British Open 2010 Sombo Championships
The British open was first held in 1986 and has been run of and on since then its most regular has been for the last 12 years where it has been run continuously in the latter years it has been held at the Swallows Leisure Centre Sittingbourne and attracted in access of 150 competitors, this was not the case this year. The numbers were so bad the BSF postponed the juniors to July and seriously thought about cancelling, Martin Clarke BSF President sent a strong letter to every one as he did not want to cancel especially as with we had a strong team from USA, France and Germany at the last moment we had sufficient numbers to run an adult Male tournament. Although the numbers were down the quality wasnít, it seemed as the Canon Fodder were left behind, and the standard of players can be seen on Dailymotion/grapplinguk. So we finished up with u68k, u74k, u82k, u90k, u100k, +100k and two masters events for the Over 35ís, not only did we have smaller participation but we had to have a smaller venue Sittingbourne Community College Theatre, which was the ideal place for a smaller tournament.
The Internet can be a great help in promoting your sport i.e. web sites, YouTube, email, face book etc but it can have its downside when spiteful individuals can go on line to make unsubstantiated derogatory remarks and comments, this happened to the BSF but in fact this worked in our favour with many Sombo fans gathering round to support us.
There were some excellent fights but to list everyone would be too much so I will just go through the finals. Four players stood head and shoulders above the rest, they were two players from the Warriors Grappling Academy Sittingbourne both taught originally from childhood by BSF President Grandmaster Martin Clarke they were 29 year old Ashley Costa and 23 year old Danny Carrott. Another Warriors player 17 year old Jamie Mazetti deserves a mention, he was the youngest player their and won Silver, as the highest placed Englishman he has been selected for World Championships 2010 to be held in Uzbekistan. The rules of Sombo allow juniors to move up one age group. The other two fighter were the LEGROS Brothers from France this is the third time they have been to this event and improve year by year, I can not understand why the French Federation did not select ROMUALD LEGROS for last years World championships especially as he beat the fighter who went maybe he lives to far away from Paris who knows.
U68k was the fist final with Ashley Costa fighting Englishman Martyn Coyne, both had a good day but Ashley won all his fights before the end of time and the final match was no different. Ashley who is soon joining the Police Force has a wide range of techniques from Drop Knee shoulder throw, Full Shoulder throw, foot sweep, Inner thigh throw, supplex, double leg pick up. Afterwards he said he had an excellent day especially as a few weeks ago he entered an International Judo Event in Belgium only to lose on penalties on throws that were legal before January 2009, he said the new rules of Judo will kill the sport and once people have seen Sombo they will flock to it. In the USA many of the MMA fighter consider Judo a soft option, one thing is for sure they would not have said that to Martin Clarke In his hey day.
U74k final was between Sullivan Legros France and Kieran Daniels Spitfire, Kieran a very experience Judo Player who is always the audience favourite because of his high pick up throws which always look spectacular (something now banned from Judo). The fight started at a good pace with both players trying for big throws but after a few minutes the French man found Kieranís weakness Ground play and worked Kieran into a straight arm lock for a submission
U82k final another win for the Legros brothers this time it was Romuald against 17 year old Jamie Marzetti, Romuald had no problems reaching the finals. Although we all hoped Jamie would win it was really a forgone conclusion when he was leg locked in just over a minute. At 17 and the youngest Fighter of the day he done well to reach the final and his inclusion in the World Championship Squad is a great honour.
90k Final was Danny Carrott and ANTHONY SANSONETTI USA, Coach Clarke had watched Sansonetti on YouTube the day before and saw he was a very capable MMA fighter whom seemed to be very good at leg locks, so when Danny fought him Coach Clarke told him just go for throws and avoid the floor. These paid dividends with Danny winning 12 nil, Anthony would get his revenge by winning the Masters in style.
100k Final This was a duel between two powerful men with Englandís tall Lee Till dwarfing his American opponent DOUG FOURNET, but Doug was a power house with plenty of wrestling skills and lee could not breakdown his defence Doug won 8pts to 2pts
100k plus Scotlandís relative new comer to Sombo Jayde Devlin took on the experienced Master Fighter from Germany Peter Rebcher. This should have been the Germans fight he built up a lead of 8pts and some in the audience were so convinced of a win they were shouting just one more throw but in Sombo you can never be sure both players went to the floor and Peter made the mistake of letting his arm loose and the Scotsman had it winning with a Submission
Not the best of supported British Open but most probably one of the best for some great matches. Will there be one next year? Hopefully depending of the mood in the country with a new government in place things may start getting better. Plus with BSF Constitution changing we get some more active support.
British Squad for World Championships Ashley Costa, Kieran Daniels, James Marzetti, Danny Carrott, Lee Till Sombo and Combat Sambo, Jayde Devlin
British squad World Masters, Mick Adamson, Russell Dodds, John Clarke, Colin Carrott, Pete Wise, Lee Till, George Loscombe, John Laver
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