Karate kid sets sights on glory

North Waikato News - - OUT & ABOUT - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

She’s only 8 years old but Charm McKin­non can al­ready call her­self a New Zealand cham­pion.

Af­ter tak­ing the top spot in the Waikato for her age, the Huntly West School stu­dent won the New Zealand Kyokushin Karate Full Con­tact cham­pi­onship in the girls 8 years and 9 years di­vi­sion.

She was part of the 11-mem­ber team in the na­tion­als held late May, where seven came away with plac­ings

Head stu­dent Lu­cas McKin­non re­tained his na­tional heavy weight ku­mite, freestyle fight­ing, cham­pion ti­tle for the fourth time in a row, and was over­all cham­pion.

Kyokushin karate is a tra­di­tional Ja­panese style mar­tial art known as the ‘‘strong­est karate’’ and fo­cuses on the devel­op­ment of char­ac­ter with the phys­i­cal as­pects fol­low­ing.

With the fi­nan­cial help of her school and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, the young yel­low belt ath­lete is geared up to fight in Bris­bane on Au­gust 28 at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships.

The tour­na­ment will host fight­ers from as young as 5-years old to over 40-years old.

Her un­cle Lu­cas and aunty Danielle Dixon, also from Huntly, will also com­pete.

In 2014, Lu­cas claimed the 2014 Aus­tralian Su­per Heavy ti­tle along with the Yokozuna Grand Cham­pion prize.

‘‘It was hard when I first started but it's start­ing to get easy.’’

Now it seems Charm is fol­low­ing his foot­steps.

A fierce com­peti­tor, Charm started the sport three years ago at the fam­ily-run Rahui Pokeka Kyokushin Karate Club.

‘‘It was hard when I first started but it’s start­ing to get easy,’’ Charm said.

At the Welling­ton event where she claimed the na­tional ti­tle, she fought two com­peti­tors who were dif­fer­ent heights.

It was a chal­lenge but Charm said she found var­i­ous tech­niques to win.

Charm’s grand­par­ents Lor­raine Sil­bery-McKin­non, Ed­win McKin­non and her un­cle Lu­cas are vet­er­ans in the sport and she trains along­side her cousins, un­cles, aun­ties and broth­ers.

It’s hard work for this de­ter­mined young­ster - she trains up to six days a week at the dojo and a home gym at her grand­par­ents’ house. But she still man­ages to squeeze in the time to play net­ball and dance.

It’s ap­par­ent there is no stop­ping Charm on her quest for a black belt - and she’s al­ready half way there.

In just a three years, Charm McKin­nond is mak­ing a name for her­self in the sport kyokushin karate

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