Congratulations to all those who passed their grading on Friday 2nd December.
In addition to all members passing their grading all beginners were promoted to 8th Kyu and so are now entitled to wear a red belt.
The picture shows Sensei Bob the grading examiner, Sensei Richard CUKC chief instructor and all successful candidates.
12/11/16: Student National Championships
The KUGB students championship took place in Chesterfield on saturday the 12.
Only 8 CUKC members decided to test their skills against students from other KUGB University Clubs.
Those eight were spectacularly successful with everyone winning a medal.
Congratulations to all. A full match report will follow.
Ellen Weaver (Ladies Capt) Individual black belt kumite - gold
Vlad Soltuz (Mens Capt) Team Kata gold
Teo Heng Xuan Team Kata gold
Jamie Lowenthal Team Kata gold
Patrick Swain Kyu Grade Individual Kumite gold
Lis Kerr Individual kata bronze
Mara Curaziani kyu grade individual kumite gold, kyu grade individual kata silver
Phillip Rupp kyu grade individual kumite silver, kyu grade individual kata bronze
29/10/16: Formal at Queens
On Sunday 30th CUKC dresed up in suit and tie to meet for a glorious meal at Queens' Formal Hall! It was a wonderful evening with lots of fun, good food and the occasional penny in Seinsei's wine bottle. Impressively we managed that almost half the group showed up in a gown, let's see if we can top that next time!
24/10/16: Polar Domes Trip
On October 25th a young researcher lost contact to the operating base and went missing - right in the middle of Antarctica! In their infinite wisdom the operating manager hired a group of five brave karateka to do the impossible: travel all the way to the pole and find that researcher!
Geared up and not knowing what's coming the group fought their way through the ice. Withstanding bursting winds, decoding long forgotten Inuit symbols and seeing the invisible the karateka eventually put all the pieces together and rescued the lost researcher just in time!
The Polar Domes was a great experience and really good fun! Thanks for everyone participating and let's see what mission might come next!
30/09/16: Congratulations to Tegwen Ecclestone 3rd Dan
On Saturday 1st October Tegwen Ecclestone made the pilgrimage to Bath to train and take the examination for her 3rd dan which she passed with flying colours.
The grading panel compromised Senseis Sherry 9th dan, Poynton 8th dan and Brennan 8th dan.
Tegwen began her karate training at CUKC in 2007.
17/09/16: Success for CUKC at Shotokan Cup
Francisco - Kumite
Herve - Kumite
Marcus - Kata
Tegwen - Kumite & Kata
Patrick - Kumite
On Saturday 17th September a team of 5 travelled to Chesterfield to take part in the KUGB individual championships - the Shotokan Cup.
In the Junior men's kumite Patrick was beaten early following a spirited exchange.
Herve won his first two matches in senior men's kumite before losing to ex European champion and occasional visitor to CUKC Jonathan Mc Gorian.
Francisco, who travelled from Estonia to join us, marched through his first two kumite matches in style before meeting England team member Ryan Tucker. Despite a memorable battle it was Ryan who advanced to the final.
In the Senior Ladies kumite Tegwen met an England team member in the first round and despite attacking with great spirit came second in this match. In Senior ladies kata however Tegwen advanced to the semi final and narrowly missed a place in the final with her 3 masterful performances of Sochin.
Marcus gave two outstanding performances of Enpi which saw him safely through the eliminations and semi finals. In the finals his impressive performance of Unsu gave him a very well deserved 4th place and a bronze medal.
Congratulations to all concerned on an exceptional performance.