UW Mar­tial Artist Wins Bronze Medal at Inter­na­tion­al Karate Tour­na­ment

Ben Froide­vaux (on right side of podi­um) at the 2010 Basel Open Karate Mas­ters Inter­na­tion­al Karate Tournament.(Courtesy)

Decem­ber 14, 2010 — Uni­ver­si­ty of Wyoming Karate Club instruc­tor and Out­reach Tech­nol­o­gy Ser­vices tech­ni­cian Ben Froide­vaux won a bronze medal at the recent 2010 Basel Open Karate Mas­ters Inter­na­tion­al Karate Tour­na­ment held on Decem­ber 11–12 in Frenk­endorf, Switzer­land just out­side of Basel.  There were over 560 com­peti­tors from 15 coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing at the tour­na­ment, includ­ing Nation­al team mem­bers from France, Ger­many, Italy, Den­mark, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Lux­em­bourg, Rus­sia, Turk­menistan and Switzer­land.  Now train­ing with élite mem­bers of the Swiss Nation­al Karate Team, Froide­vaux (a fifth degree black belt orig­i­nal­ly from Neucha­tel, Switzer­land) rep­re­sent­ed his native coun­try in the Veteran’s Divi­sion (ages 40–50) in both Kata (forms) and Kumite (spar­ring).  Froide­vaux was award­ed a bronze medal (3rd place) for Kumite and also placed 4th in Kata.

It’s very inter­est­ing and edu­ca­tion­al to expe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ences of mar­tial arts com­pe­ti­tion in Europe and the USA”, says Froide­vaux (a 3-time State Games of Amer­i­ca Nation­al karate cham­pi­on) who also holds mul­ti­ple region­al and Wyoming state titles in karate and fenc­ing.  “Like in the USA, the Euro­pean tour­na­ment orga­niz­ers and ref­er­ees are strict, with well-enforced rules for the safe­ty of the par­tic­i­pants, which lim­its the num­bers of injuries that can hap­pen”, accord­ing to Froide­vaux.  “Although the karate styles are sim­i­lar to those in the USA, the choice of Katas in com­pe­ti­tion is stan­dard­ized and the lev­el of dif­fi­cul­ty and per­for­mance is very high, which makes for great spir­it­ed com­pe­ti­tion, inter­na­tion­al cama­raderie, and an enthu­si­as­tic fan-based atmos­phere of friend­ly rival­ry much like that at a good foot­ball or bas­ket­ball game.”

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