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Fitness push leads to martial arts mastery

Brian Rowe finished third at the Queensland Silat Championships and will soon contest the Australian level, with hopes of one day travelling to an international tournament.
Brian Rowe finished third at the Queensland Silat Championships and will soon contest the Australian level, with hopes of one day travelling to an international tournament. Jake Jones

BRIAN Rowe began martial arts simply to get in shape for a trip to a Mount Everest base camp.

Two years after he began though, the sport has become a much bigger part of life, and is now the Queensland champion in Silat.

Rowe has been very busy and will be for a while as well, travelling to the Australian Martial Arts Championships, as well and booking himself a place at the Queensland titles in that association.

In all, it makes four major competitions in two months for Rowe, who is a year on from his trip to the world's most famous mountain, which was back in September 2013.

"It is an Indonesian martial art," Rowe said of Silat.

"The Golok is my weapon and the judges are looking for technique and balance."

Unlike many competitions in martial arts, the Silat discipline is not a combat format, but rather each competitor performs skills and technique of the martial art.

The Golok is a machete-like sword, which drew Rowe to the sport.

Travelling to Melbourne in the first week of October for the Australian titles, Rowe wants to learn from the experience to one day work towards the international stage.

"I don't expect to win, but as long as I can do my best," Rowe said.

"I am looking more for the following year.

"It would be nice, but to perfect the art and get the red belt and to keep learning is my goal."

The following weekend, October 12 and 13, the Queensland AMAC titles offer another learning experience for Rowe.

Another goal is to grow awareness of the Silat Langkah Baru club in Gladstone, a group which has helped Rowe along the path to being so good.

"We train Thursday nights at 7pm and a kids training Saturday at 8.30am at the Gladstone Showground hall," Rowe said.

Topics:  gladstone sport, martial arts, queensland championship




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