Selected to compete at the 2018 Karate World University Championships (WUC), Isaac Hoshi is hoping to make his mark on the world stage and push for his selection to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hailing from Auckland, Isaac will be representing our friends from across the ditch.
Whilst pursuing his dream as a professional athlete, Isaac is also undertaking a Bachelor of Science and is a valuable member of the Monash University Elite Student Performers Scheme.
Now that exams are over, Isaac has turned his attention to preparing for the Karate World University Championships held in Japan, July 19-22.
Selection to the New Zealand team means a lot to Isaac, “it is up there amongst my other accomplishments,” said Isaac.
“It is an amazing opportunity, as I will be competing against all the other top-tier university karate athletes from across the world.”
Isaac, however, is not merely satisfied with his selection, he is adamant that a place on a podium is the expectation for the championship.
Nevertheless, Isaac will be up against it, the level of competition at the WUC will be very high as it is a stepping-stone for many athletes to get to the 2020 Olympic Games.
The New Zealand team manager, Dean Wiseman, is optimistic about Isaac’s chances identifying that he is training at the highest level.
The WUC is just the beginning for Isaac, “I would like to be selected to compete at the Karate Senior World Championships later in the year held in Madrid, Spain.”
“From next year onwards, I wish to compete at all the Premiere Leagues, Series A and Continental Championships to build-up points to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.”
From everyone at Monash University we wish Isaac all the best not only at the Karate World University Championships but also with his bid for selection to the 2020 Olympics.
Go get ‘em Isaac #monashpride
Written by: James Oana