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Karate kids were pretty cool

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February 01, 2018

THEY came, they saw, they conquered in Melbourne on Sunday.

Four Wickham’s Martial Arts Centre students fought their way to the podium at an event held at the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre on the weekend.

Junior orange belt student Seth Blade missed out on points on a gold medal having been defeated by opponent Dylan Simmonetti.

Junior yellow belt Daniel Irving was able to do what Seth could not, though. He defeated his opponent in a tough match. Daniel won on points and came home with a gold.

Head coach and Wickham’s Martial Arts Centre owner Matthew Wickham said he was proud of his young charges for their achievements at the tournament.

‘‘It was just a one-day event, and just those four boys representing us, but they were awesome, our two younger guys got gold medals,’’ he said.

Oakley Tarrant had two tough matches as well, but won both and earned himself a spot on top of the podium.

Mitchell Wickham put up a fight against an overseas athlete, and went the distance, but was adjudged to have missed out on points for the silver medal.

The martial arts students returned home with two golds and two silver.

‘‘It was Oakley’s first big event, he’d done a small event before, but that was his first bigger event where he’s got gold. And he actually made his two opponents submit, which was great,’’ Wickham said.

Daniel, who had competed in larger tournaments before, won gold and a bronze in his last event two weeks ago.

‘‘Seth Blade, who is another orange belt, was up against a top Australian opponent and Mitchell was up against an international opponent. They both lasted a round and lost on points.

‘‘It’s very pleasing to see as a coach.

‘‘The next one for them I think is in Sydney next month, the Arnold Classic.’’

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