DCU Karate in rebuilding stage after Trinity competition

Anja Zauers

DCU Karate narrowly missed out on becoming champions at the Karate Intercollegiate Competition held in Trinity College Dublin earlier on in the month.

The annual event was held in the Trinity College Sports Centre on November 2nd where five colleges battled it out, hoping to bring home gold. The Cup is one of the biggest events of the year for the Karate circle, as they prepare for Intervarsities next April.

Universities across Dublin took part in the championship, including Trinity, Technological University Dublin, UCD, NUI Maynooth and DCU.

The competition consisted of four categories altogether: Individual Kata, Team Kata, Individual Kumite and Team Kumite.

Kata, meaning “form”, are sequences of movements that are put together in an overall pattern that must be memorized. Kumite, on the other hand, involves partner work or sparring.

DCU Karate sent three competitors, Sam Wheeldon, Robert Collins and Matthew Brennan along with the support of their injured coach Ryan Doyle.

“The three of us would attend our club sessions but we would also meet up along with other members of the club and spar for a few hours, twice a week,” said Collins, competitor and who is also Vice-Chair of DCU Karate.

Sam Wheeldon, made a quick work of his opponents in the early stages narrowly missing out on the final, picking up a bronze medal in his individual category for the DCU team.

Both Robert Collins and Matthew Brennan fought as a team in the Kumite category but lost out by one point in their final rounds, receiving silver medals after hard-fought victories.

“Every time we compete, we’re going for gold and although this wasn’t the outcome, the three of us won medals at the event and there’s plenty we can learn from it. DCU was the All Ireland Champions in 2017 and the ultimate goal is to get back to this level” said Collins.

“Due to only having three competitors at the event we were heavily outnumbered by the winners of the cup, UCD, who collectively tallied up more points from picking up more medals across the numerous categories,’ continued Collins.

UCD won the ALL-Dublin Cup for the second year in a row bringing home 15 out of the 18 Gold medals on offer.

DCU karate is firmly focused on getting ready for the All-Ireland Karate Intervarsity Championship which will be held in April of next year after hosting it in 2019.

The Intervarsity event which will be held in the UCD Sports Centre is aimed at all students attending a third-level institute in Ireland. However, in the meantime, the club is working towards belt gradings and plan to compete at any opportunity they get.

Anja Zauers

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