Students and staff from the Miyagi Kan karate school in Lismore.
Students and staff from the Miyagi Kan karate school in Lismore.

Lismore's karate champions

It’s official, Lismore is the home to the new Australian open karate champion.

In the Australian open karate championships in Melbourne last year, Matthew Tickle, from Lismore’s Miyagi Kan karate defended his title to again win the heavy weight division.

Other local martial artists also won medal in the competition, including Dean Morgan who won a silver medal in the team event and in his individual age event. Ben Morgan who has already won five national championships made it into the finals and received a silver medal. Reece Prior who was defending his 2009 Australian open championship, also placed second in his event.

Lismore Dojo coaches Dean Marshall and Ari Carr have both been selected to coach the NSW state karate team and said that the boys have all been training hard and are getting them ready for the national titles to be held in Sydney in August. Cristy Sulek, the head instructor of Miyagi Kan karate said she would like to thank the entire club and training partners for their support and hopes to see many future champions coming out of Lismore.


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