Black Belt Jacob Celebrates Title Win

East Durham College student, Jacob Baker is celebrating winning the junior men’s individual title at the Karate Union of Great Britain Shotokan Cup (British Individual Championships).

Jacob, studying BND Sport and exercise science and A Level PE at East Durham enrolled in September and has been training in the newly formed Karate Development Centre along side his studies and is already feeling the benefits of this fantastic opportunity.

2nd Dan black belt, Jacob competed in two events at Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield, Kata (Set Form) and Kumite (Free Fighting). Making it to both finals beating some very strong opposition on way, many of whom are training along side Jacob on the England team. Jacob was on course to become Grand Champion.

John Bruce, the Karate Development Centre coach said: ‘Jacob has done a lot of hard training for the championship and was hoping to better his performance from last year when he took bronze in Kata.’

After a short break before the finals, it was now time. Alongside him in the Kata event he had three former national champions, however nothing was to stop him taking the title this year; Jacob finished in 1st place.

Next up was the Kumite event and potentially that grand champion status, it wasn’t to be and Jacob narrowly missed out taking silver. With 1 Gold and 1 Silver medal it was a superb result.

Jacob will next compete in the Regional Championships, Leeds, before the European Championships in November.

Anyone who is interested in training with the Karate Academy should contact Student Services on 0191 518 8222 for more information. No previous training is necessary.