Martial arts students, Ian Farmer, Cheyenne Hoffman and Jody Whitley go through some of their routines.
Martial arts students, Ian Farmer, Cheyenne Hoffman and Jody Whitley go through some of their routines.

Martialling their forces

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IT'S an argument that will never get settled. Which martial art is the best?

Depending on what style you've learned, there's a lot of bias in nearly every person's attempt to enter into the argument.

Three tae kwon do students have put forward a stronger argument than most that it is their sport which should be rated number one.

At the recent National All Styles Titles, the Coffs Harbour trio of Cheyenne Hoffman, Jody Whitley and Ian Farmer all performed above their expectations against opponents with a variety of martial art styles, particularly karate and kung fu.

The black-belt Hoffman performed the best by claiming the Australian title in the heavyweight section and finishing third when sparring in the open weight division.

"The karate and kung fu people were more aggressive and that threw us a bit at the state titles in Sydney," Hoffman said.

"We came back after state knowing what to expect but we didn't change too much.

"We thought that if we were going to lose, then we were going to lose looking good."

Look good they did.

Whitley, a brown belt finished fourth and Farmer who is a blue belt and also lot less experienced than the other two was ecstatic to finish in the last 16 taking on opponents with black belts, more experience and youth on their side.

"I was glad to actually win a fight," he admitted.

"It was a great learning experience for next time, when you're up at national level, you're talking a whole different division really."

With results like these it would be only the brave or foolish who would argue with these three over which style is the better.



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