John Farrelly and Emily Byng Defend Titles
Watch John Farrelly's Fight here
Coach load go to Guildford Spectrum to fight!
Over 50 Chongshindo members and supporters travelled the long
3 hours to take part in MAAS Kickboxing and Combat Jiu-Jitsu Competitions.
Most of the travelling members took part in at least one / some in both Semi-Contact Kickboxing and the Combat jiu-Jitsu during the day.
Some were first timers in the ring or mat while others were adding more experience with a chance in the future to become challengers for Titles. Everyone put up a fantastic performance and did the club proud with their exceptional sportsmanship and professional etiquette.
We came away with a few titles in Kickboxing and gold awards in CJJ to boot!! - But more importantly EVERYONE came away with priceless additional knowledge, learning and growth as a Martial Artist through the experience.
With the day fights over - the coach load had time to chill and reflect on their performances before the exciting evening Full-Contact show starts!
Emily Byng & John Farrelly- Defend Titles
The evening show had 12 Full and Semi Heavy fights - of which 4 had Chongshindo Fighters taking part.
Emily Byng was first in for us and once again she faced her arched enemy Natasha Smith from White lotus - Although Emily had already beaten her in two previous encounters - it was obvious from the start that Natasha was not about to be beaten again.
Both Girls put in a fantastic hard, grewling battle and after 5 ferocious rounds - one point separated the two.
The large Chongshindo crowd held their breath - then went crazy as Soke announced the expected words ....
"And STILL ....the BKBU ... CHAMPION - Emily Byng"!
Next in for us was John 'Full-On Relentless' Farrelly
the crowd stood as John was lead into the ring... John had been on a great run lately and was full of confidence - however this next opponent was of a different league - Nigel Thomas is a true champion with awesome punching power - we witnessed this guys power first hand as he defeated our very own Sensei John Skeldon just a few months ago.
John Farrelly stuck to the game plan and unleashed hell on Nigel. Living up to his nickname and not letting up for a second as his fists and feet hit him from all angles. But Nigel was no push over - he took Johns barrage and unleashed some huge heavy hands to Johns head. John's chin stayed strong and although a few more of these big shots landed - John just did not stop coming forward and smothered Nigel's artillery giving him little chance to use his bombs. Once again it went the distance - even the crowd were exhausted from the constant cheering and shouting encouragement to our man - 5 relentless rounds and another split decision ....The crowd waited - then erupted as John's hand was raised and defended his Title.
Next in was Darryl Jones in his first MMA fight - a tough opponent caught him in a guillotine and unfortunately he had to submit - this time!
A fighter had not turned up for the next title challenger and at the last minute - Arron Guffick stepped forward - an although Arron had been up well before 6 am - fought several times in the day and was not prepared for it - he did very well - going the distance with a worthy winner -
Arron lost on points but he learned a great lesson ...
The meaning of indomitable spirit!
The atmosphere on the coach home was fantastic and I'm sure although it was a long day - everyone had a great time and took away a great deal from the experience - well done to you all - you did the club, the association, your Instructors and above all - yourselves - very proud! .