Lucas McKinnon came away with fourth place in the Super Heavy Weight at the World Weight Categories held in Tokyo.
Standing face to face against a world kyokushin karate champion, Lucas McKinnon was in awe.
The Huntly resident came away with a fourth placing in Super Heavy Weight at the invitation only World Weight Categories in Tokyo.
His list of achievements in the sport include a place in the top 32 at the world Kyokushin Karate Tournament last year as well as the New Zealand and Australian titles.
It was a first for him at this particular tournament, representing New Zealand.
"The first opponent was a Russian boy and I progressed past him and I went into the semi-final."
There he fought Shohei Kamada, number one in the world for his category, in a three-minute round.
"I was sort of half trying to beat him and half admiring him... his speed was incredible for his size, he was like lightening."
McKinnon said he outweighed everyone in his category but they were both about the same height.
He didn't come away with a podium finish this time, but the experience of competing against someone of that status was reward enough.
And it's fuelled the fire to train harder in hopes of taking him on again."I'm coming for him again, I've got unfinished business with him."
To achieve one of his next goals of a podium finish and defending the New Zealand and Australian title later in the year, he's transforming the way he trains.
In his shed, where most of it takes place, he's decided to change things up.
"I'm just going to hit it and start again, definitely hungrier now.
"My family believe I can go all the way so that has ignited it."
While he isn't short of achievements, McKinnon has his eyes on the-sought-after trophies that stand at almost six foot.
"It's those trophies in particular that everyone wants to get."
McKinnon hopes to be invited to the World Weight Categories again next year and he said it would all depend on this year's performances.