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Only the Strong & Hands Down Interclub

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on October 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM

It was a busy weekend for the Guildford Academy of Martial Arts, with competitions on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.

Instructors Daniel Hayles and Brendan Martin fought at the Only the Strong fight show in Watford on Saturday night. This renowned competition saw some of the best british kickboxers currently on the scene stepping into the ring together. Daniel faced a fighter from BKO in three tough rounds. He got progressively stronger, landing some good kicks and combinations, finishing with a strong back kick and winning the fight!
Brendan competed in the Ultimate Warrior round in which he faced two different fighters. The first of his opponents was a good technical fighter; Brendan kept in close, beat him to the punch consistently and won the fight. His second round was an epic war with an accomplished Watford Freestyle fighter. The two were very closely matched and fought two very tough rounds. Brendan's opponent ultimately won by one point, but it was a very close call and he was unlucky not to take the title.

The Hands Down Interclub took place at the Chessington Sports Centre on the Sunday. We took a small team of fighters to this event and it was great to see the Academy represented at this popular competition. In the Lil' Dragons we had Jonny Milanese performing his yellow belt form. Next up was junior C.I.T. Meghan Milne, who fought in two different categories. She won her Light Continuous category, showing some great skills, and fought very well in the Points, eventually taking second place after a few unlucky decisions. Cameron Milne did fantastically well in the +160 boys points, he fought hard and got to the third place fight off which he won with style, taking a bronze medal. Competing in his first tournament, Alexander Legassick faced a much taller brown belt in his first fight but nonetheless managed to draw! Although he was out in the next round this was a very strong start and we look forward to seeing more of Alex's fighting at future tournaments.

First of the adults to compete was C.I.T. Mary Hatton, who did very well in her continuous category, taking 3rd place against some more experienced fighters, and then went on to win her intermediate points category! Helen Milne continued her impressive record, winning both her continuous and points categories instyle!

Fighter of the day was indisputably Giorgio Visioli, competing in three different categories. He utterly dominated in his light continuous category, winning both fights by miles and showing how far he's come since he joined the Academy. In the -150 points category he won all of his round robin fights and unleashed some blinding kicks, only to narrowly lose out in the final. He then stepped up to the +160cm points despite being a head shorter than everyone else in the category - only to smash his way through every round and take home a gold medal!

Well done to everyone who fought this weekend and thank you to everyone who came down to support our fighters!

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