We had four fighters representing Team GB in 6 categories in the WAKO European chamionships in Maribor this year.
Unfortunately Liz had to drop out because she became pregnant. Kat found that her two opponents had pulled out and WAKO rules are, No fight no trophy.
That left George and Rob.
George had the honour of leading the flag out in the opening ceremony
He faced a tricky Turkish fighter in the first round and looked to be settling in well scoring his backfist and front jab. The second round changed as his opponent caught up and in the third round it was close, but the Turkish fighter won by 2 points. George was understandably gutted as he has all the skills and experience needed to beat this opponent who made the final. Sometimes these things happen and it is just not to be, but we take it, analyse it and move on.
Rob fought an Irish opponent in his semi final fight and it was a close one. Both fighters were nervous and it took extra time to seperate them. When Rob started using his round kick and pulled away by 3 points.
In the final Rob met a quick and moveable Danish fighter. Rob realxed more in this fight and his timing and reverse punch was scoring on his opponent time and again. By the end of the fight Rob had won 13-5 and was the WAKO European Champion 2018. A great title to add to his British champions medal won earlier this year.
Liz has taken the top spot in the WAKO world rankings in the Ladies +65kg Light contact
She is also 3rd in -65kg and 9th and 10th repectively in the points categoreis
This despite the fact that she has not fought for a few months due to being pregnant!
Congratulations Liz on topping the world and on the birth of your child.
The Final National tournament of the year took place in High Wycombe at the Superleage finals.
We took a large team and had a few in the running for grand champions.
There were some great fights from all our members
Paige fought in the advanced ladies category and got a 1st, 3rd
Katrina 2nd, 3rd. Charlotte 1st. Rory 1st. Robbie 2nd. Ellis 2nd. Rossi 4th. Maggie 2nd, 4th. Liam 2nd. Szymon 3rd. Andy E 2nd. Rossi 4th. Jasmine 4th. Jake 4th.
Then it came time to find out who the Grand champions for the league were and BKO had quite a few.
Maggie became grand champion in 3 Categories both points and light contact.
Andy E. Mens vets
Rory. Mens inter
Page Girls advanced
Katrina Pee wee Girls
Liam Boys light con
Charlotte Girls advanced
Then to crown the year off Charlotte was announced as fighter of the year. A great accolade.
Well done team a great year competing with 270 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies for the club .
Our little Ninjas class is for under 5s and has been running for a couple of years now. We have had Ninjas progress to the older class and some are now competing in tournaments.
The class is based around play and games and enjoying the training with techniques and exercises. It is fun and mayhem at times, but we love it.
We took a small squad to the D day inter club at Watford. This was a tournament for maily beginners, but also some of teh experienced fighters run by Dave ryan.
Well done BKO today was exciting - Ben was awesome in his first ever fight showing great confidence. Jake not afraid of anything or anyone getting better all the time. Katrina fighting a lot better than before actually thinking about the techniques and showing better movements. Brothers Robbie and Rossi made it to 3rd place fight off with Robbie taking it away
We had the kids Halloween training party last night. Lots of fun and spooky goings on. The gym was kitted out like a haunted house and we dis some Zombie sparring, Coffin races and many games in the dark. It was great fun and we still got some drills and exercises in.
New suits arrived in today. They look great and are comfortable and light to wear.
Here is one modelled by Jeppo!
The half term camp happend this week.
Three days of training and sparring 10am -1pm every day.
We started with warm ups, and some games etc and tehn went into training and grading work followed by a break and then some sparring practice. Evert day was finished with nerf wars!!!
A great camp. It was fun and we saw some great improvements from the participants.
Chris came down and did a seminar for the kids and adults. He worked loads of drills for pulling and timing the opponent. Everyone loved the session and we had great fun and learned a lot of good tips that we will put into practice in the next tournaments.