Malawian taekwondo athlete Sergeant Yamikani Guba – who is part of the British Army – won the gold medal at the Ultimate Open Championships which took place on Sunday, October 17 at the Metrodome Recreation Center in Barnsley.
This was the first championship in over 18 months to be suspended due to CoVID-19 and Guba represented the British Army’s taekwondo team in the A + 80kg heavyweight category (advanced Dan grades) .
The championship was open to all levels and ages of World Taekwondo and Guba – a 5th Dan black belt from World Taekwondo – fought against Winston John of Chung-Yong Taekwondo Academy.
After round 1, the soldier of the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery led 11-2 in points and finished the fight in round 2 to win by KO.
“These regional and national competitions are the preparation and preparation for the big events planned in advance,” said Guba.
“I am now looking forward to the next competition – the North East Open Championships on October 24 and the British National Taekwondo Championships on November 7 which will be held in London at the Olympic Park.”
Sgt. Guba, who has been captain of the British Army taekwondo team since 2010, is also selected to represent the team at the 22 World Masters’ Games in Tokyo.
In June, Guba successfully passed the World Taekwondo Kukkiwon 5th Degree / Dan Black Belt in the scoring held in Aldershot at the Combat Sports Center which was conducted by a panel of top masters including the coach -Head and Director of Wessex Taekwondo Senior Master John Harrison.
Guba won his last title in March 2020 just before the lockdown of CoVID-19 – a silver medal obtained at the Yorkshire Open Championships which took place in Halifax, UK.
A week before the Yorkshire Open Championships, he won two gold and two silver medals – one in kendo and another in taekwondo – at the British Army Open Martial Arts Championships.
He racked up six medals last year alone and in total he now has 246 honors as trophies which include medals, awards, trophies and general martial arts recognitions at national, international and UK competitions.
Guba, who says he is eager to promote taekwondo in Malawi, was nominated for 2019 Malawi Sport Awards Sportsperson of the Year alongside male footballer Gabadinho Mhango and footballer Tabitha Chawinga.
He arrived in the country to attend the red carpet gala, but the award went to Tabitha, who was also voted Best Overall Sports Personality for her excellent performance at her club in China, which earned her a nomination. for the player of the African Football Confederation (CAF). award of the year.
Originally from the Blantyre district, he also holds a 2nd dan in judo and karate and a 1st dan in kendo.
He learned his martial arts at the Blantyre Youth Center (BYC) at the age of 10 at the inspiration of his family members and then moved to the UK in 2004 to study the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-postgraduate ) before joining the British Army in 2007.
He joined the British Army Martial Arts Team in 2008, participating in both Taekwondo and Kendo internationally and nationally.
In 2016, the British Army awarded Guba the title of best senior fighter for his Taekwondo team of which he is the captain.
Based in Larkhill at the Royal School of Artillery as a Phase 2 instructor as a sergeant, Guba was also previously honored by the British Army when he was named the third best British military sportsman of the year.
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