Swansea’s jitsu squad reign supreme at Bucs Atemi nationals

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Swansea’s jitsu team held nothing back as they secured the Bucs shield at the Atemi national championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Swansea won by three points over their closest rivals on the day, Bristol University. Essex, Birmingham and Leeds universities rounded up the top five places.

“The figures speak for themself,” said captain David Townsend.

“The performance was amazing. Everyone trained really hard for it.”

Townsend also reserved special praise for their Sensei, Hywel Morrish who has more than 16 years of experience in martial arts.

“Hywel is one of those teachers who can teach to everyone,” he added.

“It doesn’t make a difference what age you are; he is a very charismatic teacher, very good at what he does.”

Arguably the best performance came from Danielle Whelton who had only recently taken up the sport of jitsu winning the notice category as well as receiving a special acknowledgement from the Jitsu foundation.

Townsend added: “She did amazingly well. She has a background in judo; she’s quite a high grade in that.

“She has applied that to jitsu, which is phenomenal.”

Performances from Gordon Cumming at yellow grade, and Jodie Preece at light blue grade both achieved second places in their respected gradings.

There was also respectable finishes for Katrina Palmer and Russell Marsh finishing fourth each in novice and green respectively.

Jitsu’s achievements have certainly made others take note, with several people coming up to congratulate the club captain.

“I’ve had people come up to me and say well done for the weekend,” said Townsend.

“We have now established ourselves as a martial art, and as a sport within the athletics union.”

But Townsend is under no illusions that this particular performance means a certain medal next time out.

“We have a competition in February. It is a lot different from what we’ve just done. It’s more of a fight for a medal.”

The Jitsu club will now have its grading exams, for people wishing to move up through the belts, which is scheduled for December.

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