2017 sets the bar for mar­tial arts club

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MAR­TIAL ARTS: It has been the most suc­cess­ful year for the Glad­stone Mar­tial Arts Acad­emy with a swag of medals and cham­pi­ons in its 20th year.

Older and younger stu­dents from the Rob McIn­tyre-coached acad­emy com­peted in six tour­na­ments this year with a col­lec­tive 53 gold medals, 51 sil­ver medals and 23 bronze medals.

The team also came away with two Queens­land cham­pi­ons – Nate Gour­ley, 9, and 13-year-old Trin­ity McKen­zie.

“It has been a fan­tas­tic year for our club in all areas but es­pe­cially our Jiu Jitsu classes,” McIn­tyre said.

“Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu is such a hard mar­tial art, much harder and tak­ing much longer to learn than oth­ers, so to see so many peo­ple com­mit to the train­ing makes me so happy.

“The com­pe­ti­tion re­sults are just a bonus, a re­sult of the great cur­ricu­lum com­bined with the ef­fort of our stu­dents.

“The real re­ward is see­ing peo­ple get­ting fit while re­ally chal­leng­ing them­selves and get­ting out­side of their com­fort zone and see­ing the kids grow in con­fi­dence week by week.”

Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu is con­sid­ered a sub­mis­sion mar­tial art be­cause it has no punches, kicks or other strikes, in­stead it teaches how to con­trol an op­po­nent by grap­pling and forc­ing them to sub­mit from arm and leg locks, shoul­der locks and chokes.


ACAD­EMY OF TAL­ENT: Some of the stu­dents from the GMAA.

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