World karate champion Ray Morcomb to show why he’s the best


World karate champion Ray Morcomb will demonstrate his Kata at the WA Karate League Perth Open at |LeisureFit Melville on Sunday.
World karate champion Ray Morcomb will demonstrate his Kata at the WA Karate League Perth Open at |LeisureFit Melville on Sunday.

WORLD champion Ray Morcomb will make a guest appearance at the all-ages WA Karate League Perth Open, hosted by LeisureFit Melville on Sunday.

The competition features 15 different grades, broken into age, gender and team categories.

The event includes Kata (form) and Kumite (freestyle) disciplines and will attract athletes who have, or are aiming to, compete at state, national and international level.

Morcomb, who is legally blind, won a gold medal for Australia competing at the inaugural world championships for athletes with a disability, held in conjunction with the World Karate Federation Championships in Germany in 2014.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Morcomb would conduct a Kata demonstration during the competition’s lunch break.

“While karate is a martial art that teaches self-defence, benefits such as increased fitness, energy and vitality are often achieved,” he said.

“The karate tournament is a jam-packed day of socialising and sharing the passion for karate, as well as a friendly competition.”

The competition starts at 9am and will run all day. Spectators are welcome to watch at no cost.