Successful weekend at Karate Intervarsity
Ulster University’s karate team had great success at last month’s intervarsities. The karate intervarsity took place at GMIT, Galway, on February 21st. The Ulster University team was made up by Patrick Corr, Ching Lun Tsang, Kate Millar and Karina Kruk. The team was joined by Sensei Joe Mc Cullagh.
Karina Kurk came away from the tournament with three medals; Gold medal in the Female Intermediate team Kumite, silver medal in the female intermediate team Kata and bronze medal in the female Intermediate Individual Kata. Kate Miller also was successful winning a bronze medal in the female Individual Junior Kata.
Ulster University had an extremely successful weekend and the team members were delighted with their performance. “Being one of the members of the club to have won a medal, it feels great. It really makes you believe that what you’re doing is of good standard and that your coach really knows what he’s doing. After all the hard work Sensei has put in to help us, giving us extra advice, it’s also nice to do your best while representing the club and hopefully make our coach proud.” said medal winner Karina Kruk.
The team was supported throughout the competition by sensei, Joe Mc Cullagh. Joe offered confidence, provided useful training sessions and advice to all the team members. “All credit goes to McCullagh Sensei for his endless patience with us and the time he puts in to train himself to be the best he can be, yet, find the time to plan and structure our training.” said team member Patrick Corr.
The intervarsity competition took a lot of preparation and dedication from all the team members. Training took place all year in order to prepare for the competition. The team dedicated a lot of time and effort at training and in their own time to perfect their style and ensure a good performance. “Attending every session is important, especially in the weeks leading up to the intervarsities. Also I practiced karate every moment I could get outside the dojo, and pushed myself to make it better each time.” said bronze medal winner, Kate Miller.
All the team members helped each other throughout the competition and were delighted to have medals to bring home to the university. “We were all glad that we were able to bring something back to the club. Everyone was really supportive; we warmed up together and cheered each other on no matter what the result. I was really glad to have my club mates there, as their presence alone was a confidence booster.” said Karina Kruk.
The karate club is now hoping to attract new members and expand the size of the club. Training for the Ulster University karate team takes place in the minor sports hall in the sports centre on Tuesdays at 6pm-8pm and Thursdays at 6pm-7:30pm. Anyone interested in joining the club are welcome to attend, regardless of level.
Congratulations to all involved in the club’s recent success.
Article by Emma Ryan