Karate kids have the world at their feet
By STEVE ARCHBOLD AND BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WIN, lose or draw, students at the Coffs Harbour PCYC have reached the pinnacle of competition within Australia on the National All Styles (NAS) circuit.
Kenseikan Karate chief instructor, Mark Passmore, 7th Dan is delighted with the performances of the members of his team.
During the past 12 months, almost every member of his team has either placed in or won every division they have contested at NAS tournaments including regional, state and national events.
As a result of these performances the team is now competing in the world all styles tournament starting today on the Gold Coast against the elite from overseas.
Coffs Harbour competitors will join others from PCYC's covering an area from Port Macquarie to the Queensland border for three days of serious competition in their first international tournament.
Local competitors are Kiarra-Lee Field, Madison Lusty, Daniel Booth, Kelly Kadwell, Tom Kadwell, Angus Field and Riley Davis.
Following the world titles, the group will begin preparations for the next round of the national all styles at Port Macquarie later this year.
Training at PCYC is available for participants of any age and details can be provided by ringing Mark Passmore Shihan on 0413 074 218.
n FOR a sensei to have nine students from his dojo qualify for a world titles is a huge effort.
When that dojo is from the North Coast of NSW, it's even bigger.
Mark Corner is bursting with pride about his students that have reached this level.
Teaching the martial art of bushido budokan which is a form of karate that the Samurai studied but Corner's chosen style is set to be given the ultimate test.
Starting today at the Gold Coast, the titles cover all forms of martial arts, not just those who practice the art of bushido budokan.
"Unfortunately for us, normally karate always win," Corner joked.
"But anyone can go in it and being all styles it basically sorts out the wheat from the chaff as there's competitors there with backgrounds in either Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and Jujitsu.
Corner was also quick to point out that just because the tournament is being held relatively locally, it's not just a matter of packing the students in a mini-van and turning up.
"You have to qualify, not just anyone can turn up," he said.
"There are 16 countries coming to the Gold Coast for the tournament. Competitiors from Czechoslovakia, England, all over the place."
Corner has some less than conventional tactics that he uses with his students in competition but the results speak for themselves.
He's hoping that his group acquit themselves well this weekend and the sensei is quietly confident that the group will.
"Basically I'm hoping for some of them to get a top 10 finish," Corner added.
"There's two or three that I think can get in the top three but if they get top 10 in the world I'll be ecstatic."