Not a good idea to mess with this team

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

A five-strong team of mar­tial arts stu­dents has left a pow­er­ful im­pres­sion at the World Mar­tial Arts Cham­pi­onships in Las Vegas.

The stu­dents from Ris­ing Dragon Mar­tial Arts in Block­house Bay stormed their way to six first places at the com­pe­ti­tion re­turn­ing home with an im­pres­sive swag of sil­ver­ware last month.

Lyn­field sis­ters Eliza and Amelia Blamey both came away with first place in self de­fence for their re­spec­tive age groups.

Thir­teen-year-old Amelia went head-to-head with black belts to win the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons tro­phy in self de­fence which is the most pres­ti­gious and hotly con­tested event, while 11-year-old Eliza also placed first in forms.

Block­house Bay 14-yearold Tay­lor Rogers came first in spar­ring and self-de­fence, while 12-year-old Cameron Rogers claimed sec­ond place in forms and 12-year-old Gurnoor Singh came away with first place in spar­ring.

Their achieve­ments were the re­sult of seven months of train­ing and fundrais­ing.

The re­sults speak for them­selves, Ris­ing Dragon Mar­tial Arts chief in­struc­tor Chris Church says.

‘‘This was a su­perb re­sult from our Block­house Bay dojo and, in fact, the en­tire New Zealand team did ex­cep­tion­ally well.’’

Photo: JESS LEE

Kick­ing butt: World Mar­tial Arts Cham­pi­onship 2013 ti­tle win­ners from Ris­ing Dragon Mar­tial Arts in Block­house Bay. From left: Eliza Blamey, Amelia Blamey, Cameron Rogers and Gurnoor Singh. Team-mate Tay­lor Rogers is ab­sent.

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