2012 National All Styles Australian Championships

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After 28 years as the Southern hemispheres leading All Styles martial art tournament circuit the NAS is still as strong as ever. The 2012 National All Styles championship provided an outstanding arena of spectacular kicking, lighting fast punches and spectacular demonstrations. With over 90 different martial art styles and 450 martial artists attending, ages ranging from 4years through to 70 years assured this weekend would be a great success.

The NAS is the only tournament circuit where competitors have to qualify throughout the year for invitation to this prestigious event. With tournament circuits in every capital city of Australia as well as a number of regional areas and with over 8000 competitors annually as well as the vast number of different martial art organisations competing in the NAS such as Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Silat, Hapkido, Tai Chi to name just a few is a statement of the popularity and success of the NAS circuit.

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1. Official welcome and bow-in;

Spectators flowed into Melbourne sports and aquatic centre as competitors arrived for the start of two days of non stop action. The music sounded, in came the competitors carrying their State flag and banner to the applause of all attending there was a tingle up your spine with the energy filling the venue.

As each State lined up for the official bow in the NAS President Mr Silvio Morelli & NAS Vice President Mr James Casey, welcomed all attending this weekends competition also thanked event sponsor Mr Barry Johnson, Australian College of Sports Development as well as Tan’s Martial arts Supplies for their ongoing support to the NAS competition. One of the biggest surprises of the morning was when the President Mr Silvio Morelli appointed Mr James Casey as the new NAS/WASO President. Mr Casey was humbled by this appointment to the applause of all attending

Competitor’s oath was read by Mr Luke Campbell and Miss Melissa Urbano on behalf of all attending competitors and the Officials Oath was read by Mr Malcolm Ayles who has been involved with the NAS competition for the past 20 years.

2. Day 1; Saturday’s Forms – juniors through to veterans:

7 rings where in full swing with fierce competition, up first was forms competition with each competitor out to be Australia’s best. The pee wees division was one of the biggest events of the day, with a stunning array of young talent. Stand out performances among the tiny titans and eventual winners Lucas Valiejo Double Dragon (NSW) coming in first place with Mark Sweeney, Black Belt M/A (NSW) takes out second. 12-13 year old 5th kyu to black belt had huge numbers of competitors which really put the pressure on referees and the judges due to some outstanding performances. In the end Adam Baericke KenshinKan (QLD) was crowned 2012 national champion with a polished performance, Emma Whatarau, Loong Fu Pai (VIC) coming in second. 14 to 15 years (5 Kyu to black belt) was another division hotly contested; the tension was obvious with pre nerves, prior to stepping onto the mat making it difficult to select the eventual winner. Cassidy Hooson KenshinKan (QLD) was near floorless in her performance to take out first place for the second year running, runner-up Katlyn Martin (VIC). Male novice division had finished and Kevin Aquino Unsu Kai Karate (VIC) let everyone know that he will be a force to reckon with in the future as he took out first place, runner up was a proud Jackson Auckett, KenshinKan (QLD).

Veteran’s forms division was also well represented with excellent displays of strength and intensity from all attending. Female division saw Julie-Ann Bell, Bubishi M/A (QLD) take home first place to runner up Clare Sunderland GKR (VIC). In the male divisions Garry Edwards Redland Karate (QLD) a very experienced NAS competitor for many years gave a polished performance to take out first place, runner up NICK Spanu GKR (VIC).

3. Male and female open black belt form finals:

We had the best in this country lining up for this event, you cold feel the tension as they all lined up to qualify. Senior black belts are required to perform two separate forms during these finals. As each competitor demonstrated their form you could see and feel the tension and frustration, this was quiet obvious with competitors of this calibre losing balance also going blank during there performance. Finals of the females division went to Melissa Urbano Independent (VIC), runner up Kit Fullinfaw, AM Shukokai (VIC). Male finals: Delio Senatore Seishin Ryu Karate Do (QLD) took out first place for the second year running, runner up Ryan Abramczyk, GKR (VIC).

4. Saturday junior & senior demonstrations

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Classy demonstrations were the order of the day, these where some of the classiest demonstrations ever seen included everything from self-defense routines, comical scenarios and inspirational weapons demonstrations, some including very acrobatic maneuvers. In the junior divisions the Bektasovski family- KMA Martial Arts (NSW) thrilled the crowd with their brilliant performance either individually or as a team, other stand outs in the junior’s Patrick Dunne XFC M/A Bayswater and Caitlin Wylie Bukido Karate (VIC), traditional weaponry was taken out by Lucy O’Connell, Mudgee MA (NSW) runner up Martin Allwood Border Karate (VIC).

Senior divisions saw Melissa Urbano – Independent take out first place in traditional weaponry, runner up Ardel Moore Wushu (VIC). Demonstrations saw team Fudoshin Ryu (VIC) give a polished performance to take out first place, runner up Christopher Antoniou Zeus MA (NSW).

5. Saturdays – continuous sparring:

The pace picked up with the continuous sparring, always an exciting division to watch. The continuous sparring is very similar to kick boxing but with out the unrestrained contact. The competitors use all kinds of techniques including leg kicking and it surely made for some very explosive fighting. Results 7 to 9 years M/F finals first place Jalil Sarji Shotokan (ACT) runner up Daniel Russo, Unsu Kai Karate (VIC). 15 to 17 year female division was an all Unsu Kai Karate final, Valerie Chau was too strong on the day to out score her team mate My-Linh Le to take out first place. Other standouts on the day were from the male veterans over 40 yrs division, first place going to Jason Hunter Shin Bu Kai (VIC), runner up Nick Spanu (VIC). Female Advanced finals was taken out by a spirited Cynthia Weggelaar Shiryodo Karate (VIC), runner up Nicki Kennedy KenshinKan (QLD).

6. Saturdays afternoon: State v’s State Challenge:

If the crowd weren’t already heightened with excitement from the day they certainly turned it up a notch for the State v’s State challenge. Getting into the competitive spirit supporters, clapped, cheered and shouted (and very loudly I might add). Team Victoria ruled the day taking out the male and female state shields, congratulations must also go to all other participating teams who gave a spirited performance. You all did your State very proud.

7. Sunday day 2: Point sparring events:

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Competitors returned to Melbourne Sports and Aquatic centre for another day of explosive competition in point-sparring events. The referees and judges had no time to relax from Saturday’s bumper day of competition. The bouts continued with unanimous victories.

7 years and under point sparring is one of the most popular division in the NAS, with mum’s, dad’s and coaches just as fiery as these little pockets of dynamites. Final’s was taken out by Jae Ciarma, MACE Academy (VIC) out scoring his opponent Mark Sweeney Black Belt MA (NSW). In ring three the 8 to 9 year (5th to Black belt) was a fiery match with Stephen Williams, KenshinKan (QLD) going toe to toe right to the bell with Daniel Russo, Unsu Kai Karate (VIC), Stephen defeating him in a thrilling point- for- point battle.

The bouts continued the 10 to 11 (10th – 6th Kyu) final was taken out by Mitchell Bucher, Success MA (QLD) who outscored his opponent Tristan Schneider Kaizen Kai Karate (VIC) with excellent explosive kicking combinations. In the 12 to 13 (5th Kyu to Black Belt) male division Troy Bloomfield, Winged Dragon (VIC) powered his way to the top to take the title with team mate Antony Pandelidis close behind. Over on ring three 14 to 15 (10th to 6th Kyu) female final, Tatum Sinclair-Harris, Double Dragon (VIC) was relentless in her defence, but in the dying moments of the match Jessie Woehrle, KenshinKan (QLD) scored with a reverse punch to the head, securing victory.

The adrenaline continued through to the Male Veterans finals with competitors receiving cautions from the referee to control their contact. With big numbers of competitors it took a marathon effort and inspired performance from John Merchand, United Tae Kwon Do (NSW) who used the ring to his advantage out scoring his opponent Kerry McEvoy, Sung Shin (QLD) to take the National title.

8. Black belt weight division finals:

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The big guns of the NAS circuit took to the mats; winners progressed to the finals and the opportunity to be crowned 2012 champion of champion. Female light weight division saw Nathasha Gaspersz GKR (VIC) defeat Allanah Douglas, The Winged Dragon (VIC). Female welter weight saw Karen Young Redlands MA Academy (QLD) defeat Clare Sunderland, GKR (VIC). Female middle weight finals saw Nicki Kenneddy KenshinKan (QLD) defeat Cynthis Weggelaar Shiryodo Karate (VIC). Female heavy weight finals saw Rebecca Rogers, KenshinKan (QLD) defeat Alicia Richters AM Shukokai Karate (VIC). In the men’s finals light weight saw Delio Senatore Seishin Ryu Karate Do (QLD) defeat Matt Bryce, Chikara Kenpo (NSW). Male welter weight saw Ben Cunning Ham GKR (NSW) defeat Ryan Abramczyk GKR (VIC). Male middle weight saw Simon Hu Shaolin Long Fist (QLD) defeat Christopher Bullock Unsu Kai Karate (VIC). Male heavy weight saw David Auty XFC Martial arts defeat Jesse Druzinec, Chikara Kenpo (NSW).

9. Who would be crowned 2012 champion of champion?

The scene was set for an exciting final who would be crowned 2012 male and female champion of champion. It began with some fantastic music leading up to the introduction of the finalists. In they came one by one to the applause of all attending, the atmosphere was electric. The President Mr. James Casey bowed in all finalists and wished them all the best. Nathasha Gaspersz light weight defeated welter weight competitor Karen Young. Nicki Kennedy middle weight defeated heavy weight competitor Rebecca Rogers. Delio Senatore, light weight defeated Ben Cunningham. David Auty heavy weight defeated middle weight competitor Simon Hu.

10. Grand Champion of Champion final:

Female champion of champion final; Nicki Kennedy, KenshinKan came up against her much lighter opponent Nathasha Gaspersz, GKR. Throughout the match they would test each other cautiously to find an opening. The match progressed, both girls found their mark scoring point for point; Nathasha’s lightning fast hands gave her the lead towards the end of the match and victory.

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Male champion of champion final saw last years Grand champion of champion Delio Senatore, Seishin-Ryu Karate who was out to make it two in a row. He came up against David Auty XFC Martial arts a much taller opponent who has been here many times before. This match had everything, aggression and explosive techniques which had all attending on the edge of their seats. David’s strategy going into the match was to try to unsettle his opponent and take an early lead with his explosive front round-house kicks and reverse punches. Delio being the much smaller opponent used his lighting speed with quick hand and spinning kicks to his advantage. Both fighters where cautioned by the referee to control their contact, the match progressed Delio again found his mark executing lightning fast hand combinations to take the match.

11. 2012 Presidents Cup, champion state:

Everyone stayed back to see who would win the Presidents cup. Points are acuminated over the weekend from plating’s of each competitor, points are tallied and percentages are calculated to adjust to smaller Sates attendance. Queensland was crowned champion state for 2012 and bragging rights for the next 12 months.

There ends another great year of NAS competition. To all those who travelled from all parts of Australia attending these Nationals we truly thank you. To all members of the ARB attending this weekends championships; thank you for your dedication and support. I also wish to personally thank our Chief arbitrators for the weekend, Mr William Rogers and Mr Gary Palmer also all our helpers, Special thanks must go to Mr Kayne Dewhurst, Mr. Vince Busitell and Mr. Darren Ball and his team of first aid officers and action photos by Caroline Soner.

We look forward to seeing everybody in 2013 to a bigger and better NAS competition.

Yours in martial arts.

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