NEVER one to settle for second best, Hanshi Ian Pollet has a firm goal in mind for the eight members of his Orange dojo set to take part in an opportunity of a lifetime next month.
“I expect them to win, not hold up. I expect them to come back with gold,” Pollet said ahead of his team’s assault on the 2013 DOJA World Karate Confederation Championship at Cape Town, South Africa, in September.
“I feel we’ve got a good team. We’ve got a lot of experience. I’m competing, I’m probably the most seasoned, I suppose and young Ben (Puxty) is seasoned. His sister Jess just won the big one coming out of a couple of events, she’s pretty seasoned.
“I’m sure they’ll do well. We’re not going there just for the holiday.”
The highly touted tournament will kick-start on September 13.
Along with both Ben and Jess Puxty, two Pollet expects to do well, there’s Sensei’s Jason Puxty and Craig Morrison making the trip, as are Brayden Dodd, Tarnya Cox and Lachlan Campbell.
Given the world stature of the tournament, Pollet knows the competition is going to be stiff.
But he was also confident his contingent of fighters had prepared well enough to shine.
“It’s a world event so the standard is high. Some of these guys have been preparing for two years for it and I’ve got guys fighting everywhere, they’re pretty seasoned,” he said.
“These guys in karate, I feel they’ll do exceptionally well.
“Representing Australia, the ambassador is going to meet us there. It’s a big deal.”
Tackling close to 50 different countries, the tournament will include continuous full contact karate, point fighting, kata, synchronised kata as well as teams events.