Hard hits and highlights in Gympie karate titles
THERE were plenty of highlights as budding young and beginner martial arts competitors competed for honours at the Pavilion on Saturday.
Gympie Karate Club president and chief instructor Noel Turner said the competition aims to initiate the beginners.
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"We usually run this tournament every year,” he said.
"The main reason is to help the young ones and beginners get into the tournament scene.
"You can't have beginners up against advanced. You have to have them in their regional belt covers.
"It gives them an introduction into the tournament scene and a sample into the tournament style.
"It enables them to see what they will face in the state and national tournaments.”
With a healthy turnout of competitors, Turner said the competition provided many highlights.
"It started at round about 9am and finished at 2pm.
"There's round about 50 divisions, that covers juniors through to seniors. - beginners, novice and advanced - that's a fair range to cover.
"We had around about 65 competitors. We do get more than that at different times. It was only a couple of weekends ago the state titles were on.
"I think most was a pretty good highlight in every division. Each division has their own highlights. The people competing, probably the beginners were really wrapped, they were asking when the next one was.
"The beginners who had never been in it before, this was a great opportunity to be there, they had a real ball.”