Richard ‘Thunk Junkie’ Sunderland

I am a Certified Sport Throwing Instructor (IKTHOF and KATTA UK) and am proud to say I have introduced many hundreds of people to the sport, and taught throwers who have gone on to compete and win nationally and internationally.

I am a board member and the UK representative of the International Knife Thrower’s Hall of Fame (IKTHOF) and have represented the main European knife/axe throwing organisation, the Eurothrowers, in the US.

In October 2010, I became the number 1 ranked IKTHOF knife thrower in the world and set a new World Record with a score of 262! (Subsequently beaten, but it held for a couple of years).

In November 2011, I won the IKTHOF Tomahawk Throwing World Championship, set another new World Record with a score of 232 and became the number 1 ranked IKTHOF tomahawk thrower in the world too!  Sadly, in November 2013, this score was beaten too.

In December 2013, JP Devlin of BBC Radio 4 fame recorded me throwing and talking about throwing for Saturday Live. You can hear it here, about 13 mins in.

In October 2015 I was interviewed by Andy Fisher for his excellent series of podcasts for Thronin.

Knife Throwing Resume

2008 IKTHOF World Championships, Austin, Texas (incorporating Frontiersman Events at the Alamo, San Antonio, TX)

2009 IKTHOF NE United States Regional Tournament, Port Republic, New Jersey
2nd Place Int Knife | 2nd Place Int Hawk | 3rd Place Mountain Man

2009 Eurothrowers Big Meet, Villeflambeau, France
3rd Place 7m Knife

2009 IKTHOF World Championships, Austin, Texas
Attained Expert class Knife | 1st Place Int Hawk

2010 IKTHOF NE United States Regional Tournament, Port Republic, New Jersey
1st Place Expert Hawk (and 2nd highest score in the world) | Long Distance Knife Throw Champion

2010 1st UK KATTA  Tournament
Overall winner

2010 Cold Steel Challenge, Ventura, California
2nd Place Knife | 3rd Place Throwing Shovel | 4th Place Hawk

2010 IKTHOF World Championships, Austin, Texas
4th Place Knife | 4th Place Hawk | Long Distance Hawk Throw Champion | No 1 Ranked IKTHOF Knife Thrower | Inducted into the Hall Of Fame for International Competitor of the Year

2011 2nd UK KATTA Tournament
Overall Winner

2011 Eurothrowers Big Meet, Herrischried, Germany

2011 IKTHOF World Championships, Austin, Texas
1st Place Tomahawk (World Record score) | Finalist in Tomahawk Gold Cup | No 1 Ranked IKTHOF Tomahawk Thrower

2012 3rd UK KATTA Tournament
1st Place Tomahawk | 1st Place Mountain Man

2012 Eurothrowers Big Meet, Forni Avoltri, Italy

2012 IKTHOF World Championships, Blanco, Texas
2nd Place Tomahawk | Finalist in Tomahawk Gold Cup

2013 International Martial Arts Olympics, St Petersburg, Russia
Silver Medal 5m Knife

2013 4th UK KATTA Tournament
Overall Winner | 1st Place Mountain Man

2013 Eurothrowers Big Meet, Nivnice, Czech Republic

2013 IKTHOF World Championships, Blanco, Texas
3rd Place Tomahawk | 3rd Place Long Distance Tomahawk | 3rd Place Bell Ring (Whip Tournament) | Knife Tournament PB

2014 5th UK KATTA Tournament

2014 Eurothrowers World Championships, Callac, France
Qualified for World Championship Axe

2015 6th UK KATTA Tournament
Overall Winner | 1st Place Mountain Man

2015 Eurothrowers World Championships, Huthwaite, UK
This was a very special event because it was the first World Championship event held in and organised by the UK. Very hard work but something John and I had been working towards since the beginning of Knife Club. Qualified for World Championship Axe and Team GB came 3rd overall!

2016 2nd UK KATTA Spring Fling, Huthwaite, UK
1st Place Silhouette | 3rd Place Overall

2016 Eurothrowers World Championships, Maniago, Italy
4th Place 4m Axe | Qualified for World Championship Axe

2016 7th UK KATTA Tournament
Overall Winner | 1st Place 4m Axe | 1st Place 5m Axe | 1st Place 7m Knife | 1st Place Mountain Man | 1st Place Long Distance Axe | 2nd Place Silhouette | 2nd Place 5m Knife | 3rd Place 7m Axe | 3rd Place Anything Throw

2016 Essex Backyard Throwers (KATTA) Tournament, UK
Placed in most events

2017 IKTHOF US Nationals, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
7th Conventional Knife | 4th Conventional Tomahawk

2017 1st UK National Tournament, Huthwaite, UK
2nd Place 7m Axe | 3rd Place Double-bit Axe

2017 Eurothrowers European Championships, Alsómocsolád, Hungary

2017 Essex Backyard Throwers (KATTA) Tournament, UK
1st Place Long Distance Axe | 2nd Place 5m No Spin | 2nd Place 7m Tomahawks | 2nd Place Long Distance Knife | 3rd Place No Spin Overall | 3rd Place Knives and Axes Combined | 3rd Place Lazy Mountain Man | 3rd Place Hawks Overall | 3rd Place 5m Tomahawks | 3rd Place 4m No Spin

2018 KATTA UK Double Bit Axe Tournament, Huthwaite, UK
2nd Place Silhouette (Axe) | 3rd Place Mountain Man

2018 Brokenfeather Palooza, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA
2nd Place Hawk

2018 IKTHOF Canadian National Tournament, Micksburg, Ontario, Canada
2nd Place Hawk Gold Cup | 3rd Place Conventional Hawk Pro | 3rd Place Quick Draw

2018 KATTA UK National Tournament, Huthwaite, UK
3rd Place 7m Knife | 3rd Place Overall Knife | 3rd Place ‘Doug Herod’ Memorial Mountain Man

2018 Eurothrowers World Championships, Rýmařov, Czech Republic

2018 Essex Backyard Throwers (KATTA) Tournament, UK
1st Place Snife | 2nd Place No Spin | 3rd Place Speed Throw | 3rd Place [Women’s 🙂 ] Long Distance Knife

2018 Indonesian Great Knife and Axe Thrownament, Jakarta, Indonesia
4th Place Pro Knife | No Spin Pro Personal Best