British 4 Nations Championships 2013

This weekend saw 4 competitors from the club represent Khalsa Champions in the British 4 Nations, held in Glasgow. First up was Alex who had a bye first round, won the second 4-2 and lost the semis 2-4 but earned a well deserved Bronze. In the open category Alex was against the same girl she fought second round and was very aggressive throughout. The fight levelled 2-2 and went to flags. Confident about the win the flags went against us 1-2 knocking Alex out. Could not understand what the judges saw but never the less Well done Alex!

Next up was Prabhjit who won the first round 5-1. The next round was against a very good taller opponent who had long arms and legs. Prabhjit just could not find his range eventually lost 2-5 but put on a good show. Matt time and nerves showed!! Well done PJ

Next up was Fran. Fran and her opponent were very hesitant in the opening 15 seconds neither giving anything away. The fight got a little scrappy and in the last 5 seconds both girls went in with gyak. Fran definitely scored getting a flag but our opponent scored 2 flags, and killing the time knocking Fran out first round. Well done Fran!

Last was Sophie who had just moved up to Seniors and had 3 categories merged which meant some girls in -50 could face girls + 61 which is ridiculous, however that did not stop Sophie. Although nervous for the first time Sophie met a very good Scottish opponent and being the aggressor won on flags 3-2 after both girls scored 2-2 in the fight. Next up Sophie met Amy Connell a very experienced and classy fighter and that experience showed losing the fight 0-3, but Sophie put on a fantastic fight against Amy. Through to repo Sophie met a strong fighter and took the fight head on and won 3-1 sending her to final in Repo against Pippa Morris for bronze. Both girls went in with a strong Gyak's and first point was won by our opponent. Our opponent then extended the lead with a fantastic kick to the head. The fight went on with both girls exchanging good Gyaks but the points just not going our way. Sophie finally managed to pull 3 points back with a hook kick but the fight ended 3-7 and fifth place in Sophie's first Seniors. Great result well done!!

Sensei Sat commented: "This was a tough weekend and some very unjust scoring, however these results do not do justice on how the team performed. Overall the team performed well but luck was not on our side. For Alex this was a good result and shows a good improvement on last year. For PJ this was a good performance but the nerves got the better of him, needs more competition time to control this. Fran was unlucky not to get the win but should have pressured our opponent earlier and not left it too late. For Sophie this was an excellent performance as this was a challenging time from no contact in Juniors to full on whacks in the seniors, Sophie definitely held her own!! Overall a tough weekend but well fought by all the squad members! That said we had a great time, Jacuzzi, swim, local Korean dance at the hotel, and made good time back to the UK in 5 hours. Thanks to Debbie for organizing and Anthony for booking all tickets!! Thanks to Lesley and all the team of instructors for helping out at the club!!!

Great fun weekend!!! Back to the dojo!!"

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