Tahmoor karate students seal awards haul

Tahmoor AMMA students impressed at a prestigious mixed martial arts tournament on Sunday. Picture: Simon Bennett
Tahmoor AMMA students impressed at a prestigious mixed martial arts tournament on Sunday. Picture: Simon Bennett

Eleven Tahmoor karate students could have filled a trailer with awards following a dominant performance at a prestigious tournament on Sunday.

The group of Arthur Moulas Martial Arts (AMMA) students - aged between six and 45 years of age - won about 50 trophies at the mixed martial arts tournament in the nation's capital.

The Australian Martial Arts Championship hosted round one of the AMAC Canberra.

Tahmoor AMMA coach Shane Taylor said he was proud of his students' efforts at the competition.

"They absolutely knocked it out of the ball park, winning multiple trophies each," he said.

"Everyone had a first, second or placed. We needed a semi-trailer for all of our trophies."

Taylor said the Australian Martial Arts Championship was divided into five rounds. Three events are held in Sydney and two in Canberra.

The experienced coach said his students performed well at the first Sydney round last month, all managing a first or second place.

Taylor said the AMMA members needed to perform well in one more championship round to qualify for state tournaments.

"The results in Canberra were another step towards qualifying," he said.

Taylor, who has has taught karate at the Tahmoor AMMA centre for 15 years, said his students trained hard each week.

"You need to be invited into our class. These students are all talented and dedicated," he said.

Tahmoor AMMA is located at 2 Stratford Road, Tahmoor.