Shaun Booth takes care of two 75mm upright bricks with a roundhouse kick at the Zen Chi Ryu Queensland State titles held on Saturday.
Shaun Booth takes care of two 75mm upright bricks with a roundhouse kick at the Zen Chi Ryu Queensland State titles held on Saturday. Murray Ware

Amazing feats on show at PCYC

SUPERHUMAN feats of physical and mental strength were on exhibition at Gladstone PCYC over the weekend in the 2010 Queensland Zen Chi Ryu titles.

Some 85 competitors completed a gruelling three day camp which encompassed competitions from brick-breaking to full contact sparring and weapons kata.

Marty Stuart took out the spectacular men’s brick-breaking title and equalled a Queensland record by smashing through 11 250mm by 75mm bricks, while Samantha Smith equalled Kate Reilly’s record of seven bricks on her way to first place in the women’s event.

“You’ve just got to think through the bricks, you put your mind to it and just do it,” Stuart said.

Carl Tansky took out the men’s full contact sparring while Jessica Beyers won the women’s event.

Sensei Peter Reilly explained that the ability to perform demanding physical tasks such as the compulsory 1000 push-ups, crunches and front kicks comes from extreme mental strength.

“It’s about engaging the subconscious and getting them to remove some of their artificial barriers,” he said.

“They learn to push through pain, to push through fear and other negative baggage that they have, and once people get through that they can perform amazing feats.”

Gladstone was awarded the Queensland dojo of the year.

The top two from each event will contest the National Zen Chi Ryu titles to be held in Sydney over the NSW Warrior Weekend in October.



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