Crawley’s New Black Belts at the UK Summer Camp

The BKK Summer Camp took place at the Royal Russell with 140 students from 25 clubs across the country taking part in the 3 day seminar comprising of eight training sessions.

The club had four members in the national grading with Colin Spriggs gaining his 2nd Dan Black Belt and Anne Mitchener and James Clark earning their Shodan Black Belts (1st Dan). Richard Flores Moore went one step closer to black belt earning his 1dt Kyu Brown Belt.

club members with the successful grading candidates

Fun Day at there Crawley Interclub

The club had 70 youngsters competing in a semi contact event to help give experience to new and up and coming fighters.

Clubs from Wimbledon, Folkestone, Westcroft, Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Bournemouth took part with dojo members and a BBQ and Pizza stall were available through the day with parents all helping to make this a successful event

Crawley members

Crawley are the Top Team Again at the Welsh Open

It was medals galore for the club with all the clubs participants picking up a place join the Welsh Full Contact Championships.

Blake Collins, Steve Papworth, Nick Buckfield, Isaac Warnfeldt Rush, Olaf Dabek, Will Power, Mason Hennessy all took golds.

Cody Chapman, Lewis Fortnam, Elliott Fortnam and Antek Sobecki all took silver.

James Clark, Alfie Finch, Elvin Vaskys and Callum Chapman took bronze with James also winning the most spirited fighter award.

European Crowns for GB and Crawley Dojo

Great Britain finished in second place on the medal table at the IFK European Championships behind Kazakhstan with 3 golds, 4 silver and a bronze medal in Yerevan Armenia.

Crawley had Callum Chapman crowned the U21 Lightweight man Champion, Olivia Pickthall took silver in the Women’s -55kg and Isaac Warnfeldt Rush took silver in the U14 boys.

Also it was a great experience for club members Elliott Fortnam Antek Sobecki U16 and Cody Chapman U18.

Two Silver Medals at Scottish Open 2023

Callum Chapman 2nd Mens LW, Olivia Pickthall 2nd Womens LW

Crawley took two young fighters to Scotland for the national full contactevent.

After destroying his semi final opponent Callum Chapman lost out to GB Teamate Jaafar Ramal in the final of the lightweight event. Olivia Pickthall had a tough semi final against her Swedish opponent and then lost a 3 round decision to Beathe Hegerland of Norway.

Silver Medals At The British Kata Championships

Crawley Participants at the Kata Championships

Blake Collins took Silver in the Mens High Grade Kata Championships and Illori Wachuku King at only 8 years old took silver in the U16 Blue Belt Category.

The Crawley High Grade team narrowly missed out on a medal taking 4th place as did Alfie Finch. Yusmin Khan, Olivia Pickthall and Nojus Kuzavinis all reached the second round.

Gold Rush at the British Semi Contact Championships 2022

Crawley KK took fourteen medals at the British Championships with four golds.

Will Power, pee wee category 1 and Nick Buckfield, low grade veteran, retained their British titles last weekend. Ilori Wachuku King won the pee wee category 2 and Alfie Finch took the low grade boy crown.

There were Silver medals for Lewis Fortnam pee wee category 3, Cody Chapman U18 high grade and Steven Papworth high grade veterans.

Itanife Wachuku King, pee wee 1 took third place along with Elvin Vaskys U18 low grade, Olivia Pickthall womens high grade, Nick Buckfield low grade men.

In the team event after defeating Dunmow, Waterloo (Kaizen) and Loughborough, the Crawley A team tied 2-2 with Mountain Ah in the final but lost in a sudden death fight off.

The B team took a credible 3rd place and the peewee team also came 3rd.

Will Power (3rd from left) Gold
Ilori Wachuku King (3rd from left) Gold
Alfie Finch (3rd from left) Gold
Nick Buckfield (3rd from left) Gold