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Fighters and Academy win at the WKO British Open.

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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