What a week! We had 5 of Team Absolute attend the WKC World Championships last week in Dublin, Ireland.
The competition itself was brilliantly run. It was organised, friendly and full of fantastic people and competitors from all over the world. They put on seminars with some of the top fighters, extra training sessions and also entertainment for the juniors every evening.
First out of our group to fight was Joseph, aged 9. He competed in the Boys under 10 years -25kg point fighting division. Straight away we saw a high standard from these kids, but Joseph was so relaxed and just couldn't wait to get out there. He won two fights with some fantastic decision making and techniques, putting him through to the final at the end of the week.
Next up was Craig E. He fought in the Mens -75kg light contact division. He had a tough fight, gave it 100% but unfortunately came out with the loss this time. His opponent went on to win the division later in the week. Craig came away with a bronze medal.
We then had Joseph who was also competing in light contact. He got called up for an unexpected fight on the Wednesday, but still remained completely calm, went out there and fought great. He won the decision which put him through to another final on Friday.
Craig and I were up next but unfortunately let the occasion get to them and didn't perform to the best of their ability. The both lost with close fights, myself coming away with a bronze medal. Jess was also up on Wednesday and again like Joseph was completely relaxed. She went out and had two great fights, listening to us completely and winning comfortably. This put her through to the final on Friday also.
Joseph's point fighting final was up first on Friday. It was one of the hardest things to watch as a coach and for Brad, as a parent. He was calm and confident, and his performance was amazing. He fought intelligently and won in complete style, finishing his fight with a spinning kick to the head. WORLD CHAMPION. Emotions were running high for all of us, it was one of the best feelings for us as a coach, for Brad as a parent, and definitely for Joseph as the winner!
He was then up again for his light contact final, fighting an English opponent. It started off quite close in the first round, but Joseph pulled away in the second round for another victory. Joseph came home as a 2 x WKC World Champion. We couldn't be prouder.
Last to fight was Jess in her point fighting final. It's always good to be able to rise to the occasion and in the final thats exactly what she did. It was 100% her best ever performance and she blew the other girl away. She also won comfortably and came away with a WORLD TITLE!
We could not be prouder of Joseph, Jess and Craig E this week. We are so happy with what they have achieved already in their kickboxing careers. The support from the rest of the club at home was amazing, we are so proud of what we have built. Its the experiences from a week away like that, that will stay with you forever. We are closer as team mates and friends, and we also made some great new friends from across the seas. Bring on the qualifiers for next year, and hopefully we will be taking a bigger team to Orlando, Florida in 2017.