Please join congratulating all fighters participated 2015 Fighters Cup in San Francisco. We had 4 fighters from SVOK.
Senpai Mike Bello was in senior semi knock down division. I had pleasure judging both 2 of his fights and had the closest seat possible. I want to congratulate his courage, dedication and commitment that he decided to go into the ring and fought two matches. During the second match, opponents right toe by jodan mawashigeri caught his nose and Senpai Mike went down on his knee to lose a ippon. Otherwise, it was pretty close match that actually went into a 2 min overtime.
Jun Shinagawa, originally registered to fight in light weight senior semi knockdown division, then when he arrived at the gym, he decided to give some coaching to young fighters and negotiated to fight in adult semi knock down. Most fighters were in 20's and 30's. He did give good lesson to younger fighters that showing who is senior and finished with second place.
Bryan Klingman fought in knockdown lightweight, his second entry in this division at Fighters cup. There were 3 fighters including Bryan, they all knew each other from fighting at the Enshin's Sabaki Challenge in April. Bryan fought Sebastian from Enshin SF, who won the first place at April tournament. This time he displayed his improved technique, spirit, stamina and strategy and won the match in the 3 min first round with decision 3-0. His second match was against Rich from San Mateo dojo, who placed 2nd in Sabaki tournament. This time, Bryan seemed even more calm and seeing things so well that he dominated most during the match and he landed with Hidari Jodan mawashi geri and got a wazaari, it was a no doubter. The fight continued on until the end of 3 min round then it was 5-0 unanimous decision. He improved his ranking into 1st place among the three. Congratulations.
It was a surprise on last Tuesday night, Tima Mirlok informed me that he would go into adult semi knockdown . He told me that he decided to enter last month but I guess he kept it secret to me and hiding he's been training secretly until the last moment. I did not get chance to watch the fight but heard that he dominated most of the fight until the last few seconds that got him which lead the opponent to win. Hope you come back next year to repay for this match.
Overall, it was an another exciting and successful tournament. It is very nice to have local tournament with such a scale, there were so many different styles competing and making friends. Thank you all for your participation and making the tournament successful. Congratulations to all fighters and enjoy the moment.