LIKE the superior qualities of a fine wine, thousands of competitors from across the world converged on the Gold Coast to prove that with age, sporting skill and experience becomes more refined.
Guy Hubert, 46, was one such competitor who took his wealth of experience and knowledge in the art of tae kwon do to compete at the 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
Proving a force to be reckoned with, Hubert went toe to toe with some of the countries greatest tae kwon do fighters in a battle for the coveted gold.
A master of the discipline, the 4th Dan black belt punched and kicked his way through the competition, which has a minimum requirement age of 30, to be crowned champion and receive gold at the Masters.
"The competition was tough, no doubt about it. Most competitors were ex-retired champions," he said.
Starting tae kwon do at 10 years of age, the Masters gold isn't the first time Hubert has fought his way to the top.
Hubert was the Australian champion in 1982, 1984, 1986, was Queensland champion for 13 years and is a dual tae kwon do Olympian, competing in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and in Athens in 2004.
Hubert said tae kwon do had played a major influence on who he was today and was a positive influence on youth.
"It's kept me young flexible and very fit. It's a good thing for kids to get into and certainly something that is good for them in future life," he said.
Perceived as a physically confronting art, Hubert said the sport had turned into a strategic battle using accuracy and ability.
"It's not so physical anymore, it's all about getting points," he said.
"It's becoming more of a gentlemen's sport."
Calling Laidley home, Hubert said he was looking to pass on his knowledge by starting his own school.
"I'm looking to start the College of Taekwondo teaching human movement, terminology, the Korean language and philosophy," he said.
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