World Karate Championships: Shobukan Martial Arts Wangara fighter competes


Shobukan Martial Wangara students Jordan Baker, Mishela Dimoska, Mason Clark, Saba Clark, Marijana Dimoska  and Kristen Walden. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472120
Shobukan Martial Wangara students Jordan Baker, Mishela Dimoska, Mason Clark, Saba Clark, Marijana Dimoska and Kristen Walden. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472120

WESTMINSTER 19-year-old Marijana Dimoska recently competed at the World Karate Championships in Spain where she was wearing the colours of her home country Macedonia.

No stranger to the international stage, the Shobukan Martial Arts Wangara student took part in the female under-21 kata and won one of her matches.

Her selection followed her success at the Australian Championships where she and twin sister Mishela represented Western Australia for the first time since moving from Macedonia.

Marijana won gold in women’s kata and silver in the under-21 kata while Mishela took gold in the under-21 and silver in the women’s kata.

Fellow Wangara students were also successful at the Australian Championships with 13-year-old Saba Clark, of Tapping, winning gold for the cadet (14-15 years) kumite team event.

“Saba was also the national champion in 2016 and has her sights set to represent Australia in the near future,” head instructor Mike Panossian said.

Also from Tapping, Jordan Baker (13) received a bronze medal in the boys’ 12-13 years kumite and silver in the team kumite, while Burns Beach’s Kristen Walden (12) won silver in the girls children’s team kumite.

Current State champion Mason Clark (9), of Tapping, also made his national debut competing in the nine-year kumite.

Panossian said the “commitment from each athlete throughout the year was rewarded by strong performances” on the national stage.