MASTER IN WAITING: Jordan Maher at Hawkesbury Martial Arts, where he has become an instructor, while also training hard to compete in international competitions. Picture: Geoff JonesHAWKESBURY Martial Arts’ Jordan Maher has taken his karate to the next level as he approaches age 20.
Last year, Maher travelled overseas three times to compete in karate tournaments, representing Australia and also competing individually.
Regardless of who he represented, he acquitted himself admirably, finishing third in the Oceania Junior championships as he represented Australiaand third in the under-21 championships in the Czech Republic, where he competed as an individual.
He also competed at a senior tournament in Germany while again representing Australia and made it through to the second round before bowing out, but as one of few people from the Australian team to make it even that far, he was impressed with how he performed.
He received a broken nose for his troubles at the Australian Open last year as well, which he saw a ‘welcome’ to the senior ranks.
“This was a rite of passage I suppose,” he said. “I had a broken nose in the finals of a senior event, I wanted to fight on but they wouldn’t let me.”
Maher turns 20 this year, which means it is his last year of qualifying for junior, or under-21, tournaments.
This year, he wants to do do well at the Australian junior championships, so he can qualify for the world junior championships.
His experience fighting in the senior ranks already is something which gives him hope of a big run at the world championships.
“I have been trying to focus on doing senior eventsand I am just trying to make a bit of a name for myself in the seniors,” he said.
“There are not too many competitive people, but every fight is like a final in the seniors, I don’t seem to be doingtoo badly by myself.”
Karate has even led to a career for Maher, who now is a personal trainer and elite karate instructor, working out of the gym.
He said he works at the Richmond site, and a new one in Bella Vista, full time, and intends to make a career out of instructing at this stage of his life.
“One day I might even take over the place,” he said.
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