Open Dutch Championships 2020 – 25th January 2020 [Review]
A small number of squad members travelled to the Open Dutch in Eindhoven this year. Hosted by Master Willy Van De Mortel, the tournament boasts many World Champions in amongst the competitors and is of the highest standard. We have a double write up of the event from P.U.M.A.’s Head Coach Mr Daniel Lammin VI and Ms Holly Henwood I from Devon.
Photos taken from the event can be found on the Professional Unification of Martial Arts Facebook page here.
As has been customary in recent years the first trip of the year for some of the PUMA Squad was to the Open Dutch Championships in Helmond (nr Eindhoven). This is one of the largest open ITF tournaments in Europe and this year was no exception:
- 695 registered competitors
- 1296 entries
- 99 teams/clubs
- 23 nations
- 200 coaches
- 70 referees
The standard was as high as ever as many World and European Champions and medalists once again present. It was a smaller team from PUMA this year but all 3 gave a great account of themselves and should be proud of their performances.
In patterns Dominic White was unfortunate to draw the eventual champion in the first round, losing on an additional patterns after an initial draw. Holly Henwood and Aidan Bailey made it through rounds with Aidan coming closest to a medal losing in the bronze medal match. Plenty of positives for all 3 going forward.
After a bit of a break it was onto the sparring for Aidan and Holly. Aidan competed in both the -56kg and open weight category up to 62kg and gave a great account of himself but was not able to medal on this occasion.
Holly, competing internationally for the first time produced a string of superb performances to beat opponents from Germany, Norway and last years champion from the Netherlands en-route to a silver medal in the junior black belt -65kg category. Unfortunately she rolled an ankle around 20 seconds from the end of her semi-final. Despite struggling to put any weight on it she fought through the pain to close out the semi-final but sadly was not able to place in the final and had to settle for silver. With the competition over it was back to the hotel for a much needed meal before heading back to England the following morning.
For me this was a bit of a nostalgic trip as we were staying in the same hotel that I did for my first international competition back in 1999. It was great to be back in Eindhoven with a new generation of competitors showing the future is strong. I would like to thank Mr. Swain who spent all day refereeing, without officials tournaments could not happen. Finally thanks to the Henwoods and Thomas Bailey for coming along to support.
Mr. Daniel Lammin
PUMA Squad Head Coach
This year on the 25th of January I competed in my very first abroad international competition, the Open Dutch. There were 695 registered competitors, 99 teams/clubs and 23 nations. My experience was amazing, I got to meet new people, fight challenging opponents and hang out with an awesome team! P.UM.A. brought along 3 competitors, 1 coach, 1 official and 3 supportive parents, it may be a small team but we made our mark!
First up was me, Holly Henwood, on ring 2 doing 1st Degree patterns. Then Mr Aidan Bailey was up doing his 2nd degree patterns on ring 5 and finally Mr Dom White did his 3rd degree patterns on ring 3.
After that came sparring! First up sparring in the 1st Dan -65kg category was me. After damaging my ankle in the semi finals round I managed to secure a silver medal and unfortunately had to forfeit the finals round. Up next was Mr Aidan Bailey fighting in the -56kg category, he put up a great fight in the but was unfortunately knocked out in the first round. After this Mr Aidan Bailey fought in the overall category. This is where all of the weight classes are split into two groups, one with the lightweights and one with the heavyweights. He put up an excellent fight, it was well worth watching for sure!
Overall, my experience at the Open Dutch was incredible and I can’t wait for the next one!