Shown right Steve can be seen fighting under knockdown rules
|Jon. After the first victory did you
expect to progress further or does it get tougher as you progress?
Steve. I already knew that I'd be fighting a Russian called Ramil Sadeevand I was already doubting the chances of success.
Psychologically it's not good if you know your opponent is going to be stronger, faster and fitter than you. I was hoping to do my best and hopefully make a fight of it. I lasted about a minute, he won on two half points, a punch to my solar plexus, which put me down and a knee to the head which also put me down. That unfortunately is all it takes and you're out.
Jon. Who won your category?
Steve. It was a Lithuanian called Jordanas Poskaitis. The Lithuanians won all the categories.
Jon. Did you pick up any injuries?
Steve. I actually felt good after the tournament, far better than after the previous tournaments, when I probably haven't fought so many rounds. The only pain was in my shins and that was because my shin block was working well and I caught nearly all his thigh kicks.
Jon. Did you enjoy the event?
Steve. Very much so, especially because I did a lot of fighting with out picking up serious injuries. I feel even more motivated to train hard and compete again this year.
How did it feel to win Bronze medal at the European Championships?
Steve. I guess it is always nice to come home with a medal or trophy, particularly from the European Championships. The fact that I only had to win one fight to win the medal, ditracts a little from the achievement, it would have been preferable to have fought through a couple of earlier rounds. Generally though I was delighted with my performance and feel that I fought to the best of my ability, defeating one tough opponent and holding my own against a top Russian, at least for a short period. So really it was my personal performance rather than the trophy that I am more pleased with.
Jon. Do you think you will carry on competing?
Steve. Yes, I think I've got a few years left in me and I hope to carry on improving, maybe I can even make a fight of it with the Eastern Europeans.
Jon. Would you recommend full contact fighting to other people?
Steve. That's a tricky one. I get a buzz from this type of fighting, but it's not for everybody. If somebody really wanted to take on the challenge and the small risk of serious injury, I'd encourage them, but if somebody was only half hearted and had doubts I'd definitely try to talk them out of it. I believe that same self doubt or half hearted attitude is how people get hurt.
Jon. Thankyou Steve for the fascinating insight into Shidokan full contact fighting.