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 2018

The KUGB National Championships are held annually and feature the most talented karateka in the KUGB. Any CUKC member can compete. KUGB Nationals 2018

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Competition Report

A squad of 7 brave karateka travelled the relatively short way to Leicester on May 5th, where the KUGB Nationals took place this year. Everyone was ready to go and keen to perform at this very high standard competition.



Like so often, the day started with individual kata. Three CUKC competitors were lining up to show their skill during the Heian elimination phase. Iulia Comsa, "only" being a 3rd kyu, performed a solid Heian Yondan and comfortably beat her black-belt opponent in this all-grades category. Unfortunately she faced a KUGB squad member in her next round and only came in second, despite a spirited performance.




For the men CUKC had sent Marcus Ingham and Philip Rupp, competing in different pools of the same category. Philip made his way through 2 rounds, performing strong and sharp Heian katas, before being defeated by the eventual winner of the pool. Marcus made his way through the elimination phase with ease and comfortably entered the semi-finals. Here, he performed a strong Empi, but did unfortunately not enter the finals and had to seek his luck in kumite.






Here CUKC was represented by 5 well-trained individuals: Francisco Martinez, Vlad Soltuz, Marcus Ingham, as well as Jerome and Herve Vandekerckhove.

As expected, Francisco, Vlad and Jerome fought vigorously and managed to get through several rounds, but did not manage to enter the finals.




Marcus had similar bad luck, getting disqualified after breaking his opponent's nose with a very beautiful, but slightly less controlled, jodan ura mawashi geri.







Herve, being seeded after medalling the previous year, was calmly watching the elimination rounds and waiting for his unlucky opponent to be determined, just to crush him. After an exquisite performance, he entered the semi-final, where he faced many-times-medallist Ray Tucker. The fight was intense, both competitors giving all they have. After no one had managed to score after a minute extension, the judges chose Ray as winner of the fight, leaving Herve with a hard-fought bronze medal.








The last event for CUKC was male team kumite. We had 2 teams lined up. Team A (Herve, Jerome, Fransisco) was seeded and had to wait, while team B (Vlad, Marcus, Philip) had to line up for the first round of the eliminations. They were ready, they were keen and they were thirsty for blood. Unfortunately, so were their opponents and they had to accept a defeat in their first round.
All hope was now resting on team A, and they did not disappoint! Winning 3 or 3 fights they secured a place in the semi-finals. Here they faced a team of 3 multiple times international kumite medallists. Not intimidated at all, they fought with spirit and gave a good performance, but were ultimately defeated by the eventual category winners. However, they were awarded a well deserved bronze medal!
















Here is a list of the Squad and their achievements:

Herve Vandekerckhove (bronze - individual kumite, bronze team kumite)

Francisco Martinez (bronze team kumite)

Jerome Vandekerckhove (bronze team kumite)

Vlad Soltuz

Marcus Ingham

Philip Rupp

Iulia Comsa

Competition Results

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 2017

Winners of the Enoeda Cup 2017: Cambridge

Team results:

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

See the full report.