Two of South Coast Shotokan Karate members recently travelled to Sydney to compete in the 2nd round of the NSW National All Styles martial arts tournament.
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Both competitors came home with very pleasing results in their respective events.
Evie Rowe performed very well wining a bronze medal in the 12-13 years 10-6th Kyu Forms.
She also did very well in the 12-13 yrs Female Points Sparring event although she was eliminated in overtime after the scores were drawn at 5 apiece against the girl that went on to win second.
This was Evie’s return to competition after an absence of almost two years so a great effort on her part.
Assistant instructor at South Coast Shotokan Karate, Amanda Baker, also put in a fine effort to win three gold and a silver medal at this tournament.
These may be her best results yet since beginning in this series of tournaments in 2015.
Amanda comfortably won the Female Masters Forms with the kata Nijyushiho and also won the Female Masters Points Sparring and the Open Women’s Forms with the same kata.
However, the scheduling of two of Amanda’s events at the same time caused her some concern.
This may have influenced the silver medal result in the Open Women’s Points Sparring event in a close fight that could have gone either way.
A rigorous exercise and training regime has paid off in results for Amanda who has been travelling to Sydney and Canberra for additional training.
The effort is helping her shed weight, get fitter, faster and improve her karate technique.
Amanda’s coach, Sensei Josie, during the tournament said that “Amanda is looking dangerous.”
The results from her training regime has also led to Amanda feeling healthier and happier.
Her efforts in NAS tournaments this year have already secured her a place in the NAS NSW State Titles to be held in October this year.
Senior instructor at South Coast Shotokan Karate, Sensei David Rush, said, “The results from Evie and Amanda are an example of what can be achieved when our members put in the training and dedication to achieve their goals.
“We have a number of other members showing a lot of promise should they wish to give tournaments a try.
“But I always remind our members that sport karate is just a part of budo karate and that on a different day you can end up with different results.
“That’s why at South Coast Shotokan Karate we always emphasise the importance of character development rather than winning or losing competition fights”, added David.
New members are welcome to join South Coast Shotokan Karate.
The club offers classes for children, teenagers and adults from beginner to advance level.
Go to www.southcoastkarate.com.au or call 0418 977 402 to find out more.
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