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Karate compete against World Class competitors in BUCS

Over the 17-18 March, University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport) Karate club members headed to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships in Sheffield to compete against the best Universities in the country.

The highest ranked position over the weekend was a bronze medal for club captain Jacob Hawkins in the men’s senior under 84kg category. The Black Belt gained his medal after winning two matches with Mawashi Geris (roundhouse kicks) to the head and another on a judge’s decision.

Other Birmingham competitors included Peter West-Oram, the Purple-stripe belt who got through to the quarter-finals of the Novice under 80kg category, also winning one of his fights with an impressive Mawashi Geri as well.

Cameron Kashani, a purple belt, was fighting in his first competition and despite putting up a good fight he was unfortunately knocked out in the early round by a very good fighter.

Jacob said of the weekend’s action, ‘It was a really enjoyable with a great competitive atmosphere. It was great to watch and compete against many European and World level athletes. We are really looking forward to doing it all again next year.’