KIT Kickboxers at WKU BW Championship
David Saleh competed in the weight class -80kg, practice leader David Weiß fought -65kg; both fighters started in the discipline kickboxing light contact. They were coached by chairman Dimitri Freis.
After successful registration and weigh-in by 10:30, a tour of the tournament hall was first announced. The WKU had put an enormous tournament on the legs. In numerous disciplines from Karate forms over Pointfight up to K1 fights in the ring it went for children, young people, women and men around cups, points for the world ranking list and qualification for the world championship 2015.
For the Karlsruhe team, however, the fighting experience, the (re)meeting of other teams and the fun of the sport were in the foreground.
As unfortunately usual in tournaments of this magnitude, the start in the two relevant weight classes shifted from originally about 15:00h to finally 17:30h. Enough time to watch other exciting tournaments, to gather energy and to prepare mentally and physically for the upcoming fights. In the meantime, a small fan club of friends and acquaintances arrived to support the Karlsruhe team properly.In the early evening, David Weiß was finally able to fight for the trophy -65kg with only three other fighters. The first fight started directly with a warning for his opponent, who opened with much too much force for light contact. As a result, White unfortunately did not manage to quickly work his way to his opponent, who cleverly exploited his size advantage of a few centimeters with fast front kicks. It was not until the second round that David Weiß was able to adequately counter the kicks and dominate the fight, but in total this was no longer enough for victory. However, since only four fighters started, the small final was already waiting. Here David Weiß had to face a much younger full contact fighter, who fought very fair, but technically superior. After two exciting rounds, Daniel Weiß unfortunately had to admit defeat to his second opponent. David Saleh had more success in his -80kg weight class, which is much busier with 11 fighters. In the first fight he also had difficulties at first to overcome the distance to his opponent. Nevertheless, he was able to win the fight due to a clearly clean technique. After the second opponent did not appear for the fight, Saleh was in the semifinals. Here he could already show clearly improved distance work, but had to admit defeat to his more experienced opponent, the later final winner, narrowly.
In the small final, however, David Saleh was able to incorporate all the lessons learned from the previous fights and after two gripping rounds deservedly grabbed third place.
All in all it was a very exciting tournament, where a lot of experience was gained and some newand also some new contacts to other groups in and around Karlsruhe could be made.Karlsruhe could be made. The Karlsruhe kickboxers are looking forward to a reunion at the "home game" at the Baden Championship on July 11, 2015in Karlsruhe!