FOR sensei Kim Benn, the Karate Union of Australia WA (KUA WA) is more than just a karate centre.
The Western Australian branch was founded by her late father Carl Marriott, who passed away in 2014, and Sensai Benn said she, her brother and sister wanted to continue the dojo their father’s honour.
“We grew up training down there,” she said.
“Many year ago we all also represented WA and Australia, in 1990 I was a silver medallist in a JKA world championship.
“Our own children also train alongside us now which is wonderful.”
Recently, the Fremantle PCYC based team won 19 medals at the Senshinkan Open Tournament.
“This was a great start to the year ahead,” Benn said.
“We now have athletes vying for WA state team selection to compete in Tasmania in August.
“It will be my first students to rank so high since taking over the Freo PCYC dojo, the entire club is super excited.”
There will be a special training event for any past students on Thursday May 9 to reflect and honour Hanshi Carl Marriott.