For two years Scott Chaffey had a clear view of the desired result of all the intense training sessions.
Defending his cruiserweight karate title at the Koshiki Super World Championships in London, Canada, on July 28 was what he had visualised.
What he hadn’t visualised was a Russian opponent’s kick to his groin – a development in the fight for the gold medal that sunk the Tamworth martial artist’s championship quest quicker than you could say: “Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.”
Chaffey went down, but he was not out. Although impaired, he fought on – only to lose by a point.
“Two minutes into the [three minute] match there was a strike to the groin which put me down for a little bit,” he said.
“I managed to regather myself and come back to fight the last minute of the round but, yeah, it [the low blow] was definitely a bit of a factor.
“He managed to land the final strike which secured the win for him in that final minute.”
The Russian received a verbal warning for the low shot.
Chaffey, 35, had better luck in the three-man Bunkai (kata) event – winning gold in a team that included Inverell’s Nick King. They beat three Japanese teams along the way.
Chaffey’s younger sister, Kristie, meanwhile, beat a Canadian to defend her middleweight world title.
She won silver in the individual kata event.
“I was very happy with how I went,” she said.