Bailey takes on the world in Japan
This Saturday, 12 -year-old Bailey Clancey will be facing off against the some of the world’s best karate Athletes at the Japan Martial Arts Championships.
Bailey and his parents left for Yokahama earlier this week to fit in a final training session with the Australian Squad before the tournament on 9 June.
Bailey, who trains at Kumiai Ryu High Impact Gym here in Orange, has only been training for two years, but he has shown dedication and commitment to his art.
“On Monday, I have an hour advanced class and then another class,” said Bailey, running through his weekly training regime. “On Wednesday I have a class that I help out in, a class that I train in and then there is another one — so that's about three hours, then on Thursday I have Muay Thai class and a sparring class and on Friday I have boxing.”
To qualify for the tournament Bailey had to place in the top 5 in the Australian Martial Arts Championships.
“And to get there you have to be top 10 in a state titles,” said Bailey, who also won an Australian Title at the International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) competition last year and qualified for the ISKA World titles in Florida.
A fine effort to get this far Bailey - Good luck!