GALLERY: Karate squad strikes back at competition
ATHLETES from the region have returned from the south after one of the most competitive karate tournaments in the country.
Almost 30 competitors from Queensland took part in the Australian Karate Federation's national titles from August 27-28 in Adelaide after a rigorous selection process.
The national competition is held every two years in partnership with Japan, and competitors from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Japan fight for the chance to become champions.
The competition alternates between Australia and Japan each year and competitors range from junior to black belt.
Queensland topped the medal tally in the championships.
Kumite, Kata and Gohon Kumite tournaments are held and focus on fighting, step pattern movements, team and strategy fighting.
Kingaroy instructor and Queensland coach Damian Nicholson said South Burnett competitors as young as six years old took part in the titles.
"It is a really high level of competition, especially that element of having international teams taking part," Mr Nicholson said.
"The Queensland squad did really well and individuals on the South Burnett team in particular medalled in at least one of the events they took part in.
"For some, Queensland placed first, second and third, which was a really fantastic result."
Mr Nicholson said a significant number of juniors had acquired their black belts for the competition and were competing for the first time at that level of competition.
Mr Nicholson said students prepared all year for the national competition, which was held in high regard.
Students who did exceptionally well were able to attend the titles in Japan every second year.
Aside from training for the competition, Mr Nicholson said the sport gave competitors additional life skills.
"It has the same benefits as with any of the martial arts," Mr Nicholson said. "That encompasses confidence, self-discipline, self-control, pushing through adversity, not panicking in pressure situations - and they're all really handy life skills.
"We find it's really beneficial and it goes across all areas of their life."
If you're interested in learning about karate in Kingaroy, Murgon or Wondai, phone Brian Koenig on 0419 675 722.
Black belt gradings
Dave Forkings - 4th Dan
Callum Forkings - 2nd Dan
Gregory Koenig - 4th Dan
Maddie Hines - 1st Dan
Andrew Zerner - 2nd Dan Black Belt
Brett Hall - 1st Dan Black Belt
Madison Hall - Shodan Ho (Under 18 Black Belt)
Jessamy Zerner - Shodan Ho
Tournament Results - other areas of Qld
Dave Forkings - 1st Men's Black Belt Kata
Callum Forkings - 3rd Kata-2nd Kumite
Boys Black Belt 15-17yrs
Gregory Koenig - 1st Men's 85kg+ Kumite
Maddie Hines - 2nd Women's Black Belt Kumite
Women's 10th Kyu-5th Kyu
2nd Gohon Kumite, 2nd Kata
2nd Team Kata, 1st Kumite
10th Kyu-5th Kyu Men's
1st Kata, 2nd Kumite, 2nd Team Kata
Boys 15-17yrs 10th-5th Kyu
2nd Gohon Kumite
1st Kata, 2nd Kumite
2nd Team Kata
Boys 11-13yrs 4th Kyu-Black Belt
3rd Team Kata
Boys 8-10yrs 10th Kyu-5th Kyu
2nd Team Kumite
Girls 11-13yrs 4th Kyu-Black Belt
2nd Kumite, 3rd Team Kata
Girls 8-10yrs 4th Kyu-Black Belt
3rd Kumite, 3rd Team Kata
SOUTH BURNETT RESULTS FROM ADELAIDE
Kai Alan 10th - 5th kyu
3rd 10-11yrs Male Kumite
2nd Junior Team Kumite
4th in 10-11yrs Kata
This was the biggest division at the titles.
Jorja Hall 4th to Black Belt
2nd 11-13yrs Female Kumite
3rd 11-13yrs Mixed Kata
Bailee Hall 4th to Black Belt
1st 12-13yrs Female Kumite
2nd 12-13yrs Mixed Kata
Madison Hall black belt
2nd 14-15yrs Female Kumite
1st 14-15yrs Female Kata
Teagan Hall black belt
1st 14-15yrs Female Kumite
2nd 14-15yrs Female Kata
Jessamy Zerner Black Belt
3rd 14-15yrs Female Kumite
3rd 14-15yrs Female Kata
All six of the students from the South Burnett represented Qld in the team demonstration between states and Japan and placed third.
Final South Burnett result (wasn't part of the demonstration):
Ellie Nicholson 10th to 5th Kyu 10-11 Years
2nd Female Kumite
2nd Mixed Gohon Kumite
2nd Junior Team Kumite