Karate: Ballajura athlete Taiyang Linnell (8) eyes more national glory in 2019

Karate: Ballajura athlete Taiyang Linnell (8) eyes more national glory in 2019

AFTER a 13-medal haul this year, Ballajura karate athlete Taiyang Linnell has set his sights on obtaining a brown belt in 2019.

Linnell, who currently has a blue belt, has been training for 20 months.

The eight-year-old won a gold medal for kata and silver medal in kumite in the 8-9 years division at the Go-Kan-Ryu Australian National Championships on November 24.

His national wins followed a double-gold medal victory at the state championships.

He said he was nervous but excited to compete with the best in Australia.

“As the other boys were a lot bigger than me in kumite, I tried my best against them; I was so happy to win silver,” he said.

“I was excited to win gold as I did my favourite kata (techniques): saifa, bassai-dai and then seiunchin.

“I have achieved all my goals I set at the beginning of the year except one which is to reach red belt…I am hoping to do this next month.”

His goals for 2019 were to get a brown belt, win state tournaments for Shotokan and Go-Kan-Ryu styles and compete at nationals.