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.
Announcing the appointment of three-time British Open Champion and numerous international titles, Sensei Kenny Jarvis (3rd Dan), as new GB Knockdown Squad Head Coach with immediate effect.
We will now be looking for skills coaches for both England and Wales to backfill and support the current coaching team.
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
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.