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TWO young members of Hervey Bay's Bubishi Martial Arts Club showed no signs of nerves contesting their first state titles – far from it.

Madison Hore and Bronte Everett gave impressive performances during the National All Styles Queensland Championships on the Gold Coast.

Nine-year-old Hore finished with a second and third place in her age group while eight-year-old Everett came third in her division.

The National All Styles Championships featured various styles of martial arts including Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing.

Competitors contested various categories including forms, point fighting, continuous sparring, team sparring, demonstrations and weaponry.

Another young member of the club, 15-year-old Merinda Folkard, also performed well, earning two second-places.

In all, nine members of the club were in action on the Gold Coast and their coach, Sensei Glen Smith, said they had all performed really well.

“The competition was tough and the quality of the opposition was right up there,” he said.

“Saying that, our contingent gave it their all and I am proud of each and every one of them.”

Smith said the performances had been outstanding, given that the team's preparation had been far from ideal.

“I couldn't train them as much as I wanted to, but they didn't let that get to them,” he said.

“They have been committed to training hard all year and that determination and desire to do well paid off.”

And pay off it did.

Several of the team qualified for the Australian National All Styles Championships in Sydney next month.

“The future of the sport in Hervey Bay is looking as though it's in good hands,” Smith said.

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