David Taylor (Kangaroo Island) kicking and Ashley Elliott (Mt Gambier) blocking

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In early September, David Taylor travelled to Portland, Victoria, to compete in the Portland Open Border Challenge for Kyokushin Karate. More than 150 competitors had gathered to compete, from 22 Dojo’s from across Australia.

David is a 4th kyu Green belt and was the only competitor from the Kangaroo Island Kyokushin Karate Club.

He competed in the Open Male Heavy Weight Full Contact Division and the Tameshiwari (Board Breaking) competition.

In Kyokushin Karate full contact tournaments the only protection worn by competitors is a mouth guard, groin guard and chest protector for females. There is no punching or elbows to the head, no attacking the front of the knee, no attacking the groin and no direct punches to the spine, but kicks and knees to the head are allowed. If you knockout your opponent, you win the fight. Each fight is a two-minute round, and extra time is allowed for a draw.

David Taylor (Kangaroo Island) kicking Leigh Gore (Melbourne) blocking

David’s first fight was against a Shodan (first level Black belt) from Mt Gambier. David won by unanimous decision from all four judges. This put him into the final. His finals fight was against a 4th kyu Green belt from Melbourne. This fight lasted the full two minutes and consisted of many heavy punches to David’s chest which David returned, but he was being pushed backwards and was unable to score the knockout blow required to win the fight. The fight came down to a judge’s decision, which went to his opponent. This gave David second place.

His next event was the board breaking, which was the first event of its kind in Australia in conjunction with a tournament. David broke four boards on his first attempt with a traditional karate chop. His second break was four boards as well, using hammer fist technique. The final break for second place was a draw between David and his earlier fight opponent, and they both broke four boards.

Congratulations go to David for a successful trip, and we wish him well at his next outing at the Riverina Kyokushin Karate Country Championships in Griffith, New South Wales in early October.

Training times for Kyokushin Karate on the island are Tuesday 4.30pm to 5.30pm kid’s karate; Tuesday 5.45 to 6.30 kickboxing/exercise; Tuesday 6.30 to 7.30 Beginner karate class; Thursday 6.30 to 8.30 Traditional Kyokushin Karate. Contacts are Jamie Taylor on 8553 0352 or David Taylor on 0408 616 649 or Facebook Kangaroo Island Kyokushin Karate.

David Taylor Breaking boards.

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