July 18th – 23rd 2018 saw 4 of us from Sikaran Martial Arts Mount Isa compete at the 15th WEKAF World Titles at the Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii. We had an amazing time, met some sensational people and competed against the best Filipino Martial Arts practitioners in the world.
We did the 12-hour drive from our home to the coast before flying down to Sydney and then on to Oahu, before finally arriving in Maui. All up it took nearly 3 days from our house to our Airbnb in Lahaina. Our Host Bebe has an amazing place and it was perfect for pre-tournament rest. Pool, Hot Tub, super comfy beds and aircon …. perfect!
Our group was made up of Dallas Farnsworth (Club President), my Dad Chris Roche (Club Secretary), Zane Street and me as the only junior competing from out Dojo. We joined up with another 21 Aussies to make up the WEKAF Australia Team.
The tournament was fantastic. I faced some very tough competition against seasoned competitors but overall was very happy with my results in my first World titles.
I came home with a Silver in Knife fighting, Bronze in Single Stick, Bronze in Kulata and 5th in Double Stick. In total, the 4 of us came home with 7 medals; Dad scored a Bronze in the 50+ heavyweight single stick, Dallas won Silver in Single stick and Zane did an amazing job to bring home Gold in Double Stick and Silver in Single Stick.
At the end of the tournament we were lucky enough to attend a seminar held by the Grand-masters. We had Grand-masters from the Philippines and also from Hawaii and we spent the day learning more about stick-fighting, Katjukenbo (Hawaiian dirty boxing) and a good amount of time on edged weapon defence and offence.
We spent 2 amazing weeks on Maui before flying back to Oahu for a week staying at Waikiki and then stopped in Sydney for a week for my Birthday celebrations. To top of a great trip, I came home focused on my Sikaran Karate and completed Grading where I was promoted to Senior Green Belt 2nd Class …… 2019 will see me going for my Brown Belt!
Now the focus is on the 2019 WEKAF Australian Titles in Melbourne in July 2019. I am training a few times a week while the Dojo is closed for Christmas but I will be back into full-on training in mid-January. Only 18 months until the 16th WEKAF World Titles in Cebu ……. I am bringing back Gold!!