On the 5th March KUGB Judge Wayne Lottering (2nd Dan) travelled to Cambridge to Referee at the Varsity Match 2017.
The Varsity Match is an annual competition between the Karate Clubs of Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Cambridge University is part of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) and Oxford University is part of the Japanese Karate Association (JKA). The competition consists of a Men’s Team, Women’s Team and Mixed Team from each University, competing in Kata and Kumite for the three Team titles and the overall Enoeda Cup.
A request for a Judge from our region to officiate at Varsity 2017 was sent to Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones from Sensei Richard Poole, President of both World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) and European Shotokan Karate-do Association (ESKA) and the Chief Instructor for Cambridge University Karate Club (CUKC).
As a result, Wayne attended the Varsity match to represent our region and, above of all, to represent Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club.
The Competition was based on a points system, consisting of different Teams/Categories. With the importance and history of the competition to both Clubs, every match in every event was fiercely contested. As a result the Officials, including Wayne, had to work hard to judge each and every match in accordance with the spirit of Karate-do.
The eventual winners were Cambridge University winning all three Trophies, the Overall Varsity Match 2017 on points and were awarded the Enoeda Cup for 2017.
Sensei Jane would like to thank Wayne for representing the Club at this prestigious tournament.