22/02/2018 – Fight for Peace judoka Mohez Khan has been crowned UK national champion following a gold medal winning display at the recent British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship in the male under 66KG (2Kyu and below) category. Mohez now becomes a dual sport national champion having won a UK Olympic weightlifting title in 2017.

The 20 year old, who as well as being a Fight for Peace athlete, studies Sports Science at Middlesex University, won the gold despite losing his first fight of the day. Great composure, and the support of his coach Darren Hawney, saw Mohez sail through the knockout stages of the competition unbeaten to take first position on the podium.

Fight for Peace aims to work together with young people to create both sporting champions and champions in life. The former, with Mohez now among them, inspire and motivate our members and staff alike and act as positive role models at our Rio de Janeiro and London Academies. Since the founding of the organisation in 2000, Fight for Peace has built a proud history of producing national champions in the disciplines of boxing, judo and wrestling champions, and counts world muay thai champions among its members.

The mantra that in combat sports, as in life, you get out only what you put in is not lost on Mohez, and he put his victory down to the hard work he has put in with his teammates on the tatami at Fight for Peace, as well as the resolve to come back stronger from an early defeat:

“I trained so hard to achieve this, so when I achieved it I was just like what?! I’m the champion? Certain things didn’t go my way like I lost my first fight, I just couldn’t get my flow and but then I told my coach Darren that I wasn’t going to lose again and I didn’t.”

“This was the biggest competition that Mo had entered but that didn’t phase him. He has great character and he showed this by losing his first fight then dusting himself off and he didn’t look in trouble for the rest of the day”, said Fight for Peace Judo Coach Darren Hawney. “After having a chat about his first fight, Mo turned to me and said ‘that’s it, I’m not losing again today’, and he was true to his word. He has such a great training ethic, he’s first one at training and the last one to leave. He’s a great role model to the younger athletes and a credit to Fight for Peace.”

Modestly, Mohez credits his victory to the support he receives from his teammates and especially his coach:

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates and my coach. Darren won’t admit it, but he played a big part as he goes out of his own way to come in the mornings to train us just because he wants us to get the extra hours in and help us improve – I can’t emphasise enough how much he played a big part.”