Karate kids, from left, Connor Jackson, Levi Brown and Connor Scarrabelotti with some of the medals they have won this year.
Karate kids, from left, Connor Jackson, Levi Brown and Connor Scarrabelotti with some of the medals they have won this year.

Karate trio make solid start

THREE young students from Yoseikan-Ryu Karate in Lismore have made a solid start to the year with good results at state and national tournaments.

Connor Jackson, Levi Brown and Connor Scarrabelotti participated in the NSW State Championships in Sydney where all three won medals and were selected in the NSW Karate Federation state team.

Levi won the state championship in her division.

This success came after the three competed at the Queensland Karate Association summer titles where they secured a haul of medals.

Connor Jackson added to his strong results with gold and bronze medals from the AKF Australian Open in Sydney last month.

Coach Todd Usher of Yoseikan-Ryu Karate, said the three were in their second year of elite level competition. "They are progressing well and are looking forward to continuing their achievements at the national titles in August," he said.

"Yoseikan Lismore has achieved state representation well beyond expectations for a small club. We have had consistent representation in the NSW team over the past 10 years with Lismore Yoseikan students among the medals at national level throughout that time. This is due to the strong commitment of our athletes combined with great parental and club support and the individual attention we can give each student."

Connor Jackson, 16, started with Yoseikan in 2009 and is now a member of the AKF national talent identification squad. He is working towards making the Australian team for the Oceania Karate Federation championships in Sydney in September.

"Since starting to train with Todd at Yoseikan, my karate has improved out of sight," he said. "This is a great dojo and everyone supports each other. With his experience as an international competitor, Todd can show us all what it takes to achieve at the highest level."

Lismore Yoseikan's next outing is the NSW Karate Federation Open Championship on May 25.



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