Karate ace Marjan best in England
Research degree student Marjan Jeddi impressed judges at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) event for karate, where she secured an impressive bronze medal.
Marjan, who studied Biomedical Science at London Met before continuing onto a research degree in Biological Sciences, competed in the category of senior female kata, which is the most advanced level for Dan grades (black belts and above). A series of complex techniques, known as a 'kata', are performed in the contest. The kata must demonstrate strength, power, and speed — as well as grace, rhythm, and balance. There are five judges, each placed on a corner with the chief judge positioned in the centre of the competition area, facing the competitors.
After completion of the kata, the five judges made their decision (hantei), having observed, amongst other characteristics, the performance of stances, techniques, controlled breathing and focus during the display. To win the bronze medal for London Met and UK universities, Marjan was required to perform five different katas. As the overall first and second placed winners in the category were from Scottish universities, Marjan took first place for England.
On winning the bronze medal, Marjan said, "I feel very honoured to represent the University in such a prestigious competition and gain invaluable experience from this opportunity for my future competitions. I hope with the funding and support of the University I can compete in Portugal in the summer to represent London Metropolitan University at the European University Championships!"
Marjan won the medal at the BUCS tournament at Ponds Forge international sports centre in Sheffield in February.