NANANGO'S Kathryn Stockwin fought her way to her biggest martial arts win yet.
The instructor of the Ko Tora Kai Karate Do club entered her first full-contact spar at the World Kickboxing Association state titles in Toowoomba at the weekend.
With no sparring partner, Stockwin entered on a whim to see how far she had progressed in her 13 years of martial arts.
"This is the heaviest competition I have been in," she said.
Up against an opponent from Brisbane, she was dazed in the first of her three rounds with the competition allowing all styles of martial arts.
"She won the first round because I was like a rabbit in the headlight," Stockwin said.
"With all styles, it makes it fun because you're up against something different."
But at the start of the second round, Stockwin cleared her mind to be able to better read her opponent and the situation she was in with a sharper sense.
"In the first round I really didn't know what to expect but in the second round I knew I had a greater reach, so I had that advantage," she said.
As well as her full-contact sparring win, Stockwin also placed third in the kite competition - a display of choreographed combat moves.
This win at the weekend inspired her to up her training regime ahead of the national WKA titles which will be held in Toowoomba in October.
After 13 years of martial arts, Stockwin still feels she has a lot to learn and pass on to her students .
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