We took a small team of 9 to the Irish open in Dublin. The biggest Kickboxing tournament on the calendar with 3,700 entries.
Friday saw the Teams, light con and Vets sections.
George was up first joining a team with energise and other fighters. They had to take on the strong Barras team and George was up last. He started the fight 8 points down and was attacking all the time, but it was a difficult task to catch up. No progression this time, but a great warm up.
Andy was up first and used his reverse punch to good effect moving on to the quarter finals. He then had a tough bout and despite some great reverse punching he was just outpointed in the end
I had a litte outing on the mat as well. getting to the quarter finals.
Harry was in the senior light contact section. He reached the semi final against a very tall and strong fighter. Harry started well.moving around and driving forward with flurries, but his opponents reach and long legs were hard to beat over 2 rounds. Harry had to settle for 3rd.
Rory fought in the vets -74kg and was using his timing and cool head to move through to the semi final. A tough bout against a Candian? but Rory took the fight with some nice reverse punches and drawing movements
In the final he met our old training mate Darrell. A close fight in the first round, The second round saw much of the same. Darrell managed to get5 his nose in front and extended his lead to win his First Irish Open title and Rory got 2nd.
Nicolle fought in her first Light contact bout and moved really well using combinations and footwork to make her point. Near the end of the bout Nicolle threw a punch and her opponent moved which meant she spun, but turned immediately to fight again. She was warned for turning , which I though was harsh and lost a point and the bout.
Saturday was adults points sections.
Paige fought first and was on fire kicking and striking with power and accuracy that saw a 10 clear victory. In the qurter finals she could not reproduce her form and lost by a couple of points.
George was up next against an italian and despite hitting 4 scores in the first round that either one ref or another didn't register, one was a jumping back kick that dropped his opponent he lost the bout. One point was refused on the basis of it not being pulled back. I made a complaint to the chief referee and he confirmed that there is no rule in WAKO that states strikes have to be pulled back in the points division, but we keep coming up against this false ruling
Nicolle entered the intermediate section and once again moved around the mat with skill. she was slipping kicks and scoring punches well. This brought her to the semin final where she had a hard bout and narrowly lost, but gained a well earned bronze.
She repeated this feat in the Advanced section beating several opponents to reach 3rd place. Great work from Nicolle.
George then entered the -84kg section and beat some very good and difficult fighters from Ireland and Mexico. He reached the quarter finals and once again a very close bout that he narrowly lost through a head kick.
Rory entered the mens inter section and won several bouts to reach the semi final again, but this time he was caught with a side kick that finally ended his battle. Another Bronze for Rory.
Paige also fought today, however her form could not be repeated and she lost both her fights.
Liam fought in the light con division and carved his way through the first rounds with strong wins. He reached the final and showed his skill and dominance of the section by taking the title. Congratulations Liam.
Sunday saw the kids fight.
Belle gave her best, but her movement, timing and distance were not their best today and she lost her first bout.
Ellis. learnt to zig zag and was taking a leaf out of Nicolle's book when she would slip kicks and reverse punch. Her first time in teh advanced section and she reached the semi final earning a well earned Bronze.
Charlotte entered 3 sections with very good fighters in. Fighting in both bigger and more advanced categories. She showed her improvement usin more punches and hand counters to win throiugh to the quarter finals in all categories. beating very good fighters on the way. Charlotte's final tally was a Bronze in the +47kg category this time, but some great experince and improvement was seen today.
George fought in the Open weight, but was tired and aching after his efforts yesterday and despite a good fight lost out before the finals.
So a good Tournament for BKO with 7 medals. 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronzes this time and everyone reaching the quarter finals and some great fighting and partying for the team.
Roll on next year.
Congratulations to Drew for successfully passing her Orange belt after demonstrating techniques, defences, bag/padwork and sparring,
Great work again from our team at the GB Grand slam in Cannock.
Belle was up first in the pee wees section which, despite it's name had some high grade fighters. She lost her first bout agains a very good and experienced fighter, but came back in on the repercharge type system and won her next two bouts. She met another very good fighter in the simi final and using superior tactics of moving and then rushing attacks the fight was level.There was then a clash and I thought the refs gave her the point to make her one ahead. I told Belle to keep back, but it turned out the score had gone the other way. Great fighting and spirit from Belle.
Rossi also gave a great performance today, fighting two opponents that he kept back with his kicks and scored defensive side kicks to reach the final. The final was a great bout with both fighters wrestling for dominance and trying to out time and out maneuver each other. It went to extra time with teh same result. Eventually Rossi's opponent managed to get a punch in and that settled it. Awesome work Rossi.
Ellis used her reverse punch and leg blocking to make it to the final and was fighting a very strong fighter. She scored once again with her reverse punch, but had to settle for 2nd this time.
Nicolle has shown her great timing and movement has improved even more when she won the Intermediate section after a 3 round final. She then entered the lasies advanced and fought someone who towered over her. The plan was to pull her kick out and tehn drive the reverse punch to score. This worked well and it was a very close fight. Nicolle missed a coupel of shots and got caught, which gave her silver.
Maggie also fought her heart out in the semi finals. The bout ended 22-18 to her opponent, but the main thing was that Maggie score 17 of those with her hands!!
A good standard of vets was here today. Andy reached the semi finals and had a tough bout settling for 3rd. Rory made the final and tit for tat fight ensued with Rory pulling his opponents techniques out. the fight went to extra time and his opponent managed to get slightl ahead which settled the fight.
Charlotte 3rd x2
Results from British Championships today.
Charlotte 2nd, 3rd
Rob 2nd, 3rd
Paige 3rd, 3rd.
Not forgetting Adam S. Who had some great fights in the senior categories and scored some lovely points.
A high level there today. Some great fights from the team. One of those days where we all performed well and really raised their standard, but the gold eluded us.
New Bungee course starts in March
A popular class with only 12 spaces.
Using bungees and elastics to develop explosion and all round fitness
Message to reserve a space
Robbie Brown taking 1st cat 18 and 1st in cat 19 and 1st place in older kids teams
Rossi Brown 3rd in cat 18 and 1st in older kids teams
Maggie Brown 4th in cat 18 and 3rd cat 54 LC
Katrina 4th cat 4 and 2nd in younger kids teams
Jake 2nd in younger kids teams
Jasmine 1st cat 2 2nd cat 3 and 2nd in younger kids teams
Josh 1st in cat 6 then stepped up to cat 11 taking 3rd place
Abby 2nd in cat 14
Dan 1st in cat 10
Symon 1st cat 20 and 1st in older kids teams
Nicole 1st cat 28 2nd cat 32
Kerry Wonderful Anderson 2nd cat 28 and 2nd cat 36
Stuart 2nd cat 26
Runner up places to Andy Ellis Jake in their categories
there was a bit of a mess up at the end which messed up Symon and Matt taking their categories but they were both there to support the BKO team from start to finish VERY WELL DONE ALL Very good DAY FOR BKO as always
Videos of some fights
We have a few people nominated for the Basingstoke sports awards this year.
Liz is up in the senior ladies category
Rob is in the senior mens
George. Coach of the year.
Maggie and Charlotte Junior girls
BKO club of the year and team of the year.
The awards take place on March 1st. so lets hope we do well this year.
Thank you to Aviva who have granted us £1000 for our kids team to enter tournaments.
It has been a policy of ours to raise money for the kids team and to help develop and introduce all the kids who want to compete to tournaments. All the childrens sections at the recent WON tournament were paid for by the club.
Last year we raised £3000 for the kids team entries and this year has started well with this award from Aviva. We also have planned more bag packs etc to raise funds ourselves.
The success we have had with our kids team has meant that we are getting recognition from companies like Aviva, Post office and Persimmons and with their help we have further developed and improved our standard.
Thank you Aviva.