Hillarys karate kids get a kick from medals


Shobukan Martial Arts students show off their awards and medals.  Picture: Martin Kennealey
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Shobukan Martial Arts students show off their awards and medals. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d467587

YOUNGSTERS at Shobukan Martial Arts in Hillarys excelled at last month’s Senshinkan Open.

Held at ECU’s Joondalup campus, it was the first WA Karate League event for the year with divisions for development and elite kata and kumite.

The club had 11 competitors aged between seven and 12, with five winning medals.

Gold went to Mya Haley for the girls nine years kata, silver to Max Haley for the boys eight years kata and Kate Andrews-Evens for the girls 10-11 years kumite and bronze to Oliver Giles for the boys eight years kata and Thomas Gill for the boys 10-11 years kumite.

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Other competitors who performed well were Zia Adams, Zac and Tenaya Stevens, Matthew Owen and Jesslyn and Shaun Taavale.

Head instructor Reece Blissett said while the club based at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre had only been running for two years, it was “growing rapidly and producing some promising students, as shown by the results in the recent tournament”.

“Karate has been included in the 2020 Olympics and these kids are aspiring to represent Australia one day.”