NO EXPECTATIONS: Brian Rowe and Tony Arandale from Gladstone’s Silat Langkar Baru club are Australian Champions after winning the competition in Melbourne.
NO EXPECTATIONS: Brian Rowe and Tony Arandale from Gladstone’s Silat Langkar Baru club are Australian Champions after winning the competition in Melbourne. Jake Jones

Rowe sets himself up for world championship

BRIAN Rowe has said since the start of his pencak silat career he does not expect to win the competitions he attends, yet time and time again, he returns victorious.

Rowe was recently named Australia Champion, a level he did not intend to seriously target for at least another 12 months.

Rowe's instructor Tony Arandale also won an Australian Championship at the event in Melbourne.

As his expectations continue to be eclipsed and rise, the next task is a trip to Japan, and again he says winning is not his primary goal.

"It is in June or July ... I don't imagine I am going to win, but I would love to place at the world titles," Rowe said.

"My friend jokes that I will represent the universe at some stage."

For Arandale, the concept is no joke.

Having watched Rowe since the beginning of his time in the Indonesian martial art, he is less surprised about the success of his colleague.

With a number of world titles on his resume already, Arandale thinks another one will come along in a couple of years.

"Brian has been putting in a huge effort this year," he said.

"I have only worked with one other person with this type of training attitude.

"Our next target is the Pencak Silat World Titles in Sydney in 2017."

Until the bigtime, though, Rowe is beginning to turn his attention to local competition, not for himself, but to get more people on board and learning the martial art.

He is hoping to help get regional titles to Gladstone, as well as more local competition, especially after seeing the support from the community personally.

"Coastal Homes have offered to sponsor me to go to Japan," he said.

"We really want to get out into the community."



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