Tockar triumphs at nationals

Anthony Tockar (left) in action.

AN open men’s gold medal win by Anthony Tockar at the 2019 Australian Full Contact Karate Tournament, held in Sydney last month, has come with a prized reward.

The Kyokushin Karate North Bondi dojo member will lead a five-man Australian squad that will compete at the International Karate Organisation’s World Open Karate Tournament in Tokyo in November.

Tockar won his final at the nationals in impressive fashion. Known for his powerful high kicks, he surprised many with the force of his body punches, which he mixed with stinging low kicks and an array of kicks to the head and body.

His Australian title follows several other successful tournament wins here and abroad in 2018-19. 

Another strong contender for the Australian team would have been his younger brother, David, who was ruled out of contention due to injury.

Other Jewish members from the North Bondi dojo also did very well at the nationals, including the Guinea family.

Guy Guinea won bronze in the 12-15 boys’ age division, Tom Guinea won silver in the 11 and under boys’ kata division, and Ben Guinea won bronze in the 11-12 boys’ under 50kg kumite division.

And hard-working Brandon Benson won the 12-13 boys’ over 60kg kumite division.

It will be Tockar’s third appearance at the world championships, which are only held every four years.