The art of winning at karate

TWO Lismore karate students returned home with an armful of silverware following round 2 of the national all styles martial arts event last weekend.

Five local karate students were among hundreds from Queensland and NSW who competed at the event, held at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Competition was fierce as competitors vied for points towards State team selection, but standouts Brett O’Driscoll and Jake Noble did the Lismore community, and their coach Richard Marlin, very proud.

In his first tournament for 2010, an ecstatic O’Driscoll brought home the bacon in the senior men’s point sparring event.

After confident wins in the preliminary rounds, O’Driscoll faced off against his 2009 nemesis Troy Walton, outsmarting him at every turn to gain a satisfying victory.

Chief instructor Marlin from Lismore’s Success Martial Arts Black Belt Academy said O’Driscoll has worked hard on his timing, technical proficiency and tactics.

“He went into the match with a game plan and his commitment paid off handsomely,” Marlin said.

Also doing the Lismore community proud was 13-year-old black-belter Jake Noble, who secured two more trophies this round – doubling his National All Stars 2010 trophy tally to four.

Noble grabbed second place in the continuous sparring, one better than his round 1 effort, and also took third place in his point-scoring division.

Marlin sees the kid going a long way in the sport.

“Jake is clearly a champion of the future,” he said.

“He has the focus, the attitude and the desire. I can see him representing Australia one day.”

Among the other Lismore competitors, Andrew McWilliam, Courtney Noble and Renee Noble also showed consistent form at a very high level.

“This tournament success is just the tip of the iceberg,” Marlin said.

“Martial arts isn’t about winning trophies; it’s about showing yourself what is possible, and when you do that you know you can achieve anything.”

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