The AKA entered a small group of our Team AKA competitors into the Queensland Karate Association State Titles held at Shailer Park on Sunday 18th of May.

While it was a smaller than usual State Titles, Team AKA did quite well considering it was the first major tournament for a few members.

The Medal Tally was 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 4 Bronze – a great effot for a small and relatively inexperienced squad!

Oscar Kawamata won a Gold Medal in his kumite event, beating club member Khoa Nguyen in the final 3-0. So, that was a Gold and Silver for Team AKA!

Khoa also competed in the kata winning a Bronze medal in the 16/17 Male Kata. Khoa is currently in Year 12 and karate has taken a back seat to his study, but otherwise tried his hardest in a strong event.

Grace Kruger won a Silver Medal in her kumite event, it was all tied up at the end of the regular time only to lose to a judges majority vote. Grace also narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal in her kata event, but tried her hardest and did her best! The State coach commented that Race’s kata had remarkably improved since last years State Titles. Well done Grace!

Andrew Pegg competed in his first State Titles and unfortunately drew an ex-Australian champion in his first fight, but ended up winning a Bronze medal. Andrew fought well, made it hard to be scored on. He will be better for the experience, and is already looking forward to the next competition.

Alex Spencer also won a Bronze medal in his kumite division, but lacked fitness and experience compared to his opponents. There were some well rounded competitors in his division, and Alex was very happy to walk away with a  bronze.

Mark Beard also fought hard and won a Bronze Medal in his division. Suffering from a virus, it was an excellent effort. Mark ended up losing to the eventual winner on the bell! It was all tied up and right at the end of the bout his vastly experienced opponent scored with a fantastic front fist. Overall Mark did well, and was extremely happy with his effort.

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