Shobukan Martial Arts Club wins 21 medals at Perth Open


Shobukan Martial Arts Club
Shobukan Martial Arts Club

SHOBUKAN Martial Arts Club in Nollamara brought home 11 medals from the Perth Open on May 15.

The Perth Open was the second tournament of the WA Karate League.

Ten participation medals were awarded to competitors aged eight and under while the other 11 were from novice and elite categories.

WA Karate Federation vice president and Shobukan Nollamara head instructor Mark Golding said the club had many competitors across two disciplines, kata (patterned movements) and kumite (sparring).

“We had students from Nollamara in both categories and it was just a great day,” Golding said.

“From our club we have three state players and two competed on May 15 and will compete for Western Australia at the National Championships in Melbourne in August.”

Golding, also the national coach, said karate was a prominent sport on the global stage.

“In August, it is not at the Rio Olympics but it is good chance karate would be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” he said.

“I think that would change the dynamic at your club level because people who train there could be a potential Olympian.”

Golding said the students were training hard for the 2016 Shobukan Open in June.

“Our youngest competitor was four years of age,” he said.

“Students from an early age are showing great performances and are training hard.”