Emerald's elite karate students' Qld title success
TEN hours of rigorous Traditional Shotokan Karate training across three days with the highly-ranked and renowned sensei 9th Dan Takahashi Shihan had Emerald's most elite karate students ready for the Queensland titles.
TSKF Emerald were well represented by sensei Anthony Neville, Corben Long, Rahnni and Josie Prince and Allan, Jayden and Hayley McMaster - who all did well individually.
With over 10 sensei's patrolling the training sessions, there were ample opportunities to learn from the state's best, and to interact with other competitors before their bouts.
Some of the results for the Emerald students speak for themselves, Corben Long placed first in his kata event and Josie Prince came second in both her kumite and kata events.
Father-and-daughter combination Hayley and Allan McMaster both had superb tournaments with Hayley coming second in kata and third in kumite.
Allan, in his first major competition, took home first in kata and first in kumite.
TSKF Emerald's Debbie Prince said all the "entrants held their own against some really tough competition" and that the "training was very intense".
"It was pretty close competition all throughout the event," Prince said.
"The training was intense; round robin kumite and every five minutes they changed partners - so they got to interact with the other competitors before they competed."
More than 100 students from all ages attended the training sessions, with people coming from as far as Alice Springs and from karate schools across New South Wales.
"There were about 115 students at the training and between 80 and 100 for the competition," Prince said.
"So it was a great turnout, but they worked really hard, they were pretty stuffed by the end of the competition and they made friends for the rest of their life in karate."