SPORT FOR ALL AGES: Mugen Gissen Karate Do Club senior students Isaac Waller and Owen Stewart compete at the Annual World Karate and Kickboxing Association's tournament held in Toowoomba on June 1.
SPORT FOR ALL AGES: Mugen Gissen Karate Do Club senior students Isaac Waller and Owen Stewart compete at the Annual World Karate and Kickboxing Association's tournament held in Toowoomba on June 1. Contributed

Martial artists excel at World Karate Kickboxing tournament

AGE has proven to be no barrier for the region's karate students from the Mugen Gissen Karate Do Club.

Club members competed at the annual World Karate and Kickboxing Association's tournament held in Toowoomba on June 1.

Competitors included Brooklands resident Owen Stewart, 55, and Yarraman teen Isaac Waller, 14, at the tournament which brought together a diverse range of clubs and martial arts styles to compete in Kata and sparring.

Stewart, who is on a brown belt, black tip, competed in the individual Kata, non-contact sparring and semi-contact sparring.

He achieved first in Kata, first in non-contact and first in semi-contact in his belt level and age to retain his title from 2018.

"Age is no barrier and karate is an enjoyable discipline for both mind and body,” Stewart said.

"Women benefit from this discipline too by empowering them to feel strong and confident.”

Waller also competed in the individual Kata.

"It was a great competition and with Sensei Kathryn Stockwin encouraging me to be the best that I can be, it made me more confident,” he said.

Waller, who is on a green belt, brown tip, won first in Kata, first in semi-contact sparring in his belt level and age group and third in non-contact sparring.

"I enjoyed the camaraderie from the competitors and organisers on the day,” he said.

"It was good to get involved in a competition to test my skills at this level with others around my age and ability.”

Mugen Gissen Karate Do is open to all from age eight to 80.

The group meets on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6-7.30pm at the Nanango CWA hall, opposite IGA.

The club practises traditional karate and self-defence.

For more information contact Sensei Kathryn Stockwin on 0431 744 617.

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