A MIDLAND Karate club’s team have won gold in an Kata at an event in Victoria.
Phillip Salmon of Sensei Bob Allen’s Swan Hills Goju Ryu Karate club in Midland represented WA at the Australian Karate Federation National Championship Tournament in Glen Waverley Victoria from August 12-14.
He was joined by teammates Theo Prinsloo and Tom Pettit.
Salmon has been practicing karate for six years and views competitions as a special opportunity to focus his training and fine-tune his techniques.
Salmon, who lives in Mt Lawley, said he had put in many extra hours, working on specifics like transitions between movements and sharp and snappy techniques.
“Now all I need to do is trust that the foundation is there, so I can relax and give it my all on the day,” he said.
After his debut at the 2015 Australian Nationals in the kumite (fighting) division, Salmon rose to new challenges this year, competing not only in the Men’s Open Kata but also as a member of the WA Karate Federation’s Men’s Kata Team.
Kata is a series of set patterns representing karate fighting moves and is judged on criteria including accuracy and effectiveness of techniques, speed, athleticism and an elusive quality called zanchin, meaning sustained mental and physical awareness.
Team kata adds another dimension to the performance by including bunkai, demonstrating applications of the techniques through simulated combat.
Salmon said he loves the sense of community among his fellow practitioners and is excited to be working with his partners Tom Pettit and Theo Prinsloo from Shobukan Martial Arts in Midland.
“It’s great being part of this team; we train to perform extremely high quality kata, but also get to demonstrate how effectively these techniques and patterns work in a fight,” he said.
“With karate having recently been added to the list of events for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, this is a very exciting time for the WA Karate Federation,” Bob Allen said.
“Phillip, Tom and Theo always train very diligently and with great focus. Preparing for and competing in events like this has helped many students improve immensely over the years.
“I’m proud to have Phillip as a student, and know he will do his very best.”
Allen has been a referee at the state and national level for 21 years, and is one of the WA Karate Federation’s senior coaches.
He teaches students Midland and Mt Helena.
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