MARTIAL artist Shaun Booth, 23, made his first overseas trip recently.
He went to Auckland to compete in the New Zealand Martial Arts Championships, which were held on November 12 and 13.
Booth was selected to represent Australia in the World Martial Arts Championships squad.
The competition was tough, but that's exactly what Booth was looking for.
"There were some competitors there who had a really high skill level. A couple were pretty intimidating," he said.
"But it's good to have someone else to measure yourself against."
Even though Booth walked away with five medals, he reckoned he could have done better.
"I'm a pretty hard critic on myself.
"I'm always striving to do better."
The lone first he received was for freestyle form.
"It's not as strict and allows a lot more creativity, which I like," he said.
Last weekend gone, the Zen9 Martial Arts tournament team competed in the Australian Martial Arts Championships at the Gold Coast.
Coach Peter Reilly said he was proud of the team's efforts.
"Although an Australian title was just out of their reach, they competed with great team spirit and dignity and achieved at a very high level."
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