Manchester University Shotokan Karate Club

News Archive


March 2016
KUGB Kyu Grade Championships, Prestatyn.
Magnificent results for Manchester!
Lottie Lindsley won ladies kata and Kumite.
Josh Croft and Lai Ze won 2nd and 3rd in male kata respectively.
Silver for James Shillcock in the male kumite.
First place for Jodie Rose in Ladies ippon Kumite, Coline Sophie van Senden claiming second place. Mi Moe earned a bronze medal earlier in the day.
Zuzana Bujnovská also won a bronze medal earlier in the day in Senior female Kumite.
Senior male Kumite was an eagerly anticipated finale between Josh Croft (2nd place) and Eric Owusu (1st place).
Second place also went to Manchester in the mens team Kumite.
Big well done to all of the competitors that took part, some great performances even from the first timers.

May 2015
KUGB National Championships
A very high standard of Karate at the annual competition, hard work and determination resulting in a Silver Medal for Cristina Finta in Ladies Senior Kata, Bronze in Ladies Senior Kumite, and Silver for Ladies Team Kumite (Cristina Finta, Victoria Ogunseitan, Lottie Lindsley, Vanessa Macintyre).
A Special Mention to Sensei Garry Harford, who was award the prestigious grade of Hashidan (8th) Dan at the championships. Congratulations and well deserved!

May 2014
KUGB National Championships
Congratulations to National Ladies Kumite Champion Cristina Finta! Cristina also placed 2nd in Ladies Senior Kata and 2nd place as part of the Ladies Team Kumite along side Kiki, Victoria and Vanessa!

April 2014
Congratulations to Cristina Finta, Rosie Lau and Tom Thatcher for passing their Sandan (3rd Dan) grading at the Chesterfield Special Dan Course 2014!

March 2014
KUGB Kyu Grade Championships
Congratulations to Victoria Taiwo Ogunṣeitan for getting Gold in Ladies Senior Kumite and Bronze in Ladies Senior Kata, Alexandra Petrea for getting Silver in Ladies Senior Kata and Josh Croft for getting bronze in the Men Senior Kata! Congratulations to Lottie Lindsley and Vanessa Gail Macintyre as well! Everyone did really well today and you've all done your absolute best! Thanks to everyone that came to support today as well and especially to Matt for driving us there and supporting us, as well as Tracey Standring! We really appreciate it!

February 2014
Congratulations to Cristina Finta and Todd Davies for making it onto the KUGB England Kata Squad!

November 2013
KUGB Student Nationals
Gold for both men's (Andrei and Sam Humphrey) and women's ( Charlotte Rowley, Victoria Taiwo Ogunṣeitan, Kiki Hewitt with Vanessa Macintyre as reserve) team kumite.
Cristina Finta - gold and Kiki - bronze - in women's Dan grade kata.
Charlie and Kiki both got bronze in women's Dan grade kumite.
Alexandra Petrea (gold), Victoria (silver), and Vanessa (bronze) in women's kyu grade kata.
Victoria got bronze in women's kyu grade kumite.
Andrei got gold in men's Dan grade kumite and bronze in kata.
Which means everybody got at least one gold medal each!

October 2013
KUGB Northern Regional Championships
Congratulations to Josh Croft for his silver medal in kyu grade kata, and Alexandra Petrea for gold!
Gold medal for Cristina Finta in the Ladies dan grade kata!
AND silver for Cristina Finta for Ladies Kumite! Jt. 3rd for Victoria Ogunseitan!
Jt. 3rd for Matt Hulme for men's senior Kumite!
Jt Third for men's team Kumite! Second place for Ladies team Kumite. Well done to everyone that competed at the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) Northern Regionals, you all did sensei and the club proud!

October 2013
Well done Michael Pearce and Mo Shahidinejad on passing your 3rd Dans today!

September 2013
England got silver in the women's team kumite - Cristina Finta demolished her opponent in the finals!

September 2013
Congratulations to Ian Ingram for passing his Nidan and for Erica 'Kiki' Pericas-Hewitt for passing her Shodan!

August 2013
Congratulations to next years committee captain Cristina Finta on 1st place for Ladies Kata and 2nd place for Ladies Kumite at the KUGB Grandslam!

April 2013
KUGB Kyu Grade Championships 2013
Kyu Grade Championships - 21st April in Prestatyn

Congratulations to victoria Ogunseitan for winning ladies kumite, and Josh Croft for second place in mens ippon kumite! Some great performances from everyone else from the university club and the academy club too!

May 2013
KUGB National Karate Championships 2013

KUGB National Championships - 4th May at Birmingham NIA
Some more great results at the KUGB National Karate Championships! Medals in Senior female kata for Cristina Finta and Rosie Lau (Second, and fourth place respecively). Cristina also placed Jt. 3rd in the Senior female kumite. The ladies kumite team also did really well getting second place, comprising of Cristina Finta, Erica Pericas-Hewitt, Nicole Halsall and Victoria Ogunseitan.

December 2012
Club Grading

The club held the first grading of the academic year on Friday 14th December. Well done to everyone that graded, and those that stayed for the second session! Training will start back Tuesday 29th January 2013

17th November 2012
KUGB National Student Championships

The team minibus set off for Chesterfield early Saturday morning to give plenty of time to get changed and warm up for the KUGB national Student Championships. The continuously dedicated training and preparation for the event paid off, seeing the team come home with an incredible haul of medals, many of those being gold!
In no particular order -
Andrew Shannon - Gold Kata, performing dan grade kata Sochin
Cristina Finta - Gold Ladies Black Belt Kata, Gold Ladies Black Belt Kumite (in an All Manchester Final), Gold Ladies Team Kumite
Erica 'Kiki' Perica Hewitt - Silver Female Kyu grade Kumite, Gold Ladies Team Kumite
Nicole Halsall - Silver Ladies Black Belt Kumite (in an All Manchester Final), Gold Ladies Team Kumite, 4th Black Belt Ladies Kata
Sam Humphrey - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Team A)
Mike Pearce - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Team A)
Ian Ingram - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Tean A)
Josh Croft - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Team B)
Alex Smith - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Team B)
Derric Yeoh - Jt. Bronze Mens Team Kumite (Team B)
Congratulations of the great performance from Maxim Fedotov, his first competition and the only white belt competitor on the day(?).

It was a really impressive effort from everyone, especially since it was a first time for quite a few people. It was good to see everyone putting it so much effort! Next stop - BUCS!

October 2012
Northern Regionals

Northern Regional Championships - 27th October at Sunderland

Late Friday afternoon saw members of both University of Manchester Karate and Shotokan Karate Academy start their long journey to Sunderland, in prepration for the KUGB Northern Regional Championships.
There were strikes aplenty as the team spent the Friday evening displaying some great team bonding during a spot of bowling before staying the night at a hotel nearby the competition arena.
Saturday morning was a chilly one but the competitors were soon geared up and ready to go.

Results for the Academy and Manchester University are as follows:
Female dan grades individual kata gold - Cristina Finta
Adult team kata gold - Cristina Finta, Sayuri Yamada and Emma Wilding
Ladies Team Kumite bronze - Cristina Finta, Emma Wilding, Kiki Pericas Hewitt and Sayuri Yamada
Mens 18 - 20yrs kumite bronze - Mike Pearce and Sam Humphrey
Mens Kyu grades kumite silver - Kevin Ma
Mixed Adult Kyu grades kata bronze - Kiki Pericas Hewitt
Childrens Team Kata bronze - Elliott Thornton, Jonah Lee and Joe Armstrong
Childrens brown belt kata bronze - Jonah Lee
Boys Under 5ft Kumite bronze - Elliott Thornton
Childrens brown belt kata - Jonah Lee.

Everyone did fantastic! Well done to all our other competitors - you showed good spirit, especially our newbies!

March 2012
WINNERS!! BUCS 2012 - Amended results

After setting off very early on Saturday morning, Manchester University's ladies Team Kata (Melissa Finlay, Cristina Finta and Alexandra Simon) was up first to defend their title as 2010-2011 champions. Cruising through the eliminations (not a single judge flagged against them), they dominated Nottingham in the final with an impressive Nijushiho and a very realistic bunkai- winning gold and keeping their title. Cristina also won bronze in Senior Ladies Kata, losing only to this year’s champion. Team Kumite was up next; our Ladies team (Alex, Mel, Cristina and Nicole Halsall) fought extremely well and claimed the bronze medal. Our Men’s team (Brian Kanyanga, Joe Hart, Kyriakos Solomou, Bogdan Avram, Ian Ingram, Michael Pearce and Prawira Saldin) went through to the final, losing to Heriot Watt after some fierce fighting, claiming silver.
Sunday was dedicated to Individual Kumite; Manchester collected three bronze medals (Alex in Senior Ladies U68kg, Brian in Senior Men U75kg and Kyriakos in Senior Men U84kg). Unfortunately due to head injuries, Sam Humphrey and Mike were unable to carry on fighting. Mel and Camille Sandaldjian went head to head in the second round, with Mel going on to win the semi-final by scoring three ippons (for jodan mawashis) and losing in the final to the EKF European Cadet Champion Alice Goudie.
13 competitors, 19 medals and OVERALL WINNERS, beating last years winners Edinburgh in the medals table, BUCS 2011-2012 has been another huge success for the club. Let us not forget Sensei Garry and coach Tom Thatcher who came along for this week-end and thank them for their fantastic support and advice.
We will be back for next year, for more medals and fun. Until then, huge congratulations to all who went, you have done your club, your University and your Sensei proud!

Report provided by Camille

April 2012
BUCS Champs

n 19th and 20th March, the club sent eleven competitors to the BUCS Championships held in Sheffield. On Saturday our Team Kata (Melissa Finlay, Cristina Finta and Alexandra Simon) did incredibly well by winning the Gold against Edinburgh, claiming the title held by Brunel for two consecutive years. Cristina obtained the Bronze in Women's Senior Kata, whilst Camille Sandaldjian got the Gold the Women's Intermediate Kata. Both the Men's Team (Daniel Walters, Brian Kanyanga, Joe Hart, Kyriakos Solomou, Prawira Saldin and Michael Pearce) and Women's Team (Alexandra, Melissa, Cristina and Camille) claimed the Bronze medal in Team Kumite after some fierce fighting, both losing to the gold medalists.
The results for individual fighting events held on Sunday lived up to this successful start, bringing five more titles to the University. Brian (Men's Senior U75kg), Cristina (Women's Senior U55kg) and Camille (Women's Senior U61kg) claimed the Bronze. Erica "Kiki" Pericas-Hewitt displayed some impressive fighting skills in the Women's Novice U57kg despite this being her very first competition, won the Silver medal. Alexandra brought back the Gold medal of the day by winning in the Women's Senior U68kg after a rather bloody, extremely well fought final. You go girl! The icing on the cake comes from our second place at the overall team ranking which is usually dominated by Bath, Brunel and Edinburgh. This achievement is even more impressive considering Edinburgh beat us by one gold medal only, with a team twice as big as ours. Let us not forget the amazing support and coaching provided by our Sensei Garry Harford and our squad mates Tom Thatcher and Emma Wilding, without who none of this would have been possible.
Eleven competitors, ten titles, a total of nineteen medals, 89 BUCS points awarded to the University, the Manchester University Karate Club has never done better at BUCS before. Well done to all our competitors for this incredible week-end; you have done your University, your Club and your Sensei proud.

May 2011
May News '11

The Athletics Union Awards Dinner was held on the 06/05 at the Palace Hotel; this dinner rewards clubs and athletes for their performance throughout the academic year.
After the success of the team at BUCS, the KUGB Student Nationals and the KUGB Kyu Grades, our karatekas have been rewarded for all their hard work. Mel Finlay, Alex Simon, Cristina Finta, Kiki Pericas-Hewitt, Camille Sandaldjian, Brian Kanyanga, Dan Walters, Prawira Saldin, Kyriakos Solomou and Joe Hart were all awarded the Full-Performance Colours for their outstanding performance at BUCS. Camille also won a Double-Stripe award for her work as club captain.
The club also won three special awards out of the four it was short-listed in: our sensei won the "Coach of the Year" award for the second time in his career, recognising his fantastic work and level of commitment. Cristina came back with the "Sportswoman of the Year" award for her impressive success in this year's competitions. And finally the club won the "Most Improved Club of the Year" award, in particular for its success at BUCS (13 points in 2009/2010 vs. 89 points in 2010/2011).
Congratulations to all the awardees, you have made the University and your club proud!

May 2010
May News '10

We have had an incredibly busy May month this year! In short, a great success at the KUGB Nationals and a couple of prizes at the AU Awards dinner.
On 15th May the 44th KUGB Nationals were held in Birmingham; the club sent a team with strong hopes for medals. The final results are rather impressive for a team of 8! Both our men (Dean Field, Stuart Gordon, Jakub Kristl) and women's team (Vicky Philips, Gemma Robinson, Camille Sandaldjian and Rosie Lau) won bronze after hard fought semi-finals. In the Female Senior Kumite, Vicky s came 3rd; Deanwon the silver in the Male Senior Kumite. In the Male Kata, Dean came 4th and Vicky did very well by winning the silver medal in the Female Kata. And last but not least, the kata's team composed of Vicky, Dean and Stuart won gold for the second year in a row. Congratulations to everyone, you have done us really proud!
On 14th May, a small delegation went to the AU Awards dinner held at the Palace Hotel; Laura Hitchen, Kyriakos Solomou and Jakub Kristl were running up for the Full Performance Colour award for outstanding performance throughout the year, whilst Martin Jackson and Camille Sandaldjian were running up for the Single Stripe award for their work as committee members. Our sensei Garry Harford was one of the three short listed for the Coach of the Year award. All five students won their awards, but sadly the Coach of the Year title was not awarded to Garry. We will be back next year for more!

March 2009

On 14th and 15th March, the club sent a small team to compete in the BUCS Championships.
On Saturday the women's team, consisting of Rachel Anthony, Camille Sandaldjian and Laura Hitchen, did incredibly well to win silver in the team kumite, defeating Liverpool, Edinburgh, Swansea and Cambridge along the way. They narrowly missed out on the gold in a hard-fought final against the University of London.
Their achievement is even more impressive when you consider that the Manchester team had two novice grades (4th kyu and below), and they were competing against teams that were mostly black belts.
On Sunday the girls continued their success in the individual kumite. Camille won gold in the novice category, despite this being her very first competition and suffering through an injury. Laura won silver in the seniors (3rd kyu and above) and was very unlucky not to take the gold.
Congratulations to our medalists, you have done the club proud!

December 2008
Club Grading

The club held its first grading of the academic year on Friday 12th December. It was a great success with all students passing.