SHOBUKAN Martial Arts Club in Nollamara is off to a promising start for the 2017 karate season after winning 35 medals at two tournaments.
The club won 29 medals at the Senshinkan Open, the first Western Australian Karate League (WAKL) in 2017 and followed by a series of medals at the State Karate Championships at the State Karate Championshipslast weekend.
Head instructor Mark Golding said athletes delivered an “all round” performance across Kata and Kumite disciplines.
“If the athletes continue to train with the same level of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm, the club should perform very well during the competition season,” he said.
“At the State Karate Championships that was held on March 26 at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, we had seven athletes enter, all of which medalled.
“Four of the athletes are vying for state team selection to represent WA at the Australian Karate Federation’s National Championships in Sydney on August 4-6.”
Golding said he looked forward to seeing the sport shine on the international stage in the near future.
“The future is filled with excitement with confirmation from the International Olympic Committee, the sport of Karate has been included into the program of events in Buenos Aires 2018 (Youth Olympic Games) and Tokyo 2020,” he said.
“This presents a great opportunity for tomorrow’s champions to represent our sport in front of an unprecedented international audience in the most exciting global sporting arena.”