Aussie Silat stars
HELPING to develop skills by attending women's self-defence classes was all it took for Casey Keogh to get into Silat martial arts.
The 18-year-old has gone from strength to strength and the former Judo martial artist has joined fellow local James Flood to represent Australia at the World Pencat Silat Titles in Bali from December 2-9.
"I definitely didn't expect it with the Australian selection and it's a huge honour,” Keogh said.
The trades assistant started women's self-defence classes under Silat instructor Tony Arandale six months ago and has not looked back since taking up Silat.
"My focus is just to make sure I can be the best fighter I can be,” Keogh added.
She said her employers have been very supportive.
"Being a family business, they all know my situation,” Keogh said of the juggle between work and her Silat commitments.
Tip Top Bakery truck driver Flood said the varying shifts and training requires a regimented program, but he wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's all pretty exciting and I've never been part of an Australian team,” Flood said.
He will use the next few months of training to concentrate on different aspects critical when it comes to competition.
"I'll be focussing on stamina and aerobic fitness as well as techniques,” Flood said.
"So there is a fair bit of dedication.”
The titles in Bali is one of South East Asia's marquee events.
"It's one of South East Asia's biggest sports events and is comparable with other major events and is all over the region's media such as the Jakarta Post,” Arandale said.
Keogh and Flood fought well in the Australian Titles on the Sunshine Coast recently.
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