UCC Karate are hosting the WKTO National Open Championships!

UCC Karate Club is hosting its biggest event in over ten years this Saturday, holding the WTKO National Open Championships , which is open to all, on Saturday (November 25th). This exciting event is being organised with the national body (WTKO Ireland), with pre-registrations in from across the country and teams participating from as far away as Scotland. Competitors can register on the day too on arrival (Pre-registration just makes it a bit easier).

As part of the hosting partnership with WTKO Ireland, UCCKC has managed to secure considerable opportunities for all UCC students, both club members and other UCC students. Hugely discounted participation, and event management experience opportunities feature strongly in the clubs offering to members and non-members alike, regardless of a student’s affiliation to a karate organisation. “In a nutshell, if you train in karate, and are a student of UCC, there’s a benefit secured for you” says Rory Scarrott, the UCC coordinator for this event, advising that “All UCC students who practice karate (whether with the UCC club, or not) check out the event website, and the opportunities they can avail of“.

Capitalising on the clubs’ affiliation to the World Traditional Karate Organisation (WTKO) in 2014, and years of effort building and co-hosting events with local WTKO clubs, this championship represents a highlight in the karate clubs calendar for 2017. UCCKC are also thrilled to host Angelo Sanna Sensei, Chief Referee of the WTKO internationally, and who has kindly offered to come on board as chief referee for the day. This ensures that this UCC event will be conducted to the highest international standard, with UCC students in the Karate Club rolling up there sleeves to make sure it’s an overwhelming success.

The club would like to thank the UCC Sports Exec and Sports Department for their help in organising the event, and for allowing us to use the @UCCSport social media feeds. Meanwhile the @ucckarate Twitter feed will be used to coordinate category calls, so if you are attending, follow @ucckarate on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out. “This really has been a University effort” remarks Monisha Chakravarty (UCCKC Club Captain), “with UCC Marketing and the Admin office lending us their support and materials for the day, in addition to the Sports department and Sports Exec, along with the Mardyke Arena who have allowed us to use their facilities as well as provided us with resources for the day. The whole committee were really blown away by all the support we were given from this joint effort to run our event in the best possible way. It’s really appreciated!”

“For the club and committee, this has been an unreal experience” she finishes, “with the whole committee working with the University and our event partners to deliver a really cool event on Saturday. It’s a bit surreal to think all our work since spring is about to come together. It’s kinda class!”

The championships is only one of three championships UCCKC is involved with this year. In January 2018, the club is working with UCC Taekwondo Club, and UCC Kickboxing Club to host the 2018 Open Martial Arts Intervaristy. Then in March 2018, the club has the privilege of hosting the 2018 All-Ireland Intervarsity Karate Championships. No doubt the club members experience of hosting the WTKO National Championships will set them up well to deal with a year boasting such opportunities.

All in all, it’s going to be a fairly manic weekend for the club committee and its members, but definately a fantastic high note to sign off the Autumn semester.

  • For further information on UCC Karate Club check out karate.ucc.ie
  • For further information on the WTKO Championships, and other competitions and training courses being hosted by UCCKC, check out the UCCKC Events Page at karate.ucc.ie/events/.