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KUGB National Championships


The KUGB National Championships which is in its 48th year took place on Saturday 3rd of May at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. The USKFI squad along with National coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock, Sensei David Royle and USKFI referees Jennifer Madden, Bernard Gaffney & Jim Bartley were in attendance at one of the most prestigious and major events on the K.U.G.B calendar.

This distinguished event attracts competitors from across the United Kingdom.  With the elimination matches taking place throughout the day on twelve contest areas just shows the magnitude of these championships.

The exceptional standard of the competitors saw many outstanding matches in both Kata and kumite from the very outset of the tournament. As always the USKFI squad represented their country and organisation very well on the day. There were some fine performances in particular from squad newcomers Sophie Farrell who won 4 out of 5 matches and narrowly missed out on a place in the girl’s kumite final. Another squad newcomer Ray Foysal took home a bronze medal in the children’s Ippon kumite event. Ray also did very well in the children’s Kata event and won 4 out of 5 of his Kata matches and also narrowly missed out on a place in the Kata final. The boy’s kumite event saw some very spirited performances from the USKFI juniors Mapalo, James and Evan. After some very tough battles on the mats the boys did not make it to the finals but more importantly some excellent experience was gained. In the boys 12-15years Kumite event Karl Rennicks had some excellent performances and scored some fantastic scores on the day. Although Karl narrowly missed out in the kumite event it was his day in the children’s Kata event. Karl proved far too strong for his opponents and sailed through to the Kata final where he eventually took home silver beaten by .1 of a point in a very close final. The USKFI Team Kata finished off a great weekend taking home bronze in a very tough team Kata event. Well done to all members and we look forward seeing the junior squad compete in the upcoming Liverpool Youth Championships at the end of this month.




posted @ Sunday, May 04, 2014 9:03 PM by ecoates

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