Park Ridge Set to host Brisbane Karate Titles

Park Ridge set to host Brisbane Karate Titles

Exciting things are happening in Park Ridge’s sporting scene, as the town is set to host a Brisbane Karate Title Competition, with more than 200 competitors, this Saturday, November 27. 

The competition will be held at the Baskerville Sports Centre, commencing at 8:30am and hopes to bring in competitors from more than 15 teams from clubs across South East Queensland.  

Sempia at The Shotokan Karate Federation, Logan Village (TSKF) who helped organise the event, and grew up in Park Ridge, says it will be a fun opportunity for karate students in the area to develop their experience.  

“It’s a chance to not just practice their skills, but see where they are at with their karate. To see how their confidence has developed, how their willpower has developed and the mental strengths they’ve grown, since their last competition,” Mr Legg said. 

“All of that is what karate’s about. Winning a fight is a cherry on the cake.

There will also be Japanese cuisine catering as well as a coffee canteen and Mr Legg welcomes anyone in the community to attend, competing or not. 

He says he is excited to bring karate back to the town he first encountered martial arts in, doing taekwondo at the Park Ridge Hall as a child. 

“Everyone’s very excited. It’s very left of centre. We’ve got people who would never have known even where Park Ridge is coming to this event so we are pretty stoked about that,” Mr Legg said. 

“For me it’s really good, where the sports centre is. I was brought up in Park Ridge. I went to Park Ridge Primary and helped the Park Ridge Soccer Club.” 

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Mr Legg says that it was a miracle to organise this competition when previous events have been difficult to organise due to COVID. 

“Every year we have a few competitions but this one has been moved and messed around with quite a bit because of COVID. We’ve all had a pretty hard time getting together for a competition,” Mr Legg said. 

“All of the competitors and students kept getting denied these competitions this year but we were just determined to make it happen. So we spoke to our Queensland boss, and he said `If you can pull it off you’ve got my blessing.’” 

Within two days, Mr Legg had confirmed the Baskerville Sports Centre at Parklands Christian College. 

“So I went straight to my mate Jacko and said ‘Dude, find me somewhere’. Within 15-minutes I was talking to young James at Parklands,” Mr Legg said. 

“By the next day I was looking at the place with him and the day after that he confirmed he wanted us there. 

“The place is massive. I’d never seen the hall up near Parklands until then.”

Mr Legg says he hopes that future Karate events can also be held in Park Ridge. 

“I would love to think we could bring it out of Park Ridge in the future. It’s a great location,” Randall said.

The Logan Village Shotokan Karate Federation Club has been teaching karate for 33 years to hundreds of students across Logan since it was founded by Sensei Joe Boucek. 

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