Established for a year, Karate Club Won Big in National Championship
JOMBANG – WARTA UNAIR
Airlangga University (UNAIR) academicians have never ceased to contribute a new achievement for their beloved university. This time around, UKM Karate proudly contributes another achievement. Through National Karate Championship “Jombang Open 2015”, UKM Karate UNAIR has successfully grabbed some awards from several different categories.
The championship was held for Jombang Regent Awards and 8th East Java Governor Awards Kejuaraan in Sport Center (GOR) Kertarto, Jombang. The awards obtained by UNAIR Karate Club was First Place of KATA Men’s Group under 22; First Place of KATA Men’s Group under 22; First Place of Women’s Individual Kumite -55kg; Second Place of Women’s Individual Kumite -50kg under 22; Third Place of KATA Women’s group under 22; Third Place of Men’s Individual Kumite -55kg under 22; and Third Place of Men’s Individual Kumite -84kg under 22.
They have been undergone the preparation for a long time; after UKM Karate Inauguration for new students, to be exact. The training was held to select any potential member to participate at the National Championship.
“We routinely practiced for three times a week. Two weeks prior to the championship, we trained every day to ensure we’re fully prepared for the national championship,” explained Muhammad Ryan Arysta, one of the UKM Karate delegations to WARTA Journalists on Sunday (18/10).
According to Ryan, the championship in Jombang is a try-out before the sequence championships. At the championship, UKM Karate sent many representatives and obtained some different medals.
Suffered from Injuries
At 08:00 sharp, the team departed using UNAIR official bus. Only some members departed as some others could not skip their classes and decided to depart at night.
First day competition for KATA Class gave UNAIRS delegation one gold medal and one bronze medal. They still maintain their fighting spirits until the third day; they won one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. In total, UNAIR successfully obtained two gold, one silver, and three silver medals. Obviously the winning does not come without maximum efforts. They also encountered many obstacles prior the championship, such as illness and injuries.
“Some training schedules collided with class schedules. For group training, sometimes some members could not attend due to their classes as well. Some of us got injured and fell sick before the championship,” explained Ryan.
Their success was prompted by the members’ motivation to bolster UKM Karate’s achievement. Even though this UKM was just established last year, the members have shown much potential. Prior to this achievement, UNAIR Karate team has won one gold, two silver and one bronze medals at Inter-University Championship in East Java, ITS OPEN, in May 2015. (lov/nui)