Rising star Ciana ready to shine on world stage

Kian and Ciana Martinus watched (in background) by (from left) their father Ian Martinus and Brian Davidson.
Kian and Ciana Martinus watched (in background) by (from left) their father Ian Martinus and Brian Davidson.

One of his rising stars, Ciana Martinus, is set to represent Australia next week at the World GojuKai Karate Championships in Mumbai in open fighting and kata.

Ciana, along with her brother Kian, attend Mater Dei College in Edgewater where the club trains twice a week.

The siblings, also fluent in Japanese, were awarded black belts last year under the guidance of Davidson and other black belt instructors including Davidson’s daughter Sasha Harvey, the first senior female to gain a black belt from the club in 1997.

Davidson said it was great to see young people progress at the club, which had about 50 juniors and seniors at weekly training.

‘The club is a close- knit one that trained under the expert tutelage of Shihan Peter May with origins at Craigie high school in the 1990s,’ Davidson said. The Edgewater Dojo is part of the bigger network of Brian Mackie’s Karate Academy of Japan.