Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation have 5 members of the club representing Great Britain in the upcoming WAKO World and European kickboxing championships this year
Father and Daughter Charlotte and Andrew Evans have both made the team in the Juniors and adults section respectively. Charlotte will be travelling to Hungary to compete in the Junior European championships. She has been a member of the team for a few years and this is her second championships. Andrew will represent GB for the first time in the +41 yrs men's section of the WAKO world Championships in Turkey in November.
Also competing in the junior championships for the first time is junior instructor Paige Adcock. Paige has been winning many tournaments this year and is looking for a good performance and a podium spot.
Also in the adult team is Rob Payne who won the men's +41yrs British and European championships last year and is now looking to add the world championship title to his honours
Another BKO instructor Liz Ferioli and regular GB team member will be taking on the daunting task of competing in the Points fighting world championships in Turkey and then travelling to take part in the Light continuous world championships in Slovenia. This is an excellent comeback for her after giving birth earlier on this year and she stands a good chance of a medal in both categories.
Team Wessex (George, Brandon, Callum and Cat) ran an afternoon of 50 - 2 minute rounds of sparring. Both points and light con. It was a great success with some top fighters in attendance. 44 fighters took part in total with many BKO members. Everyone had a great time and took away some Valuable sparring experience.
This Saturday following the sparathon is the BKOsummer social. at the White Hart Worting Rd. 7-late
We have over 150 members in the club at the moment and run 17 classes a week. Most people attend one or two class and some of you don't even know the others exist, so we thought it would be nice to have a meet up and introduce you to each other. Ther will be a video of our achievements this year and of course some drinks. Thai and English Food can also be purchased from the bar.
Looking forward to it.
See you there.
On Saturday George's Wessex warriors have a 50 rounds sparathon happening at the Falcons martial arts school in Andover. 1-3.30pm. Many top and experienced fighters are going to be in attendance so it will be a valuable experience for anyone wanting to improve their points and light con fighting.
Open to all, Just come along.
This year we took 10 people to attend the Kiraly Summer camp in Csongrad Hungary
As with previous years there were mainly 3 training sessions a day. A run in the morning. A technical session mid morning and a sparring session in the evening. This year the sessions were taken as a whole group rather than splitting into different stages and it worked well. Each day a member of Kiraly team would run a session on their own particular tactics and the class would work through and apply what was taught.
As usual the afternoon was taken up with going to the spa and resting before the evenings sparring. On Wednesday we had a day off and most of the team met up at the famhouse that was rented by Kerry and Gribs for a BBQ.......and Palinka.
We worked through each session every day and concluded with a round robin tag team tournament for each category. With Andy winning his section and Gribbs coming 2nd. All the BKO members worked hard and enjoyed the experience once again, of training with top class athletes and with many competitiors from around the world. It was great meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.The intense training gives a great boost and helps to prepare for the 2nd half of the season starting in September.
The following week Liz, Kat, Robbie, Killian and Maggie stayed on to attend the light revolution camp. Hosted by Kiraly and taught by instructors Oleg Solovey and Thomas Barada. It was a hard physical experience and the team members learnt so much and were put through their paces in every aspect of light con and kicklight fighting.
Well done to Kieran who passed his Orange belt last night. Bagwork, sparring, basic techniques and defences all performed with maximum effort. Great work and he did it all on his own.
Well done to Leon, Amber, Mia, Julia and Jake who passed their red belts last night. Great work.