The Victorian Kudo Open was held in Melbourne on October 22 and three Scenic Rim martial artists competed in the championships, coming home with both gold and silver medals.
Sean Olsen described kudo as ‘Japanese style mixed martial arts’ and said Black Dragon fighters on the day were himself, Jayke Bartram and Lance Raftery.
‘Striking, blows, submission and even head butting is allowed,” he said.
“I did do a bit of head butting in the clinch.
“Each fight involves a single three-minute round unless there’s an extension due to a tie.
‘Jayke fought first up and he was up against a guy who had won in his category.
“He was dominated but the only thing his opponent really had on him was a little bit more experience on the ground.
“Lance submitted his first opponent, causing him to tap out and the final fight came down to judges’ decision but he won silver in the end.
“I submitted both my opponents and won gold.”
Mr Olsen said he then went on to compete in the Chikara Kyokushin International competition, which involved full contact karate.
“I had one match and I didn’t win it but I did get best technician on the day,” he said.