Last Sunday was a glorious day for the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society (CUKBS). At the International Combat Organization National Kickboxing tournament, Cambridge secured a national title through Olaoluwakitan “Ollie” Osunkunle, and two second places through Phil Richardson and Charlie Gilmour.
Ollie Osunkunle, a member of the Varsity teams in 2008, 2011 and 2012 competed in the men’s 85kg category. He fought in the semifinal against a tough opponent who was convinced that blocking punches with his head was a good idea.Despite Osunkule’s controlled techniques, his opponent felt dizzy after a few strikes and the referee even penalized Osunkule with a point deduction for excess contact. Despite the disadvantage, the Cambridge kickboxer secured the victory and advanced into the final.
In the final, Osunkule demonstrated great control of the ring and a variety of techniques applied at different ranges.He dominated his opponent, who had to be stand counted twice during the fight, and secured the first belt for the day for CUKBS.
Phil Richardson, a member of the victorious 2012 Varsity team, fought in the men’s 70kg final with his usual arsenal of punches and kicks. However, Richardson could not avoid being hit several times by an opponent with very fast legs, and ended up in second place.
Charlie Gilmour, also a member of the wining 2012 Varsity team 2012, produced a very good fight in the men’s 75kg final. His opponent looked very good on paper but resorted to simple combinations of simple kicks and punches. After an initial draw the judges decided to have an extra 30-seconds round. Gilmour’s opponent just managed to secure a victory to leave CUKBS with another second place for the day.
Massimo Gaetani, head Coach for CUKBS and founder of the Cambridge based CARISMA kickboxing club declared, “Once more, we have demonstrated that good technique and strategic work, combined with regular and consistent training, keeps delivering great results and this event is there to prove it”.
Photo credit: Massimo Gaetani
Picture (Left to Right): Luca Senatore, Phil Richardson (CUKBS), Charlie Gilmour (CUKBS), Ollie Osunkunle (CUKBS), Alex Kravetz and Massimo Gaetani.