We took a team in the battle bus to the Flanders open in Antwerp, Belgium. This is one of the best and hardest tournaments to win. No lower grades or intermediates. Just one section for each weight division and it brings the best out from Europe and beyond. Yet it is still a small tournament.
We travelled by ferry on the Friday and arrived at the venue to weigh in. All the people running the event are very friendly and accommodating and the organisation is excellent. We then took off to the hotel. checked in and went out for something to eat.
Saturday was the kids and open weight section. George fought a tough German opponent and hit him with some great straight body shouts, but the refs refused to see them and he ended up chasing the fight and narrowly losing.
Robbie came out against a heavy Russian opponent, but couldn't get his attacking head on today.
Paige found out that we entered her in the Musical Forms!!! I thought she should have a go and I could yodel on the side!
Paige then entered her two other sections and dominated with her strong kicks and powerful punching she won through several rounds to the evening finals. She the joined a some other British girls for the team event and won through to the final again.
Charlotte showed great improvement and is building on the experience gained from the World championships. She is fighting the bigger opponents much better now and controlling the bout. She too was in the evening final.
Charlottes second section saw her once again fight the bigger opponent well and not receive the points that she scored. It is so frustrating when this happens. We look at the videos after and can see the shots that are missed, but ther is not much you can do at the time.
After all the round fighting had finished we settled down for the finals which were in a great setting with spotlights and entry music etc. Charlotte was up first and fought a great bout once again. The points going either way for two rounds. With a few seconds to go Charlotte hit her opponent with a round kick in the face which would have sealed the deal, but the refs missed it. In the dying seconds she scored a body shot as her opponent scored and the refs favoured the other girl so Charlotte had top settle for silver this time.
Kat was fighting in the ladies -75 light continuous. Kat is in the British team for the European championships next mont fighting in the Ladies vets section. here she was aginst teh younger ladies and was not expecting to win, but get some valuable practice in. She gave a great account of herself against a strong and fast opponent. Kat never flinched and hit some nice straight shots and combinations. She lost the bout, but she got some great exoerince and has raised her confidence for the Euros.
Killian fought in his section as well and made it to the semis. He was showing some great kicking and blitzing skills in the prvious rounds and it was an even fight in the semi finals, but he was looking away when throwing punches and that dropped his accuracy level. Eventually he lost, but got a bronze.
Paige came up against a very strong German girl and world champion in her first final. The first round saw the points going back and forth and it was even at the bell. In the second round Paige seemed to freeze and allowed her opponent to score some body shots and move ahead. Paige found it difficult to recover and eventually lost the bout.
In her second final it was a similar story. Paige was strong and dominating at first and then let her opponent move ahead to win. This was unusual for her as she normally fights like a tiger for the whole fight.The finals were high pressure in front of everyone and she has picked up great experience and not forgetting 2 silvers against the toughest opponents.
Next was the team finals and paige once again came out to face strong opponents. this time she focused for the whole bout and gave a great fight. Her team was always chasing the points and at the end they were once again in the silver spot.
After the presentations the day finished about 11pm and we all trudged wearily back to the hotel.
Next day was the adults sections George was up first against Stefan. He fougt a good fight, but once again the refs were not scoring the body punch. I stopped the fight to ask them if they were scoring that technique today? They said yes and the next moment they scored George's punch! Sometimes refs seem to be geared to score only certain moves?? george pulled the fight back from 5-0 to 5-5, But in the end he lost by a point .
Rory was in the semi final of the mens -75kg vets. At first he got caught by a kick and a punch from his opponent, but when he settled down he got the measure of him and was controlling the leg and scoring reverse punches. Near the end of the bout he did his usual thing of scoring a head kick to draw himself one point behind. In the final seconds he was desperately trying to get that extra point but it was not to be and so Bronze for Rory. His opponent went on to win the final easily and we discovered that he was a 4th dan and world champion, which made Rory the Purple belt feel much better.
George's final fight was in the -74kg category and here he did not rais ehis game against an opponent that he should have beaten comfortably. The fight game requres you to have everything working well in a bout, especially at this top level. When you are off your game you just have to chalk it up to experience and move on, which George knows how to do.
Annais was up in the ladies section and another close bout. When she attacks and does not hesitate after the leading kick Annais scores, But sometimes that hesitation allowed her opponent in and she lost by a point here.
I was up in te mens vets +75kg finals next against the world champion in the 2nd to last bout of the whole weekend at 8.30pm. It was a long wait and after 2 years out and an serious leg operation I did not know what to expect. |I got out there and made all the mistakes that I have a go at all our other fighters for making. :) I lost the bout by quite a few points, but once again. I felt I was not getting the points that I scored. I was pleased with some aspects of the fight and some need attention, but my fitness was ok and I gained a silver for the team.
Following the presentations we went into Antwerp and found a bar that sell 300+ beers. After drinking that dry we had the Belgian version of a Kebab and then went back to the hotel.
During the trip home on Monday we stopped off in Bruges for some sight seeing, shopping and waffles.
It was a great weekend and we had some good bouts and won some bling, but of coures we want golds and we could have had 5 this weekend. That's fighting for ya. Flanders is a great tournament with awesome organisation and a friendly attitude. I think the reffing was a litte below par this year though.
We will be back next year.
Well done team.
Well done to Charlotte, Liam and Killian who all competed in the WAKO Junior world championships in Venice Italy this week. There has been lots of preparation and effort put in by these students in order to give their all at this, their first World Championships.
Charlotte had a tough draw, facing the most experienced fighter of the group and also fighting above her regular weight. She came out a bit nervous first of all but pulled the fight back to 6 points each in the second. Unfortunately in the last few seconds she got caught with a head kick and had to concede the fight. Great experience for her and she will come back stronger next time.
Liam is from Thame kickboxing club but trains regularly with BKO in the light con Discipline. He has shown great improvements in the last couple of months and this showed in his epic first round fight with an Italian. In the quarter finals he met a strong German and although the fight was close he was edged out and lost. Another world champion in the making here. Well done Liam.
Killian Fights for the French team and comes over to the UK to train and grade with BKO at regular intervals. He fought in the points section and was moved around severalt times before he found out which fighter hes was drawn against. He easily out fought his first opponent and moved to the quarter finals. Once again he was unlucky to win this bout, but has learnt a lot form this experience. GO BKO FRANCE!!
WAKO world championships are the pinnacle of the points fighting. Competing at this level is the hardest and most demanding of any tournament. The experienced gained by fighters sets them up for improvement and better results in their domestic leagues and for their future world and European championship bids.
I am certain that we will see these three fighters Gain the championship in the not too distant future.
Look out for them !
Well done everyone who competed and helped today in a manic BKO kids tournament! Some great fighting from everyone including the Ninjas :)
Final one for the year is in December.
1st Robbie. 2nd Rossi. 3rd Maggie. Princeley. 4th. Ellis. Jamie.
1st Belle. 2nd Jasmine. 3rd Josh. 4th Sophia.
+150 1st Joe. 2nd Ellis. 3rd Chillie.
1st Jake. 2nd Luke. 3rd Bob. 4th Callum, Katrina.
1st. Jack. 2nd Dexter. 3rd. Jamie Lee. 4th Aislyn. Ollie
We took a group of first timers and mat timers to the Southern area grand slam today. This is the smallest tournament we do, but it is local and is good for beginners and those who need to shake off the rust after summer hols.
Fighter of the day for me was Jake who changed tactics and had to come back to win after taking some hard hits. Great spirit. Also well done to Todd who has only been training a couple of months and gained a silver in a close final. Chris and Matt shared the honours in only their second tournament and first time at light con. It was good to see Russell jeff back after a short 15 years lay off!
Well done also to Rory and Belle who got the Grand championship trophies.
Rory Grand champion
Belle grand Champion.
Katrina fought well today but was unlucky not to place.
Well done all. :)
Well done everyone who came to the quiz night. £955.80 was raised to send Charlotte to the world championships!!!
This from Belinda.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported our quiz night, we hope you really enjoyed yourselves. We are just checking stock but hope to give you an update on the amount raised soon. Thank you once again to Sharon Louise Ally for your help and support and also to Nicky for putting the quiz together. Thanks also to Ron our quiz master for the evening and Harriet for her fabulous face painting. Our thanks also to all the companies and individuals for their donations, we are really humbled by your generosity.
There’s a few who will tell you, i was really worried about how it would turn out last night but for once I’m truly lost for words and thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart.
The countdown is on as Charlotte heads out to Venice in two weeks time and she will continue to train hard under Ron and George in the meantime. We are very lucky to work with these awesome coaches who constantly push and develop everyone within BKO and who through time and dedication have developed Charlotte’s fighting where she is now traveling across Europe and competing at the highest level.
Thank you from The Evans family.
Ladies class starts again on 19th September after the summer break.
Ladies only classes on Wednesday 10-11am.
Any age or ability. Beginners to advanced.
Get fit, join a great sport, defend yourself, have fun, meet new people.
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The September beginners course got off to a flying start with 15 new pupils. After a short introduction and handing out paperwork etc we were off! Beginning with a short warm up consisting of running and then playing various forms of tag we got straight into learning the first punches on focus pads. Then some stretching and kicking using the bar and with partners.
We then learnt the first defences and culminated with putting it all together on the punch bags.
The work rate was high and there were plenty of red faces, but everyone survived well. Great atmosphere and a great start to teh course.
We still have some space if any late comers want to join.
A big THANK YOU! to the Post office for their donation of £1000 to the club. We are using the funds to pay for the kids entries to tournaments. Focusing on children who are beginners or want the opportunity to gain more experience in competitions and become future champions.
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Results from a loooong day at the Cimac kids open.
Jasmine . Gold, Bronze team
Charlotte Silver., Bronze team
George Silver, Bronze team.
Princeley. Bronze, Bronze team
Bob Bronze team.
Jake Bronze team
George Bronze Open weight.
Some great performances today. Jasmine showed her strength of spirit and adaptability in her fighting. Coming back from 4 points down and after being hurt.
Princeley did the same in his section.
Paige was strong in her individual category and it was just a short loss of concentration that cost her the gold.
Charlotte's fighting is going from strength to strength with much more variation and determination now. Unlucky in the final.
Jake and Bob had to take on bigger and more experienced opponents today
George hit some nice shots in the open weight but the refs were not all in agreement today.
A good start back, but it took some time to get through it today.
Well done all.
Kickboxing classes for kids. £5 per class or £20 for a 6 week course.
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Get fit, make friends, have fun, Learn an exciting sport, become a champion.
Course starts 11th September. Kids classes are also available now!
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