Students conquer test to claim gold at titles
MARTIAL ARTS: A Bundaberg club has survived the ultimate mental and physical test to perform well in martial arts.
Athletes from Bundaberg's the Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan East Coast Australia group competed in Brisbane last month, collecting a swag of medals in the art of tai chi.
Tai chi is a form of martial arts focused on improving balance and awareness from a physical and mental point of view.
It is all about believing in yourself to overcome what is in front of you.
Competing in forms and push hands the club came back with five goal medals and two silvers.
Cheryl O'Donnell won gold in push hands and forms with her husband, Shane O'Donnell, winning gold in the men's over 90kg category.
Mark Shield won gold in the men's 80-90kg push hands category and Sebastian Cis won in men's 80-90kg forms.
"The competition was the first in nearly 20 years in Queensland and we did very well,” Shane O'Donnell said.
"It was good to participate and show our system is one of the best in the world.”
He said the club did well to handle the competition.
"It's a great opportunity for us to represent what we do,” he said.
"In push hands the operative is to off balance and off centre your opponent.
"You have to make contact the whole time and you've got to out think and out manoeuvre your opponent.”
O'Donnell said the athletes did well to face their inner nerves and demons and perform well.
The club said tai chi was open to anyone who wants to improve their inner balance and mental and physical strength.
For more information head to the club's website at http://bit.ly/2yUFPdt.