British International Open Championships, Glasgow 10th-11th July 2010

3 Competitors, 2 Golds, 1 Bronze

An early start on Saturday 10th saw our three Khalsa Squad members make their journey to Glasgow in Scotland for the very first BKF International Open. Sensei Sat only had three students competing over the two day event but despite the lack of squad members they still managed to get those all important medals.

First up on the Saturday was new England A Squad member Sophie Santillo. Sophie who has just recently turned 15 attended the tournament for experience and also to help her in her all important goal of being selected for England. Sophie entered two categories, the female cadet 14-15yr and also the Open weight category as well. In her own category Sophie was up against a Scottish opponent in her first round. Sophie tried hard to overcome the Scottish opponent but with her lack of attack on the mat in this first round ended up exiting early in this category.
Despite this, Sophie knew she still had another chance to go in the Open category and get another try to get to the podium position. Her performance this time round was much improved but despite her efforts with her Dutch opponent she could not progress past the first round. Well done Sophie, you showed true determination as always.

With only one squad member on the Saturday and after watching and supporting our friends from other associations we headed off for an early night.

On Sunday we had our last two competitors, twin brothers Cuba and Bleu Parris. Up first was Bleu in the 10-11yr category for Kata. Bleu had three rounds to get to the final where he performed some precise katas. He received 3-0 flags all the way through until the third round where he dropped one flag. He approached the final with consistency, which had been proven in his previous rounds, and went on to take the Gold in this category with all three flags. Well done Bleu, your hard work is definitely paying off!

Bleu went straight from his Kata category to his Kumite section, which was the 10-11 yrs plus 45kg category. Yet again Bleu showed sheer class in his fighting as he did in his kata and went through three rounds with scores of 8-0,8-1 and 7-0 where again he claimed his second Gold of the day, another victory for Khalsa!

Next up was Cuba Parris who was in the boys 10-11 yr minus 45kg category. Cuba had a bigger group than Bleu in this category but determined as ever Cuba tried his level best to get through those rounds. Cuba started off with winning both of his fights with clear wins of 3-1 and 3-0 but in his third fight, depite his best efforts and some good techniques being thrown, it was not Cuba's day and he had to settle for the Bronze in this section. Well done Cuba we are very proud of your efforts.

All in all it was a productive weekend and a learning curve, which made it a valuable and worthwhile experience as ever it pushes Khalsa onto bigger and better things within the club and on the competition circuit. Thanks goes to all our friends in the UK and overseas who continue to support us,a special mention also to Freddy Leferve and the Champions Club who also attended this tournament and were a huge support to our club at the weekend.

Sensei Sat said; I am immensely proud of all my students who competed this weekend. We had a great weekend and thanks too goes to the very supportive parents who I have within my club. The guys all worked hard as usual and their hard work and unique abilities shone through. Everyone at Khalsa is very proud!! Well done to all!!

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