Luxembourg International Lion Cup 2011

Saturday 10th September saw Sophie Santillo compete in her first ever overseas international competition.

Sophie had 16 entries in her category from 6 different countries and had the unfortunate luck of fighting first.

Sophie’s first fight round was against a Belgium fighter and Sophie attacked straight from the start taking the win 8-0 in 26 seconds. A fantastic start.

Luxembourg International Lion Cup 2011

The Quarter finals saw Sophie against last year’s silver European medallist and a member of the French national team. Sophie opened the score with a fantastic trademark hook kick taking the lead 3-0. Her opponent pulled 2 points back with lightning gyak’s followed by a hook kick of her own taking the lead 3-5. Sophie retaliated with a fast gyak to the face followed by a hook kick of her own taking the points to 7-5. Again the fight went back and fourth and the French national fighter pulled two points back taking the score line to 7-7. Sophie pulled the best kick of the day taking the points to 10-7 but losing a point for contact in the dying seconds but enough to beat the European medallist 10-8 and sending her to the semis.

Sophie’s semi final was against a German fighter who comfortably won her first two rounds and was a very awkward fighter. Sophie took an early lead with some great front hand and kicks; however her opponent managed to gain her points back gradually pulling the fight back to 6-4.Sophie done enough to win the semis taking her to the final.

In the final Sophie was very tired having to wait ages as all the finals were at the end of the day and finished 8.40pm. That said Sophie could not find her range and was beaten by the better fighter losing 0-8 to the bronze European medallist. Sophie’s techniques were just not hitting they way they did earlier, however gained a very respectable Silver in her first ever international.

Sensei Sat said “This weekend was a trial to see how Sophie faired against the European competitors and I couldn’t have asked Sophie to fight any better. This weekend was about how she could fight against faster sharper more aggressive fighters and bar the final she showed she can and has all the tools to mix it with the best. This is a great start to her international career. We all at the club are very very proud of her achievements this weekend and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the club, the instructors, parents and students at the club for helping and allowing Sophie and myself the opportunity to compete.”

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