Shotokan Karate Academy

10 medals at the 40th KUGB Northern Region Championships

Friday 25 October 2013

On a very dark and very early (way too early!) Saturday morning, the combined squads from the Shotokan Karate Academy and the Manchester University SKC travelled up to Sunderland for the Northern Region Championships. Despite lack of sleep, our members had a fantastic day at the competition.

The 13-strong squad, ranging in ages from 13 to 38, returned with an impressive tally of 2 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Cristina Finta, university club captain and England International squad member, led the way by taking gold in the women's black belt kata and also silver in the women's kumite.

Alexandra Petrea won the gold medal in the coloured belt kata category, with Josh Croft taking the silver medal in the same event.

Victoria Ogunseitan, a brown belt, won the bronze in the women's kumite, losing only to a seasoned England International fighter.

The youngest squad member, Jakub Boguszewicz 13, fought magnificently to take the silver in the boys kumite. He narrowly missed out on the gold medal after the final match was so evenly scored the judges had to make a decision which unluckily went against him.

Matt Hulme showed fantastic spirit in winning the bronze medal in the men's black belt kumite, whilst in the coloured belt category Matt Athauda did a great job to win bronze as well.

There was success in the team kumite events too - the women's team were unlucky to have to settle for silver when the team captain Cristina could not fight due to an injury picked up in the individual kumite finals. Victoria Ogunseitan and Erica Pericas-Hewitt did their club proud but unfortunately were beaten by 2 England International fighters in the Halewood team.

And finally it was bronze in the men's team kumite event. The team, consisting of Matt Hulme, Ross Harford and Sam Humphrey along with sub Matt Athauda, were knocked out of the competition in the semi-finals by the local team Sendai who went on to win the event.

Also competing but not picking up any medals this time were: Jonah Lee, Mike Pearce, Mo Shahidinejad and Ian Ingram.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day!

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