GLMA Martial Arts going for gold at Gay Games
Martial arts expert and GLMA instructor Penny Gulliver has announced she will be taking a team to compete at the Gay Games in Cleveland next month.
Penny said team members Julia Martignoni and Christian Lush have been training hard for the past year to be “tournament savvy".
“Both have done very well in the beginner divisions and have placed highly in the Open Weapons divisions,” Penny said.
Julia, a yellow belt, will be competing in beginners point sparring, forms and weapons.
Penny said Julia’s passion for martial arts began after attending a beginner's kickboxing course for self-defence, which Penny organises and instructs. She described Julia as enthusiastic and committed.
“Julia is known for being very feisty in the sparring divisions and always willing to get in there and give it her all, often beating larger and more experienced competitors.”
Fellow team member Christian is a skilled competitor with a great love of form, Penny said.
"Having previously done gymnastics as a child, [Christian] has contributed to grace and flexibility to the forms, weapons, open beginner and black belt weapons divisions. He has often given the black belts a bit of a nudge."
Penny said Christian is competing in beginners, forms, weapons, sparring and the ppen two-person set section as well as self-defence.
Penny has a long pedigree when it comes to martial arts and first competed at the Gay Games in 1998. She has also sent a GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Martial Arts) team to all Gay Games since that time. She is well known as an activist, author and spokesperson on issues involving violence.
Gulliver will be competing in the senior blackbelt weapons and mixed two-person set with Christian.
Both Christian and Julia started out doing Gulliver’s kickboxing course at Erskineville Town Hall.
[Image] GMLA's Penny Gulliver with Julia Martignoni and Christian Lush. Photo: Supplied