Karate kid rewarded for second national crown
PASSION isn't something Brandon Logan-Brown lacks.
For the second straight year, the Leichhardt boy is a national champion in the martial art Go Kan Ryu (GKR) Karate.
The 12-year-old is a first dan black belt in GKR and took out the title in Melbourne late last year.
Brandon, who will be entering high school this year, has been training in the martial art for eight years.
His efforts at state and national championships have seen him qualify for his martial art's World Cup in Sydney this July.
He was awarded his first dan, the second level black belt, in December.
While his titles have been awarded in the performance of kata, a series of choreographed patterns of moves, he is hoping to move into kumite, one-on-one sparring.
He started training in the martial art as a way of teaching him discipline after being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
A door-to-door martial art recruiter knocked on the door of the family's Leichhardt home where he was quickly sold on GKR.
Eight years on, he still can't get enough of it.
His mother Elizabeth Logan said Brandon had been obsessed with Go Kan Ryu since his first lesson.
"He just loves it," she said.
"He trains three times a week as it is, and if he could, he'd train every day. From his first class he was asking 'when can I get a gi (karate uniform)?'"
Despite his titles and achievements, it has never been about winning for him.
"We always told him it's about going for it and doing your best," Ms Logan said.
It's never been about winning for us. As long as he thinks he's done the best he can, we're happy and he's happy.
"It's never been about winning for us. As long as he thinks he's done the best he can, we're happy and he's happy."
Brandon, who will celebrate his 13th birthday this month, has been awarded a bursary as the QT-City of Ipswich junior sport star for December.
He gained his provisional black belt 18 months ago at the age of only 11, despite the martial art making sure most participants were at least 12 before they attained the belt.
"He's trained with most of the senseis in the country," Ms Logan said.
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