Kialla goju ryu exponents Anthony and Sarah Rando will represent Victoria at this year's Australian All Style Championships.GEORGINA CAHILL July 17, 2014 3:10am
Kialla’s own karate kids Anthony and Sarah Rando have been selected to represent Victoria at this year’s Australian All Style Championships.
Anthony, 15, and Sarah, 13, qualified to compete at national level after finishing in the top three at the Victorian Open Championships in February.
The siblings hold black belts and train twice a week, but will fit in one to two more sessions a week in the lead-up to the championships in November.
The Notre Dame College students recently joined a new dojo, where they practice goju ryu, a traditional style of karate.
‘‘We recently started up at a new dojo, the Oriental Martial Arts Academy, and now we can’t think of a more perfect time to take our karate to state level,’’ Anthony said.
This is not the first time Sarah was selected to represent Victoria.
‘‘In my very first year of karate I was accepted into the Victorian state team at the age of eight years old,’’ Sarah said.
At the bottom age of the competition, Sarah did not compete, but is now ready to give it her best shot this year.
Since they started practicing goju ryu five years ago, they have taken out first or second place at every competition they have competed in.
‘‘Over the past five years Sarah and I have travelled around to many places competing in tournaments and we never fail to come out of a tournament empty handed,’’ Anthony said.
While the accolades are plentiful for both, their most memorable trophies were won in 2010 when they took out first place at the Australian Shukokai Championships.
Mother Rose was incredibly proud of their achievements, but said they did not do it for the trophies.
‘‘That gives them such a lift to walk out with something,’’ Rose said.
‘‘It’s not just about trophies, but it’s an inspiration for them too.’’
Rose said they became involved in karate as a means of self-protection.
‘‘In my view it’s like swimming,’’ Rose said.
‘‘You’ve got to save yourself and you’ve got to protect yourself.’’
Rose said her children almost transformed when they put on their gi, or uniform.
‘‘They’re quiet kids, but when they’re at karate they’re completely different,’’ Rose said with a laugh.
The Australian All Style Championships will be in Melbourne from November 29 to 30.
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