Everill is the Grand Champion and Aston is back on top - Bristol Open results
Elijah Everill's red hot form continued at the WAKO Bristol Open where he took Gold in the Grand Champion division at the Bristol Open. Chris Aston was also back on the top step after his recent return to the mats following injury.
Team Allstars member Elijah Everill defeated Italian Davide Guffanti in the Grand Final, with Tyreeke Pierre and Robert Cuffe completing the podium with Bronze Medals.
This continues an impressive run of results for Everill following his recent success at the Flanders Cup. He's now gearing up for the European Championships in Slovenia and knows where he wants to improve.
"I’m always very critical of myself. I’m a perfectionist and if something is not executed as good as it could be, then it really frustrates me." He told martialarts-online.co.uk.
He continued, "At this competition, I was actually very pleased with how things went in terms of my performance, there were a lot of little things that I have been drilling in training recently that I put in to practice this weekend and they ended up working for me.
Even though I felt that I had a good performance this weekend, I know there is still plenty of areas that I have to improve in to help take me to that next level I’m trying to get to."
Reflecting on his recent success, and thinking of his upcoming challenges, the multiple World Champion is not planning on taking anyone or anything lightly.
"In a division that is as stacked as the Bristol Open grand champion, I know that anybody can beat anybody. That’s why it’s so important not to over look any competitor and alternatively not show too much respect to anybody either.
There is no special secret. As long as you put the time in and dedicate yourself to your craft every day, you can accomplish anything, so that’s what I plan to do, just keep pushing myself on a daily basis, learning and working hard as I now turn my attention towards the WAKO European championships in Slovenia next month."
Chris Aston marked a return to form with a double points fighting gold, claiming victory in the under and over 94kg divisions.
Fin Heesom and Cory Cook won the -63kg and -69kg sections respectively to increase the amount of home medals secured. Fin was also the Gold medalist in his Light Contact division. Rory Campion and Rob Taylor were victorious in the mens veterans categories.
In the female grand champion event, Gemma Upfold reached the final to claim a UK silver.
David Higgins added two Gold's by winning the Light Contact section at both the -69kg and -74kg weights.