Not a good idea to mess with this team
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.’’
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.