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The academy will be closed over the Christmas & New Year holidays, the last lesson before Christmas will be held on Friday 20th December, Normal lessons will resume on Monday 6th January 2020. During this period, we will be carrying out some minor renovations to the academy and would appreciate some assistance from parents, if you are available to assist please let Alf or myself know.

There will be no lessons at either Holcombe Brook or Stackstead’s from Monday 4th November to Monday 11th November inclusively, our lessons will resume at both locations on Tuesday 12th November.

If there’s one person who enjoys fighting at the Metrodome in Barnsley it has to be Brad Derbyshire, not content with his double World Championship performance just two months ago at the same venue Brad went one step further at the WKO British Ringsports Championship winning in full, light and semi contact to be crowned triple British Champion.  Others also to be crowned British Champion included Tejay Bacon, Harvey Grenfell who won in both full and light contact and Romeo Navaratnam who also enjoy double success winning in semi and light contact.

Silver medals went to Robbie Law in semi contact, Ben Shaw and Kaiya Henry – Jones in light contact with brother Kyran losing out to Brad in both the full and light contact finals to earn himself two silver medals. 

Bronze medals went to Robbie Law and Tejay Bacon in light contact with Tejay competing in a higher weight division.

Our eight competitors came away with a total of 9 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals which was an excellent result.

This was our first appearance at this event held over three days at the Metrodome in Barnsley, having successfully navigated the weigh in on the Friday our students started competing in the elimination rounds on Saturday morning, the finals were held on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday and at the end of it all our 13 students who attended the event amassed a total of 16 Golds, 9 Silver medals with not a bronze medal in sight. 

Amongst our gold medallists were triple world champions Kyrah Khan and Ruby Hoyle who both won their respective full, light and semi contact divisions, double world champions  Brad Derbyshire with wins in light and semi contact, Tejay Bacon with wins in full and light contact and Mia Woodward who won two light contact divisions having elected to also compete in a higher weight division.

Our other world Champions who all secured their victories in light contact were James Casey, Kaiya and Kyran Henry – Jones and Romeo Navaratnam.

Silver medals went to Kyran Henry – Jones, Mia Woodward and James Casey in full contact, Ava Casey and Bradley ‘O’ Shea in light contact and Tejay Bacon, Kyran and Kaiya Henry Jones and Romeo Navaratnam in semi contact. 

Congratulations to our squad of fighters who registered the fourth highest medal tally of all the clubs and countries competing at the championships.

Five of our students were selected to compete at in the inaugural Ippon Showdown held at the Memorial Hall at York University. With thirty one bouts on the fight card the event was split into an afternoon and evening show. First up in the afternoon was Romeo Navaratnam competing in points who unfortunately was the wrong side of a 6 – 4 score line in what was a very close contest. Ruby Hoyle followed shortly afterwards and recorded a 12 – 9 points victory against Caitlin Downes from Absolute. We had to wait a further ten fights before our last fight of the afternoon show featuring Mia Woodward who gave a commanding performance winning her points contest 17 – 2.

Tejay Bacon opened up the night show in a light contact contest against another opponent from Absolute (Anthony Casey), making his usual flamboyant entrance in his fight robe Tejay gave an impressive performance going on to secure our third win of the event. Harvey Grenfell followed shortly afterwards against a very impressive Lewis Blackburn from Emulous who was the eventual winner of a very good fight.

Braxton Windle was selected as the academies Student of the 2nd Quarter, after his impressive grading in June, Braxton fought exceptionally well in heavily populated semi and light contact divisions at the BCKA invitational winning a bronze in Light contact after winning the third place fight off after being on the wrong end of the result in his semi contact third place fight off.

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Our treasurer Lynda Fagg continued the Fagg family run of pound club wins by following the success of daughter Charlottes win the month before. Well done Lynda.

Eighteen of our students made the trip to Corby to compete at Alex Barrowman’s BCKA European Invitational Tournament where fighters from Ireland, England, Germany, Scotland and Germany were competing.

The highlight of the day came late in the afternoon with a tremendous contest between our girls Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Ruby Hoyle against an Irish threesome in the team semi contact final which saw our girls eventually come out on top in what was a very tight affair. Mia was up first and was narrowly defeated by a couple of points, Kyrah followed and secured a win with an advantage of 4 points. The final fight saw Ruby step onto the mat needing to not lose by more than 1 point for our girls to retain their title, as the fight started neither fighter could get a clear advantage with points being scored evenly, Ruby seemed to spend more time in the lead but as the tension built her opponent kept pegging her back, the fight continued to ebb and flow as the watching spectators cheered their respective teams on at fever pitch and in the closing seconds Ruby got the lead and did not relinquish it giving her the win and the team a 2 – 1 victory.

Prior to all the excitement of the girls team final we saw some tremendous individual performances with Hallie – Jo Talbot, Mia Woodward, Ruby Hoyle and the ever improving Bradley ‘O’Shea all winning their Light and Semi Contact divisions, others winning divisions included Patrick Hoyle, Kyran Henry – Jones and Brad Derbyshire in light contact and Kyrah Khan and Jason Parkinson in semi contact.   

Silver medals went to Harvey Grenfell and Johnny Hoyle in both light and semi contact,  Robbie Law, Kyrah Khan, Jason Parkinson and Tejay Bacon were all placed second in light contact, Tejay’s result against Cole Rochester was somewhat bizarre as Tejay clearly appeared to have done more than enough to win the contest with Cole looking as surprised as anyone at his victory. Kyran Henry – Jones completed the silver medal tally with a second place in semi contact.

Bronze Medals went to Brad Derbyshire, Ben Parkinson, Patrick Hoyle and Robbie Law in semi contact whilst young Braxton Windle charmed the crowd as well as the referee Richie Wooton throughout his light contact division as he went on to claim a bronze medal as a very proud mum Chloe Love looked on.

We had a very successful day coming away with 13 Wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds and a girls team victory that will live long in the memory. Well done to everyone on a terrific result.

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This month’s winner is Charlotte Fagg, having been an inaugural member of the pound club since its inception this is Charlottes first ever win. The wait for this win has similarities to the long wait Charlotte experienced to win her first World Title. Congratulations to Charlotte.

Our founder Alfie has hit 60 joining a club I personally became part of back in April and he got the surprise of his life on his Birthday when he turned up at Paul Ramsey’s Club in Blackburn thinking he was doing some judging only to be welcomed by 150 odd people to his Birthday Party. He did not have any idea at all and bemoaned the fact that up to then he had a lousy 60th birthday because hardly anyone had been to see him. Mind you it did not take him long to start to make up for the lousy day he had, that man does know how to enjoy himself. It was great to see so many of his friends from over the years including Joe Tierney, Ian Hollet, Kurt Wikberg and Luke Burks along with former and current students come and join him on what was a special night for a truly very special person.

Born into a family of seven brothers Alf’s upbringing was tough, there were no such privileges that are afforded to the kids of today, who appear to have or get everything. In stark contrast there was nothing at all for Alf and his brothers because his parents simply could not afford it. Those early years growing up in such a large family had a huge bearing in shaping the person we know and love today.

Alf became involved in martial arts in his late teens and after deciding to start his own club over twenty five years ago has pretty much dedicated his adult life to the sport which he loves with a passion, as a competitor Alf never hit the heights so many of his students have but in those early days there were no weight divisions you pretty much fought everyone big or small, quick or fast, skilled or unskilled.

Although Alf had limited success as a competitor he certainly did not as a coach, mentoring numerous students to success at World Championship’s over a twenty year period and bringing many students through our syllabus to become black belts, some of whom have gone on to open their own clubs. In terms of success the numbers speak for themselves and as a result our academy has become renown amongst the worldwide kickboxing fraternity.

It takes a truly special person to devote so much time and effort into so many people for such a sustained period of time, the appearance everyone sees of a hard task master, berating his students when they do not perform to the required high standards hides a man who is kind, caring, dedicated and generous; to be honest to a fault. A man who has given so many the opportunity to realise a dream by subsidising expensive trips to World Championships over the years, whilst remaining passionate despite all the knock backs you get in this game in setting the highest of standards of his students..

Those sixty years have taken their toll and Alf’s body is understandably feeling the effects of all that sparring and holding pads he has done for what seems an eternity, there are aches and pains yes but then there’s the gout and the issues he has with his shoulder which is making it extremely difficult for him to hold pads. He is on medication and recently even started taking tablets I give to our American Bulldog who suffers from hip dysplasia, at least now he will be able to get all that for free, he will just have to wait a few more years before he gets his bus pass.

Well done to Chloe and Lesley for organising what was a terrific surprise, how the secret was kept with so many people knowing is incredible, I am sure with it being planned for so many months there must have been some close calls in giving the game away.

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This month’s winner is Tracy Petterson, our chairlady, who I am sure had a win late last year. Come on now Tracy let’s not be making this a regular habit and give someone else a chance.

A total of sixty eight fighters from seven clubs came together in the sleepy village of Stackstead’s to put on a show at our 2019 Fight Night that would certainly not put anyone into a slumber as we were all treated to fights of the highest quality. From the first few fights involving the little ones; many of whom were in the ring for the first time to the fights right through the fight card, many of which featured current World Champions every fighter put on a terrific show which made for a really entertaining evening.

Of the sixty eight fighters, thirty were from our academy; fourteen were victorious including Ayla Mortimer, Keevi Talbot, Braxton Windle, Robbie Law, David Kurpeniks, Jason and Ben Parkinson, Ruby and Johnny Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Romeo Navaratnam, Idress Hussain, Kyrah Khan and Tejay Bacon.

There were so many terrific fights and performances that it made it really difficult for our referee Joe Tierney and our judges to make the tough decision in deciding on the winners of the Female and Male Fighters of the night. After due consideration Kelsey Lock from BCKA was named the Female Fighter of the Night with the academies very own Robbie Law winning the Male Fighter of the Night, a habit this young man is making a habit of having also been the winner last year. In truth there were plenty of others who truly entertained us who would have been deserving of these prestigious awards such was the standard of the fighting throughout the evening.

The most successful club on the night was Dale Bannisters TKMA team who fell one win short of a 100% success rate being denied by Tejay Bacon in the penultimate fight of the night which was a very close contest.

Many thanks our officials and photographer but especially to the fighters, coaches and spectators from Hurricane Combat and Fitness, ACMAC Martial Arts, TKMA, UFMA, Ace Kickboxing and BCKA who travelled all the way from Corby in joining us and making our show one of the best ever. We hope you can all be with us next year when we do it all again.

Pictures from the show are now available by going to our gallery page for 2019 and clicking on the Fight Night gallery page.

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Sixteen of our students made the trip up to sunny Scarborough for this second event in the Revolution Series.

Romeo Navaratam, Kyrah Khan and Mia Woodward went through the day undefeated winning in both light and semi contact, there were also wins for Harvey Grenfell and Bradley ‘O’ Shea in semi contact.

Brad Derbyshire and Brayden Dearden came second in their respective light contact divisions whilst Tegan Dearden was also placed second in semi contact. Third places went to Tejay Bacon in both light and semi contact and Harvey Grenfell in Light Contact.

Making their competition debuts were Braxton Windle, Polly Whitehead and Ayla Mortimer who were all in heavily populated divisions in both light and semi contact along with club mates Ben Shaw and Brayden Dearden, all three performed well in making their first tournament starts, we look forward to see how they progress in the future.

Twenty of our fighters made the journey across the Pennines to the Metrodome in Barnsley for our first ever participation in this event, Jon Green the event organiser made us really welcome and our fighters put on a good show registering 12 wins, 10 seconds and 8 thirds.

Several of our fighters fought up; competing in four division’s, the most successful one being Kyrah Khan who won both her semi contact divisions and also won in light contact where she got the better of Mia Woodward in the final who had moved up. Mia also enjoyed double success in both light and semi contact along with Ruby Hoyle. Other winners included Johnny Hoyle, Brad Derbyshire, James ‘Bucket Casey and Brayden Dearden in light contact and Patrick Hoyle in semi contact who also came second in light contact.

Other second places went to Brad Derbyshire, Ethan Casey, Idress Hussain, Tegan and Brayden Dearden and Harvey Grenfell, who was also placed second in light contact along with Lewis Love – Ashton.

Kyran Henry – Jones was placed third in light contact along with Idress Hussain, Tegan Dearden and Romeo Navaratnam who also came third in semi contact along with Kaiya Henry – Jones, Robbie Law and Eva Casey.

Both Brad Derbyshire and James Casey competed in Title Bouts in Light Contact and whilst Brad was not able to secure the win against a difficult opponent, Bucket showed his class and came out the winner in his bout.

To finish off what was a terrific day Kyrah received the ‘Female Fighter of the day Award’ for her triple winning performance. The Academy was presented with a large trophy for the best team in terms of results and also a trophy for having the most inspirational fighters at the tournament.

We received many compliments with regard to the etiquette and behaviour of our fighters, coaches and spectators throughout the day which is extremely satisfying.

Well done to everyone in representing our academy both on and off the mats with dignity and class.

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Well done to all of you who made a contribution to the success of our Easter Egg Raffle we raised a total of £744 and had over a hundred eggs donated including 24 from Nestle. All the hampers looked terrific and made great prizes for thirteen lucky winners.

Sarah Mortimer is this month’s winner, Sarah wins £50, well done and don’t be spending it on those girls of yours, treat yourself for a change.

Ben Parkinson is our student of the first quarter, Ben has made a good start to the year fighting well at the WKKC Nationals winning bronze medals in both light and semi contact. He is working hard in lessons and is continuing to improve so hopefully that first tournament win is not so far away.

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Twenty two of our students made the short journey to Bradford to compete at this year’s National Championships all hoping to book their chance to be part of the England squad at the World Championships in Niagara Falls in November.

Of our twenty two, six enjoyed double success winning in both light and semi contact, Shannon Bacon, Patrick and Ruby Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Kyran Henry – Jones were all crowned double National Champions whilst Kaiya Henry – Jones and Harvey Grenfell registered wins in semi and light contact respectively giving the academy a total of fourteen gold medals.

Silver medals went to Tejay Bacon and Kaiya Henry – Jones in light contact along with Bradley ‘O’ Shea and Harvey in semi contact. Bronze Medallists in light contact included father James and daughter Ava Casey as well as Bradley ‘O’ Shea, Ben Parkinson, Idress Hussain whilst in semi contact Romeo Navaratanam, Ben and Jason Parkinson and Idress Hussain grabbed bronze medals.

With a total of 14 golds, 4 Silvers and 9 Bronze Medals won it was a really good day for the academy however we came away wondering what it could have been if several of our fighters including Brad Derbyshire, Robbie Law and Romeo Navaratanam who were all not at their best having been ill on the day.

This month’s winner is Peter Calderbank from Malcolm’s, Peter has only just joined the pound club but has been supporting the academy for several years always buying £10 of tickets for every raffle we do.

It just goes to show no matter when you join you have always got a chance of winning,  so why not join yourself or ask a friend or work colleague, for details contact please contact Tracy Petterson.

We are holding our annual Easter Egg Raffle and are looking for your help to make it the best  yet. You can help by donating Eggs as prizes or finding people who are happy to do so. Also we are looking to sell as many tickets as possible, if you are able to sell a good number of tickets please ask at the club for an Easter Egg Raffle pack. Obviously please do not forget to buy tickets for yourself.

We are hoping to have around eight to ten prizes of Easter Eggs with the top prize consisting of 10 eggs. The draw will take place on Monday 15th April at the evening lesson.

It was so long ago when we had our only winner ( Mick Waters ) at the Irish Open that Alf could not remember when it was, no surprise there to be honest. Since Micks victory, which incidentally was in the millennium year we initially only attended again when the tournament was held in the basketball arena and it was so busy you could hardly move which made the entire tournament unenjoyable for both fighters and spectators alike.

That whole experience resulted in us taking a break from attending for several years deciding to return in 2012 when the event was now in a venue more befitting the size of the tournament ‘The City West Convention Centre’ in Saggart, Dublin.

We have been regular attendees since then only missing out in 2018, due to the severe weather on either side of the Irish Sea due to the notorious ‘Beast from the East’ which caused major travel disruption in both Southern Ireland and England, over the years we have seen the tournament grow where they have had to limit the entries to 4000, during this period that much sought after win had eluded all our top fighters including Chloe Love, Shannon and Tejay Bacon, Charlotte Fagg, Mia Woodward and Kyrah Khan to name but a few.

This year the tournaments organizing committee finally introduced light contact for competitors aged thirteen and above, something we had been asking Roy Baker to introduce for several years. We took a squad of just 6 competitors to the event and were immediately rewarded with Tejay Bacon winning his –47 kilo division in light contact on the Friday navigating the 12 strong category in some style. Patrick Hoyle nearly replicated Tejay’s efforts in his +69kilo light contact division but was defeated in a closely fought final against an opponent who was 15 kilos heavier. Sister Ruby gained a bronze in her category which was a really good effort considering she was the youngest in a division with 15 entries, whilst Harvey Grenfell, our only other competitor in light contact was unable to progress beyond the quarter final stage.

 

On Saturday and Sunday none of our students were able to get into the later stages in their respective semi contact divisions with all of them going out in the early rounds, however while all this was going on Shannon Bacon was making progress in her Full Contact division defeating her Portuguese opponent on the Saturday in the semi-final,  giving one of her best displays in the last 18 months dominating the fight from the onset.  Her final on the Sunday was a scrappy affair with Shannon’s Irish opponent adopting a spoiling style to prevent her from getting her kicking game going, however Shannon still proved to be too strong a ran out the winner on a unanimous decision giving us our second win of the weekend.

So at last our long wait is over, I suppose it compares to waiting for a bus for so long and then two turn up together, let’s just hope that our next bus is around the corner and not so far away so we are not kept waiting as long for our next success. Our congratulations go to our six on making a really enjoyable trip into a great one despite the snow in Dublin on the Sunday and another interesting ferry crossing on the Monday which in fairness was not as bad as the journey we made in November 2018 going off the sick bag count.

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Our February winner of the Pound Club is none other than our club treasurer Lynda Fagg, Lynda was one of the initial people who joined the pound club at its inception and this is her first win so it was well overdue.

We took an 18 strong squad to the first revolution tournament of the year, amongst the group were Keevi Talbot, Brioney Bailey, Ethan and Ava Casey who were making their competitive debuts..

Our winners included Tejay Bacon, Romeo Navaratnam, Hallie – Jo Talbot, Brioney Bailey and Ava Casey in light contact and Bradley ‘O’ Shea, Shannon Bacon, Hallie – Jo Talbot and Romeo Navartanam in semi contact.

Second places went to Brayden Dearden, Ethan Casey, Shannon Bacon in light contact with third places going to Mia Woodward, Tegan Dearden, Lewis Love – Ashton, Ben Shaw in the same discipline and Kyran Henry – Jones, Brioney Bailey and Tejay Bacon in Semi Contact.

Our congratulations go to all our students, particularly to Romeo and Hallie - Jo on winning both divisions and Ava and Brioney on their competitive debut success.   

Our first winner of the Pound Club in 2019 is Helena Hoyle, Helena wins £50. If you want to join the pound club please ask a member of our fundraising team…

We took just a small number of competitors to the first tournament on the 2019 Kickboxing Calendar at High Wycombe, despite their best efforts none of them were able to register wins although a few came mightily close with Tejay Bacon, Mia Woodward losing out in both light and semi contact finals and Harvey Grenfell also coming second in his light contact division.

Kyrah Khan who had to move up to -55kg was placed 3rd in both her light and semi contact divisions whilst idress Hussain was unable to get into the podium placings. 

The Won is a tough tournament to win with the standard at a very high level, all your students performed really well and essentially got in some valuable quality mat time which will no doubt help them for the challenges that lie ahead this year.

The academies student of the year for 2018 is Brad Derbyshire, Brad was presented with the much coveted award at the academies presentation evening held at The Riverside in Whitworth in January by Laura Saxton from Asda who was our special guest for the evening.

Brad had a very good year competitively coming close to winning that elusive gold medal at the 2018 World Championships where he won two silvers and then following that up with an exceptional Blackbelt grade in the presence of Joe Tierney in December where Joe gave him special praise as to the quality of his work and his fantastic attitude which ultimately made him the stand out candidate. Our congratulations do not just go to Brad but to Gail and Jason who missed all the fun whilst cruising around the Caribbean.

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Kyran Henry – Jones was unveiled as the academies student of the 4th quarter at our presentation evening in January, Kyran had a strong finish to the year with an individual bronze medal in light contact at the World Championships and then an impressive Blackbelt grade in December where his efforts received special praise from Sensei Joe Tierney. Kyrah is pictured with the other students of the quarter for that year minus Zak Tickle who was unable to attend.

We wish all our students and their parents a happy new year, we hope to see as many of you as possible at our presentation evening at the Riverside in Whitworth on Saturday 19th  January doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start. Admission is just £3 hot supper included.

Our winner for December is Chris Bacon, our congratulations go to Chris who we hope will do the decent thing and treat partner Tracy to a nice meal, chance will be a fine thing !!!, you’ve more chance of seeing snow in the summer…

Seven of the academies students took their black belt grades at the academy in  December under the strict examination of Sensei’s Joe Tierney, Alf Love and Chloe Love.  Sensei Tierney was very pleased with the standard from all of the students throughout the grade passing all of them, he singled out Brad Derbyshire in particular for special praise with regard to his technical ability, application and attitude all of which was first class.

Our Congratulations go to Brad , Hallie – Jo Talbot, Robbie Law, Is – Haaq Hussain, Kaiya and Kyran Henry – Jones and Shane Love – Ashton on an excellent result.

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Chloe Love was awarded her 4th Dan by Sensei Joe Tierney at the black belt grading held at the academy in December. Prior to presenting the award sensei Tierney commented on the remarkable achievements Chloe has had as a competitor over such a sustained period of time, adding that her influence in her role as an instructor at the academy was  showing through in the students.

We are extremely proud of what Chloe has achieved since joining the academy when she was just 4 years old. Her competitive record over such a long period is remarkable and our students are reaping the rewards of having such an experienced competitor as one of our Instructors.

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Our winner for November is long standing supporter of our academy Paul Hobday from the Malcolm Group, Paul has been contributing to the pound club since its inception and has always supported all the academies fundraising events for many years.

Eleven of our students travelled up to Tyneside to compete at the North East Open Championships in what was the last tournament of the five event Revolution series. Amongst our squad were Tegan and Brayden Dearden and Mackenzie Hanson who were all making their competitive debuts.  Our rookies did well on their first showing with Brayden claiming a 3rd place in light contact being the highlight of their performances, others placed third included Lewis Love – Ashton in both semi and light contact and Jason Parkinson in semi contact.

Second places went to Jason Parkinson, Idress Hussain, Romeo Navaratnam in light contact along with Harvey Grenfell and both Romeo and Eromi Navaratnam in semi contact with the later also enjoying a win in her light contact division, our other winners  Tejay Bacon and Kyrah Khan won in both disciplines to continue their domination of  their respective divisions throughout the year and maintained their 100 % records for the entire series, both are pictured with the belts they received in recognition of their achievement, our congratulations go to them both…‘

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Fifteen of the academies students travelled to Ireland in late October to compete at the 2018 WKC World Championships, amongst them were Robbie Law, Idrees Hussain, Hallie - Jo Talbot  and Kaiya Henry – Jones who were making their World Championship debuts. 

Having successfully negotiated the weigh in on the Sunday our competitors joined up with the rest of the England Squad on the Monday for the opening ceremony which included teams from Austria, Spain, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Northern Ireland and the USA who once again had a very big team.

Tuesday was the first day our students saw some action with the kids and cadets competing in semi contact and the juniors and adults in continuous.  Shannon Bacon got us off to the best possible start winning her light continuous semi final to reach Friday’s final a result Chloe matched later in the day, Harvey Grenfell had two tough fights in his light contact division but came through them both to ensure he was fighting on Friday. Our kids and cadets had mixed success in their respective semi contact divisions with Patrick Hoyle, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan all putting in impressive performances to reach their respective finals along with Brad Derbyshire who navigated his way superbly through a heavily populated division to reach the final of his semi contact division. Robbie Law fought really well to make it into the semi final of his division but was unable to progress any further, his efforts earned him and the academies first bronze medal of the tournament and more was to come from the little blonde bomber later in the week. The performance of the day went to Tejay Bacon who put on an amazing display inflicting defeat to a Scottish opponent and then an American to ensure his participation on Friday.  Unfortunately all our other students were unable to reach the semi finals going out at the preliminary round stage.

Shannon got us underway on Wednesday but was unable to replicate Tuesdays result ending up on the wrong side of 7 – 5 score in her semi contact semi – final. The youngsters were all competing in light contact and Hallie – Jo Talbot, Kyran Henry – Jones, Romeo Navaratnam, Johnny Hoyle and Kaiya Henry – Jones all made it to the semi finals but were unable to progress, all won bronze medals along with Shannon taking our total bronze medal tally to 7. Others made it through to their respective finals including Patrick and Ruby Hoyle, Tejay Bacon, Brad Derbyshire, Mia Woodward, Kyrah Khan and Robbie Law who brought a few tears to the eyes of those watching as be dropped to the floor having found out he had qualified to fight in Fridays final after fighting superbly. Unfortunately Idrees Hussain, Eromi Navaratnam and Harvey Grenfell were unable to get past the preliminary rounds, The performance of the day on a day where there several exceptional performances went to Chloe who fought a brilliant tactical fight to win her semi contact semi final against a very difficult American.

On Thursday we had all the drama that team events bring and many of our fighters were involved after been selected by the England Team Coaches to be part of teams competing in light and semi contact. One team featuring our students Mia Woodward, Ruby Hoyle and Kaiya Henry – Jones were involved in a dramatic girl’s semi contact team event which comprised three teams from Canada and two from Ireland, England and the USA. The draw put our girls up against a very good Irish team in the preliminary round, Mia won the first fight but Ruby then lost her fight by 1 single point which left Kaiya Henry - Jones  a novice at team events having to win for them to be able to progress, in a very tense fight that had Mia screaming encouragement Kaiya fought superbly under immense pressure to win her fight by a fine margin, the victory seemed to act as a catalyst as the girls (pictured with Head Coach Alf Love) went on to win both their semi and light contact team events winning our first golds of the championships. Further golds came with Kyrah Khan who won both her finals in a team with Macy Woods and Keisha Gulliver and Patrick who also enjoyed double success, in a team including Cole Rochester and Nathan Smith in which Patrick got the better of a giant of a Canadian in both disciplines.  Shannon Bacon was another to enjoy gold medal success winning in light contact teams with Paris Slater and Tegan Burnett whilst brother Tejay won a bronze in semi contact teams.

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We went into Friday with eager expectation and a degree of apprehension as to how our fighters would perform on what was going to be a very busy day, with our students participating in a total of sixteen individual finals. Kyrah Khan started everything off and was in a bit of difficulty 10 – 6 down, however she managed to fight her way back to win 12 – 10 getting our first gold of the day, Brad was next in points and was unable to make it a double success coming out second best to win a silver. Our attention then switched to Harvey who really went for it in a somewhat ill tempered light contact final, which saw him receive several warnings before getting the win. Tejay was next in semi contact winning an excellent and very tight final against a much improved Harvey Fisher 11 – 9 however Harvey was to get his revenge later in the day by reversing the result, winning the light contact final on a split decision.

An hour into the day and Chloe made her indelible mark on another World Championship stopping her Irish opponent in the first round to claim her eighteenth World Championship title in light contact, just as Chloe’s hand was being raised Shannon was starting her own light contact final but was not able to get the win losing out to Mollie Cooper to win a silver., another silver followed shortly after for Patrick in his semi contact final.  Wins for Mia Woodward in semi – contact and Kyrah Khan in light contact came in quick succession as the gold medal tally continued to rise and as we approached midday Robbie Law came up against a very tough Irish boy in his light contact final, Robbie was courageous and fought superbly well and got that elusive win and what we hope is the first of many gold medals for our little blonde bomber.  Brad followed quickly after in his light contact final but was unable to get the win and claimed his second silver of the day. As we entered the afternoon Patrick capped a brilliant week winning his third gold of the week in his individual light contact division and although Chloe was unable to get the better of Rachel Harrington in her semi contact final both Mia and Ruby finished the afternoon off with wins in their respective light contact divisions.

Our final medal of the championships went to Chloe who was part of the England women’s semi contact team that came up against an American team on the Friday night show where the Americans recorded a 3 to 0 win, it was disappointing result made all the more frustrating given the fact Chloe did not get the opportunity to fight.

After a week’s tough competition our students won a total of 21 golds. 6 silvers and 8 bronze medals which was a fantastic result, two of our fighters Kyrah Khan and Mia Woodward went through the entire week undefeated and returned as quadruple World Champions whilst Patrick and Ruby Hoyle with their double team success added to their results in individual events were crowned Triple World Champions showed the qualities our more experienced fighters bring to a tournament with the highest of standards. What is great to see is the emergence of our World Championship rookies in particular Kaiya Henry – Jones and Robbie Law who returned home as World Champions from their very first championship experience. 

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Our coaches did a terrific job in preparing our students for the tournament and also in guiding them through the tournament itself, Alf let Chloe and Charlotte do a lot of the coaching and they did a terrific job being able to call on the wealth of competition experience they both possess.  Special thanks go to James Casey aka BUCKET who put a lot of work into getting our fighters ready in the weeks leading up to the championships.  Our congratulations go to everyone involved in what was a terrific result.

Our annual visit to the Bristol Open was unfortunately spoilt by the behaviour of a couple of officials who particularly on the Saturday ruined what potentially could have been a really good day for our fighters.

We all have to put up with bad decisions and they are extremely frustrating at the time but as regular followers of the sport you do learn to accept them and get over it, however there were several over the weekend involving Tejay Bacon, Bradley ‘O’ Shea and Mia Woodward that did leave a bitter taste mainly because they were the difference between winning the division and coming second which is a little harder to accept.

To make matters worse Alf ended up pulling Harvey Grenfell out of his light contact fight on the Saturday due to the unfair treatment he was getting from the referee who seemed to only want to penalise him for holding when his opponent was clearly the main culprit. What was wholly unacceptable was the disrespect shown towards Alf, in particular from one WAKO official on the Saturday which is something that has no place in our sport and was all the more of a surprise coming from an organisation who in fairness have done more than any others in taking our sport forward with the innovative ideas they have introduced over the last decade. This was pretty much the last straw for Alf and prompted him to seriously consider pulling all our fighters from the tournament on Sunday but thankfully after intervention from the organisers and a call to the WAKO Vice President on Saturday evening from our Club Secretary the official was noticeably absent from the tournament on the Sunday and things were significantly better and what you expect from the BRISTOL OPEN...

In amongst all the drama and controversy our fighters still achieved some impressive results, on Saturday Mia Woodward won in light continuous repeating her result at the 2015 event, Tejay and Shannon Bacon, Johnny Hoyle and Bradley ‘O’ Shea all came second with Chloe Love, Ruby Hoyle and Robbie Law coming third. Sunday saw all our fighters compete in semi contact and Ruby Hoyle and Romeo Navaratnam did not disappoint as they both registered their first ever wins at this event, Mia Woodward and Bradley ‘O’ Shea were unfortunate in coming second in their respective divisions and Tejay Bacon, Idress Hussain and Eromi Navaratnam all secured third places.

After two days of competition our fighters with the exception of Harvey, who was disqualified after the events on Saturday, all benefited from some quality mat time against a really high standard of competitor which hopefully will prove to stand them in good stead for what lies ahead for the majority of them in a couple of week’s time in Dublin.

Our thanks go to both Sean Viera and Andy Cleeves who over the years have done a terrific job in making the Bristol Open one of the best tournaments on the kickboxing calendar, our issue on Saturday was not with them but with a minority of officials, we appreciate that they had the presence of mind to deal with the situation and respect them for that and I feel sure we will be back next year.