First tournament for the Grand Slam at Crawley and an excellent, well organised tournament it was.
From the registration on Sport data to the inclusion of Facillitators to help organise the mats, The competition was Excellent. It even started on time........and nearly finished on time as well.
Liz 1st x2, 3rd
Kat 2nd x2
Andy E 3rd
Katrina, Bob, Charlotte and George fought well but no medal this time.
Fighter of the day was difficult to pick But I think it must be Rossi. His first fight was Excellent. LIz's final was also awesome. Her patience and timing was spot on. Paige fighting the girl she lost to in the previous section and then beating her by several points was a great moment. George doing the same. Andy's timing and focus. Robbie fighting hard against a much bigger opponent. Kat's semi final. Adam's kick that Almost hit.
As usual it's great to win trophies, but the improvement is where the long game is and each tournament is showing this whether we win or lose. Great work today team
Congratulations to Tom and Ben on getting their light contact Red belt. BKO have a seperate grading syllabus for the light con discipline and they both showed great technique, stamina and spirit. Well done.
On saturday we had a full contact Kickboxing seminar with Tennessee and Leigh randall. Tennessee is one off the top full contact fighters in the world and fights for the WAKO GB team. The power she generates and the skill she demonstrates is amazing. Tennessee has been coached the whole time by her Father Leigh who was showing us their regime, tactist and skills today
They took the kids class first and then a two hour adults session. Both classes were shown the importance of guard and gnerating power from the shoulders and hips as well as footwork and timing. It was a great seminar and everyone was buzzing after. the kids loved the game of steal the headgurd and the adults enjoyed the line work and in line sparring at the end. the skill and dedication of both Tennessee and Leigh is evident in their teaching, demonstrating and perfornance in the ring and it was a priviledge to have them at our club.
We also went for a cheeky Nandos after. :)
More red belt gradings this week! Well done to Chilli. Todd, Jayden, Sofia and Eric who gained their red belts tonight.
Also well done to Bob and Jenn who got their Orange belt gradings. Loads of hard work and skill demonstrated by you all.
We went to Southampton for the southern area Grans slam on Sunday.
Taking a team of lower grades and some who want mat time, the Grand slam is a good local tournament to gain experience and get a feel for competition fighting.
As it was a bank holiday weekend the turnout was low this time, but still there were plenty of good opponents to compete against.
Belle and jazmine ended up in the final again with Belle winning this one with her round kick.
Jake showed great composure and good blitzing as he fought through to a winners place.
Oliver had a tough fight his first time out, but stayed the course and scored a lovely Blitz on his opponent.
Callum also showed great spirit and carachter. and hard punching.
Dan had a bit of trouble in his first section, but came good in teh second with a 1st and 2nd place.
Adults saw Andy H and Finn fighting for the first time in Competition. They ended up in the final together and Andy took the title over Finn this time.
Ben also got to the final after beating team mate Andy G in the semis. Ben Fought well against his opponet and scored with a great counter hook kick, but he let the fight get away at the end and had to settle for silver.
Rory also won his category well, developing his pulling strategy on his opponent.
Dan 1st & 2nd
Andy G 3rd
Andy H. 1st
George Taylor and Jamie Adams entered their first match up fight night on Friday. George was fighting in Light continuous and Jamie in points category.
George had a tough fight in his first bout which went to extra tima and despite George stopping his opponent on several occasions the fight went the other way by a point. He then had a one minute rest and had a fresh opponent to fight for another 2x2 minuite rounds/ George Put everything into both fights and scored some great shots, but it was hard to fight two battles back to back with new opponents.
Jamie was also in the ring for the first time and was a little overawed by the situation. He scored some good points, but was not thinking about the fight and run into a few points which took the fight away.
Despite the results it was great experience for both of them and they enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next one.
On Saturday we had the regular grading for all grades up ro Purple belt.
Kids and adults were grading today and we were a little suprised at teh amount of kids we had. It was a very busy and hard working session, but we got through and saw many people gaing their grades aftre performing basic techniques, combinations, Bagwork, padwork, defences. sparring and much more.
Great work. Congratulations to you all.
Well done to Charlotte who fought in Birmingham recently at the Junior euro cup.
There wer no grade categories only weight and the tournament had excellent fighters in all categories.
Charlotte won gold in her first section winning against a fighter whom she had not beaten before.
She then moved up a wight and made it to the finals where she had hard fought bouts and lost by one point in a two round final.
A great effort from Charlotte who is showing great form in her fighting at the moment.
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