Students on top of the world at titles

CHAMPION: Thomas Hardy earned two world champion belts at the ISKA World Cup in Sydney.
CHAMPION: Thomas Hardy earned two world champion belts at the ISKA World Cup in Sydney. Claudia Williams

MARTIAL ARTS: South Burnett Karate student Thomas Hardy is a two-time world champion.

He was one of many students who had success at the International Sport Karate Association World Cup in Sydney on October 20-22.

Hardy won his individual world belts in sumo and continuous sparring as well as placing second in point sparring and forth in team sparring with Jordan Diamond and Ryan Hutchison.

He has been practising karate for six years and is proud of his efforts and his improvement since the World Cup in 2014, where he placed fourth in swords.

"I'm really happy with what I have pulled away with,” he said.

"There was a lot of competition and I would have been proud of whatever I achieved.

"I am just happy I was able to go down there and compete in the World Cup.

"I'm just glad I've got what I've got so far but you can always achieve higher and greater so that's what I am trying to do.

"I would just like to thank my sensei and all my friends for helping me because I would never have gotten here without their help.”

Hardy's favourite event is sparring.

"It is just something I feel natural doing and I like the feeling of trying not to get hurt,” he said.

"It keeps me cool-headed and I like trying to figure out which of them is doing and how can I defend against that.”

Despite his success Hardy is ready to get back to training and improve.

"I'm training three days a week and training really hard each of those days,” he said.

"Either we work on self-defence, sparring for strength, form for discipline and everything in between.”

Ten students from the South Burnett were crowned world champions and each competitor received a $200 grant from South Burnett Regional Council.

This far outweighed the school's expectation - they were striving to match their achievement of three world champions when the World Cup was last held in Sydney in 2014.

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