Karate world champion hosts boot camp with Kent Sport

Nine times World and European Karate Champion and University of Kent alumni, Wayne Otto OBE (5th dan), is hosting The Ultimate Karate Fighters Boot Camp at Kent’s Canterbury campus from 31 July – 2 August.

Hosted with Kent Sport, The Ultimate Karate Fighters Boot Camp is the first of what will become an annual event for athletes with experience at regional, national or international level competitions.

Participants will learn fitness and conditioning, training drills and routines, attacking and defensive techniques, fighting scenarios and strategies and more.

The elite coaching team includes Elisa Au Fonseca from the USA; Alex Biamonti from France, both 5th dan and winners of World Champion titles; Greg Francis, black belt 5th dan and a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer who teaches karate and fitness (FIT2FITE) across the globe; Raik Tietze, cross training and fitness expert and jiu jitsu champion; and Albert Forsythe, sprint trainer.

Otto co-founded the Karate Club at the University of Kent in 1989. He led them to glory as national champions in the British University Sports Federation (BUSF) in 1991. In 1997 he became Britain’s most successful karate exponent, gaining his ninth World Championship title at the World Cup Championships in Manila.

Mr Otto said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my experience while studying at Kent and am thrilled to be returning to provide the Ultimate Karate Fighters Boot Camp in partnership with the University and to make use of the excellent facilities at Kent Sport.’

Wayne Otto is currently the National Coach for Norway and an international coach, in demand by national teams and karate federations around the world. His achievements in karate are recognised in the 2001 edition of the World Guinness Book of Records, where he is cited as having won the most World Championships for a male competitor. In the same year, he was awarded an OBE for services to the sport of karate.

Graham Holmes, Director of Sport at the University of Kent said, ‘We are proud that our facilities are used by such successful champions as Wayne Otto and we are pleased to continue to support aspiring athletes as well as opening our doors to everyone with an interest in sport and fitness.’

For further details about this event visit www.kent.ac.uk/sports/karatecamp or email UKFBootCamp@gmail.com. To stay up to date with Kent Sport news and events, Like unikentsports on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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