TOP EFFORT: Northern Rivers karate exponents with officials after their notable performances at the recent national titles in South Australia.
TOP EFFORT: Northern Rivers karate exponents with officials after their notable performances at the recent national titles in South Australia.

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DELIGHTED Northern Rivers contestants are celebrating after enjoying karate success against national rivals.

The club returned with a handful of medals and improved skills from the Traditional Shotokan Karate do Federation (TSKF) Australian championships.

Tahlia Potter led the way with two gold medals at the event, which featured more than 200 competitors from across the country.

Northern Rivers TSKF Club secretary Tim Potter said the competition, which tested fighters' skills in various elements, had been one to savour.

"It was great," he said.

"People at the club are really excited with how we did, especially the younger ones.

"I was not sure if we would go as well as we did, so it was nice to pick up some medals."

The tournament took place in the South Australian town of Tanunda and was split into age divisions and sections.

It featured two strandsof action - the individual karateka and the team kata event.

The event tested fighters' skills in different elements, including technique and fighting.

Five club competitors picked up medals, with Tahlia among the stars.

Josh Elsol picked up three medals, with Andrew Hall (one gold), Amber-Lee Bryant (two bronze) and James Potter (two silver) also doing well.

Fighting took place after an intensive three-day training course by Japan-ese coach Professor Shunsuke Takahashi Shihan, aimed at further sharpening fighters' skills.

Potter said the medal-winning efforts were the deserved result of hard work and commitment.

"There is a lot of training and commitment to get up to (medal-winning) standard," he said.

"It is great to put what we learn in training into practice."

Club fighters will now prepare for forthcoming events, including the NSW championships at Lennox Head in September.

Potter said he was delighted to be part of such a demanding but enjoyable sport.

"It is my belief that everyone should train in a form of martial arts if they can," he said.

"It tests your personal fitness, flexibility and cardio skills.

"Everyone involved finds themselves developing a level of control, dedication and commitment.

"Karate is a great sport and very enjoyable."



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