Inter-club success a World Cup warm-up for Orange martial artists

ON THEIR MARKS: With the ISKA World Cup in their sights, sensei Nick Eid, Angus Ezzey, Alex Shields, Ben Puxty, Nikita Corby, Scott Honeysett, Sarah Honeysett, sensei Emma Gavin, (middle, left) Connor Shields, Ali Gavin, James Mead, Dexter Roberts, Sylas Henderson, (front, left) Hunter Bennett, Rowdy Roberts, Quincy Roberts and Chrysalide Frecklington shone at a recent tournament. Absent: Nat Gavin, Milla Jurd, Lucy Jurd, Jess Puxty, Harrison Puxty, Ethan Walraevens, Lachlan Campbell. Photo: STEVE GOSCH                                                                                                                                                                                    0611sgpollets

ON THEIR MARKS: With the ISKA World Cup in their sights, sensei Nick Eid, Angus Ezzey, Alex Shields, Ben Puxty, Nikita Corby, Scott Honeysett, Sarah Honeysett, sensei Emma Gavin, (middle, left) Connor Shields, Ali Gavin, James Mead, Dexter Roberts, Sylas Henderson, (front, left) Hunter Bennett, Rowdy Roberts, Quincy Roberts and Chrysalide Frecklington shone at a recent tournament. Absent: Nat Gavin, Milla Jurd, Lucy Jurd, Jess Puxty, Harrison Puxty, Ethan Walraevens, Lachlan Campbell. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0611sgpollets

ORANGE’S case for International Sports Karate Association World Cup glory gained a significant boost on Saturday, with some of the city’s finest martial arts fighters gaining valuable competition experience at the Pollet’s Martial Arts inter-club tournament in Bathurst.

With October’s World Cup looming, Orange sent 22 fighters to Bathurst for the event and sensei Emma Gavin wasn’t surprised by the results.

She said with medals and trophies in the bank following the tough competition against fellow Pollet’s dojos from Dubbo, Bathurst, Granville, Penrith, Cudal and Forbes, Orange was on track for a strong showing at the ISKA World Cup at Liverpool in four months.

“The majority of these guys will compete in that World Cup,” Gavin said, with some of the Orange fighters beginning their martial arts careers at Bathurst on Saturday.

“But there’s some guys just starting off, just competing for fun like our little tigers. It was such a good day for them to have a go, all of the competitors got a medal and first, second, third got trophies.”

One of the standouts from Bathurst, Orange’s Scott Honeysett came away from the inter-club tournament with the most spirited fighter of the day award.

“He fought in what most of us would consider the toughest divisions of koshiki, and for his first time fighting he did so well. Hanshi [Ian Pollet] awarded him the most spirited award,” Gavin continued.

In another bumper tournament for the Pollet’s Martial Arts school as a whole, fighters were put through their paces in kata, synchronised kata, weapons and koshiki sparring events.

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