Xenia Van Schie & Jessica Craddock

We continue to see jam packed classes filled with dedicated young and older Karate students working hard at building their skills and climbing to new heights.  We have an incredible team of senior and junior black belts who shape and mould every student to help them reach their short and long term goals.   Every week games are enjoyed, skill badges are earned and juniors are graded to higher belts.  Those 8 years and older are required to attend formal gradings which are held quarterly in the Palms Auditorium at the Redlands Sporting Club, to earn their next belt.

This June Black belt grading will see Sensei Aiden Quinn attempting his 2nd Dan Black Belt Nidan and Jessica Craddock fight for her Black Belt Shodan Ho.  To achieve black belt, members must go through a long process of preparing themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.  Good luck to all of our students grading this term.

Competition season continued in May with the QKA Invitational Championships held in Cornubia and Renbukan’s Toowoomba Tournament.  An impressive group of students competed, with outstanding results.  These were also attended by a great support team of Sports Karate Black Belts as Coaches, Judges, and table officials.  Without the volunteers these tournaments don’t run so thank you to Rene Roggeveen, Clinton de Bruijn, Liz Sheen, Paris Botella, Ewan Sheen, Steve, Aiden Quinn and Jim Quinn

QKA Summer Invitational Championships – Cornubia

  • Xenia Van Schie – Gold girls Kumite
  • Jessica Craddock – Gold female Cadet Kumite
  • Len Salazar – Bronze – male Cadet Kumite – U60kg
  • Guy Sheen – Bronze – male Cadet Kumite – U60kg & open
  • Ewan Sheen – Bronze – Junior male Kumite O60kg
  • Ryan Munroe – Bronze – men’s U71kg Kumite BB
  • Ben Craddock, Jai Sheen and Vyshnav Madhuchandran also competed extremely well

Renbukan Tournament – Toowoomba

  • Ben Craddock – 2nd boys Kata
  • Jessica Craddock – 1st girls Kata, 2nd girls Kumite
  • Zed Youdale – 2nd boys U10 Kumite
  • Vyshnav Madhuchandran – 1st Cadet Koshiki, 2nd Cadet Kata, 3rd Cadet Kumite
  • Guy Sheen – 1st Cadet Kumite
  • Paris Botella – 3rd  Men’s Koshiki
  • Jacinta Gibson – 1st Women’s Kumite, 2nd Women’s Kata
  • Cameron Stubbins – 3rd  Men’s Kata
  • Peter, Mason Mitchell and Jai Sheen also competed extremely well
  • James Wrigley – 2nd Men’s Koshiki
  • Clinton de Bruijn – 1st place in all Men’s Koshiki, Kata and Kumite

With such drive and success we have a dedicated group of students who have entered expressions of interest in being selected for the QKA State squad to compete in the AKF National Championships being held in Sydney early August.  They must prove their skills and commitment with even more intense training.  Good luck to all.

With classes running seven days a week throughout the Redlands and the Bayside catering to all ages and fitness levels there has never been a better time to enquire about joining.

For more information please call 3396 0980, check out our Facebook Page, or go to www.sportskarateaustralia.com.au