KARATE expert Alexis Carrasco is a high-flyer in more ways than one.
As well proving to be a tough, agile opponent on the mat, the 28-year-old's busy schedule sees him jetting around the country and overseas to compete.
The Chilean-born sportsman who now calls Bendigo home won the Australian Open tournament in Sydney in June and returned victorious from the Australian national titles in Tasmania in August.
He also recently represented Australia in Indonesia, where he fought in the under-75kg division of the Premier League.
"I will be competing in the US Open in Las Vegas in January and there are a few other competitions coming up," he said.
"I have to choose between the Paris Open or going to Indonesia again. I have already done Indonesia, so I think I might go to Paris this time."
Carrasco represented Chile as a junior, winning Pan American and South American championships.
He has medalled at Commonwealth, Oceania and national events since moving to Australia seven years ago.
But he returns regularly to his native land, and enjoys catching up and training with national competitors there.
"They give me the chance to go back and fight for them, but I'd rather fight for Australia," he said.
Carrasco trains at Fit Republic in Bendigo, where he is an instructor helping local youngsters improve their skills. He also trains with the Victorian squad at the Australian Karate Federation in Melbourne and travels to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for specialist sessions twice a year.