Rob McIntyre is aiming for fourth degree black belts in Muay  Thai and Zen Bushi Ryu Freestyle.
Rob McIntyre is aiming for fourth degree black belts in Muay Thai and Zen Bushi Ryu Freestyle.

McIntyre faces gruelling black-belt task



CHALLENGES are often part and parcel of sport, but not many come harder than what faces Gladstone Martial Arts School's chief instructor Rob McIntyre.

McIntyre has a gruelling schedule ahead as he trains for two separate fourth degree black belt gradings in Muay Thai and Zen Bushi Ryu Freestyle.

Despite the two tests for the black belt gradings being quite different, McIntyre is training tirelessly to ensure success.

The Gladstone instructor will be travelling to Thailand to learn from the Muay Thai masters as part of his campaign.

He expects a real education when he lands in the home of Muay Thai.

'My next level is about the old style, traditional Muay Thai of about 100 years ago,' McIntyre said.

'So I will be learning the real thing from the real masters.'

McIntyre is in for a hectic schedule during his Thailand stay, with seven hours of training daily.

'I will be training four hours a day in Muay Thai and three in Zen Bushi Ryu.

'The whole idea is to be a completely rounded combat exponent with expert skills in all areas of self defence,' he said.



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