Kangaroo Island karate instructor David Taylor is seeking your help in getting to compete at 5th IKO Matsushima Kyokushin Karate World Cup 2018 in China.
David along with his father Jamie are instructors at the Kangaroo Island Kyokushin Karate club, with dad being at the Nidan level while David is a Shodan.
Senpai David has been busy competing, travelling to three major karate tournaments in order to gain national selection for the World Cup in November at Shanghai.
He has now been selected for the Australian team to compete in the Open Middleweight Division. The world cup is only held every four years in different countries.
He placed first at the New South Wales State Kyokushin Karate Championships, second at the Victorian State Kyokushin Karate Championships and then second again at the AKKA Australian National Kyokushin Karate Championships.
“These placings have secured my spot for the World Cup this year. Being selected to fight internationally is a great privilege that not a lot of students ever get a chance to do,” David said.
“I have been training Kyokushin Karate since I was 5 years old and achieved my first-level black belt (Shodan) in 2017.
“For the past 17 years, I have trained on Kangaroo Island with only a small number of adult practitioners with which to practice fighting, which puts us at a disadvantage compared with dojos in other places.
“I have also been teaching classes when our Sensei is away and run junior classes every Thursday.
“Our style of martial art is a full contact style in which fighters compete against each other with no protective equipment, with no punches or elbows to the head, but kicking and kneeing are permitted. The aim is to knock out or stop your opponent with a powerful techniques.”
Fellow KI club member, Nina Coleman competed in the Victorian State competition, coming up against a taller and slightly more experienced competitor, as this was Nina’s first Kyokushin competition.
“She put up a good fight, but unfortunately the decision did not go her way, but we are all proud of her,” David said. “One of our sayings is you don’t have to be a winner to win, just stepping onto the mat to compete is already a victory.”
Also competing at tournaments was David’s wife Sophie, who managed third place at NSW and narrowly missed out on a placing at the AKKA Nationals.
The KI club is always looking for new students and anyone interested in taking up a martial art or learning more is encouraged to stop by the Kingscote Rec Centre on Tuesdays from 4.30pm and also at the Parndana KICE campus from 5.30pm on Fridays.
Should you wish to contact David about sponsoring him, please call 0408 616 649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org