FOCUSED: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy head coach Rob McIntyre
FOCUSED: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy head coach Rob McIntyre Matt Taylor GLA091117MART

WATCH: Instructors hope to lead the way in gradings

MARTIAL ARTS: Two Gladstone Martial Arts Academy head instructors will be put through a testing time this weekend.

Rob McIntyre and fellow head instructor Zoe McIntyre will attempt to pass their Zen Do Kai master level black belt gradings on the Sunshine Coast.

Rob will test for his 5th Dan Black Belt level and said he is confident to meet all criteria in front of grading panel that includes five 9th Dan Red Belt Masters.

"It's the last physical test and it's not very long, but it has to be perfect and have to be able to perform my forms and my self-defence applications without any mis-steps, any mis-focus or even loss of balance" he said.

Zoe has to demonstrate three separate Martial Arts weapons and Rob explained further.

"She'll be using the Bo Staff, (the long pole) and short stick and then of course the Katana (samarai sword)," Rob said.

"Not only does she have to demonstrate kata (or forms), but she also has to demonstrate the use of her weapons in three-on-one combat against other weapons.

"She has to do that as her display."

He hopes for a successful weekend for GMAA contingent.

"We have been working really hard for a number of years to get to this day so I'm looking forward to it," Rob said.

Rob and Zoe have extensive martial arts experience where Rob has been training martial arts for 30 years and Zen Do Kai for 28 years, 20 of which has been in Gladstone.

Rob also holds black belts in four other martial arts as well as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Zoe has been training Zen Do Kai for 18 years under Rob's guidance and will also be tested in front of a grading panel that includes five 9th Dan Red Belt Masters.

Rob said there are also nine students from the academy who will test for various levels as well which will include green belt in Zen Do Kai, Black Singlet and 2nd Degree Black Singlet in BJMA Muay Thai.

The gradings will take place at the state event called Senjo and will see more than 300 students grade to their next levels in the Martial Arts of Zen Do Kai, BJMA Muay Thai and BJMA Krav Maga.



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