Here?s one way to claim a World Cup
By HUGH KEARNEY
A TWEED martial arts school has claimed the internationally recognised World Cup of martial arts in a tournament at Carrara.
The Tweed Martial Arts Academy (TMAA), based at South Tweed Heads, picked up 57 trophies at the tournament to top the pointscore by a massive 250 points and claim the title of ISKA (International Sports Karate Association) World Champion Club.
Six TMAA students also became ISKA world champions by winning at least four of their five bouts.
Academy spokesperson Rebecca Thiele said 28 TMAA members, including five adults, competed at the event which attracted a field of about 400.
Thiele said the academy was the first from the Coast to win the World Cup and had done so in its first foray into the tournament.
She said the main form of martial arts taught at TMAA was Ryukyu, a traditional form of self-defence from the island of Okinawa.
"The history is the villagers were not supposed to be seen to be defending their village, only warriors did that," she said.
The villagers developed a system of defence based on their everyday farming tools, including the kama (a grass-cutting tool), the bokken (a timber sword), the bo (a short staff used as a walking stick), and the jo (a longer staff). 'Weapons' at the school are made of wood and graphite and are not sharp.
Children learnt self-discipline, self-confidence and co-ordination.