Kangaroo Island karate instructor David Taylor has successfully competed at 5th IKO Matsushima Kyokushin Karate World Cup 2018 in China.
He represented Australia and competed in the Open Middleweight Division, where he finished eighth out of about 40 competitors.
“I’m happy with that because I wasn’t sure what to expect,” David said. “In Australia we fight the same people pretty regularly, but over there we were competing with people from around the world.”
He won his first two fights but in the third bout he lost to his South African opponent by just half a point, after he was hit in the ribs and bent over due to being winded.
“I was fighting with injuries from the first and second fight and I copped quite a few kicks to my left thigh, which swelled up quite badly,” he said.
David thanked all his sponsors and supporters for getting him all the way to China to compete.
Travelling with him were his wife Sophie and three children, aged 4, 2 and 10 months, as well as two friends to be carers.
After arriving in Shanghai, it initially looked like the tournament wasn’t going to happen, but at the last moment, everyone was bussed 100km away to Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province.
Before that the family went on sightseeing holiday to Beijing and the Great Wall on the Chinese high-speed train that travelled 350km/h.
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.
Next year, David hopes to again compete at the three major tournaments around Australia, with the hope of qualifying for the 2nd Asia Pacific Championships.
His wife Sophie will be graded for black belt in Sydney, while he and his father will conduct on-Island gradings in March.
The KI club is always looking for new students, so stop by the Kingscote Rec Centre on Tuesdays from 4.30pm and also at the Parndana KICE campus on Fridays from 5.30pm.
Should you wish to contact David about getting involved, please call 0408 616 649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org