Congratulations to first year student, Jakub Wasilewski, who represented England on the weekend in the 43rd British Open/11th Cup of Europe in Kyokushin Karate and finished third in his category. This iconic event is one of the most historic knockdown tournaments in the world.
Jakub started training martial arts at the age of 5, but more specifically training in Kyokushin Karate for around 7 years. He is currently a 1st Kyu Brown Belt and is looking to achieve his 1st Dan black belt in December. Jakub trains almost every day mostly with his father, Krzysztof who is a 3rd Dan and represents Great Britain in many International, European and National tournaments. He adds that he has a great team of training partners that help to push him in the right direction.
When speaking about his success Jakub said: “Personally, I am someone who sets myself high goals and difficult challenges. Success comes with defeat and during this event, even though I finished in third I suffered two loses, however, this did not affect me as I learn from my losses and it motivates me even more.”
Jakub fits in training alongside studying for his A Levels in Economics, Geography and Philosophy, Ethics & Religion at Worcester Sixth Form College. He takes the same highly disciplined approach to his studies and has excellent attendance. Jakub plans on competing in events at International, European, and National tournaments and we look forward to celebrating his successes at these future events.