Assessment of the international fight club open 2016
On 6 December 2015 after 31 competition days amateur kickboxing from 2009 onwards, after seven consecutive years of presence, passed to the “dustbin of history” successful Joya Kickboxing Championship that organized the federal coach John Theofanous the organizational team and Fight Club Galatsi.
After this success the bar climbed higher for the founder of Theofanous Elite Team taking the decision to present an organizer venture creating championship with pyramid shape (ring styles). This innovation took shape with the realization of the International Fight Club Open 2016 the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016 co-organized with the municipality of Galatsi.
Every beginning is difficult for the Theofanous group that tried to show something that had not occurred in Greece but exists for years in abroad. The pyramidal shape, smart judge, participations from abroad, awards for the protagonists (groups, athletes and coaches) the six fighting fields (three rings – three tatami) with a pitch only for muay thai were the diversities of previous tournaments. A problem arose with the electronic system delayed the start of fights for about 2.5 hours, but it was not able to disorient the athletes and the coaches. When restored the problem of the pyramid the flow of the fights was continuous and with very good pace. The second issue that was noted was that certified referees and judges of the federation despite their effort for clear fights unfortunately not stood up to the challenge and led several times the coaches and fighters to reactions with their erratic attitude.
Apart from the difficulties, there were quite pleasant events to the International Fight Open. 450 participants from 70 camps were present, fighters from abroad (Belgium) was among us, 700 people attended the efforts conquest the top from the competitors and laid out a stadium – the Galatsi Olympic gymnasium – which granted to Yannis Theofanous by the municipality of Galatsi overbalancing all requirements. Unique event was the very qualitative presence of the muay thai athletes who gave a special touch to the event.
Champion team became the team Fight Club Galatsi. The second place won the Glory Club by Michalis Nikitoglou while the third place went to the BG Academy of Babis Papadopoulou and Giorgos Chalkidi. For Muay Thai the award took place during the tournament by Kru Kostas Theodoulou, with his athlete Panagiotis Karousioti (Rama Camp) presenting the Best Wai Kru, while the award for best technique to be awarded to Markouli Louis athlete of Christos Salatas (Fight Lab).
On Holy Wednesday, 27 April held the awards to the winners in Fight Club Galatsi Central Gym at 18:30 in a ceremony that covered by the television channel Novasports official broadcaster of International Fight Club Open 2016 and on Holy Monday and then highlighted the most important sporting moments of the weekend 16 & 17 April.
We would like to thank the camps that honored us with their presence at this new beginning, the coaches who were engaged in their work and all athletes for their effort. Special mention needs to do to our sponsors who actively supported this effort, and were the following: Atlantikos (seafoods), The Brazilian (coffee shop in Galatsi), Vector (Antivirus), novasports (official broadcaster), fightgear.gr, spoorts.gr, EOS Travel, Joya Hellas, 3D Printers Greece, Fun Flavors, Triguro Traditional grill house, Wellness Coach Kalogerakis Christos, Pepetonny Hairdressing, Milwaukee Papatheodosiou Sp., Divino Espresso, Gikas Fotis Advertising constructions, Pan Car – car accessories, PALMOS newspaper of Galaţi.
The municipality of Galatsi and in particular the city’s mayor Giorgos Markopoulos stood by the effort of Yannis Theofanous for the realization of the event held under the auspices of the mayor, and under the auspices of P.O.K. Once again the Federation and personally Mr. Triantafyllou, who honored us with his presence and was awarded for his contribution to the sport, tried for the success of the event. The municipality has committed to more tangible support in order next November to be able to present the best show in the International Fight Club Open 2016 part II.