Karate kid

Loon Bay youth wins two gold medals at na­tion­als

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Loon Bay ath­lete wins big at na­tion­als

He’s only been in­volved with karate for two years, but Se­bas­tian An­stey is al­ready mas­ter­ing the art form.

The yel­low belt Loon Bay youth at­tended the Na­tional Tra­di­tional Karate Fed­er­a­tion na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Saska­toon, Sask., May 26, and won two gold medals in Kata and in­di­vid­ual Ku­mite.

Se­bas­tian is quite pleased with his re­cent ac­com­plish­ment.

“I was go­ing up against peo­ple who are higher rank than me, com­pet­ing in the or­ange belt,” he said. “It makes me feel re­ally good.”

Se­bas­tian said he de­cided to get into mar­tial arts as his fa­ther, Mor­ris An­stey, was once a stu­dent of karate.

“That in­spired me to try it for my­self,” the 10-year-old said.

He’s been do­ing it ever since, even trav­el­ling to Grand Falls Wind­sor and Gan­der to study with karate sen­sei’s.

“It’s re­ally fun, and it teaches dis­ci­pline and self-con­trol,” Se­bas­tian said.

Wayne Loren­zen, his sen­sei at the Gan­der Sho­tokan Karate School, is quite pleased with his stu­dents re­sults.

“Se­bas­tian is a great karateka with a phe­nom­e­nal at­ti­tude for train­ing and de­vel­op­ment,” Loren­zen said. “He has a bright fu­ture.”

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Ten-year-old Se­bas­tian An­stey of Loon Bay re­cently at­tended the Na­tional Tra­di­tional Karate Fed­er­a­tion’s na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Saska­toon and won two gold medals.

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