Watch the warrior next weekend

IT’LL be a test of mind, body and spirit at the PCYC next weekend, where the Queensland Warrior Way and Zen Chi Ryu Martial Arts state titles are being held.

Enabling Arts Dojo Gladstone sensei Peter Reilly said the titles were a “pretty significant” event for Gladstone.

In the lead-up to the weekend, Zen Chi Ryu exponents have been adhering to a rigid training regime for the past three months.

“They need to be ready physically and mentally, and while the weekend is the culmination of this, it’s really about the journey,” Reilly said. Members of the Enabling Arts Dojo Gladstone travelled to Brisbane for the Australian Martial Arts Championships recently and returned with 15 medals between them.

A third dan Zen Chi Ryu and state instructor, Reilly said about 100 artists would be taking part in the event.

The art of Zen Chi Ryu focuses on a holistic approach and one of the key tenets is overcoming fears.

One of the highlights will be the brick-breaking competition, which is being held on Saturday. Reilly expects Australian and world titles in this art to be broken.

Local fighters will also be putting their palms and elbows to the test.

“My problem will be keeping the bricks up,” Reilly said.

An opening ceremony will take place on Friday, followed by a road run, a teaching session and kata and weapons competition.

The titles consist of competition for under-age fighters through to adults and includes both male and female fighters.

A new feature of the state titles will be the team kata category, with numbers of competitors ranging from three to ten in the groups. Spectators are welcome to the PCYC to watch the Way of the Warrior and state titles.



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