Gold medals ga­lore

Lo­cal karate crew floors its op­po­nents

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Peter Car­ruthers

MAR­TIAL ARTS: Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger was in Aus­tralia last week and the crew from Whit­sun­day Kyokushin Karate was there to meet the Hol­ly­wood leg­end.

The com­bined team from the Can­non­vale and Proser­pine do­jos made the epic trip to Mel­bourne to com­pete in the Arnold Clas­sic.

The full name of the com­pe­ti­tion is the Arnold Clas­sic Mar­tial Arts Fes­ti­val’s full­con­tact Kyokushin Karate com­pe­ti­tion, and it was held for the first time this year.

For­mer Aus­tralian Kyokushin karate cham­pion, fifth dan black belt and now karate teacher Shi­han Wayne Hin­schen said he was proud of the team’s achieve­ments.

“We won the crowd, we won a lot of peo­ple over,” he said.

Mr Hin­schen said many teams com­pet­ing at the tour­na­ment had the ad­van­tage of com­pet­ing ev­ery week and for a small re­gional team to pick up so many medals was a huge achieve­ment.

The team of 20 com­peti­tors brought home 21 plac­ings for the skills demon­strated in the ring.

The tour­na­ment was held un­der tra­di­tional Kyokushin “knock­down” rules.

The bouts saw some of Aus­tralia’s tough­est fight­ers do bare-knuckle bat­tle with body punches, knees and thump­ing leg-kicks – though kids up to the age of 14 do wear body armour.

Sen­sei Belinda Wood­ham’s said she was very pround of all the stu­dents and happy to see them do well.

KARATE KIDS: Mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day Kyokushin Karate team fresh from a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment. Photo: Peter Car­ruthers

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