Taking on the world

Ethan Silverton training for the upcoming taekwondo world championships. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d419136
Ethan Silverton training for the upcoming taekwondo world championships. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d419136

Ethan Silverton is a student and teacher at ATI Martial Arts in Ellenbrook and has been involved in the sport for the past six years.

In Azerbaijan, he will compete in the cadet category for 13 to 14-year-olds from around the world.

He qualified to represent Australia at the world championships after he won both of his fights in last month’s selection trials in Perth.

In coming months, Ethan will be training 12 hours per week and teaching taekwondo for another 15 hours, all on top of his regular school commitments.

His training regime is set to include phases of strength conditioning, sparring and cardio to prepare him for his most testing fight to date.

Previously, Ethan travelled to the Bali International Tournament and made three knockouts to get to the quarter finals and pick up a bronze medal

He also won titles for the under-45kg and under-49kg weight classes at the Australian National Championships in Brisbane earlier this year.

Already, the highly dangerous junior has a ratio of 8-0 knockouts.

Ethan said he wanted to take his talent around the world and represent Australia through his junior years to senior.

‘We will work towards the Junior World Titles in 2016, and who knows from there,’ he said.

‘It felt awesome to be picked for this championship. My normal knockout technique has been with my spinning kick, so I hope to use that.’

The Ellenbrook branch of ATI Martial Arts has been open for three weeks now and is seeking new members.

Call 9297 6060 or visit atimartialarts.com.au for more details.