The TKO Academy End of Year Report

2013 End of year report

Looking back over another busy year here are a few of the highlights:

On the 17th Jan we were the hosts for the first IKF English Open Junior Light contact Championships. In a week when it just did not stop snowing we were it must be said a touch worried, but on the day it was just a fantastic success with competitors coming from all over the country plus Ireland. Our TKO Team did superb with us gaining first place wins for Chayden Carpenter, Harry Hennon and Bradley Fothergill whilst taking second place in their categories were Jenson Rowley, Bradley Wray, Jack Poole and Phoebe Dawson, a great set of results for our team

With our TKO TOTS pre-school class (for age 3-5) being a great success and now fully subscribed we added a second class for this age group and that has since gone extremely well, a third class will be added very soon

On the 25th we held the first KOMBAT ZONE event of the year at Lordswood Leisure Centre. Patric Halforty made a successful defence of his British Cruiserweight title with a stoppage win over Scotland’s Craig Black. Kelly Copeland made a second defence of her British title over Nicole Commerford, Harry Hennon took the 5 Nations junior title for his weight division and we had further wins for Ross Terry, Jack Poole, Steve Collins and Bradley Fothergill who took the award for the fighter of the night with a fantastic win over a very experienced Tom Curley.

March saw the first of the Battle of Kent events that we hold 3 times a year, bringing together some of the top clubs from across the south of England and further afield.

On the 25th March we took a large team to Galway Ireland comprised of fighters from TKO plus our friends from Star Kickboxing and Falcon Kickboxing. Big Patric Halforty was once again an impressive winner over Robert Miscow, Kay Sumner beat her old nemesis (and close friend) Yvonne McNevin, Harry Hennon took a points win over Kallum O’Sullivan, Bradley Wray won his debut full contact fight and Matt Pragnell got a good draw against very experienced Alex Temnikov. We had losses with Kelly Copeland losing to Lyndsay Gore (VERY close fight) and Jack Poole was in a very tough fight, gave it everything but just edged out here. Nonetheless a great trip for us as the England team defeated Ireland 6 wins to 2 with 1 draw.

Once again we held our annual white Collar Boxing only event and as before a great night had by all and a full team of TKO boxers did us proud with their performances.

The very same weekend, we were also in Suffolk for the ICO English Open Light contact championships and came away with the best results achieved by any Kent based club with titles taken by George Hennon, Tyler Oxford, Chayden Carpenter and Jay Huntley. Jay because of this win was elevated to the full TKO team, a great weekend for him. Losing finalists were Kay Sumner, Jack Poole, Harry Hennon and Bradley Wray. As their coach I was extremely proud of all of them

The second KOMBAT ZONE event of the year saw Kay Sumner continue her good form taking the IKF English title with a great win over Zoe Card. Tyler Oxford showed everyone what I always knew he was capable of with a great win over Irelands Daniel Mullally. He was superb and earned himself a British Junior title win with this performance. An old hand of the TKO Team made a winning return to action when Rob Burbridge had a great White Collar Boxing bout with tough Jon Hesselwood, taking the points win

One week later we were in Margate, an event I will unfortunately remember most because my car broke down!, however it was not all bad news as Jay Huntley took a great win showing why he was now a member of the full TKO team

Finally in what was a very busy month, on the 28th we were in Luton where Kamil Mazur got a well deserved win over Kane Funnell, forcing the stoppage in the 3rd round.

The weekend of 10th/11th was a busy one for us. On the Saturday we were in Aylesbury and scored 3 wins out of 3! Tyler Oxford took the IKF British Junior title at 64.5 kilos defeating Vasil Chonov from Pegasus KB. Chayden Carpenter and Jenson Rowley showed the future really is bright for us with clear wins over very good opposition. A nice bonus for us that we took a huge support so a great atmosphere.

Then on the Sunday after we had a very busy and successful Junior grading, well done to all the youngsters who performed so well.

One week later we held another of our TKO interclub events. These are specially designed for novice competitors only and we were supported in this with our friends from several clubs taking part. A great afternoon

The month started with the second Battle of Kent, a great day with over 30 competitors from TKO taking part.

The 15th saw our big announcement that once again we would be hosting a seminar with Kickboxing legend Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace.

Our next trip, this time to Scotland to attend the WKA International Open and young Chayden Carpenter continued his great form scoring 2 wins over very good competition to take first place in his category

The third KOMBAT ZONE of the year. Kelly Copeland was in great form defeating Leona Trout from Ireland for the 5 Nations title. Jenson Rowley and Jay Huntley took great wins in junior full contact fights and Harry Hennon’s fight with Kieran Jones was so close a draw was given. Big mention must be made of Richard Atkins who stepped in at 24 hours notice to take a white collar boxing bout, thereby ensuring another fighter did not miss out, well done Richard

On the 23rd we were once again back in Ireland and once again Patric Halforty came away the victor with a second round KO win over Brett Egan to take the 5 Nations title Cruiserweight title. The big man punches hard!

One week later we were in Sittingbourne for RINGMASTERS and came away with 3 Champions. Jenson Rowley repeated his first place from last year, Kay Sumner took the women’s lightweight category with a great performance and Chayden Carpenter took another first place as well. Second place in their category was achieved by Jack Poole, Jay Huntley, Bradley Fothergill and Taylor Pearson. Big well done also to Tommy Killick who made his debut in open competition at this event as well.

First weekend and off to Aylesbury for the STORM event. This time we took a new and inexperienced team to give them some experience and they did us proud with 2 wins, 2 close losses and a no contest. The team comprised of Tommy and Frankie Killick, Jeevan Rakar, Aidan Thompson and Taylor Pearson.

A week later and it was the third Battle of Kent event of the year, another great day.

Bill Wallace was back at TKO on Tuesday 22nd and gave as before a great seminar. Really great night and we welcomed people who joined us for the seminar from as far away as Italy and Sweden. Bill who truly deserves to be called a legend kept us both informed and entertained as he put us through our paces. 68 years old and still kicking people in the head!

Lastly, the last weekend of the month saw our latest junior kickboxing Grading

The 10th saw our next senior grading, our biggest one of the year including as it did our 2013 Black Belt Grading. Once again our Black Belt candidates were tested in all aspects of their training and each of them was pushed to the limit. I am very proud to say 1st Dan Black Belts were awarded to Trevor Colton, Chayden Carpenter, Jenson Rowley, Bradley Wray, Courtney Nevitt and Kamil Mazur.

November 17th and I was very proud to be awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Martial Arts Illustrated hall of Fame event in Burton on what was a great night meeting some old friends.

The last weekend saw the last KOMBAT ZONE of the year. Tyler Oxford made a successful defence of his British Junior title defeating Jordan Trainor from Cleveland. George Hennon finally got a belt around his waist taking the English Light-welterweight title in spectacular fashion scoring a 1st round knockout over Jack Exley. Chayden Carpenter took his second IKF British junior title defeating Tommy Purdy whilst Jenson Rowley missed out narrowly on his own British title drawing his fight with Jack Purdy. Matt Pragnell gave a career best performance but just missed out losing a split decision to Reece Chuter in the toughest fight of the night. A fantastic contest that everyone would want to see again

Friday 30th saw this years TKO Academy Presentation night. Our new Black belts got awarded their Dan Grade certificates, our students of the year were Shelley Wilkinson, Jay Huntley, Tommy Killick, Rytis Vilonis, Adam Mosely, Charlotte Frost, Courtney Nevitt and Kyle Payne. The prestigious Fighter of the year award went to our youngest ever winner Chayden Carpenter which was well deserved. 2 British Junior titles, English Open Champion, Ringmasters Champion and winner of the WKA International open in Scotland, 2013 was a great year for him and his team mates voted him their fighter of the year

December is always for us a quieter month as we get ready for the inevitable slow down for the Christmas holidays, however there has been lot of hard work going on as we prepare for the 19th January when we will host the second IKF English Open Junior and Senior Championships so there won’t be too much resting for some of our members.

We look forward to seeing all our current and new members in the new year. We return on Thursday 2nd January, see you all there