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Karate kids kick it to the top
Posted on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 7:41 am
by IDMA Editor

STUDENTS from Hawkesbury Martial Arts have again kicked their way to the top with a stunning performance on the world stage. Four HMA athletes represented Australia at the 11th International Karate Grand Prix in Pilsen, Czech Republic from October 2-3.

Alexandra Gallo (bronze), Bianca Gallo (gold) and Aaron McMahon (bronze) celebrate a successful tournament at the Karate Grand Prix in the Czech Republic.

The Australian Karate Federation selected a team of 22 competitors, including siblings Bianca and Alexandra Gallo, and Aaron and Braden McMahon.

The event hosted 900 competitors from all around Europe and out of nine medals won by Australia, three were won by HMA students.

After some tough preliminary rounds, Bianca Gallo made it to the finals of the Junior Female Kumite division where she met the Belgium champion.

In a close fight, she came out on top, winning 1-0.

Sensei Daniel Spice described the win as a well-deserved victory for the 16-year-old.

“It’s a fantastic result for Bianca, she’s the hardest worker in our club and always is the ‘bridesmaid’,” he said.

“She really deserved this victory, not only for her confidence but for her hard work.”

Her sister Alexandra took out bronze in the Cadet Female Kumite event, ending her unbeaten run in competition.

Spice said he wasn’t disappointed with the bronze medal and felt the loss would do her more good than harm.

“After being undefeated for two years she (Alexandra) might become complacent,” he said. “The loss will fire her up for the WKF Junior World Titles in Malaysia next year.”

After losing his opening fight, Aaron McMahon was able to come back and win his next two bouts, before going on to take bronze in the Junior Male Kumite division.

Braden McMahon fought his way to the fourth round in the Cadet Male Kumite, before going down narrowly in extra time.

The 15-year-old may have came home without a medal, but gained incredibly invaluable experience fighting in an event of that calibre.

Spice was very proud of all his students, but said now home, it was time to get their feet back on the ground and prepare for an even bigger year ahead.

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