Sisters lead Ipswich's national title success
FOUR competitors from the Ipswich Karate Association are celebrating successes at the recent Japan Karate Association (JKA) National Championships in Melbourne.
Kalinaw Shepherd scored a sensational win in the girls' under-14 kumite and came second in her under-14 kata event.
"Her finals fight was tough against a hard-hitting competitor who showed little control,'' said Ipswich Karate Association Sensei Jim Dodrill.
"Kalinaw not only showed great skill and focus during the match by staying ahead on points but also maintained her control and composure winning 4-0.''
Kalinaw's younger sister, Isabella, also impressed.
"Isabella showed a degree of skill and technique, especially in the kumite event, to be the talk of most judges and referees on the day of the finals,'' Sensei Dodrill said.
"She convincingly won the under-10 girls' kumite and finished second in the under-10 girls' kata.''
The sensei's daughter Ciara Dodrill was unable to compete in her usually strongest category, the female under-18 black belt kumite division due to an injury.
"She did however compete in the under-18 black belt kata division, displaying a flawless performance and easily winning first place against a large field of competitors,'' her father and instructor said.
Dennis Burkhardt, 30, performed well making his debut at a national level competition.
He came second in the men's Kyu grade kumite and finished third in the men's Kyu grade kata.