This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 2018 Competition

We gathered in South London – Competition 2018 it is. We met as friends at the door, as competitors on the mats, and left as friends at the end of the day. That’s the way we like to do it. So now it’s time to find out whether our competition diarist, Louis Beazley, achieved the results he was going for. Did his training and preparation pay off?

“So here we are. Another competition over and I hope you all enjoyed it. I also hope that all bruises are fading and any headaches are long since departed.

I’m sure you’ll all be glad to hear this will be my last article for a while, but I couldn’t just leave without letting everyone know how the competition went, and as a result whether my previous pearls of wisdom were valuable information nuggets or just a waste of your time. Read More

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 2018 Competition

Louis Beazley from FWC London South, has a Gold Medal in his sights. Whether he wins that Gold Medal or not – that is what he has trained for, and that is what he is aiming for. Who can criticise that?

19.04.18 – Louis is still in training

“Two days till the competition! The clock is ticking, final adjustments are being made. Students polish their shin guards, remould their mouth guards and practise their scariest faces in the bathroom mirror. I hope you have all been religiously following my advice from last week; I have tried to [follow my own advice]  as much as possible.

This week I have been doing more of the same. I bet you were all hoping I had decided to take it easy and rest up before the competition. Yeah – no luck there I’m afraid. My skipping rope is just a little more worn, my gloves are a little stinkier and I’m getting through t-shirts like they are going out of fashion. Read More

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 2018 Competition

Sparring is tough – and exhausting – and mentally taxing – and did I mention tough? Just gloves and punches and blocking – and the genuine camaraderie that comes from challenging each other – don’t hold back because you are doing no favours – take a breather – ok let’s go again…Sparring Camaraderie. Training and learning together.

In this series of photos Instructors Anna Wallen and Adam Prout give it their all so that each can learn and both can learn. They trust each other and challenge each other and respect each other – that is camaraderie.

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All Photos taken by Sharon Ngo

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 2018 Competition

So with the competition coming up this weekend, Louis Beazley who trains in FWC London South with Instructor Richard Wagstaff, is preparing to meet his “friendly” rivals from across the Clubs.  Here is his competition diary as he maps his training on the way to the mats.

“06.04.18 – Dear Sparring Diary

That special date is fast approaching; FWC students from across the UK are training with their eyes on a particular prize, sweat drips, arms ache, knees bend (just a little lower). Read More

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 2018 Competition

Enjoy a selection of the 2018 competition photos.

The competition was well-run by the host Club, (FWC London South) under the leadership of Instructor Richard Wagstaff.  As always the competitors were friendly but committed.

All these photos were taken by Club Members Ben Hallifax and Claire O’Keefe. Many thanks to them for the high standard of images.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year, plus many more who this year sat and watched but are now in full training to get up on the mats.

 

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