Category: WEKAF World Titles

WEKAF World Titles 2018

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.

L-R: Dallas, Zane, Me & Chris

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.

Edged weapon training with the Hawaiian Grand-Masters

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!

My 3 x WEKAF World medals, WEKAF Australia medal & Sikaran Martial Arts ‘Most Focused Student’ award.

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!!

My Journey to WEKAF 2018

So today I received my official letter confirming my selection into the Australian team for the WEKAF World Titles to be held in Maui, Hawaii July 18th-23rd 2018. I will be competing in both Single Stick & Double Stick divisions and so say that I am excited would be an understatement. Receiving this letter via email today suddenly makes this all so much more real.

Paddy WEKAF2017 was a great year. I won Silver at the WEKAF Australian Nationals, met some amazing Martial Artists who will become lifelong friends, achieved Green Belt, 2nd Class Senior in Sikaran and made selection for the Australian Team. I was pretty stoked to get some great grades at school also. 2018 will be an even better year as I focus on the road ahead in preparation for competition. My two main goals for 2018 are winning gold at WEKAF & achieving my Brown Belt.

What representing Australia means to me

To be selected to attend the WEKAF World Titles is something bigger than just yourself and your sport. You are a part of the Australian Team and that is just something that only happens every two years and you get to be a part of it! It is a pretty incredible thing to be a part of I believe.

To me it is an absolute honour to be able to represent my country in what it is that I do. It means that I am actually not to bad at what I love. And then to compete on the world stage to try and win a medal; well that is just a huge honour and I am proud to be a member of Team Australia.

The last thing I thought of would be representing Australia for anything really and this opportunity is really humbling for me. To be able to represent Australia is a real pinnacle in sporting achievements for me. This is such a great opportunity at my age to represent my Dojo and my country at the WEKAF World Titles.

What Next?

Training, training, training!

I have had a bit of a break over the school holidays, but this week has see a return to regular training every day. Mornings is cardio & strength and afternoons is stick work, karate and boxing.

Next week the WEKAF team from Sikaran Martial Arts Mount will commence pre-tournament training and that means I will be either at the Dojo or running up hills at 05:30am and then back in the Dojo in the afternoons for another session. That is 3 hours a day and I still need to maintain school in between training.

I guess all in all, it’s all the hard work that you put in and sacrifices you make that all come back to you in the end. Keeping focused on the end game, maintaining a positive attitude, taking responsibility for my own performance and being proud to have been chosen to represent my country will continue to drive me to not settle for anything less than gold.

I am a warrior.

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Some of my training tools

(above: If you are looking for good quality FMA gear in Australia try Tans Martial Arts Supplier. If they don’t have it they will do their best to get it. My wooden daggers, some of my sticks, nunchaku and kampican sword were all purchased from them. My Stix Arnis helmet is from Eljan Sports in the Philippines where I also buy some of my sticks, shorts & t-shirts)

Cheers

Paddy

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