Students take world championship crowns
TWO students from Pollets Martial Arts Centre Penrith have been crowned world champions after competing at the 42nd annual US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in Florida.
Daniel Brown and Tylisha Turner, both 14, were selected to represent Australia and won two world titles each during the two-day championships this month.
Tylisha has been training for just under two years at Pollets Martial Arts Centre, and has already achieved great results.
The Lethbridge Park youngster had to overcome a serious ankle injury and only received the all-clear four weeks before the US Open.
She trained up to five days a week ahead of the championships, where she was judged to be the best in her division for traditional forms and gained her second world title in clash sparring. She gained third place in continuous sparring.
“I was excited and very proud to receive my first title in Kata and then to receive my second there was a happy dance,” Tylisha said.
“It was a great experience as I had never travelled that far to compete and it was all about learning and to test my ability.”
While her overall experience was overwhelming and competition was hard, Tylisha reminded herself how far she’d come and what was in store for her.
“This has made me push myself and help me focus on my training for New Zealand,” Tylisha said.
Daniel, from Werrington County, also trained up to five days a week and placed first in the traditional forms event judged to be the best Kata competitor.
He also finished first in continuous sparring (full contact), third in point sparring and fourth in traditional weapon Kata.
“Competing in America was the most awesome experience,” Daniel said.
The duo’s focus now turns to New Zealand, where in November they will join the touring Australian team and participate in the World Gojo Karate Championships in Auckland.
Karate stars Tylisha Turner and Daniel Brown.