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.
Two Knockdown Referee Courses have been announced to review knockdown rules within the BKK to incorporate Adult, Veterans, Cadets and Junior Kyokushin rules. The courses are in preparation for the Welsh Open Tournament 11th May 2019 and the British Open – Cup of Europe at K2, Crawley, Saturday 5th October 2019.
Any qualified or non-qualified Referee/ Judge wishing to be considered to officiate at either event must attend these courses.
Course One (30th March ‘19): [THEORY] will involve in-depth analysis of rules to ensure referees and judges are able to sit and pass the examination.
LOCATION : Dourdan Pavilion, The Causeway, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AA
Course Two (14th April ‘19): [PRACTICAL AND EXAM] practical application of refereeing, followed by an examination for all participants, whether qualified or non-qualified referee/ judge. A new examination has been developed to incorporate Adult, Veterans, Cadets and Junior Kyokushin rules.
LOCATION: Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, 47 Stortford Rd, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+4479740 94925) Shihan Andrew Turner to register your attendance.
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 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
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
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.
It is with great sadness we annouce Sensei Al Jelly (4th Dan) formerly of Abbey Wood Dojo, passed away on the 30th September 2017 after a short illness.
He was a student of Hanshi Arneil's at Crystal Palace dojo, before runinng his own dojo in Abbey Wood. Hanshi and the entire BKK express their sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed.
More news as we have it.
RIP Sensei Al.
A good turn out at the kata course today with Sensei Darren Stringer. Thanks to Shihan Alan and Shihan Janine for their help today. We hope everyone enjoyed the course and the bunkai application aspect.
Thanks to all those who made the journey. See you all soon.
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
Congratulations to Shihan David Pickthall who was promoted to 7th Dan by Hanshi Steve Arneil and the IFK Board at the recent World Tournament in Romania.
Shihan David in his role as Vice - President of the IFK has in the past ten years worked tirelessly with Hanshi to develop the IFK and has added a different dynamic to the membership of the IFK.
In addition, his charismatic and personable character has uniquely contributed to the support of the IFK from other organisations such as Shinkyokushin, Kyokushinkaikan and many more.
It is with great regret the BKK has to announce Sensei Steve Worrell of BKK Westcroft dojo passed away on Sunday 14th May 2017.
Assistant Great Britain Knockdown coach Sensei Steve had been battling a long illness that rapidly escalated within the last few months.
Sensei Steve started his journey with the BKK in 1976 and first fought for England in 1979. He ran the Westcroft dojo alongside Shihan Paul Baker for many years and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
The BKK offer their condolences to his family at this time