Town hosts karate cham­pi­onships

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Mar­ius Dakin Carl Mar­riott Award re­cip­i­ent Zebe­diah Bar­nett fights Nic Payet dur­ing their bunkai demon­stra­tion.

Scores of com­peti­tors filled the Mar­garet River Cul­tural Cen­tre at the week­end for the in­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sal Shotokan Karate Union Cham­pi­onships.

The cham­pi­onships, held on al­ter­na­tive years in Ja­pan, in­cluded nearly 50 over­seas com­peti­tors from 10 coun­tries com­pet­ing against 110 karateka from Queens­land, South Aus­tralia, New South Wales and WA. It in­cluded lo­cal sem­i­nars and train­ing at the Mar­garet River Karate Club.

Mar­garet River, which had more than 30 stu­dents com­pet­ing, fared ex­cep­tion­ally well, bag­ging more than 35 medals in kata, ku­mite, bunkai and team events.

“I have noth­ing but praise for our stu­dents,” sen­sei and sixth dan black belt Ken Rouw said. “They com­peted so well.

“Our karate friends from in­ter­state and over­seas had a taste of Mar­garet River that most vis­i­tors miss out on — friend­ship, hos­pi­tal­ity and gen­eros­ity.

“We were able to show­case Mar­garet River, it’s en­vi­ron­ment, life­style and peo­ple.”

A high­light of the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded Mar­garet River Se­nior High School stu­dent Zebe­diah Bar­nett win­ning the Carl Mar­riott Award.

Bar­nett, 15, was pre­sented the en­vi­able award fol­low­ing the three-day event for his out­stand­ing achieve­ments dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Rouw said it was only the sec­ond time the award had been handed out.

The Carl Mar­riott Award started four years ago, fol­low­ing the pass­ing of the epony­mous chief in­struc­tor of Uni­ver­sal Shotokan Karate Union.

“Af­ter Carl died sud­denly a few years ago, it was de­cided to carry on his mem­ory in this way,” Rouw said. “He was the chief in­struc­tor of this or­gan­i­sa­tion since the mid-1970s and was an in­spi­ra­tional leader — and karate was his life. He was a true war­rior.

“The award is given to a ju­nior com­peti­tor who per­formed to the best of his or her abil­ity, was suc­cess­ful in their events, showed hu­mil­ity in win­ning and demon­strated strong spirit in com­pet­ing, as well as re­flect­ing some of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of Shi­han Carl Mar­riott.”

Bar­nett said the win took him by sur­prise.

“It was so un­ex­pected but nice to re­ceive it as a re­ward on my karate jour­ney,” he said.

Bar­nett came first or sec­ond in the seven events he was in — win­ning gold and sil­ver medals for his ef­forts in in­di­vid­ual kata, team kata, ku­mite, bunkai and group events.

Com­peti­tors demon­strate dur­ing the week­end’s in­ter­na­tional event.

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