Benaraby shotokan karate duo stands out
BENARABY duo Samuel and Shannon O'Brien rose to the occasion, producing standout performances at the recent Shotokan Karate International Australian National Seminar and Championships in Perth.
The long trip to Perth didn't affect the local brother and sister who shone out like beacons while in Western Australia. Thirteen-year-old Samuel was the leading performer, winning an individual Australian title in the Junior Boys Black Belt Free Fighting (Kumite) division.
Shannon, 15, didn't miss out on the fun either, turning in a great performance to win silver in the Junior Girls Black Belt Forms (Kata) competition.
And the strong performances didn't finish there, with the two teaming up with Yeppoon's Daniel Cogill to take the gold and the Australian title in the Team Kata event.
Benaraby Dojo Instructor Kim Pringle who travelled with her students to Perth could not have been happier with their performances.
'It was the first full seminar for both Sammuel and Shannon as black belts and they performed very well,' Pringle said.
'The standard of the juniors was exceptional and ensures we have a bright future for our organisation.'
Guest instructor for the event was Shotokan Karate International Chief Instructor Hirokazu Kanazawa, a 10th Dan Black Belt.