ultimately what we are all aiming for as kick boxers. Rob Rivers and Rhys Clarke also achieved their brown belts.
A special mention must also go to the BKO kids class who have also worked exceptionally hard, attending many tournaments and coming away with a bumper haul of trophies this year. If you’ve ever seen any of the kids in action you will know the class is producing an amazing sqaud of young fighters, many of whom could easily give the adults a run for their money and some will no doubt be training with us adults very soon.
All in all 2013 has been a great year for BKO and everyone involved in the club. They key to why BKO is such a strong club is its people. It doesn’t matter if you’re winning tournaments, achieving gradings or starting out, everybody contributes something unique to the team, which means 2014 looks set to be another great year which everybody should be looking forward to. We have lots of tournaments including the Irish Open in February, Superleague starting again in March, more beginners classes, plus lots of gradings coming up throughout the year to train hard for.
Keep checking the BKO Facebook page and here on the website for regular updates, or make sure you turn up regularly for class!
Here’s hoping everyone had a great Christmas and has a Happy New Year…See you in all January!
The final tournament of the year is approaching....
Cimac Superleague presents the FIGHTERS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS and GRAND CHAMPIONS AWARD 2013
Sunday 17th November. Doors open at 10.30am
PLUS International challenges England vs Spain Light Contact
Points fighting challenge AND not to be missed the REFEREES CHALLENGE.
Daytime FIGHTERS CHAMPIONSHIP followed by awards and challenges.
Find out more on https://www.facebook.com/CimacSuperleague
BKO will be in attendance :-)
This article was posted in the Basingstoke Gazette in May 2013 - I thought i would add a link to the archive. Visit the site at http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk
There was a double success for father and son Ron and George Peploe as the Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation took part in the Southern Area Championships at Tolworth, London.
George Peploe won the black belt under-75kg section and was also third in the black belt under-70kg section, while Ron Peploe took first place in the black belt veteran section.
A third member of the club, Stuart Roshier, gained a fourth place in the under-79kg black belt section.
Following the tournament, both of the Peploe were asked to join the British World Association of Kickboxing Organisations for the forthcoming European Championships in Greece and the World Championships in Brazil. George (22) will be in the under 79kg event and Ron (51) in the over 35 years under 89kg category.
They will now attend several British squad training sessions over the next few months.
In other results from the BKO, Ron Peploe gained the British WAKO champions belt in January, while the organistaion was very successful at the Southampton Open as they won 19 trophies in total.
BKO fighters also competed in the CIMAC British open in Birmingham.
Heather Chillcott came first in the ladies intermediate section, while Kiri White was second in ladies novice event, after fighting strongly in her first tournament George Peploe gained a hard earned third place in the black belt under-75kg category.
Club instructor Steve O’Grady came second after losing in sudden death in the final of the veterans section.
Andy Partridge was second in the Men’s intermediate and Neil Jepson fought well but lost to the eventual finalist in this section as well.
BKO was founded by Ron Peploe in 1986 and runs several classes for all levels and ages. Instructors are CRB checked and fully qualified and insured.
Classes take place at The Gallery, Moniton Trading Estate on Worting Road. For more information visit: www.basingstokekickboxing.co.uk
Some photos of the trophies, winners and the fun from the Christmas party. Congratulations to all the winners of the high quality trophies. It was well deserved. Roll on 2014.
A massive congratulations to BKO’s Craig Ashford, Michael Skeat’s and Stu Rosier who braved the wilds of Pippingford Park in West Sussex on Saturday 8th November 2013 to complete the Spartan Race Beast.
The Spartan Race Beast is the grand finale of the obstacle racing season attracting competitors from all over the UK and Europe and comprises a 11+ mile muddy trek through countryside tracks, up hills, through lakes, mud holes and several obstacles such as monkey bars, the ice pit, fire jump, Hercules lift and a 20m rope climb before being battered with pugil sticks while crossing the finishing line.
Despite the added challenge of torrential rain and an average temperature of 9 degrees made worse by a biting southern wind, the lads got round the course in just over 4 and a half hours each. There was even some time on the way round to bust out some dance moves and throw in a couple of spin kicks. If BKO had been around in 400BC, I don’t think the Persians would have stood a chance!
There are more obstacle races coming up in 2014 such as Tough Mudder and more Spartan Races in which BKO members will be taking part in. If you fancy a challenge in 2014, keep checking the website where we will post further details as and when.
Spartans we salute you… AROO, AROO, AROO!!!
Friday 13th December 2013 is the Kickboxing Christmas party at the Skewers pub. (directions here) We have booked out the bar and are having a Caribbean buffet,l but we need to know what numbers so we can get enough food. Everyone is welcome, including partners and we will be presenting trophies for Injury of the year, Timekeeper of the year, the Invisible man and many more! Lets make it as much fun as it was last year.
A night of martial arts and boxing action at Andover Martial Arts and Fitness Centre! Tickets are limited to this event - Tickets are £20, viewing gallery tables are £170, ringside tables are £200. Tables seat 6, and include buffet and waitress service from the bar. A fantastic night of Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA, and Karate. Martial Arts Demonstrations, and fully licensed bar. AMAFC want to hear from clubs and fighters who would like to be part of this event.
When;Saturday, 7 December 2013
Time; 19:00 until 22:30
BKO have a number of fighters competing in this event,
MATCH UPS CONFIRMED SO FAR..
FULL CONTACT KARATE
Steve Ogrady (Basingstoke freestyle kickboxing) vs Christophé Higgins (Ludgershall elite)
Craig Ashford Basingstoke Freestyle Kickboxing vs James Owen (NPKA)
FULL CONTACT KICKBOXING
Ross Cutting (Hythe Dragons) vs Andy Brown (CMA Basingstoke)
Jon Van Den Heuvel (Fighting Falcons) vs Jordan Sellamuthu (Hythe Dragons)
Ryan Ransome (Andover White collar club) vs Stu Emerson (infinity boxing Southampton)
Ben Shearer (AMAFC) vs Chris Ingleby (Fighting falcons)
To find out more head over to the AMAFC Event Page
Fellow Martial Artist,
I would like to invite you to the CIMAC SUPERLEAGUE DORKING OPEN taking place this Sunday the 6th of October
Dorking Leisure Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SW.
Doors will open at 10.30am for all registration.
The days event will have divisions for novice, junior, intermediate and advanced competitors in the following.
Boys and Girls under 6 years points fighting.
Cadets boys and girls under 16 points and light contact.
Adult men and women points and light contact.
Looking forward to seeing you