Department of Sport

University of Nottingham Karate athletes become national champions


This past weekend the University of Nottingham had brilliant representation at the BUCS Karate Championships, held in Sheffield. Over the course of two full days of action, athletes from the University of Nottingham Karate Club made it a memorable championships for the #GreenandGold, with medals won across the weekend. These performances ultimately meant that the university was crowned Overall Team and National Champions for 2022, which is an incredible achievement. We congratulate everyone from the club on this phenomenal success. Overall, the university won 14 medals (including novices), with 7 golds, 2 silvers and 5 bronze. 

Saturday's action began with the male and female Kata with competitors having to go through 6 rounds in the biggest categories of the weekend. Sport scholar Jess Maitland made her way through the rounds earning her the right to a place in showcase kata finals midway through Saturday’s competition. Facing a tough opponent from Loughborough, Jess won the match 3-2 bringing the gold back to Nottingham! 

In the male kata section the University of Nottingham finished with a podium of sports scholars. After each athlete completing a gruelling amount of knockout competition rounds, Aron Traves took the first medal of the competition with a bronze in the repechage final against Cardiff. The all-Nottingham final was decided between National Squad teammates Dylan Traves and James Harrison, with James taking Gold in a 4-1 Decision.  

Aron, James and Dylan then joined forces in the Team Kata final after not dropping a single flag through any of the qualifying rounds. After completing their synchronized Kata and Bunkai, the trio beat Kings College 5-0 in the final. This concluded the Kata events where Nottingham had reached and won every kata event with a record 5 Kata medals in this strong group of events. 

The Saturday evening was then the turn of our kumite fighters with the Male and Female Team Kumite squads in action. The Male Kumite team was an event that had often faltered in recent years, however Nottingham started off the event with a dominating 3-0 from performance against Glasgow. After the strong start the team lost in a tight 3-2 quarter final against eventual champions Edinburgh. This gave Nottingham a place in the repechage where they beat Cardiff and a strong Birmingham team 3-1 which earned Nathan, Dylan, Eoin, Liyoung, Rufus, Jas and Toby their bronze medals. 

In the female team kumite event Nottingham convincingly beat Strathclyde in their first match and this momentum carried forward into quarter and semi-finals with excellent performances against Leeds and Cambridge despite two of the team members competing individually as novices. This gave Charlotte, Georgia, Bayleigh and Kokoro a place in the spotlight finals at the end of the day. Here they met a very strong Glasgow team, and despite a brave performance just missed out on the gold through a 2-1 defeat. 

By the end of Saturday's competition, the University of Nottingham had medalled in every possible team event, which is a brilliant achievement and a true testament to the clubs’ coaches and athletes. 

On Sunday morning the great performances continued to keep on coming with many notable achievements in novice sections, which go towards the overall medal table that is announced at the end of the weekend. In these kata and kumite sections, the club won 3 golds and 2 bronzes giving Nottingham vital points in the medal table and the race for the valuable overall team BUCS points.  Despite many excellent performances in the individual kumite sections, the club initially suffered from some unlucky draws and close matches in the early senior sections on the Saturday, culminating in a couple of 5th place positions and close repechage finals. However, this all changed with the -61kg Female Kumite and +84 Male Kumite events. 

 In the +84kg male event Toby Kidd battled through his early rounds scoring a series of body kicks. He then lost to the eventual winner from Exeter in the semi-final but went on to win the repechage final earning himself a bronze medal.  In the -61kg Female Kumite, sport scholar Charlotte Hope made lightwork of her early rounds earning her a place in the spotlight finals at the end of the day. Here she controlled the match in one of the most convincing finals of the day excellently utilizing her skills to out-time her opponent, securing the final gold of the weekend.  

However, this was not the last celebration of the day, at the medal ceremony it was announced that Nottingham had retained its crown as BUCS Champions, beating 2nd place Edinburgh (2nd) in the medal table by over 30 points. A great achievement all round and confirming 2022 as the most successful BUCS for the Karate Club to date. 

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Posted on Monday 21st March 2022

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