THE 11th Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) World Championships was held in Sydney recently with local karate instructor, David Rush bringing home bronze.
The atmosphere was electric and the standard high as competitors took to one of the eight mats in operation at Sydney Olympic Park on November 24.
Over 750 competitors representing more than 50 countries were all vying for the coveted world champion mantle in their divisions.
Australian team manager, competitor and local Nowra karate instructor David Rush made the finals in all five of his events and fought exceptionally well in the men’s masters team Kumite (points fighting) 40-49 years division to bring home a bronze medal.
Rush placed fifth in the male masters individual Kata 44-49 years division, beating his performance at the previous world championships in Greece in 2009. Rush also placed fifth in the male masters individual Kumite 44-49 years, fifth in the male masters team Kata over 40 years, and seventh in the Yakusoku Kumite (promise sparring).
The 77 member strong Australian team went on to win a total of six gold, six silver and 12 bronze medals at this world championships and placed second overall in the total medal tally, behind an adept Japanese team and in front of Kazakhstan.
“An additional 19 Australians finished in the finals of their respective divisions, this being by far the best result an Australian team has had in these world championships for over 30 years,” Rush said.
“I am so proud of all our members and to have been part of a team that has forged its place in history.”
“The eight team coaches did a great job supporting us as did the army of referees, judges, volunteer table officials, marshals and administrators. I also witnessed team members pull out some of the best standout performances of the entire competition across the range of events.”
All eyes were on Master Hirokazu Kanazawa, his eldest son, Nobuaki Sensei and Australian team captains, Brant Cogill and Megan Nixon.
The occasion marked the 11th SKIF World Shotokan Karate Championships and the realisation of Master Kanazawa’s long-time dream to see the SKIF World Championships held on every continent throughout the world.
David Rush runs classes in Nowra. Check the club website for more details www.nowrashotokan.com.au. Classes are held for all ages and all levels at the old gym, Nowra High School from 5.30pm every Monday and Wednesday.