2017 sets the bar for martial arts club
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.