The BKO kids club tournament took place last Saturday>
This is our first try at running a small club comp designed to give experience to kids that have not competed before and some mat time to those who have.
It was a round robin tournament under WAKO rules with 5 sections of mixed boys and girls covering higher and lower grades.
There was a great atmosphere and many of the club's younger members turned up to compete. There was no prisoners taken as all tried their best to win a medal. Some great bouts were seen and also great team spirit. Certificates were handed out to 2nd and 3rd places and all participants.
The day was such a success that we are planning to run a series of four torunaments of this type throught next year and have a club league ranking system. Eventually we hope to make it an open local tournament for all comers.
BKO members Belinda, Grim and Jenny took part in a sore 7 hour spinathon ride to raise money for the kids team. The ride was at the local Tesco store and consisted of the team taking it in turns to keep the bike going. Belinda also helped out with other charities and so was constantly cycling throughout the day.
The BKO kids turned up to collect money, give out leaflets and key rings and generally be around
Thanks to everyones generosit and also Nicolles sponsorship trawl we raised £557 which will go towards paying entry fees for the kids team and any child that wishes to compete on the national circuit.
Well done all. A brillant effort.
Neil and George went to the Infinity south west tournament on Sunday.
Neil fought in the light con class. In his fight he showed some good movement and long range kicks and scored well, but needed more combinations to take the ffight. Neil eventually lost to the winner.
George was getting mat time for the upcoming World Championships and was very tired after his band's tour. He won his under 80 section well. scoring strong points and dominating his opponents.
In the lighter weight class he was the victim of a couple of strange decisions after he hit his opponent with a back kick and several punches that weren't scored.
CIMAC 17th September
Fighters on the day Robbie – Maggie – Rossi – Rory – Ken – Charlotte – Michelle – Nicole – Jamie and myself – hopefully not forgotten anyone, please correct me if I have
All fighters did brilliantly, was a very long day as always and great team work and support from family, friends and our favourite photographer Steve Gridley - nearly left off our team camera man Richard Brown - who was running more than anyone making sure we had footage of all the fights - great efforts as always
Charlotte and Jamie had the misfortune of being on a matt where the refs had trouble seeing shots being scored on the right side of the matt. Both fighters did so very well and got very frustrated with points not being scored. Jamie was showing great improvement and even got his opponent with a head kick twice which was missed both times by the refs.
Robbie fought in the Advanced Semi contact under 12 boys 34kg – although did well didn’t get a placing, but continues to improve in his fighting. Robbie finished 5th overall
Maggie was under extra pressure in the Advance Semi under 30kg, as took the first in the last one which put her 2nd in the League, this time although she was sharper and using hands finished 5th.
Rossi went out with extra conviction in the Advanced Semi contact under 12 boys 34kg, winning his first bout and putting me on the edge of my seat (was told to sit down a few times) as he drew first of all and went to extra time, then drew again and it went to sudden death and Rossi finally got the last score in and we all went wild. He unfortunately didn’t win his next bout finishing 4th overall. Rossi also took part in Advanced 30kg finishing 5th place.
Mitch took a 1st place in the Intermediate +65kg Semi Contact category, it was a great moment and never seen Mitch smiled as much ever. Was a great result seeing as Mitch had a sprained ankle and many were trying to deter Mitch from fighting due to her injury. Mitch also decided to compete in the Semi Contact Advanced 65+ taking 4th.
Ken Advanced Men Semi Contact took on Mr Muscle man but unfortunately even though was leading at the start lost in the final seconds, but still put on a good performance.
Nicole Intermediate +65 Semi Contact arrived without any kit (prepared as ever) but lucky for her Robbie Brown lent her all she needed and she walked away with 2nd Place.
Rory Intermediate Men -75 Semi Contact – although didn’t see his category as was coaching Ken at the time or fighting, same old waiting all day and then all being called at the same time. Rory if you can add details of your fighting that would be great – do know that Rory took first place – Well Done Rory Campion
Last was me and thanks to Ron I’ve had to continue in 3 Categories, I somehow managed to let Ron convince me to do all three at the start of the year and now leading in 2 and 2nd in another I’ve had to continue – I fought in Ladies Advanced Semi Contact +65 taking 3rd place, having to contend with a giant in the category, then advanced Light con +65kg having to fight the same giant taking 2nd place overall then also the advanced light con -65kg taking first place – it was hard work and was feeling it, but Team Brown encouraged me to carry on and finish all the categories
Was a great day – well done all
Well done to the team fighting at Chessington Today.
Great team spirit With George and Paige working the assistant coach duties and looking after the little ones today. Thanks to parents and helpers as well today
Jake fought his heart out today in his first ever competition and had 5 fights against some larger and more experienced opponent. He went from strength to strength in his fights never backing down and scored a lovely side kick.
Dan had loads of fights and was cool and composed in all of them. Showing his great timing and skill he won them all convincingly and got a gold.
Ellis also fought some more experienced girls and was scoring some nice reverse punches. When she gets that confidence in her abilities she will make them tell more.
Belle and Jasmine had the fight of the day in the under 120cm final. 9-9 at the bell and only one point in it after extra time. Very close. Jasmine won her first competition and Belle was 2nd.
George had to dig deep in his first fight against an opponent that was jumping in, kicking low and hitting hard, George was hurt a couple of times, but got up and kept firing reverse punches until he won. This affected his later fights and he had to settle for 3rd this time.
Paige showed her strength and power against a good determined opponent in her final. She kept cool and continued to follow her plan. Paige's focus was great and today it earned her a gold.
Dave had four fights in the men's section and improved on everyone scoring many points but just missing out on the win. A lovely sweep/backfist combination gained appreciation from his opponent and the refs.
A great start to the second half of the season and good experience for everyone. I am proud of you all!
Well done Yellow belts last night. 2 hours of hard work and showing what you can do. Bagwork, sparring, focus pads etc all worked through.
Little Ninjas class. Kickboxing for under 5s. Using fun and movement to develop skills and understanding.
Due to the success of this class We have lots of space now and are recruiting for September as most of our Ninjas have moved up to the Kids class.
First lesson free!
With over 130 people who have successfully completed the BKO beginners course so far and many moving up the grading ladder or competing, the next beginners course will start 6-7pm Thursday 21st September. £38 for the six week course plus all other BKO classes free for the duration of the course.
(10 per week) Message me to reserve a place.
We also have regular pay as you go adults and children's classes. First lesson free.
New BKO wristbands have arrived!
They come in all grading colours. When you grade you will get a belt and a wristband. If you want backdated ones they will be 50p
Remember all BKO gradings are Free
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!!!