Pollet’s crew wins swag of trophies at New South Wales Open

THERE’S always a solid argument made for quality over quantity.

And last Sunday at Liverpool, nine Pollet’s Martial Arts fighters from the club’s Orange dojo put paid to the notion with a hugely successful trip to the International Sports Karate Association NSW Open in Sydney’s west.

The tiny group came away with seven first places and a swag of minor placing trophies from the tournament, leaving sensei Emma Gavin very impressed.

“We have a few guys where this is their first year competing and they did exceptionally well,” she said.

“It was a smaller number than most because there was a grading the day after. A lot of the guys either opted to go away or stay for the grading. 

“Although, a lot of them came back from the tournament and did the grading as well. They went up a grade. They got smashed the next day.

“Everyone did really well.”

The ISKA NSW Open was just one of many tournaments Pollet’s Martial Arts fighters are eyeing off in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup.

“The more they compete the more chance they are of qualifying,” Gavin said.

Covered point sparring, koshiki, ju-jitsu from beginners to advanced, Gavin said the stand-out performers from the Liverpool-based tournament were Sarah Wright, Nichole, Jessica and Harry Puxty.

She was also impressed with Cooper Lawry, Connor Shields and Sylas Henderson.

“Jessica and Harry Puxty competed in the showmanship event and took first place, competing in it for the first time,” she said.

“That was a great effort and Nicole Puxty was first in the point sparring event.”

“They’re working for the seminar with Grand Master Kiichi Nakamoto this weekend.

“He’s running a tour. He’ll fly into the country (today) and then starts in Bathurst on Friday, here Saturday, Dubbo, then back here on Monday and then back in Bathurst and Sydney.”

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