13/03/16: Kyu Grades' Competition
Sunday 13th March saw the conclusion to the most challenging term for CUKC and the fine tradition of bringing home the trophies was continued by CUKCs representatives Michael Jones and Bruno Campos.
Following his successes in the club competition and student championships last term and his achievements in varsity and Central Regions this term, Michael concluded his second term with a worthy 3rd place in the senior men's kumite event.
Following the withdrawal of his first opponent from Aberystwyth (evidently fearful of those renowned mae geris), he beat a very worthy opponent from Manchester University. The match went to an extension and with neither opponent scoring the judges awarded the match to Michael. In the next match Michael soon overcame his opponent, a fellow Northerner from Durham who soon succumbed to a succession of long gyakuzuki chudans from Michael. In his final match Michael battled hard and it was most unfortunate that he delivered a long and very powerful gyakuzuki which landed after yame. The match went to a decision and was awarded to the Leeds fighter.
In the Kata event Michael was unfortunate to meet a very strong opponent in the first round and was defeated.
Our other CUKC representative was Bruno Campos who only started karate at the beginning of last term. Although he had only competed in the CUKC club competition last term, along with Michael he made the pilgrimage to the North Wales coast for the KUGB National Kyu Grades Competition.
In the kata competition he proceeded through the first two rounds with ease until encountering a 1st Kyu from Liverpool. Despite a sterling performance he was beaten by the eventual winner.
In the Ippon kumite section Bruno adopted typical CUKC grading tactics, startling his opponent with a strong (dare I say threatening) announcement of his intention to attack jodan, which indeed he did, the moment his opponent nervously rocked back on his heels. Strangely this appeared to work yet again for the same opponent and Bruno proceeded through subsequent rounds in similar style, advancing to the final, where he encountered an opponent standing over a foot taller from Aberystwyth. Having saved his best until last, Bruno expertly deflected the jodan punch of his attacker and countered atoshi empi to his horizontal opponent. With similarly spirited attacks and defence he won both the match and the title.
So impressed were the referees with the attitude and behaviour of Bruno that he was awarded the male trophy for the best attitude & etiquette throughout the competition.
Congratulations to all who passed their grading with Sensei Bob Poynton 8th Dan, especially Juan who jumped a grade to 8th kyu.
Many thanks to Scott, Paul, Tegwen, Lis and Nicholas who came to train and support those grading.
06/03/16: TENTH consecutive win for Cambridge!
Despite Oxford insisting that this years varsity match be held the day after Central Regions, Cambridge were assembled in Oxford and ready for action at 3pm on Sunday.
This was a bruising encounter between an Oxford team who were better prepared than any previous Oxford team and understandably had high expectations. Sadly for them the expectations of Cambridge were much higher and thankfully so was their execution.
After a thrilling match Cambridge won and captured the Enoeda Cup for the 10th consecutive time. This is a unique achievement.
Congratulations to all those who participated but in particular Scott as president and Jonny and Ellen as captains who spent many hours preparing for the competition.
Many generations of CUKC members have only experienced triumph over Oxford and long expect this to continue.
05/03/16: Central regions competition
In the Central Region championships each of our team of 11 medalled, some 3 times. Although a full report from the captains will detail our successes, special congratulations go to the members of the team katas. Cambridge came first & third in a competition featuring 23 teams.
The Senior men's team kumite won convincingly in the first three rounds before losing to Solihull in a hard fought final.
This was a tough competition as evidenced by the four contestants who retired or were hospitalised after encountering CUKC team members. Jonny won the final of the 18-20yrs individual kumite and convincingly captured this title.
2nd Team Kumite (Paul, Vlad, Jonny, Michael)
1st Jonny (jnr ind. kumite)
3rd Vlad (jnr ind. kumite)
3rd Teg (snr ladies ind kumite)
3rd Paul (snr men's ind kumite)
1st Cambridge B (Petre, Marcus, Quang)
3rd Cambridge A (Scott, Ron, Jonny)
2nd Teg (Snr Ladies ind kata)
2nd Ron (Snr Mens Ind Kata)
3rd Marcus (Snr Mens Ind. Kata)
3rd Lucian (Kyu grades ind. kata)
21/02/16: BUCS Championships
The team representing CUKC comprised Jonathan Sinclair-Williams (Capt), Ellen Weaver (Capt), Heng Xuan Teo, Scott Ang and Ronald Prokes.
Scott, Ron & Jonny competed in team kata, convincingly winning each of their three elimination kata rounds including their dismissal of last years champions.
In the finals they competed against another KUGB team from Sunderland. Their stunning performance of empi and very convincing bunkai secured a unanimous verdict in their favour and so, following a gap of several years, Cambridge University are once again team kata champions of BUCS.
Of the other entries the most notable successes were Heng Xuan who proceeded through 4 rounds of the senior men's individual kata losing only in the semi finals to the eventual winner and last years champion in the 5th. Unfortunately this exhausted his repertoire of katas and compromised his performance in the repecharge. Ellen won her first two kumite matches before losing in the semi finals and in her repecharge match.
Please feel free to congratulate the team on a stunning performance in this one of the largest BUCS championship ever.
15/11/15: Promotion of Ken Hori
Congratulations to Ken Hori on his promotion to 5th Dan.
Ken started karate at CUKC when he was a student. He was men's captain in 1989-90 and 1999-2000. You can read more about him here.
14/11/15: Student National Championships
A small group of club members travelled to Chesterfield to take part in the KUGB National Student Championships. Each of them came back with a medal!
Individual Dan Grade Male Kata:
Ronald Prokes - Gold
Individual Dan Grade Female Kumite:
Ellen Weaver - Bronze
Individual Kyu Grade Female Kumite:
Amy Oliver - Bronze
Individual Kyu Grade Male Kumite:
Michael Jones - Gold
Michael Jones, James Kenyon, Jaan Toots, Scott Ang - Silver
Ronald Prokes, Teo Heng Xuan, Scott Ang - Gold
Special thanks go to Sensei Poole for providing transport to the competition.
A fuller report will be available later.