On Sunday the 20th August 2006 the 1st ever 'full contact'
staff fighting competition took place at 27 Romford rd. Practically
all the schools that
Paul Whitrod has taught participated. It involved 12 contestants who
battled it out to become the full contact staff champion. There were
some memorable fights. One of the best shots of the whole evening was
produced by Alex Underwood of Pete Orum’s Oxford school, And Orsen
Charles of west London school. Both men came out and Alex produced a
forward thrust with the pole to Orsen’s head and nearly knocked
his helmet clean off. Giving him the 1st round score. But as the fight
went on, Alex became tired and lost the following round which then went
to a total non stop 2 minute round, trying to disarm Orsen weapon or
try to kick him to the floor, But Orson went on to win the bout. During
this fight 3 poles were broken, (see pictures of it happening).
Another classic good fight was with Warren Dejemal and Martin Binnie
both of the Stratford school, the techniques they were using were good
classical moves. It was both their 2nd fight of the evening, but martin
though at 17 stone proved to be the stronger and won on a full contact
no hold barred final which Warren only just lost.
A well thought of fight was between Steve Tansley of South London school
and Dave of Oxford school. Steve planned his fight taking his time, using
good strikes with good timing and won his 1st overall fight of 4 rounds,
but on his 2nd fight stamina got the better of him against Elvis Gentles
Beckton school student Paul Vas. And lost on points.
Nish Khednah fought good and won his first and 2nd overall fight with
well placed pole skills that took him into the final.
The final fight was between Martin Binnie and Nish Khednah., Nish and
Martin both of Paul Whitrod’s school produced good scoring skills,
but Martin having fought hard but could not keep up and Nish was the
victor of the day.
There was a total 13 fights for the whole day with many spectators watching.
Each fight had 4 rounds 2 minute each round, the last being a full contact
non stop fight to either disarm, knock down, or Give up.
Winner 2006 Nish Khednah
2nd Martin Binnie
3rd Paul Vas
Best fight of the day was between Orson
Charles and Alex Underwood.
The Next competition
will take place in February 2007.
If there are more competitors
a venue will be looked into for this coming event.