Randall Legg Brings Epic Karate Competition to Park Ridge

Randall Legg Brings Epic Karate Competition to Park Ridge

Randalls love for martial arts began in Park Ridge as a child. Now, nearly 40 years later, things are coming full circle, bringing karate back to his hometown with an epic competition, drawing in more than 200 competitors from karate clubs across Brisbane.

Meet Randall Legg, a Park Ridge Primary graduate, and part of the team responsible for making the town the location for a city wide karate competition on November 27 at the Baskerville Sports Centre 8 am – midday.  

It was only three weeks ago when sempia at The Logan Village Shotokan Karate Federation, Randall Legg said he got the green light to rally together a Brisbane Karate competition. Within days, he had secured a venue in Park Ridge. 

Park Ridge News had a chat with the karate teacher about how the club managed to organise this incredible event in such a short period and his secrets to both karate and life. 

Randall says COVID restrictions had made finding a venue to fit a large scale competition near impossible this year. 

“Every year, we have a few competitions, but this year’s 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,” Randall 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.'”

With the go-ahead, Randall set himself on a mission to quickly secure a venue. Within two days, he had confirmed the Baskerville Sports Centre, near 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,” Randall said. 

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

Karate Competition at Baskerville Sports Centre November 27
The Karate Competition at Baskerville Sports Centre

Randall says the competition isn’t about being the best, but about helping the karate students increase their confidence and skills in the sport. 

“It’s a chance to not just practice their skills, but see where they are at with their karate,” Randall said. 

“It’s to see how their confidence has developed and how their will power has developed. As well as the mental strengths they’ve grown since their last competition.

“All of that is what karates about. Winning a fight is a cherry on the cake.” 

Karate Comp 2
Randall in action at karate comp

Randall fondly remembers his love for martial arts, beginning doing taekwondo at the Park Ridge Hall.

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

“Every son and daughter and father in the area went and made this soccer team and club up, and I used to do Sunday School in the chicken farm where that school [Parklands Christian College] was built.” 

Randall says Karate has always been an important part of his life and routine. 

“What I like about it is when I’m getting ready to train, everything goes away in my mind, like my work worries, and I get me time. That’s my time,” Randall said. 

“Some people sit on a hammock with a glass of wine, and that’s their time off. Mine is, go train, and there’s a perfect circle of quality people in that club, so it’s a nice place to be as well.” 

He says karate clubs also provide him a sense of community, bonded by shared values. 

“It’s got a nice family vibe; not often in life are you in a group of people that think the same way as you,” Randall said. 

But the most important thing Karate has taught him is that even having the best support network doesn’t matter if you can’t be your own biggest supporter. 

“You go through so much torment or self-doubt, thinking, ‘Am I going to get this right?’ You question yourself and whether you’re going to get better,” Randall said. 

“But at the same time, the same person that is making you question yourself and doubt yourself is right there for you and should consider them self a good friend.” 

The Logan Village Shotokan Karate Federation Club was established 33 years ago, and operates out of the Logan Village Community Hall on Wharf Street.