We took a small team to the Cimac World cup yesterday. Our 22nd tournament of the year and the last before the summer break.
It took place in Birmingham on a very hot day
Maggie was up first in the light con and secured herself a first place again in a well controlled battle.
Charlotte then took to the mats and fought through several rounds to the final where she won a tense and tight conflict to gain the gold.
Maggs was up again in the heavier points section and once again she got to the final, but lost narrowly
Charlotte also fighting in a heavier weight made the semi final and lost by a point settling for 3rd this time.
Paige was up next. After fighting for her brown belt yesterday she was feeling a little tired but still fought her heart out.first in the girls section and then after getting to the final of the open weight she had a great battle. Losing by 1 point .
Andy Evans also had a good day beating a far larger and aggresive opponent in the semi finals. Throwing some great counter reverse punches and side kicks. In the final he was up against a strong experienced fighter who took a couple of points at the beginning, but once Andy got his timing in the fight was quite even. It was too much for him to pull back however. Andy continues to fight opponents who are more experience and black belts compared to his purple belt. Yet he is closing the gap on them all the time. He has finally broken his 3rd place habit this year and won the silver. !!!
Liz fought in her usual three sections. Up first was the ladies under 65kg which she won comfortably. In the +65 She had a tough final against a very hard hitter. Liz moved and used her footwork to maneouver her opponent and avoid the punching power. She then countered and blitzed to score. Near the end of the fight a short lapse in concentration saw her opoonent score a head kick which prover the difference in scores at the end. Silver for liz
She was up again for the points section winning through to the final. Her opponent score first and was happy to let Liz move and stay back looking for an opening. Liz attacked a couple of times, but was not punching straight today and missed an opportunity to level it. Silver again.
George was suffering from an illness and had entered the open weight and -84 categories which were running continuously, so it was constantly running from one mat to the other. George won through a few rounds and was looking sharp considering his condition but the reffing at the end of a long day and in the heat was becoming rather erratic for all fighters. many points were missed and strange decisions made. George met fellow sparring partner Brandon in the semi final of both sections and they were both close calls with demonstrations of excellent techniques, countering, pulling and fast attacks. Brandon had the edge on the day and George had to settle for Bronzes this time.
Rossi was his usual kicking self today and did not use his hands enough which resulted in him losing by a head kick in his battle. better luck next time.
Robbie also had a good fight against a strong opponent, but was unable to get the lad and lost a close battle.
Next week there is a tournament in Gloucester that some of the team are interested in
We also have the 2nd in our Kids BKO league club tournament on Saturday.
Congratulations to Paige who passed her Brown belt today. After performing her techniques, Defences to the highest skill. 3x3 mins on the punchbag and then the same on the focus pads. 9 points fights and 5 continuous. Plus against the wall defences. in line sparring, Back to line sparring, and more. Hard fighting with lots of stamina and desire were needed to pull her through. But she did it.
Well done Paige!
...and now Tomorrow she fights in the Cimac World cup!
A really hot day at Chessington.
WE took a team of mainly first time fighters to this tournament. It was great that they decided to fight in both points and light con. A great team spirit in there today with everyone supporting each other.
John Ayres fought in a section above his grade and weight as well and showed great skill and fighting spirit.
Mitch had her best fights since her comeback where her reverse punch timing was great.
Jake fought his heart out and demonstrated his good timing.
So many more good performances from everyone. A great day BKO
Gabor 1st, 3rd
Mitch 2nd x2
Charlie 2nd, 4th
We took a lot of first timers to this one and there were some great fights and improvements from some of our seasoned fighters. . Well done team BKO
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.