On September 24th 4 members of Barry Kyokushin entered the British open weight/novice knockdown championships and came away with some very respectful 1st and 2nd Places.
Rhian competed in kata to begin the tournament for Barry Kyokushin and performed gekisai sho and seienchin to gain her 6th title and 1st place in the tournament.
Cameron Quigley was 1st up in the novice middle weight section, against a very tough opponent in the finals and went to an extension for the decision to go his opponents way, a very close call. However,
Cam fought with great flare and ability and we see him going far in future tournaments.
Gareth Dutton was up next in the heavyweight category, faced off with an equally matched opponent from London in the finals, Gareth was unlucky to be caught out with an early wazari but went on to fight very hard
But the early wazari saw the win go to his opponent.
Finally, Rhian Evans was up, Rhian a novice fighter (first time fighting) didn’t have a matched opponent in this tournament, but made the brave step to go into the open weight section for seasoned fighters, Rhian’s opponent couldn’t be MORE seasoned, she came up against Reena Prasad, a well travelled European knockdown fighter. Rhian, more than a little nervous took to the mat and gave it all she had. She fought with great ability which really came through in the final minute of the bought but unfortunately wasn’t enough to clinch the win, however, a very good fight and a lot of knowledge taken away for these fighters.