During the school holidays the Go Kan Ryu (GKR) Karate State Championships were held in Ryde with over 570 competitors of all ages and belt grades. There were individual and teams events in both Kata and Kumite.
Kata being a series of choreographed martial arts movements and patterns and Kumite being point scoring fights. Five students from ERC, who all train at the Wollongong Dojo competed at this event. These students were: Cooper Hemmy, Max Hemmy, Beau Anderson, Youssef Achaechi and Phillip Tran. Cooper, Max and Youssef competed in the team events together. The results are listed below:
Cooper Hemmy – Year 12: Individual Kata – 1st, Individual Kumite – 1st, Team Kata – 1st, Team Kumite – 1st
Beau Anderson – Year 12: Individual Kata – 1st, Individual Kumite – 1st
Max Hemmy – Year 9: Individual Kumite – 2nd, Team Kata – 1st’ Team Kumite – 1st
Youssef Achaechi – Year 9: Individual Kumite – 1st, Team Kata – 1st, Team Kumite – 1st
Phillip Tran – Year 7: Individual Kumite – 3rd