Sunday 28th September 2014
While Ron, George and Debbie Peploe and Steve Gribbins were away fighting at the Flanders Open in Antwerp, BKO also represented at the Infinity South West tournament in Yeovil.
The tournament was run under Infinity Martial Arts rules, the main differences from WAKO rules are x2 points for a kick to the body and 3 points for a kick to the head.
First up was Steve Devereaux and Jimmy Pedrick in the Novice Men’s +75kg Points. Both made it through to the final, Steve in emphatic style beating his opponent with several hard head kicks and by 15 clear points to have the round stopped with still 45 seconds remaining on the clock. Jimmy had a slightly harder route to the final ending up in a sudden death fight off, but managed to secure the vital point needed.
The final was close run affair with Steve just edging Jimmy at the end, although both fighters showed a very high standard for the Novice category, a lot of spirit, never giving an inch and fighting hard right up until the final buzzer. A BKO first and second place!
Next up was Kerry Anderson and Lucy Weller in the Novice Ladies -65kg Points. Kerry battled back from a disappointing result in her first fight to gain a strong 3rd place. Lucy finished 4th although the results did not fairly reflect the standard of fighting displayed by the ladies, in particular Lucy who looked very strong and will definitely be winning tournaments before long.
Making her tournament debut was Nicky Mcghee in the Novice Ladies +65kg Points who came third overall which is a great result for a first tournament. Again, some very determined and proactive fighting on display with lots of confidence and points to work on for the next tournament.
In the intermediate Men’s +75kg Points was Paul Corio and Steve Devereaux stepped up again following his victory in the Novices section. First up was Steve who despite this being only his third competition mixed it up against some technically strong and very fast competition. Next up was Paul who went point for point with his opponent and at one stage went 2 points clear, however was just pipped in the final seconds to lose 9-8. The 3rd place fight off between Steve and Paul was also a very close fight, with Steve scoring a heavy 3 point head kick early on and Paul fighting back to make it 5-5 with only a few seconds to go but conceding a late point to give Steve the win and 3rd place overall.
Last up for BKO was Michelle Reese in the Ladies Mixed Abilities +65kg Continuous which is a tough category as novices can be matched against advanced fighters. In what can only be described as a fantastic show of determination, Michelle fought hard against a more experienced opponent and despite losing out on the day consistently pressed the fight and did not give an inch.
A very big shout out to Andy Partridge who came along purely in a coaching capacity this time and stood in our corners shouting encouragement and tips, all of the BKO fighters were very grateful to him for his help!
Another tournament, another really positive show from the BKO team, a lot of fun and more trophies to add to the 2014 haul and the best thing of all is….it can only get better! #GoBKO
By Paul Corio
BKO made a fantastic start to the 2014 CIMAC Superleague season at Windsor on March 16th, showing up in force, fielding an array of kids and adults from beginners to intermediate and advanced fighters, many making their competitive debuts.
First up on the day was the kid’s class represented by Hayden Corby, Ryan O’Grady and Emily O’Grady. Hayden and Ryan having fought so well in Dublin come into the their fights looking as sharp as ever, with Ryan just losing out on a place and Hayden securing 3rd place in his category. Emily also managed to secure 3rd place in her category after a close fight off against a very good opponent. The dedication and commitment to their training Ryan, Emily and Hayden have shown has really paid off and as a result all three already look serious contenders to place in the Superleague this year.
Next up was the adults with Vinnie Turner, Kat Dhillon, Shannon Feighery and Steve Enduro making their Superleague points fighting debuts in the Novices section. Vinnie started positively putting his opponent under pressure and despite the eventual loss, showed great promise for future tournaments.
Despite a cagey start, Kat got the measure of her opponent and finished strong to take the final points and despite the loss made a very good debut.
Shannon showed her grit and determination, pressuring her opponent well throughout her fight, however eventually just lost out.
Steve went on to the 3rd place BKO fight off with Dave Elsworthy and after a very close fight, just nudged the points to take the win.
Craig Ashford came away the big winner on the day showing an amazing display of focus and skill to win the Men’s Novice category.
Heather Chilcott, John Kiy and Steve Gribbins all competed in the continuous divisions which were extremely hard fought and competitive. Both Steve and John went out in the first round, with Heather winning her division and taking home the big gold medal.
Next Up came the Intermediate section with Andy Partridge, Rob Rivers and Paul Corio stepping up; with Paul losing out in the first round, Rob going on to take 4th and Andy coming 3rd overall.
Heather Chilcott stepped back onto the mat again for her points round as did Debs Peploe, both missing out on the second round.
George Peploe came second in the open weight category with Ron Peploe and Steve O’Grady placing first and second respectively in the Executive Men’s Category.
All in all it was a fantastic day for BKO with lots of fighters across the divisions, all gaining valuable experience and seeing the fruits of all of their hard work and training pay off. Thanks also to all of those that came down to show your support for the fighters.
It is this support of each other that makes BKO such a successful club and an absolute joy to be a part of. There are still lots more competitions train for this year, so looking forward to seeing everyone back on the mat at club! #GoBKO
Cimac Superleague Dates 2014 have been posted
More information will be posted when it becomes avaliable....
Lets make it a good one
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1st Dec 2014
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14th Feb 2014
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Thursday 27th Feb
Friday 28th Feb
Team Events & Full Contact Eliminations
Saturday 1st March
Light Contact Sparring & Adult Advanced Point Sparring
Sunday 2nd March
Junior Point Sparring, Remaining Point Sparring, Full Contact Finals & Male and Female Grand Champion Challenge
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On 16/02/14 The BKO team kick-started their season by competing at the 2014 WAKO British Championships in Birmingham. This prestigious tournament is a qualifier for the world and European championships and is a forerunner for amateur fighters to train with team GB.
The final of the men’s veterans under 94kg category saw a showdown between BKO head coaches, Ron Peploe and Steve O’Grady. Although Ron Peploe edged the close bout to secure gold, he later reflected that Steve O’Grady had a slight disadvantage by competing in another section that day. The pair went on to joke that they may as well of fought this bout at their club location in Basingstoke, something they do regularly in training.
Steve ‘monster’ Gribben, who had trained hard to trim down for the under 80kg section, secured 3rd place to gain a bronze medal. This was Steve’s first tournament since the Southern Championships in September 2012 and an ideal springboard for the Irish open just around the corner. Steve’s hard work certainly paid off as he secured an opportunity to train with team GB as a result of this tournament.
Phillipa ‘Tank’ Peploe (Ron’s niece) now has a number of tournaments under her belt and, on this occasion, lost in the 1st round against the overall winner of the ‘Ladies over 75kg’ category. Phillipa will always put up a good fight and was only just beaten on the day. At this level, the margin between ‘win or lose’ is paper thin and it can sometimes require a bit of luck on the day. It is ‘matt time’ which helps a fighter come of age and Phillipa has really demonstrated this.
George Peploe lost his first fight to the eventual winner in the mens under 75kg category. The inspirational BKO coach, 22, now competes at the very highest level at both domestic and international tournaments. His selfless dedication to his students, despite his own injury set backs, is a shining example of the theme that continues to run through the core of BKO.
by Neil Jepson
Six week adult introductory kickboxing course for complete beginners. All those people who have wanted to give it a go but havent plucked up courage to walk through the door for the first time. People of the same ability, starting at the same time. So your all in the same boat.
At the end of the six weeks we'll undertake a red belt grading and you should have enough confidence to join one of the mixed ability pay as you go classes we run.
We are going to limit the number to a maximum of 16 participants and once the course has started no new participants will be allowed.
We start on Saturday 4th JANUARY at 12:30pm until 13:30pm and run every saturday for 6 weeks.
The cost of the course is £35 which includes all 6 sessions, your first grading and free entry to your first class out of any of the mixed ability classes we run. Part of the deal is you will need to pay for the course in advance, meaning that you commit to give it a proper go and we will limit the numbers and not allow any others to join the course once its started.
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