Stu­dents take world cham­pi­onship crowns

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Kristine Tar­bert

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Karate stars Tylisha Turner and Daniel Brown.

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