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Southeast locals make up strong contingent of Wushu warriors
by: Rebecca Forsythe
From: Dandenong Leader
July 07, 2013 12:00A
Catherine Urriola, Tony Luani are trained in Wushu by coach Bruce Corles. Source: News Limited
A TEAM of dedicated martial arts students will represent Australia in the next world games.
The trio of Sanda competitors, who all train at Lifestyle Martial Arts in Dandenong, have been selected to compete in for the 12th World Wushu Championships, which will start in October in Malaysia.
Catherine Urriola, 28, from Dandenong North, Tony Luani, 28, from Doveton, and Abdul Mahdawi, 20, from Hampton Park, are all 2013 Oceania champions in the sport, which is a full contact martial art.
Urriola and Mahdawi are also Australian champions in the Sanda, which is similar to kick-boxing , which was introduced as - a demonstration event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
They will join more than 1000 athletes from 100 countries worldwide at the Wushu games.
Bruce Corles is their coach at Lifestyle Martial Arts and has been training athletes of all ages for 20 years. He is also assistant head coach for the Australian team.
"I'm proud to have the athletes going to Malaysia. With all the hard work and dedication that these athletes have put in it's a well deserved achievement," Mr Corles said.