2015 National All Styles - National Championships
National All Styles - Australian Championship
5th & 6th December - Gold Coast
RAIN, HAIL, LIGHTNING & FIRE DAMAGE TO THE VENUE
DID NOT HAMPER THE SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION OF 2015 NAS CHAMPIONSHIP
SINCEREST THANKS TO ALL ATTENDING … GREAT WEEKEND WAS HAD BY ALL
The stage was set for a fantastic weekend of competition.
Big numbers of competitors flying in from all over Australia,Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia & Canberra meant that the quality ofcompetition was always going to be high – and in anticipation of the show they would put on, Saturday morning spectators flowed into Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium as competitors arrived for the start of two days of non stop action. Martial artists from styles as diverse as Karate, Kung Fu-Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Free Style Karate, Tai Chi and many more had come to do battle for the right to be called NAS 2015 Australian Champion
8.30am sharp all competitors marched into the venue to the applause of all attending holding their State flags up high with pride. The official bow in took place and the NAS President Mr James Casey welcomed all attending competitors, coaches and families. Assistant National Director, Mr Gary Palmer then called the following competitors and Official for the reading of the games oath, Mrs Nicki Hodkinson and Miss Kahalia Smith read the competitors oath on behalf of all attending competitors. Mr William Rogers was then asked to read the Officials oath on behalf of all Officials attending from around Australia. All attending stood for the National Anthem then the official bow took place and day 1’s championship began.
Saturday Morning First Up Forms Competition
Six rings where in full swing, always in awe of the standard and dedication displayed in these divisions, no matter what the age or experience level, everyone gave of their best. The Judges have the challenging and unenviable task of trying to decide the winners, on a number of rings; ties were decided by competitors performing a second time to determine the place getters. Young Connor Hall - Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu (VIC) impressed all judges with a fine display to claim victory in the PeeWee division, with Keidis Huhndorf – Chikara Kenpo (NSW) in second place with Seth Pinnow - Brisbane Kung Fu (QLD) taking third place from a large and talented field.
The 10-11 Years 5th Kyu - Blackbelt division was again a large field really putting pressure on the Officials, Ann-Margaret Truashiem – KenshinKan Karate (QLD) gave a stand out performance taking first place, second place Joshua HeranNorthern Lakes Martial Arts (NSW), third place going to Rachael Taylor – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD)
Other standout performances from some superb up-and-coming athletes in the 14-15 years 5th Kyu-Black belt event made itdifficult to separate the winners, Emily Kro - Shindo Karate (VIC) gave a polished performance to take first place just tipping Katelyn Webster – KenshinKan Karate (QLD) by 0.01 leaving Katelyn in second place, third place going to Jake Crimmins – Success Martial Arts (QLD)
Moving along to other rings that where in full swing, the Men’s Novice division, showed contestants putting in their best efforts and out to get the title of Australian champion, Brett Wilson - Seishin Ryoku Karate (QLD) in first place closely followed by Ed Robertson Success Martial Arts (QLD), second with Bruce Schultz – Bonsai Karate (QLD) taking home the third place cup.
In another ring the Women’s Veterans contenders were in the final stages of a thrilling contest showcasing the skills that onlycome from decades of dedicated training. Julie-Ann Bell – Bubishi Martial Arts (QLD) was the deserved victor, with runner-up Laura Walker SKIA Bondi Dojo (NSW) Jillian Cole, Funakoshi Karate (VIC) close on their heels in third.
Tension was high as the Men’s and Women’s Black Belts took to the mats, the best in the country lining up to display their skills. Only the top six would qualify for the final, then these top six were required to do a second kata/form to find the 2015 Champion.
Female final saw some excellent performances eventual winner Kelly O’Brien - Imugi TKD (NSW) close second Denise Fung – Japanese Academy of M/A (NSW), third place Melissa Senatore – Seishin Ryu Karate Do (QLD). Males final saw some of Australia’s top martial artists out to claim bragging right for 2015 with a polished performance Luke Campbell – Loong Fu Pai (VIC) claimed the title, champion for 2015, close second going down by 0.04 was Vincent Xu – Chikara Kenpo (NSW), third place Tony Gillespie – Imugi TKD (NSW)
Saturdays afternoon, State V’s State: Shield ChallengeDemonstrations
Results of Demonstration Competition; these divisions where a treat for all attending spectators with excellent performances from various styles, here are most of the winners from the weekend... Junior State vs State Synchronised Team forms were taken out by QLD State Team with a polished performance second place NSW State Team.
State vs State Synchronised Senior Team forms: The senior male team division was won by NSW State Team, second place QLD State Team.
Extreme Creative Weaponry 0-12yrs: First place going to Kiara Gerada – Proactive Team Freestyle (VIC), second place Jason Anastasi – Shindo Karate (VIC), third place Frank Decata– Proactive Team Freestyle (VIC). Extreme Creative Weaponry 13-17yrs: First place going to Jared Abbott – Fighting Fit M/A (NSW), in second place AlecSandfort - ATA (QLD), third place Jye Mason –ATA (QLD). Extreme Creative Weaponry Senior: First place going to Anthony Grigoropoulos – Proactive Team Freestyle (VIC), second place Michael Cundari – Proactive Team Freestyle (VIC) in third place Patricia Tan – Lismore Kyokushin Karate (QLD). Traditional Weaponry 0-12yrs: In first place Connor Hall – Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu (VIC), second place Hugh Matthews –Order of Isshin Ryu (NSW), third place Alexander Storoy – Bubishi M/A (QLD). Traditional Weaponry 13-17yrs: Taking first place Gabriel Soner – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD), second place Jared Abbott –Fighting Fit M/A (NSW), third place Martin Allwood – Border Karate (VIC). Traditional Weaponry Senior: First place went to Wayne Abbott – Fighting Fit M/A (NSW), second place Jie Cui - Jow Ga Kung Fu (NSW), third place Jason King – Brisbane Kung Fu
Saturdays – continuous sparring;
The pace picked up with the continuous sparring, always and 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 kickingand it surely made for some very explosive fighting. Results 7 to 9 years M/F finals first place Harriet Knijff – Seishin ZenRyoku (QLD) second place Brayden Garner – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD) third place Matthew Murphy – Loong Fu Pai (VIC)
Finals 10 to 11 yrs Male division saw William Stair – IMUGI TKD (NSW) taking out first place, second place Dominic Mason– ATA (QLD), third place Hugh Matthews – Order of Isshin Ryu (NSW), female finals saw Rachael Taylor – Seishin ZenRyoku (QLD) taking out first place, second place Tara Slender – Bendigo Kenpo (VIC) third place Michaela Soner – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD).
12 to 14 yrs Male final was an epic battle between Damien Prins – Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate and Stephen Williams – KenshinKan both boys put everything they had into the bout ending in a draw, extension bout was a hard fought tussle going down to the wire, eventual winner Damien, both boys embraced in fine sportsmanship.
%0> ">Finals 15 to 17 year female division saw Jakirra Graham – Success M/A (QLD) taking out first place, second place Kendra Schmid – Shiryodo Karate (VIC) third place Samantha Middleton - GKR (NSW)
Other standouts on the day in the senior divisions saw Nicki Hodkinson – KenshinKan take out female advance continuous for the fifth year straight showing she is a force to be reckoned with, second place team mate Patrisha Kay, third place SianFawcett – One Martial Arts (NSW).
Saturdays afternoon, State V’s State Shield Challenge
Day one of the championships where rapped-up with the ever popular State -of- origin finals. Getting into the competitives pirit supporters, clapped, cheered and shouted (and very loudly I might add). Standout matches, female advance team QLD took on NSW in a nail biting final eventual winners and 2016 champion State QLD. Male division saw QLD proving too strong for VIC
Sunday – Point Sparring Divisions finals:
All competitors and their supporters returned for the final day of competition where the President Mr James Casey thanked everyone for attending this weekend’s event and making it such a great success. After de-brief with the Referees Board onrules and regulations regarding the day’s competition both Officials and competitors were set for a day of explosivecompetition in point-sparring events. Referees and judges had no time to relax from Saturday’s bumper day of competition. The bouts continued with unanimous victories. Peewees & junior point sparring divisions were among the biggest divisions of the morning with mums, dad’s and coaches just as fiery as these little pockets of dynamites.
Final’s of the Pee wees Kalon Davis – Success M/A (QLD) take first place, second place Lucas Stair – IMUGI TKD, third place Chicaine Williams - KenshinKan (QLD)
Final’s of the 8 to 9 yrs (10th – 6th Kyu) saw Brayden Garner – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD) take first place, second place Tung Huynh – Seishin Ryu (QLD), third place Conrad Bahadur – Balina Kyokushin (QLD). Final’s of the 8 to 9 yrs (5th – Blackbelt) had Caitlin Bunney – One Martial Arts (NSW) take first place, second place Braxton Reeley – Northern Lakes M/A (NSW), third place James Matthews – Order of Isshin Ryu (NSW)10 to 11 (10th – 6th Kyu) final was taken out by Campbell Garner – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD), second place Nina Bron –Team Proactive (VIC), third place Kaycee Robinson – Tantis Martial Arts (VIC).10 to 11 (5 %e="1">th Kyu to Blackbelt) final was another exciting final that kept everybody on their toes eventual winner and takingfirst place Rachael Taylor – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD) second place Rubino Frisina – Winged Dragon (VIC), third place JacksonWiltshire – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD)
Moving up to the 14 to 15 (5th Kyu to Blackbelt) female division, Jakirra Graham – Success M/A (QLD) proved too strong onthe day defeating Katelyn Webster KenshinKan (QLD), third place going to Clare Ham – One Martial Arts – (NSW). Maledivision saw Damien Prins – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD) defeat Jack Linton - Kenshinkan (QLD), third place going to BenjaminPignataro – Bendigo Kenpo (VIC).
Male veteran’s point-sparring, Jason King – Brisbane Kung Fu (QLD) fought Scott Hampson – Seishin Ryu (QLD) in a hard fought battle with neither giving an inch, eventual winner Jason taking first place, second place Scott & third place Ed Bateman – One Martial Art (NSW)
Black belt weight divisions:The afternoon saw the finals of all weight divisions. Female light weight division saw Pania Casey Williams - KenshinKan (QLD) defeat Denis Fung – Japanese Academy of M/A(NSW). Male Light weight saw Richard Marlin – Success M/A (QLD) defeat Matt Bryce – Chikara Kenpo (NSW). Female welter weight saw Merinda Folkard – Bubishi M/A (QLD) defeat Patrisha Kay - KenshinKan (QLD). Male welterweight saw Luke Campbell – Loong Fu Pai (VIC) defeat Jed Peach – Funakoshi Karate (VIC). Female middle weight saw Nicki Hodkinson (QLD) defeat Monica de Verteuil – Bonsai Karate (QLD). Male middle weightsaw Tony Gillespie – IMUGI T/K (NSW) defeat Brett O’Driscoll – Success M/A (QLD). Female heavy weight saw Kahalia Smith – Bubishi M/A (QLD) defeat Taylor Ireland – Winged Dragon (VIC). Male heavyweight saw Mark Stone – Seishin Zen Ryoku (QLD) defeat Blayd Tunstall - KenshinKan (QLD).
The scene was set for some fiery encounters with the winners of each weight divisions paring off to do battle for the right togo forward to fight off for the title of 2015 champion of champion. Pania Casey Williams fought Merinda Folkard,( winnerMerinda). Richard Marlin fought Luke Campbell (winner Luke). Nicki Hodkinson fought Kahalia Smith (winner Kahalia).Tony Gillespie fought Mark Stone (winner Mark)
Female Champion of Champion final:
There was no rest for the new title-holders as they prepared to fight for the coveted prize of champion of champion. Kahalia has been here before and knows how to handle the pressure however her team mate Merinda was out to prove she had what it takes to be champion, throughout the match they would test each other cautiously to find an opening Kahalia beingthe much taller competitor found her mark early using her reach to her advantage & pulling away on points, Merinda came back scoring with well controlled high kicks & lightning fast hand techniques, nearing the end & with the crowd getting behind both girls Kahalia scored the winning point to take out 2015 Female Champion of champion, second year running!. Both girls embraced with mutual respect congratulating each other.
Male Champion of Champion final:
Luke Campbell came up against his much taller opponent Mark Stone; both men know what it takes to be a champion asthey have been here before in previous years. This match had everything, aggression and explosive techniques, cautions from the referee which had all attending on the edge of their seats. Coaches were frantically calling strategies out to their competitor…the emotions and nerves where evident.Mark’s strategy going into the match was to try to unsettle his opponent and take an early lead however Luke knows how the game is played and wasn’t letting Mark have it all his own way … through out the match both men would score randomly and nearing the end of the bout Luke scored the winning point to become the 2015 male champion of champion. Both showed good sportsmanship shaking hands congratulating each other
2015 Champion State;
Everyone stayed back to see who would win the Presidents cup. Points are acuminated over the weekend from placing’s of each competitor, points are tallied and percentages are calculate to adjust to smaller Sates attendance. Queensland was crowned champion state for 2015 making it 4 years in a row
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 weekend’s championships, staff and helpers we thank you all for your support and dedication in making these championships a great success. We look forward to seeingevery one in 2016 events through out the year.
On a final note…martial arts begins and ends with courtesy regardless of style, rank or creed…Definition of a true championis one who wins and losses with dignity & respect!
Yours in martial arts