DUO BOUND FOR GLORY
A ST Marys gym will have two representatives at the national junior karate championships in Melbourne next month.
Humzah Rashidi, 10, of St Marys, and Julian Laine, 7, of St Clair, train with Double Impact Taekwondo which runs classes at Revolutions Health and Fitness Gym in St Marys.
Tracey Laine said she only enrolled son Julian in taekwondo to give him some selfdefence skills.
“It’s worrying that this generation can’t even ride their bikes down the street without fear of something happening to them,” Mrs Laine said. ››
“Due to so many kids being kidnapped, or worse, I decided to enrol him and his four-year-old brother in self-defence.”
Julian began taekwondo training just 18 months ago and already has earned a purple belt after being double-graded twice.
“His sensai suggested we put him in his first tournament to give him confidence and purely for the fact that he believed he was good enough,” Mrs Laine said.
Julian placed first in NSW for the sword combat event at the International Sport Karate Association’s (ISKA) Australian Open in Liverpool last month.
“I’m so proud of him,” Mrs Laine said.
“I think he will do well at the Australian titles.
“Whether or not he gets all the way, I’m just so proud and I wish him luck. ”
Mrs Laine said Julian’s first love soccer had been left at the wayside as his passion for taekwondo grew.
The Australian Open competition also saw teamate Humzah Rashidi place second in the state for the point sparring competition.
Humzah’s mum Katrina Coffee said she was nervous watching him compete, but she was confident even before he set foot on the mat.
“Humzah has been training for the last 12 months or so,” Ms Coffee said.
“He told me ‘I’m going to walk away with a trophy today mum’.
“He’s got a lot of ambition.”
Ms Coffee said she could see Humzah studying his opponents’ moves and using them to his advantage.
“He has more composure than a lot of other kids his age,” she highlighted.
As a result of their high achievements, Julian and Humzah were invited to compete in the more serious ISKA Australian championships at the Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool, on Sunday, November 27.
Humzah Rashidi and Julian Laine prepare at Revolutions Gym in St Marys for the national karate titles later this month. Picture: Justin Sanson
Humzah Rashidi and Julian Laine.