Greater Victoria athletes head to Switzerland for international karate tournament
A group of karate athletes from Greater Victoria travel to Switzerland to compete in an International Kimura Shukokai Karate Tournament.
The group trains at two dojos in Brentwood Bay and Deep Cove run by David and Kristina Bentley, and for brothers Isaac and Lex Petrick this will be their first international tournament and their first trip outside of North America.
“Obviously we’re a bit nervous for internationals, we’ve never really been abroad before, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to do well,” said Isaac Petrick. “It’s going to be a much tougher competition than what we’re used to on the island.”
The duo have been training since 2016 and have competed in numerous provincial and Vancouver Island tournaments since. What started out as an opportunity to learn a bit of self defense and play a solo sport after learning team sports was not for them, karate became a passion and a source of many friendships.
But like all 23 competitors and parents heading to Switzerland, the Petricks had to earn their place in the tournament, and their preparation is no joke.
Lex said that beyond their usual three days a week at the dojo, they attend additional training sessions and fill much of their free time performing katas – a detailed series of karate moves performed without opponent to help practice and improve transitions between moves used in an actual match.
“We always work on the basics because that usually makes your fight better. It’s your base, so if you have a rook without a good base, you’re not going to do well,” Lex Petrick said.
Although they are yet to make their international debut – which will be on July 22-23 when the tournament kicks off – the Petricks are already planning for the future.
“I would like to at least do a few more worlds, stick with it for a few more years. I hope to win gold eventually, probably not this time, but eventually,” said Isaac Petrick.
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