Entries are coming in for this year’s Welsh Knockdown Championships hosted by BKK Wales.
See who’s in it to win it…
Entry closing date is 27th April ‘2019.
U18 England and U18 Wales were represented by 23 competitors at this year’s Pilatus Cup in Kriens, Luzern, Switzerland, lead by Wales Head Coach Sensei Chris Davies, and England Head Coach Sensei Wai Cheung, and skills coaches Shihan Sunil Tailor and Senpai Gareth Jones.
Fantastic results, and great learning experiences for all involved.
Kata Girls 4th Kyu+
Holly Harvey - BKK Wales 1st place
Seren Harries - BKK Wales 2nd place
Katie Martin - BKK Wales 3rd place
Boys 11-13yrs (Lightweight)
Ashley Black BKK England 1st
Daniel Parsons BKK Wales 2nd place
Boys 11-13yrs (Heavyweight)
Rhys Meredith BKK Wales 1st
William Lawrence BKK Wales 2nd place
Boys 14-15yrs (Lightweight)
Luke Sabey BKK England 3rd place
Boys 14-15yrs (Heavyweight)
Ethan Hardwick BKK Wales 3rd place
Girls 14-15yrs (Heavyweight)
Mia Hawkins BKK England 2nd
Katie Martin BKK Wales 3rd place
Maesi Blackford BKK England 3rd
Boys 16-17yrs (Heavyweight)
Robert Salvi BKK England 2nd place
Dylan Baldwin BKK Wales 1st place
Alicia Bennett BKK Wales 1st place
The following individuals and team members have been selected by Sensei Darren Stringer to represent Team GB at the upcoming IFK World Kata Championships on 27th April in Holland.
Anil Tailor (Budo dojo)
Sarah Stoddart (Chelmsford)
Holly Davies (Mountain Ash)
Luke Davies (Mountain Ash)
Nikhil Patel (Loughborough)
Sophie Hobbs (Mountain Ash)
Mia Morgan (Mountain Ash)
Holly Harvey (Mountain Ash)
Georgia Slocombe (Dunmow)
The teams are:
Adults: Anil Tailor, Holly Davies, Sarah Stoddard
Juniors: Luke Davies, Sophie Hobbs, Mia Morgan
We wish them the very best of luck.
Fighters from the BKK, as KWU representatives, and fighters from IKK and EMAR representing a unified Team GB attending the Kyokushin World Union’s (KWU’) 6th World Youth and 2nd European Adult Championships in Varna, Bulgaria on the 7th-9th December 2018.
This was a landmark occasion for the BKK in taking U16 competitors to a contact-based tournament, and we’re pretty sure the handful of parents that travelled with the team were more nervous than the squad.
The adult team provided high hopes of podiums with experience and consistency at European level with Luke Baldwin, Emma Markwell and Hayley-Beth Rowlands flying the flag.
3 days of tournament fighting with over 700 competitors saw very high-levels at all ages.
Our U18 team all had tough first round draws which was to be expected at such a prestigious championships; Ashley Black’s first taste at World level drew a strong fighter from Armenia, Mia Morgan’s opponent from Poland, Russian’s for Holly Harvey and Charlie Denton, Luke Sabey’s dream draw from Japan, and Rhys Meredith making it all the way through to the quarter finals beating opponents from Belarus and Romania, missing out on a semi final place to the eventual winner from Russia. IKK GB representatives Callum and Harry had tough draws from Bulgaria and Kazakhstan respectively.
With relative inexperience amongst our U18s at such a high standard of competition, all without exception showed determination and spirit on the mats, and conducted themselves commendably off the mats, representing the country and BKK proudly.
The Adult tournament was equally tough, and although pitched at European level, categories saw multiple World Champions on display vying for the KWU European title in only its second edition of the championships.
Luke Baldwin was drawn against former British Open champion and current KWU World Champion, Drodz from Russia who Luke had previously fought at K2 in Crawley. An improved performance from Luke but ultimately Drodz proved too powerful over 2 mins.
Emma Markwell looked strong, and full of conviction on her way to the semi finals where she met and took the fight to Shemina, her Russian opponent she’d fought earlier in the year at the IFK European Tournament in Armenia. Emma put Shemina on the back foot early in the round with combinations, and strong body and low kicks, keeping her off balance. It was clear the early onslaught and aggresion took Shemina by surprise, but she did enough to rally and bring about a draw going into the first extension.
Both looked to take mat centre at the start of the second round; strong chest punches and knees from Shemina saw Emma increase her own punch count and knee combinations as well continuing to deliver heavy low kicks unbalancing her opponent on a number of occasions. As the fight headed into final third, Emma increased her pace forcing Shemina to match her. Fighting to hold the centre of the mat, both fighters matched each other, although Emma’s low kicks clearly causing damage on her opponent.
With both fighters ready for a second extension and encho-sen, three judges unexpectedly raised flags for the Russian. Delight for Shemina who’s leg was visibly damaged after the fight, it was a solid but disappointing and nevertheless solid bronze medal performance for Emma.
Hayley-Beth Rowlands reached her first career major tournament final, with stoppages by punches and ushiro geri, and a commanding semi-final flags decision against Ukraine and Russia fighters respectively, setting up the final against Tsakiri of Greece.
Any signs of nerves were gone early in the fight as Hayley set about stemming her opponent’s aggressive start with stiff punches and hard leg kicks of her own. With a high-pace style of fighting, Hayley took control using angles to keep Tsakiri off balance, throwing direct and hook punches coupled with chudan mawashis and hizas to wear her opponent down. An attempted ushiro mawashi geri came close to connecting but for her loss of balance.
As much as Tsakiri tried to counter attack, Hayley was the clear aggressor in ascendance not giving her opponent any space or time to work. She was able to use her technical and strength superiority to continually move forwards, driving the Greek out of bounds in the final seconds of the round.
A unanimous decision after 3 mins meant Hayley deservedly became the -50kg KWU European Champion, and award for Best Female Technician.
Youth and experience combine for Great Britain at the KWU Kyokushin European Championship among men, women and seniors in weight categories, and 6th KWU Open Kyokushin Youth World Championship (kumite) in weight categories which are going to be held in Bulgaria, Varna, on December 6th – 10th, 2018.
Solid tournament performances and consistency sees the following fighters get their chance to represent Great Britain for the KWU’s year-ending showpieces.
Good luck to all. OSU!
GB U18 Team
Luke Davies (Cadet) - Mountain Ash
Sophie Hobbs (Cadet) - Mountain Ash
Ashley Black - Crawley
Charlie Denton - Crawley
Holly Harvey - Mountain Ash
Rhys Meredith - Mountain Ash
Mia Morgan - Mountain Ash
Luke Sabey - Saffron Walden
Luke Baldwin - Mountain Ash
Emma Markwell - Westcroft
Hayley-Beth Rowlands - Cardiff
The BKK is set to host its 42nd British Open on Saturday 6th October 2018 at K2, Crawley in what will be an absolute hotbed of Kyokushin fighting elite and talent.
Year on year we see an increase in standard at our championships, presently there are 23 organisations from 22 countries participating in this years 42nd edition of the British Open. Here we look at some of the potential favourites and also at our BKK entries in the Cup of Europe Open categories.
Current champion and Spanish favourite Dani Redondo is looking to take his third Crown but will have some stiff opposition with some very strong Russians including last years runner up Anton Adushkevich from Gazprom team and KWU Varna Cup Champion Maksim Voitov. Also look out for Lithuanian Champion Jonas Enimontas.
Russia will once again have a big say in where the crown goes this year with KWU World Champions Alexandre Drozd and Victor Belyaev both vying for the title but there is some great opposition from around the globe with both last years 3rd place winners crowd favourite Clai Henry from the USA, and Zsolt Zsiga of Hungary looking to go one further and make the final. Also look out for Romanian kicker Catalin Mocanu who should excite with his fast aggressive style.
2018 Champ Aleksandr Karshigeev also looks for a 3rd crown but teammate Vitalii Ishakneli will want to add to his IFK World and European titles. With some many good heavyweights its hard to pick only a few favourites but look out for Euro champs JP Jacquot of France and Eventas Guzaukas. Also we have two top fighters doing it for the over 40’s with former World Champion Samson Muripo coming all the way from Zimbabwe and multi time Euro champ Pablo Estensoro Spain
As Womens events go from strength to strength six time Champion Emma Markwell will look at this division and see it packed with depth. Her opponent last year Teona gazdeliani is back as a KWU World Champion, IFK World Champs runner up Rima Artemova also wants to avenge her 2014 loss to Markwell. WKO new European golden girl Skaiste Venckute will hope her high workrate can take her far and hard punching Alina Polishchuk of Russia will fancy her chances of gold. Can last years semi finalist Hayley Beth Rowlands push for a higher ranking this year.
Another division packed with quality and who can pick a winner from KWU and IFK World Champion Agata Winiarska, KWU World Champion Maria Papdopoulou, Svetlana Tuchkova former IFK World Champion, Marta Lubos Poland and Sara Hagge Sweden both European Champions.
With such a packed field, we are looking at one of the most exciting tournaments to date.
The adult and U18 GB Knockdown Team has been announced for the IFK European tournament, held in Armenia on the 7th and 8th April.
We wish them the best as they move into the final weeks of preparation. Representing IFK Great Britain will be:
- Jaime May Rowlands U18 BKK Cwmbran
- Bethany Salvi U18 BKK Crawley
- Sensei Wai Cheung Coach
- Emma Markwell Lightweight BKK Westcroft
- Hayley Beth Rowlands Lightweight BKK Cardiff
- Blake Collins Middleweight BKK Crawley
- Luke Baldwin Middleweight BKK Mountain Ash
- Gabriel Barbu Heavyweight BKK Crawley
- Sensei Kenny Jarvis Coach
Congratulations to the BKK Wales Team, coached by Sensei Chris Davies, attending this year's Pilatus Cup in Switzerland which was kata and Kyokushin Rules tournament only.
Low Grade kata (girls)
Niamh Warner 3rd
High grade kata (girls)
Mia Morgan. 1st
Seren Harries. 2nd
Holly Harvey. 3rd
High grade kata (boys)
Luke Davies. 1st
William Lawrence. 4th
Kyokushin Rules 11-13yrs (girls)
Lili Bryan. 2nd
Kyokushin Rules 11-13yrs (boys)
Rhys Meredith. 1st
Kyokushin rules 14-15 (girls)
Holly Harvey. 1st
Mia Morgan 2nd
Kyokushin Rules 14-15 (boys)
Luke Davies. 1st
Cadet L/W girls
Sophie Hobbs 2nd
Cadet H/W girls
Alicia Bennett. 1st
The BKK had a busy weekend with competitors going to both the Diamond Cup in Belgium and the IKKU Scottish Open.
We had nine participants in Antwerp at the WKO event with Emma Markwell BKK securing her second diamond winning the -57kg title. In a strong field she worked her way to the final defeating Kimm Carriere from Canada in the semi.
Hayley Beth Rowlands also fought in the other semi final but lost out to the Bulgarian WKO European Champion. Its another successful step for Hayley as she works her way towards the top honours.
Also competing in the adults was Lisa Heath who made the Quarters but lost by decision to Swedish fighter Cecilia Wallin and Luke Baldwin who had a tough three rounder to the very durable Juan Carlos Auge of Spain.
The cadets had to fight with slightly different rules to what they are used to with helmets and light contact kicks to the head scoring waza ari so I don't think this suited their fighting style but it was still great experience for the three of them with Jaime May Rowlands and Jess Charsley taking joint 3rd and Luke Jones missing out to the head kick rule.
The BKK also competed in the Kata event with Janine Davies taking a credible 3rd place losing to the European Champion in the semi and Sunil Tailor missed out early on.
Meanwhile in Scotland the BKK had approximately twenty participants and they picked up lots of silverware.
We did really well in the Novice categories with gold Weronika Oleisejuk WHW , Harry Harden MLW and Dylan Baldwin MMW. Also Invictus got 2nd in MHW with Tristan Taylor and most spirited fighter Jon Joe Lawler in tough novice categories.
In the Open categories fight of the day saw MW final teammates Blake Collins and Dawid Ozga fight a tough three round battle with Collins sneaking a 3-2 decision .
Ben Watson of Westhill also deserves a mention for a very hard earned 3rd place in MHW to show he is improving all the time.
Overall the event was a tremendous success for the BKK with lots of valuable experience and we look forward to seeing them all compete at the BKK English Open in May!
WLW Emma Markwell Westcroft 1st
WLW Hayley Beth Rowlands Cardiff 3rd
CGLW Jaime May Rowlands Cwmbran 3rd
CGLW Jess Charsley Verwood 3rd
Womens Kata Janine Davies Mountain Ash 3rd
MMW Blake Collins Crawley 1st
MMW Dawid Ozga Crawley 2nd
MHW Ben Watson Westhill 3rd
WHW Lyndsey Moulden Ynysybwl 2nd
NWHW Weronika Olesiejuk Melton Mowbray 1st
NMLW Harry Harden Crawley 1st
NMMW Dylan Baldwin Mountain Ash 1st
NMHW Tristan Taylor Invictus 2nd
Veterans LW Sid Moulden Mountain Ash 2nd
Veterans LW Matthew Lawler Invictus 3rd
Veterans HW Dariousz Delecta West Yorkshire 3rd
Most Spirited Fighter Jon Joe Lawler Invictus
It's a busy weekend for BKK karateka with students participating in both the WKO Diamond Cup in Belgium and the IKKU Scottish Open in Glasgow.
Good luck to all competing.
Jess Charsley – Verwood Cadet GLW
Jaime May Rowlands – Cwmbran Cadet GLW
Luke Jones – Mountain Ash Cadet BLW
Emma Markwell – Westcroft LLW
Hayley Beth Rowlands – Cardiff LLW
Lisa Marie Heath – Mountain Ash LMW
Luke Baldwin – Mountain Ash MHW
Janine Davies – Mountain Ash W Kata
Sunil Tailor – Loughborough M Kata
Weronika Olesiejuk – Melton Mowbray WNHW
Harry Harden - Crawley MNLW
Ryan Bullock - Derby - MNLW
Andis Didzus - Derby – MNLW
Adrian Bundoiu - Milton Keynes MNMW
Dylan Baldwin - Mountain Ash MNMW
John-Joe Lawlor - Invictus MNMW
Thomas Carrington-Roberts -Derby MNMW
Tomasz Czubacki - Derby MNMW
Normunds Pumpa - Derby - MNMW
Warner Morris - Oldham MNMW
Tristan Taylor - Invictus MNHW
Nigel Grant - Melton Mowbray MNHW
Zoeleigh Moulden - Mountain Ash WLW
Lyndsay Moulden - Ynysybwl WHW
Blake Collins - Crawley MMW
Dawid Ozga - Crawley MMW
Sami Mehio -Hastings & Bexhill MMW
Gabriel Barbu - Crawley MHW
Sidney Moulden - Mountain Ash Vets LW
Matthew Lawlor - Invictus Vets LW
Eddie Corcoran – Milton Keynes Vets HW
Dariousz Delecta - West Yorkshire vets HW
Team Great Britain attended the 3rd KWU World Tournament held in Ekaterinberg, Russia 9th-10th December 2017, in what was one of the most professional and spectacular Kyokushin tournaments ever seen setting the standard for all others.
In a hotly contested tournament of extremely high standards, Emma Markwell claimed her third World-level silver medal. Congratulations to her, and the rest of the team who represented us all proudly.
The BKK wishes Team GB the best of luck at the 3rd KWU World Tournament held over two days this weekend (8th-9th December) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
This year's national Clicker championships saw approximately 300 competitors with 60 teams across 22 categories, including a Junior and PeeWee Home Nations event in England vs. Wales vs. Ireland.
Thanks to all those in attendance, in what was a 25% increase in participation from last year, with one less fighting area to use, and a much longer than anticipated day of competition.
Special thanks also to our friends from IFK Ireland for travelling over and supporting the event.
Thanks too to the referees, officials and organisers who came together to make this tournament the success it was.
Results from the Sutani Belgium Youth and Beginners Tournament 2017:
Bart Procter 1st
Denis Sorokins 1st
Beth Salvi 2nd
Maesi Blackford 2nd
Ame Sorge 3rd
Max Williams 1st
Luke Jones 2nd
Rhys Meredith 2nd
Luke Davies 2nd
Mia Morgan 3rd
They did us proud!
The 41st British Open was streamed live on Saturday 23rd September with fighting across 2 areas. Watch all the action below, and check out the results here
Cadets U18 Boys -68kg, +78kg (Rounds 1-4)
Cadet U18 Girls -58kg, +58kg (Round 1-4)
Open Mens-70kg (bottom draw), -80kg (Rounds 1,2, Qtr-Final, Semi-Final, Finals)
Open Womens -60kg (Rounds 1,2, Qtr-Final, Semi-Final, Finals)
Novice Mens -70kg, -80kg (Qtr, Semi, Final)
Novice Womens +60kg (Semi, Final)
Novice Men +80kg (Final)
Open Womens +60kg, (Rounds 1,2, Qtr-Final, Semi-Final, Finals)
Open Mens -70kg (top drawer), +80kg (Rounds 1,2, Qtr-Final, Semi-Final, Finals)
The popular BKK Magazine which showcases Kyokushinkai news and events from the past 12 months is now available as a free of charge download.
This year’s magazine is presented in a modern, downloadable format so you can read it on-the-go using your mobile phone or tablet device.
This beautiful Australian leather belt has been kindly donated by long time Kyokushin student Robert Macgregor. The belt is custom hand-made for our 2017 tournament and is embossed with “Spirited Fighter” in Japanese.
It will be awarded to a fighter at our tournament on 23rd September 2017 for determination and perseverance (not necessarily a winner).
See who can win the award at the list of British Open 2017 registered fighters at
You can see Robert’s other hand-made leather belts by clicking here