PRECISION Martial Arts has made an impact on the world stage thanks to Kiara Blattman.
The Bathurst competitor was a standout performer at the US Open International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) World Championships, winning kata in her division.
Blattman, 16, was one of four Precision competitors who made the international journey alongside Olivia Duffey, Naz O'Connor and Jacob McGovern.
Duffey came close to a title of her own with a second placing in extreme forms.
Blattman said she had no idea what the competition would be like heading to the event at Orlando, Florida.
“It was my first time over there and I was so nervous,” she said.
“In weapons I was the first one to go up, and that was my first event so I was really nervous, but once I stepped onto the mat it was an absolute blur.
“When I heard I won I was in absolute shock and relieved that it was over. I couldn’t believe it.”
Blattman said the months of training felt worthwhile upon hearing the result.
It was an absolute blur.Kiara Blattman
“Over the last year I’ve been working my butt off doing personal training, training with my head instructors Taylor and Warren Hickey,” she said.
“The Australian team also had four training sessions here in Sydney and two over there in Florida.
“It was a great chance to bond with the others, who are three students I’m close with and very good friends too.”
Blattman also picked up a sixth in weapons.
O’Connor and Duffey were fifth and seventh respectively in kata while McGovern was sixth in weapons.
The Bathurst group faced competitors from across the likes the USA, France, Japan and China.
Meanwhile, Precision students were giving it their all at the recent ISKA Winter Open at Windsor.
Against over 250 competitors the Bathurst dojo finished 5th overall.
Blattman picked up a treble of wins there (self defence, kata, weapons) and McGovern was first in sword combat.
Beau Blattman (first in self defence, third in kata), O'Connor (first in kata, second in sword combat, second in point sparring), Tim Burke (first in sumo, second in point sparring, second in continuous sparring) and Sarah Duffey (first in Kata, second in sword combat, second in point sparring, third in weapons and third in sumo) were also winners.
Elias Burke (second in sword combat, second in kata), Adan Coello (second in self defence, third in sword combat), Reubin Delaney (second in self defence, second in kata), Damien Blattman (third in kata) and Olivia Duffey (third in sword combat) added to the list of great results.