Shellharbour karate kids win national title
Talented South Coast siblings Ashlie and Tyler Morris have finished the year as national champions following brilliant performances in the Australian Martial Arts Championships.
Ten-year-old Ashlie and eight-year-old Tyler both won the highly competitive Freestyle Sparring in their division which included some of the top male and female martial arts exponents from across the country.
Both children are dedicated to karate and put in countless hours of training at Kumiai-Ryu Martial Arts System (KRMAS Shellharbour City), which is located at Genesis Gym at Albion Park.
The Australian Martial Arts Championships were held on the first weekend in December at Sydney Olympic Park and included talented youngsters from all over Australia in various disciplines and age groups.
In winning a national crown, Ashlie and Tyler have already achieved the ultimate in karate, while still in primary school.
Both children are on pathway to national honours and their victories have them set to represent Australia in international events in 2017.
The prospect of representing Australia and taking their skills overseas has their parents Darren and Annelise excited and proud.
Besides her victory in the Freestyle Sparring, Ashlie also finished a close fourth in her Points Sparring competition.
She was also second in her Sumo class and third in Sword.
Tyler also competed strongly among some of the youngest competitors at the Australian Championships and besides taking home gold also finished fifth in the extremely competitive Kata.
While the national championships were the biggest event in 2016, the siblings had a number of other excellent performances.
They competed at numerous KRMAS and AMAC tournaments throughout NSW and ACT and did their club and region proud.
Tyler had 20 gold medal placings and eight second-place finishes plus another six third-place finishes in a host of events.
Ashlie was first on six occasions, plus runner-up another five times and also made the podium another three occasions in third position.
Among the major events the Morris siblings had victories in included AMAC – Australian Titles in Sydney;
KRMAS – National Titles in Cootamundra and AMAC – NSW State Titles, in Sydney.
Both have been training for just two years and have made enormous development under the guidance of Sensei Michael and Sensei Daniel. They train all year round with six classes a week, plus training camps and seminars.