Competitions

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Since its foundation over 30 years ago members of CUKC have competed with great success at student, regional, national and international level, and competition is firmly grounded as one of the most important parts of life at the club. Training for competition centres around Monday night squad sessions, where the squad train for competition kumite (both shobu ippon and WKF), Friday nights, which are informal sparring sessions, and Thursday nights, which are for kata training.

Participants in competition who meet certain criteria are awarded 'blues'. The criteria are explained on this page.

This page catalogues the many competitive achievements of the club since the late 1980s. If you are able to help fill in the gaps before 2000, please get in touch with the webmaster.

KUGB National Championships 2019

The KUGB National Championships are held annually and feature the most talented karateka in the KUGB. Any CUKC member can compete.

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Competition Report

The KUGB championships took place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday 11th May.

This is the National championships of the organisation of which we are a member. For 53 years, clubs from all over the UK including Northern Ireland, have participated and is a renowned battle ground for the best in the KUGB.

The two CUKC kumite teams entered incurred their own challenges prior to the event and featured two walking wounded (Herve - long term knee injury and Marcus - on crutches last week) and one bike accident - Michael. This whittled our entry to one team before the championships started. However that one team contained the formidable line up of Herve Vandekerkhove, Francisco Martinez, Chris Hamilton and Jerome Vanderkerkhove.

This sounds like an extended excuse for poor performance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite these significant hurdles, the one remaining CUKC Men's senior kumite team, who were seeded following last years performance, dispatched Malvern and Kirkby A with relative ease. This took them to the final against previous Champions - Leeds whose team contained two World and European champions.

During the last event of the championships, Chris, Francisco and Jerome fought a punishing battle in the final of the men's team kumite before losing 2:1 to Leeds. This was a truly magnificent performance.

In the individual events Marcus performed well in kata but was disadvantaged due to a foot injury and did not make the finals.

Herve met world (WSKA) kumite champion Ethan Armstrong in his first fight and was beaten.

Francisco, Jerome and Chris all won their early fights until inevitably Francisco fought Chris, with Francisco's experience proving a crucial factor in his win. Unfortunately none made it to the finals.

Francisco however, can take some comfort in the fastest Ippon of the day. He encountered an opponent who immediately attacked with a flurry of maewashi geris. Francisco responded by catching his leg, and then removing his supporting leg with a well timed ashi bari, thus dumping him on his back to receive the 'coup de grace' - a powerful downward punch to the body - a masterclass in delivering the ultimate decisive technique.

CUKC members should be immensely proud of those who have represented our club which such success at the highest level. Congratulations to Herve, Francisco, Chris and Jerome on their well deserved silver medals.

Competition Results

2019-2020
Men's Captain: Putu Khorisantono
Women's Captain: Eleanor Lee
2018-2019
Men's Captain: Jamie Lowenthal
Women's Captain:
2017-2018
Men's Captain:
Women's Captain: Nivedita Sarveswaran
2016-2017
Men's Captain: Vlad Soltuz
Women's Captain: Ellen Weaver
2015-2016
Men's Captain: Jonny Sinclair-Williams
Women's Captain: Ellen Weaver
2014-2015
Men's Captain: Scott Ang
Women's Captain: Amy Hall
2013-2014
Men's Captain: Quang Thinh Ha
Women's Captain: Tasha Nussbaum
2012-2013
Men's Captain: Jerome Singh
Women's Captain: Caroline Tanner
2011-2012
Men's Captain: Matt Houlden
Women's Captain: Emma Nunn
2010-2011
Men's Captain: Liam Gabb
Women's Captain: Gosia Stanislawek
2009-2010
Men's Captain: Nim Sukumar
Women's Captain: Stephanie McTighe
2008-2009
Men's Captain: Paul Smith
Women's Captain: Gemma Coughlin
2007-2008
Men's Captain: Tom Johnson
Women's Captain: Madeleine Wood
2006-2007
Men's Captain: Ian MacLeod
Women's Captain: Su-Yin Tan (until Oct 06)
2005-2006
Men's Captain: Simon Picot
Women's Captain: Andy Hicks (vc) / Lianne Walsh
2004-2005
Men's Captain: Robin Donnelly
Women's Captain: Charlie Gray
2003-2004
Men's Captain: Tom Culverhouse
Women's Captain: Sarah Owen
2002-2003
Men's Captain: Deepak Srivastava
Women's Captain: Jenny Prior
2001-2002
Men's Captain: Mladen Tosic
Women's Captain: Andrea Brady
2000-2001
Men's Captain: Tom Culverhouse
Women's Captain: Sam Holland
1999-2000
Men's Captain: Kenjiro Hori
Women's Captain: Precious Lunga
1998-1999
Men's Captain: Johnnie Walker
Women's Captain: Chris Luecke
1997-1998
Men's Captain: David Colb
Women's Captain: Michelle Dickens
1996-1997
Men's Captain: Denis Koltsov
Women's Captain: Hazel Leidig
1995-1996
Men's Captain: Yannis Hatzioannou
Women's Captain: Natasha Guy
1994-1995
Men's Captain: Yash Kulkarni
Women's Captain: Sarah Lane
1993-1994
Men's Captain: Tom Kompier
Women's Captain: Oyuna Sanjassaurian
1990-1991
Men's Captain: Andrew Gates
Women's Captain: Laura Whitford
1988-1989
Men's Captain: Jason Purcell
Women's Captain: Shona Cantrell
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The Varsity Match

The Varsity Match is an annual competition between the karate clubs of Cambridge and Oxford Universities. In the match, which is usually held in February, two men's teams and a women's team from each university compete in kata, team kata and kumite for the three team titles and the overall trophy, the Enoeda Cup.

Varsity 2019

Winners of the Enoeda Cup 2019: Cambridge

Team results:

  • Men's A: Cambridge
  • Men's B: Cambridge
  • Women's: Oxford

See the full report.