A LONG list of kata placings was the highlight for the Precision Martial Arts Bathurst team who attended the recent ISKA Illawarra Open.
The seven-strong team brought back a big haul of medals for their efforts, showing they've come far against more than 100 other competitors.
In fact, every member of the Bathurst team was able to return home with at least one medal around their neck.
Beau Blattman had a memorable tournament.
He was the team's sole recipient of two gold medals, topping his competition in both weapons and kata.
Jacinta Bignell completed the medal 'clean sweep' by winning kata, coming second in sword combat and claiming the bronze in point sparring.
Troy Wright brought back the team's only gold medal for sword combat and added to that a third place in kata.
Jared Bignell added another kata title to the club's name.
Kiara Blattman earned kata silver and sword combat bronze.
Jethro Hartmann and Braydon Taylor were the sumo starts of the team in Illawarra, each winning silver, while the former was also second in kata and the latter was third in kata.
Coach Taylor Sargent said the results speak volumes for the training which has gone into the event.
"We spend a lot of time doing basics in kata training as well as point sparring," she said.
"They're our bread and butter and it's always a good reflection on us if we're placing in those events consistently."
Sargent said the event was a great chance for some members to increase their exposure to a competitive environment.
"We had a couple of guys who haven't done many tournaments before and everyone came home with a place so that was fantastic," she said.
"Jacinta was a first-time participant and she ended up with a first, second and a third. She's been training for around two and a half years but just hasn't done many tournaments. It was a great result for her.
"Her brother Jared was in just his second tournament and he finished with a first place.
"We've got the Central Coast Open coming up this weekend, which will be another smaller tournament, but it's great for those guys who haven't had a lot of tournament experience to go along and have a go at the smaller tournaments where there's less people and less pressure on."
The Central Coast Open takes place this Sunday at Niagara Park, a tournament which will be another step towards nationals later in the year.