Champions of Champions 2003
Uytingco, 24-year-old Go Kan Ryu karate dynamo, captured
back-to-back Champion of Champions titles at the NAS National
Championships in December. With a display of tactical
brilliance over club mate Claudine Chicheportiche, the
2nd Dan Sydneysider again proved that she is a sport-karate
force to be reckoned with.
Fellow Go Kan Ryu 2nd Dan, Sydney’s 28-year-old
Craig Lennox, won his first Champion of Champions title
by using cunning and speed to beat a larger and experienced
opponent in 2001 winner Glenn Hutchison, also from GKR.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the
fabulous interview with the winners written by Ben Stone
that you can read in the current issue of Blitz Magazine.
What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve had
to overcome to become Champion of Champions?
Craig: Myself. Taking
the doubt out of your mind, knowing and believing in
yourself that you can do it. Once you plant that seed
of doubt you’ll come unstuck.
Angela: Definitely self-doubt. I didn’t
think I wanted the title nor deserved it more than Claudine
did. She has worked so much harder than I did all year.
Being able to know and understand what you really want;
otherwise you can’t do anything about it.
What advice do you have for up-and-coming NAS players
hoping to one day become champion of Champions?
Craig: Never get frustrated,
never give in. You could ask anybody that has won a
national or state title and you will usually find it
has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to
that position, so with that in mind, never give up.
Always have set goals; without set goals you are not
striving for what you want from your training.
Angela: Train hard, spar different
people and watch a lot of sparring to see what works
and what doesn’t work. Most importantly, enjoy
Blitz: Do you follow
a specific diet?
Craig: No, but I do
eat a well balanced diet. One thing that’s great
is that I rarely fall ill. I like to think it is because
I eat lots of fruit and veg’, also I drink freshly
juiced fruits daily.
Angela: I try to eat less sugary food
but more fruits. At one stage I was watching my fat
intake and decided to cut down on junk or takeaway food.
I bring my lunch to work now; I prepare the food at
home so I know what I’m eating. I sometimes succumb
to temptation, but only in moderation.
How did you come up with this training and/or eating
Craig: I have an incredibly
high metabolism so I need to eat frequently. From early
childhood I’ve always eaten a healthy, well balanced
diet but I still love to have a beer and pizza every
now and then!
Angela: It’s not a formula, I
just try to understand what my body needs.
Blitz: How do you find
karate and/or your involvement in NAS help you in other
areas of your life or work?
Craig; The ability
to focus on any given task, be it at work or school,
I think is a product of the hours one puts into perfecting
their technique in the dojo. After a hard day’s
work it is a good release to go to the dojo and just
sweat it all out.
Angela: I find Karate and NAS competition
helps build my confidence. I am no longer afraid to
make mistakes, because through mistakes can I learn