Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rockhampton's Brandt Cogill Is a Philosophical Fighter Who Will Lead the Australian Team to the 2016 Karate World Championships in Jakarta

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rockhampton's Brandt Cogill Is a Philosophical Fighter Who Will Lead the Australian Team to the 2016 Karate World Championships in Jakarta

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Byline: Matti Brooks matthew.brooks@capnews.com.au

FOR most of us, the movies we watch influence our view of the world and helps shape our place within it. For Rockhampton's Brandt Cogill, it became a way of life.

"When I was young, I was inspired by movies like the Karate Kid and all the Bruce Lee kung-fu movies," Cogill recalled.

"I just loved them and would watch them over and over. Then I started learning karate when I was seven."

The young start into martial arts, the hard work and dedication to training and a spiritual embrace of the philosophical values of karate have paid off. At the recent National Karate Championships held for the first time in Rocky last month, Cogill won his 75kg class and was crowned Grand Champion, after leading the winning Queensland team.

"I didn't get a point on me the whole championships," Cogill said.

"I won all of my fights, so that was pretty good."

For those who know Cogill, that is no surprise. National championships are one thing, world championships are another level entirely and that is what Cogill's focus is firmly on.

On the strength of his performance at the nationals, Cogill was selected as men's captain of the Australian team for the Karate World Championships in Jakarta next year. It is the second time Cogill will lead his country and his sixth time at the Karate World Championships. It is an extensive and impressive record, considering the world championships are held every three years.

At the last Karate World Championships, held in Sydney in 2012, Cogill claimed the bronze medal in his 75kg class. Next year in Jakarta, he plans to go two better and bring home gold.

"I feel confident that I can do well in Jakarta," Cogill said.

"Because after every world championships I have progressed, I have improved. At my first worlds I was in the top ten, then at the next the top eight, then the top four and then the bronze. So winning the gold medal in Jakarta feels like the next step for me from here."

Cogill comes from a farming family, the cattle graziers' traditional sports of campdraft and bull riding are in his veins, if not his heart. …

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