Ashley Black, aged 13 won the 20th International Pilatus Cup in Switzerland last week and there was more success for both Mia Hawkins, aged 14 and Robert Salvi aged 17 who both took 2nd place in their respective categories.
Fighters from Switzerland, England , Wales, Ireland and Germany took part in this Kyokushin rules contact event. Both the England and Wales teams enjoyed success in many of the categories.
We are delighted to announce that Crawley students have been selected as part of the England team for this year’s Pilatus Cup in Switzerland on the 23rd March , except where noted all will be fighting in Kyokushin Contact Rule. Full team below:
James Baker (Saffron Walden) Ashley Black (Crawley) Maesi Blackford (Westhill) Erin Cashman (Saffron Walden) (KATA) Fynn Clements (Saffron Walden) (KATA) Mia Hawkins (Crawley) Charlotte Raisen (Loughborough) Luke Sabey (Saffron Walden) Robert Salvi (Crawley) Evanya Tailor (Loughborough)
Thank you to all the dojo instructors for preparing your students, and again to the parents for your committments. OSU!
Blake Collins successfully defended his middleweight crown at the IKKU Open event. Scoring with a very sharp uchi haisoku geri for a ippon in the semi final. He took the final on unanimous decision in a tough bout.
Malcolm Scott cruised to victory in the mens heavyweight veterans category winning all three fights in quick fashion.
U18 Robert Salvi lost in the final to his nemesis Harry Clemo of Sandwich on a judges decision.
Sara Hagge from Sweden and Jessica Charsley Verwood who train with the CKK fight team both fought well coming 2nd and 1st respectively.
The dojo had strong performances in the IKK National Championships that featured competitors from IKK, IKKU, Chikara International, Welsh Karate Kyokushinkai, Kyokushin Budo Shakai, Nakmas and Tsuyoi Ryu.
Robert Salvi secured back to back titles in a dominate display this weekend winning his first bout by jodan mawashi geri and an unanimous decision in the final.
Mia Hawkins took her first full contact crown stopping her first opponent with jodan mawashi geri and then in the final scoring with another jodan mawashi before giving ippon with a punch to the body.
Elvin Vaskys won his first bout by ippon to the body and then in a thrilling see-saw final, he got ahead with a jodan mawashi to the head but his opponent Louis Sorge came back strongly scoring to waza ari with body punches.
Veteran Dave Martin unfortunately had to retire hurt when he was hit on a previous injury and his opponent was a deserved champion.
Good luck to Robert Salvi, Charlie Denton, Ashley Black and Mia Hawkins who will represent England this weekend in the Belgium Youth Championships. They will travel with the rest of the England team and Coach Sensei Wai Cheung to precipitate in this full contact event.
Olivia Pickthall and Bethany Salvi won novice titles at the 42nd British Open at K2, Cralwey last weekend and cadet Robert Salvi came of age with a great performance in the Heavyweight Boys section taking 2nd place against much heavier opponents.
Bart Procter unfortunately lost his first fight and was feeling the effects of a cold whilst in the Cup of Europe Gabriel Barbu lost out to the Lithuanian winner in his opening bout and Blake Collins went out in the last sixreen against his Romanian opponent.