MARTIAL arts students from Orange and Blayney have made their mark on the world stage.
Orange’s Shihan Lisa Carr, Sensei Terry Hunt, Sebastian Hodge and Blayney’s Thomas Field represented Australia at the 2013 World Koshiki Karate Titles in Japan just over a week ago.
Carr delivered some amazing results, winning the open female black belt kata (a choreographed pattern of movements).
She was also second in the open black belt grand champion, which was a mixed event.
Carr was edged out for the grand champion title by one point.
Field finished third in the 16-17 years male black belt kumite (sparring) event.
He adapted well on his first trip overseas to secure the top-three result.
Hunt was sixth in the open male black belt kumite competition, while Hodge finished 10th in the 16-17 years male black belt kumite.
“Shihan and I are both very proud of the result of the team with two of the boys (Hodge and Field) never having gone overseas before, so it really opened their eyes on how different our culture is to the Japanese culture,” Hunt said.
The Australian team was also taken on a sightseeing trip by Master Hanshi Chiba, who is one of only four 10th dan black belts in Japan.
Carr, Hunt, Hodge and Field are already training to try and secure their places in the Australian team for the 2014 world titles, which will be held in America.