Southland kickboxer off to world champs
James Hargest College student Daniel Schuck has made the international stage for kickboxing and karate.
He will represent New Zealand at the Wako Junior World Kickboxing Championships in Rimini, Italy, in September. Wako stands for World Association of Kickboxing Organisation.
Two years ago Schuck finished third in a karate tournament in Japan.
The 18-year-old is a member of the Toa Fighting Systems in Invercargill. He took up karate six years ago and added kickboxing to his sporting interests in 2010.
"Kickboxing is physical. Karate is a lot more discipline and technique," Schuck said.
"I've had the occasional bruise, bump and banged-up shin."
Learning martial arts had prepared Schuck for confrontational situations, if any arose outside the ring.
He is strong mentally to walk away and not react, but knows he has the skills to protect himself.
Earlier this year Schuck won an award for using the most technique in a fight at a Wanaka tournament.
He also won a full contact continuous category in a karate tournament in Tapanui.
Instructor Peter Thompson said he was expecting good results from Schuck in Italy.
"He's got all the attributes we look for in a successful fighter ... he's very calm in the ring. He's consistently at all training, rain, hail or shine."
Blue Mountain College's Michael King is also in the New Zealand team bound for Italy. Tapanui instructor Gabriel Phillips is delighted King has made the Kiwi team.
"He's an out-and-out tough guy," Phillips said of King.
"Got very good motivation and physical skills."
The Southland Times