Members of Master Wolf's Taekwon-Do Academies recently traveled to Germany as part of the England Kickboxing Team. Below is the report from www.wkuengland.co.uk
Report by Dave Ledley and Lee Ralph
It was 6:15am on Friday morning, a sense of anticipation in the air as the WKU national light contact squad gathered wide eyed and ready for battle. (Luckily no one overslept and nearly ruined everything!)
The journey was long but the musical stylings of Mr Lee Ralph and his tiny guitar kept us well entertained with some very enthusiastic singing from all.
Upon arrival at the sports centre (number 7 in Adam James' 'Sports halls and hotel event rooms around the world' travel guide) we all gathered in a large England squad-shaped pile of bags and people in the middle of the hall and awaited the start of the competition.
Because I wasn't volen-told about writing this until after the competition I didn't pay enough attention to remember the order of fights so we'll go up in weights!
Layla birks won a great cadet bronze in -45kg points, followed by Jasmine Grant getting gold in the -50kg light contact ending her fight with a massive side kick to her opponents throat just to make sure! Aysel Garip shook off a monstrous turning kick to the face to win a bronze in -60kg light contact!
And to finish off the junior girls medal haul Julia Krupinska won a silver in points and Katie Gillott battled through to a points bronze in +60kg
For the junior boys Bradley Grant put on a very impressive display to get a silver in -35kg light con and a bronze in points thanks to his relentless machine gun-like pump side kick.
Billy Scorer picked up a silver in light contact and Lewis Richardson completed the set with a silver in points both at -45kg
Even though he'd been up all night ill, was sick when he got off the coach at the competition and at the side of the ring mid-fight Connor Smith showed incredible resolve and determination to get both a bronze in points and a silver in light contact at -50kg.
Lone'er Kavannah added a gold to the tally in -55kg light contact - our pile of bags was now becoming littered with trophies looking not unlike the nest of a particularly successful magpie!
Elliot Allen got a silver in light con at -65kg - an impressive achievement you might think, until you learn that at 2 seconds notice he then went on to win gold in the adults light contact -65kg forcing his opponent to throw in the towel!
Luke Wadsley added a light contact bronze to the total in -70kg light contact to finish off the junior boys medal haul!
Kim Bradshaw put everything in, dug deep and came out victorious with a gold in +65 light contact!
Jamaine Hemmings stepped onto the field of battle to kick off the men's categories winning a bronze in -70kg light contact followed by Chris Djaelani steaming through to gold in light contact -75kg.
Dave Ledley tried a new tactic of wearing down his opponent by head butting his fists with his head, although it ultimately ended in a loss he would like to point out that given another 2 minutes he's sure his opponent would have become exhausted and he would have picked up an easy win. He's also sure that his giant opponents fists were probably quite bruised and will be uncomfortable for days.
Chase Morton stepped up having already fought in the full contact to get both a bronze in the -75kg light con and gold in the -80kg light con!
Chris Leighton put on a great show to make it through to the final of the +90kg light contact where he met Adam James who had just seen off his opponent in the semis with a great display of determination and power. Adam and Chris slugged it out in the final like a couple of silverbacks fighting over territory, Adam eventually emerged the winner, getting gold in +90kg light contact and Chris getting a close silver.
Lee Ralph took home a bronze in the veterans -80kg light contact in his first international competition with Wes Lucas picking up the bronze in points.
Steve Gunn kicked off his first international competition with a bronze in points at -70kg exec vets and a gold in light contact after scaring off his opponents before they'd even stepped into the ring!
Steve Morgan broke his foot in the first round of the -80kg exec vets light contact but still managed not only to continue fighting, but to win gold - before heading straight off to win silver in points! Have a sit down Steve!
Adam Smith made a surprise return to competition scoring a well earned two points in his +80kg veterans points fight - welcome back!
All told the final medal count was:
It was a very long day and everyone did a brilliant job representing their country and should all be very proud of what they've achieved! Lessons will have been learned and there's a lot to work on now before the Worlds in London at the end of August!
Layla Birks Cadet -45kg Bronze PF
Jasmin Grant Junior -50kg Gold LC
Aysel Garip Junior -60kg Bronze LC
Julia Krupinska Junior +60kg Silver PF
Katie Gillott Junior +60kg Bronze PF
Bradley Grant Cadet -35kg Bronze PF Silver LC
Billy Scorer Cadet -45kg Silver LC
Lewis Richardson Junior -45kg Silver PF Silver LC
Connor Smith Junior -50kg Bronze PF Silver LC
Lone’er Kavannah Junior -55kg Gold LC
Elliot Allen Junior -65kg Silver LC Adult -65kg Gold LC
Luke Wadsley Junior -70kg Bronze LC
Kimberly Bradshaw Adult +65kg Gold LC
Jamaine Hemmings Adult -70kg Bronze LC
Chris Djaelani Adult -75kg Gold LC
Chase Morton Adult -75kg Bronze LC -80kg Gold LC
Adam James Adult +90kg Gold LC
Chris Leighton Adult +90kg Silver LC
Lee Ralph Vet -80kg Bronze LC
Wes Lucas Vet -80kg Bronze PF
Steve Gunn Ex Vet -70kg Gold PF Bronze LC
Steve Morgan Ex Vet -80kg Gold LC Silver PF