“Bathurst students and everyone here at the Pollet’s Martial Arts Centre, like the Bathurst community itself, take pride in our fantastic town and its community.”
Hanshi Ian Pollet stressed this after a successful last few weeks for the entire Pollet’s organisation.
“It has been an extremely busy year for The Pollet’s Centre for Martial Arts, not just in Bathurst but all-around Australia. It all rounded off with the Pollet’s National Championships where national champs, state and local centres come together to compete.”
“We have a lot of young people compete in the championships, and they take pride in the Pollet’s National Cup.”
The Pollet’s Club Tournament, held on Sunday, saw all Pollet’s Centres converge at the Bathurst dojo to battle for top honours.
The title and trophy will be staying in Bathurst however, with the hosts bringing the title home for 2018.
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Hanshi Pollet said that it is a lucrative tournament to be a part of, with teams already looking return to claim victory next year.
“There is so much pride in winning this tournament that teams are already planning to come back and compete in next years competition to attempt to lift the trophy for their centre,” Hanshi Pollet said.
Hanshi Pollet was also amazed at how fast his students recovered after returning from Sydney at the National title one week prior.
“A lot of our students competed the weekend before last on the Sunday [24th November] in the National Title in Liverpool, and returned the Pollet’s Club Tournament as if nothing had happened. They were all so fresh and rejuvenated and ready to go at it,” Hanshi Pollet said.
“Our coaches are brilliant. They do such a great job in preparing their students. They take so much pride in their students and in the locations they represent.”
Additionally, the karate graduation ceremonies were held in the last week. Hanshi Pollet and the rest of the Bathurst Centre were understandably very proud with their students.
“We had quite a few students go up to the next level and all of them are really keen to test themselves,” Hanshi Pollet said.
“There is quite a lot to do to graduate to the next belt level. Students have to know the whole karate system.”
“This includes kicking, punching; students have to be experts in self-defence and also know the many different combinations in karate.”
“Students need to also have great fitness and exercise great memory. Memory is a really great skill desired in martial arts.”
The year will be rounded off with Presentation Night on December 15, where all students and trainers can relax and reflect on the wonderful year full of many success stories.