Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 04:12 PM CST
What does it take to be the Australian Under 15 Kyokushin Champion?
A love for Karate is a good start. Simon Younan, a 15 year old, year 10 student, got into Karate when he was only 6 years old. After a year of training he had to stop due to his family’s move away from the club where he had been training. After trying his hands at a number of sports, including soccer, football, tennis, and basketball, he got back into Karate in 1999 after noticing a sign for a Karate Club near his new home.
Since his return to Karate, and under the supervision of his trainer, Sensei Maria of the F.A.F.C. Simon has entered eleven competitions, and achieved many wins. These have earned him the Melbourne Under 16 title, the Victorian Under 16 title, and on the 19th August 2000, he added the Australian Under 15 title to his collection.
Simon’s training, which needs to be juggled with his school work, and his casual hobbies of soccer, surfing the net, and catching movies with friends, takes up to eight hours, spread over four days. His sights are set on the Under 18 Australian Championships that will be held on 19th August 2001, in Sydney. If Simon wins this particular competition, he could have a chance at joining the Australian Olympic Team.
With the support of his family Simon is determined to add more titles to his collection, including the up coming New Zealand Championships that will be held in March 2001. Along side his hopes for great achievements in Karate, Simon is looking at a career in the IT field. With his determination, not much seems out of reach.
Courtesy Nakosha Magazine - October, 2000
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