Jones on journey to share his skills



AT FIRST glance, Brad Jones is just your everyday bloke who has managed to do something a little extrordinary.

Sporting a fifth-dan black belt around his waist, the threetime Australian karate representative returned to Central Queensland this week to share his life-long "journey'' with the region's up and coming stars.

Jones, who has been teaching karate since 1987, will host training seminars at the Capricornia Shotokan Club in Yeppoon this weekend.

Jones said his visit was a chance to refresh skills and pass on some knowledge.

"It's another opportunity to acquaint old friendships and make new ones,'' he said.

Three competitors keen to learn from the national karate champion are Capricornia members Brandt Cogill, Rhys Anderson and Hayden Muller.

The trio will join Jones in the Australian team to contest this year's Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) world titles in Tokyo, in November.

For Jones, it will be his fourth appearance at the sport's showpiece event, held every three years, after representing Australia in 1994, 1997 and 2000.

But Jones said there was more to the martial art than fighting.

"You go on so many journeys in karate,'' he said.

"You grow a lot as a person and it's something I enjoy.''

Capricornia club instructor Andrew Corneal said the two-day program was open to all association members in Queensland and swings into action at Yeppoon's St Brendan's College tomorrow.



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