National triumph for Sarina Karate Club

By Vanessa Fuchs

The Sarina Karate Club was once again well represented at the 2010 Australian Shinkyokushin Karate Championships in Melbourne on Sunday. For the last six months Karl Fox, Martina Fox, Vanessa Fox, Kirsten Jordan and Anna Schulte have been training intensively towards the event.

The competition was fierce as only the best competitors from around Australia and a contingent from New Zealand were selected to participate at the televised event for Foxtel. But the additional early morning training sessions paid off when Martina Fox from Whitsunday Anglican School and Kirsten Jordon from St Patrick’s College faced each other at the finals in the 16 to 17 years full contact division.

Martina decisively claimed victory after her team mate Kirsten succumbed to her ferocious head kicks and body punches.

The girls also cleaned up in the under 16 Kata division with Martina taking first place and Kirsten second.

Vanessa Fox was the decisive winner of the open Kata division and to seal the day the Sarina Dojo represented by the family trio Vanessa, Martina and Karl Fox took out first place in the open Team Kata event.

Karl Fox said it was an unprecedented and unexpected result for the small Club, with six first and two second place trophies brought back home to Queensland.

“The outcome of the day was as much overwhelming as it was deserving for the team from Sarina,” he said.

The same group also attended the National Championships in Sydney last year, where Kirsten Jordan won both the Kata and full contact fighting divisions and Martina placed second in the same groups.

Karl and Vanessa also had an outstanding performance in the open Kata division with Vanessa placing second and Karl third.

The Sarina Dojo trains every day from 6.00pm till 7.30pm and can be contacted on 49562311.


Victorian State Karate Titles 2010

The Victorian State Kyokushin Karate Championships were held at the Reggioa Calabria Club in Melbourne last Sunday the 18th of April 2010.
150 competitors from all over Victoria but also NSW and Queensland entered into the event which was organised and hosted by Shihan Peter Volke from Ballarat and Shihan George Kolovos from Melbourne.

The tournament consistet of 2 sections the non contact divisions and a very well frequented full contact competitions.

Martina Fox a 14 year old competitor from Sarina travelled to the event and threw her hat in the ring in both the non and the full contact divisions.
Martina prefers the bare knuckle full contact divisions to the non contact events but surprised herself and her coach Karl Fox by taking out second place in the 16 year old ladies division.
The fiercly fought full contact events started after lunch and Martina entered the 16 to 17 year old ladies division as there were no competitors in her age group of 14 to 15 year olds.
Martina appeared to be not at all concerned about facing older and heavier opponents. She confidently used her technical skills and reach to overpower her adversaries.

A well executed front kick to the head knocked one of her victorian opponets out and she faced a 17 year old competitor in the final bout. Martina had her work cut out in this fight, with the very toiugh and competent Karateka from Melbourne repelling Martinas ferocious attacks and the fight had to go to an extension as no decision could be reached.
In the extension to rigorous and intense stamina and strength training regimen of the Sarina Dojo paid off as Martina established herself as the more determined and persevearing fighter.
At the end the judges decision was unanimous making the 14 year old Whitsunday Anglican student the current Victorian full contact champion.

There is however no time to rest on her laurels as she and her team mates from the Sarina Karate Club are already in preparation for the Australian Championships also held in Melbourne in August as well as the North Queensland Titles scheduled for September in Mackay.
The Sarina Karate Club trains daily and can be contacted on 4956 2311


Whitsunday Karate Titles 2009

The 2009 Whitsunday Junior full contact Karate Titles was held at the Proserpine Cultural on Saturday, the 5th of December.

The event was organised by Shihan Wayne Hinschen from the Whitsunday Kyokushin Karate Dojos and attracted large contingents of regional competitors as well as fighters from Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville.

The Sarina Dojo was represented by 8 fighters who had been training towards the event for the last 2 months.

The bouts were conducted under full contact rules and wearing of head guards and mits being compulsory. The 100 strong crowd was treated to some exciting matches with all competitors trying their hardest. The Sarina Dojo ended its training year on a very high note by continuing their 2009 string of winnings.

The young fighters from Sarina had participated successfully in the 2009 Queensland Titles, North Queensland and Australian Championships with a large medal haul going to Sarina in each of the events. This competition was no different.

Page Simpson decisively won the 10 to 11 year division while her sister Kayla placed second in the 12 year old girl’s section.
Shannon Cole placed second in the 13 year girl’s division and Brayden Mills placing second in the 13 year boy's division.
The 15 year girl’s division finals saw Martina Fox and Kirsten Jordan both from Sarina squaring off. The fight between the 2 club mates was as usual very close with the split decision going Kirsten's way.
The 15 year old Boy's finals was also an all Sarina affair with Farren Jenkins fighting Damien Jensen. The boys went hammer and tongs for two rounds with Farren being declared the winner.

This latest success is a well deserved finish to a strenuous but also very successful year for the Sarina Dojo. The Club trains daily at its full time facility in Sarina Beach Rd and can be contacted on 4956 2311

names of people in photo:
back row left to right: Kirsten Jordan, Brayden Mills, Damien Jensen
front row: Shannon Cole, Kayla Simpson, Paige Simpson, Karl Fox, Martina Fox, Farren Jenkins

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