TKO ELITE GYM 2014
OK, time for our annual report something we have been doing for a few years now as its always nice to look back and see what you have achieved.
The IKF English Open has now become a regular way to start the year. Open to every club in the country it brings lots of great fighters to Lordswood Leisure Centre. Our team did us proud with the following all scoring success on the day:
Golds: Chayden carpenter, Jenson Rowley, Aidan Thompson, Tyler Oxford, Rytis Vilonis
Silvers: Tegan Hacker, Sham Singh, Jay Huntley, Tommy Killick, Audrius Marcelo
The month ended with the announcement of our re-branding. From this day on we would be know as the TKO Elite Gym, a name that we felt set us apart from others and set out our full intention to continue setting the highest standards, something that we have proved throughout the year that was to follow. There is only one TKO Elite Gym, not to be confused with any other and I must thank here all my instructors who helped to make this the best year yet in the history of our gym
Big announcement to start the month was the announcement of our intention through the IKF to support the unified World Kickboxing Championships that were to be held in Italy in October. It was the start of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.
We had to stop taking on any more junior students just 4 weeks previously as both are classes were full, testament to the great work done by Martina Jones and Courtney Nevitt. So to remedy this situation we added another Junior class and so we now 3 classes running covering the whole week.
KOMBAT ZONE was back again and we scored 6 wins out of 6! A great night. Rachel Goater scored a great win, as did Rytis Vilonis, Audrius Marcelo, Jay Huntley, Chayden Carpenter and finally Tyler Oxford who took the 5 nations junior title with a great win
5th March saw a first as we had a powercut effect the gym and the local area as a class was in operation, our adults basic Kickboxing taken by Frank Miall. So, no panic, Frank just carried on, the whole class conducted in darkness for another 30 minutes. Not exactly health and safety but great fun for all there
We had a great senior Kickboxing grading this month, memorable for the picture we took of all there, except one student (who will remain nameless) who asked nicely to be excused in case his boss saw it on Facebook as he had thrown a sickie to be there…that’s dedication!
The Battle of Kent was back and we had another great days competition, over 60 fights in two rings, brilliant day
Finally we held the first squad training to select the IKF team to go to the unified Championships, getting together with clubs from the full length of the country at the gym of our good friend Steve Cook in Aylesbury
Once again we held our annual exclusive White Collar Boxing event, our third year in a row. Great night, with loads of good fights, look out for details of our next one coming in April 2015
This month we announced that Kelly Copeland (as she was then) was to fly to Scotland later in the summer and take on Natasha Walker in the biggest female full contact fight of the year, more of that later
We went to the Circus tavern to a show held by my old friend Steve Kerridge. It was unlucky for us this time as Jenson Rowley lost a close decision but a big TKO Elite crowd came to support. On the same weekend we sent a team to compete at Suffolk Combat making it a busy one for us.
I was privileged this month to make the award of 4th Dan Black belt to two very good friends Paul and Leigh Haworth from Star Kickboxing in Gravesend, a club we work very closely with and who over the past few years have established a reputation as one of the best Kickboxing gyms not just in Kent but all over the south east.
KOMBAT ZONE came once again to the Casino Rooms and we had another very good night. Chayden Carpenter defended his IKF British title successfully, Kyle Payne took a draw and Gaz Oates scored a fantastic win over the very experienced Irish fighter Bryan Merrigan. Kyle Payne made a great debut with a draw in a tough fight with Reece Cooper
We were in Scotland the first weekend of the month with Kelly Copeland v Natasha Walker for the WKA European title. Kelly fought a great fight, scored a knockdown in the first round and got a draw. Did I think we won?? Course I did LOL, but great performance, no one prepares for a fight better than Kelly and she pushed the Champion hard with many at ringside thinking she had done enough. Nonetheless a performance to be very proud of. Bradley Fothergill also made the trip and took a clear points win in his first contest for over a year.
The next weekend we were in Kidderminster and Jenson Rowley came back well from his loss in April taking a very good win.
Next weekend those TKO Elite fighters who were due to go to Italy completed 50 rounds of sponsored sparring to help raise funds for the trip, a great effort by everyone.
To cap off a busy month we were also in Cleveland for a show promoted by good friend Ron Gray where Jay Huntley took the IKF English Junior title in a great fight with Francis Conlin, just reward for all the work he put in to his training every week
The second Battle of Kent of the year was held the first weekend
Next weekend we had a battle of a different kind with us getting together for a night of bowling with our friends from Star Kickboxing.. who won?? Not sure anyone was sober enough to remember!
Junior Summer camp was back again and the gym was packed for the first 5 days of the Summer Holidays with children having a great time under the supervision of Courtney Nevitt
The big event of the month was most definitely the wedding of Kelly and Dan Chubb. A great day with many of the instructors and members there to help celebrate the wedding of a great couple
We were also in Scotland once again for the WKA International open, a journey of 8 hours both ways undertaken by our 3 man team who all achieved great results. Gold medals for Tyler Oxford and Chayden Carpenter with Jay Huntley’s final being called a no contest through an accident in the first round. Once again the boys were prepared to travel to test themselves
KOMBAT ZONE again. Tyler Oxford wins the IKF European Junior title and the event features the toughest contest seen for many years with Liam Wells and James Dunphy taking part in the best fight seen at the Casino Rooms for many years. Its on youtube so don’t miss it!. Gaz Oates became the IKF British amateur K1 champion with a great win over a very good Tommy Chaplin, Jenson Rowley also took a win whilst Rytis Vilonis and Bradley Wray had to be content with draws.
Next weekend was a busy one as I was invited to conduct a seminar for my old friend Jeff Bessent in Harlow which was great fun and then we went straight from there to the final squad training for the IKF team for the world championships
The third Battle of Kent of the year and the busiest one with 84 fights taking place. A great day and I need to thank here all the clubs who support us time and time again at these events.
We were finally off to Italy for the Unified World Championships as part of the 50 strong IKF England team that went. A great team we were proud to be part of and it was a pleasure working with the other coaches Carl Sams, Ron Gray, Matt Braybrook, Steve Cook, Paul and Leigh Haworth.
In the competition itself we had great success, gold medals coming the way of Chayden Carpenter and Jenson Rowley. Silver medals to Gaz Oates, Tyler Oxford whilst Kyle Payne took the bronze, a fantastic achievement considering his competitive career has only just started. A lot of hard work went into the preparation and the at the event itself but a real high point of the year.
Senior Grading and our annual Black Belt Grading. A great weekend as always and a real pleasure to be awarding 3rd Dan Black belts to Martina Jones and Kelly Chubb, two outstanding students I am very proud of who worked extremely hard as they were tested to the limit over the course of the weekend.
The last KOMBAT ZONE of the year saw Chayden Carpenter continue his winning ways taking the IKF European Junior title clearly outpointing his tough Irish opponent. Jeevan Rakar made a great debut taking a draw and Ben Ryder won his Boxing fight. Kyle Payne’s fight was changed to a demo fight due to the weight difference but along with his opponent Ross Mcleish they put on a great display. Rytis Vilonis was closely outpointed in a hard fought contest.
Not much happens in the last month of the year but we do of course have our end of year presentation. Student of the year awards went to Kyle Payne, Russell Bostock, Shane Poole, Tegan hacker, Swailea Weeks, Abigail Green, Peter Dady, Jeevan Rakar, Emma Jackson and Lauren Stubley. Certificates were awarded to our new 3rd Dans Kelly Chubb and Martina Jones and finally the fighter of the year award went to Chayden Carpenter, the first time anyone has ever won it two years in a row. A great night as always.
Our last competitive outing saw us in Camden for a white Collar boxing event and we got a great win to finish the year well with John Evans scoring a second round stoppage.
A really great year, thanks go to everyone and on behalf of all the instructors I would like to wish all our members a happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you all again in 2015