The team from Wollongong, Kosta Skrapis, Lincoln Bendall-Moon and Mitchell Sutherland, have taken top places in their respective events at the recent Arnold Classic over the weekend. Honours include 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and a 6th place in the internationally accredited and attended event.
The team travelled to Melbourne to compete in the tournament which is attended by competitors from all over the globe and is marked by the presence of the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Leading the team with 2 gold and 1 silver was ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) Hall of Fame Member Kosta Skrapis. Kosta dazzled the crowds and judges with his prowess with nun chucks and his tricks, flips and acrobatics to claim a 1st place in the Extreme Weapons and a 2nd in Extreme Forms. His 20 years of experience and 4th Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo and 3rd Dan Blackbelt in Hapkido led him to a win in a very competitive Traditional Martial Arts Forms demonstration.
Kosta is proud to lead by example. His work within the Wollongong Martial Arts scene has involved him coaching the award winning KMA Wollongong Extreme Performance Team to victories in multiple international events for the ISKA. He continues to work with local sports teams and other individuals to reach their potential in all facets of life.
Lincoln Bendall-Moon, former local football champion, also saw success with a 9 Second KO to claim gold in his Mixed Martial Arts competition. Lincoln exploited his opponent’s momentary weakness to land the lightning quick knockout and claim his prize. Lincoln also took a second place in the hotly contested K1 Kickboxing competition.
Mitchel Sutherland, local strongman, likewise proudly represented Wollongong and took the place of 6th strongest man under 80kg in Australia. Strongmen regularly push themselves with great feats of strength that may see them competing in multiple events from lifting giant concrete balls that weigh more than the lifter to moving great lengths of lumber over a fixed distance. It tests both strength and stamina.
All the members of KMA Wollongong want to congratulate the sportsmen on their great achievements over the past few days and honour them for the great people they are. KMA Wollongong helps people from 3 years of age to 90 years and beyond become champions in all aspects of their lives. Building a better community through making every student the best person they can be.