KARATE has become a family affair for one Tamworth household which now has a state title on the mantelpiece.
Scott Cohen won the state Intermediate Continuous Sparring title in Lidcombe at the start of September, and also placed second in the point sparring division.
After placing at several regional events, Cohen qualified for a chance at the NSW AMAC titles, which saw over 200 competitors enter from around the state.
“It was a really good feeling to win,” Cohen said.
“It is great when your hard training pays off and your strategies work.”
Cohen has only been involved in the sport for 18 months after he decided the best way to choose the right karate studio for his children, who wanted to learn, was to try them for himself.
Cohen, his children Ethan, Lachlan, and Amelia and, more recently, his wife Jane are now all training at Chaffey’s Black Belt Academy in Tamworth.
Cohen started entering the competitions after proprietor Clint Chaffey encouraged him to get involved after seeing some good form.
“Clint thought the tournaments would be a good way to measure where I am at,” Cohen said.
“We came up with six strategies to score points and trained with them in mind.”
The green belt student has been training six days a week working on technique and fitness, as well as two personal training sessions.
Cohen is now preparing for the national titles which are being held in Queensland at the end of November, and is planning on coming out harder, fitter, and faster for the tournament.