Rd4 New South Wales 29th August 2010

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I find it incredibly exciting to be on the floor during any NAS Tournament...I've said this many times, but when competitors tell you that they love the atmosphere, spirit and camaraderie, instructors say they like the professionalism and the fairness and the spectators cheer...well, you know the formula is right! NAS provides the perfect opportunity for martial artists from right around the state to put their poise and power on show!

NSW Round 4 tournament on August 29th at the Ryde Aquatic Centre saw practitioners from 35 different clubs pull out all stops in the last opportunity to qualify for the prestigious State and National Championships. The cheering from the ever-vocal crowd provided the soundtrack for a thrilling day of competition.

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The Veterans provided some early entertainment in getting the day off to a great start. Let me tell you, the standard is extremely high and level of competition is tenacious. Taking the prize in Forms, was Paul Mitchell of United Taekwondo narrowly over Marcel Radojevic from Kei Shin Kan Karate with James Mills of Taikudo in third place. Whilst in the Female Sparring Denise Fung, Japanese Academy of Martial Arts was too quick on the day for Joanne Nicol of Go Kan Ryu, Tracey Hanscombe of One Martial Arts  in her first Veterans experience taking out third spot. Seasoned competitor, but newly graded Black Belt, Peter Gargalis of Go Kan Ryu was victorious in the Mens Veterans Sparring division in a very close tussle with Michael Jackson from Isshogai Do Karate. The well supported Fabricio Zeledon of Goju Ryu Bushido claimed third. That's eight different clubs taking the places just in the Vets...what a way to start the day!!

Now the 'little guys' took to the floor and got stuck into the action! The 7-9yrs Continuous is one of the most popular events of the whole calender and this day was no exception. The judges were impressed by the fighting skills of ones so young, the crowd, from grandparents down to little brothers and sisters voicing their support. In the final, Imogen McGrath-Green from Isshogai Do Karate got the nod from a spirited Justin Lenkovic representing Black Belt Martial Arts. Young Go Kan Ryu stylist Mahdi Makki taking home third place.

A definite feature this year has been the growth in numbers and popularity of the Demonstrations and Weapons Divisions. A crowd favourite, competitors in the Junior Demo's get the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise and teamwork come to the for in some impressive displays. Taking the prize on this day was Ozkan Ismail of KMA Martial Arts. Grabbing second spot was Aleacia McIntyre of Li-Te Carr Martial Arts with Tara Ridge representing Uechi Ryu Karate in third.

Years of dedication and finely tuned skills were on show in the Senior Weapons event. The crowd appreciating this level of expertise. Marcel Radojevic of Kei Shin Kan Karate in first place. Stephen Atkinson of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts on the south coast of NSW, in his first NAS tournament claiming second with Lisa Carr from Li-Te Carr Martial Arts in Orange taking home third.

As I've mentioned earlier, the standard of competition has been extremely high this year and the young martial artists of New South Wales are placing the other states on notice...they'll be there to win!

Some standout performances came in the 10-11yrs 5th-B/Belt Points where Riley Florentine of Combined Self Defence and Fitness snatched a close win over Marko Masanovic of Goshin Ryu Karate, third place going to Jorden Xuereb of Goju Ryu Bushido.

The 'never give in' attitude of Nathan Warburton of Emu Heights Self Defence saw him grab victory in 12-13yrs 10th-6th Male Sparring. Aidan Xerri of Goju Ryu Bushido in second and the quick hands of Daniel Annetta representing Yee's Progressive Martial Arts grabbed third.

Whilst the young ladies in the 14-15yrs 5th-Black 'owned' the floor in some powerhouse battles. Taking the points was Alice Carrett of Black Belt Martial Arts showing great ringcraft in a close match with Alisha Rasmussen of Go Kan Ryu. Showing tenacity and speed, Kristie Gargalis of Go Kan Ryu claimed third spot.

Notable performances for the 'big guys' came with some hard, fast action from Daniel Walker of Combined Self Defence, Jesse Druzinec of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Glenn Valiukas of Go Kan Ryu in the Mens Advanced 3rd-1st Kyu event, certainly ones to watch for the future.

While the 'signature' event of the day, the Mens Black Belt Open, had the crowd on their feet. Extra loud whistle blasts were needed from the judges to be heard over the roar that accompanied every point. Wayne Vella of Goju Ryu Bushido faced off against David Nicol of Go Kan Ryu. Both fighters using all the ring and all their skills, Wayne winning out on the bell in a point for point encounter!

Poise and power ...on show across all age groups and all divisions, another fantastic NSW event, setting the stage for the State Titles on October 17th and the honour of hosting the Nationals in Sydney in December!

An early warning to all the other states.....New South Wales will be hard to beat!!

My thanks to all competitors, instructors and parents for another great day. Thanks to Mr James Carrett for the terrific photography and last, but not least, my gratitude to all the hardworking and dedicated Officials and helpers..it wouldn't without you!!

See you all at the State Titles in October!

1. NAS NSW Club Profile

clubFilo Do Karate

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Manny Padilla

STYLE: Filo Do Karate

How long have you trained?

I have been training for over 26 years.

Location of club & nights you train?

Our club trains at Woodcroft in the western suburbs of Sydney.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

I found out about NAS through Blitz Magazine, and I used to compete myself in the 90's. Now I recommend competing in NAS to all my students.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

It doesn't matter what style you practise, ALL styles have a chance in NAS!

The students get the opportunity to show their talents against many different competitors. They all love the challenge and it's safe and fair.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....

I'm proud of all of them. Norman Baltazar & Robert Hardie are doing well in the adults, Mariane Hardie, Jonjay Baugh, Manuel Padilla, Hritik Gupta & Rumar Talosig are enjoying themselves in the teen divisions. While Jeremy and Emma Moore are having fun in the Pee Wee's and 8-9year olds.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

My future aims would be for my students to reach their goals. To be the best that they can be, to improve their skills and to continue to train and enjoy their martial arts.

2. NAS NSW Competitor – Profile

competitiorsNAME: Chris Boles

STYLE: United Tae Kwon Do

How long have you trained? 9 Years

Where do you train?

Muswellbrook PCYC, Hunter Valley

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?

The spirit and camaraderie between competitors. The opportunity to test your skills against other martial arts, and the regular competition and challenge of the sparring.

I am a continuous sparring specialist, so I like the confrontational side, and I am very competitive.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

Walking into the arena in Melbourne at the Nationals in my first year of competition last year behind the New South Wales flag with my state team mates.

Also winning my first tournament in June this year.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

Trusty front foot front kick.

Favourite martial artist...

I don't have a favourite Martial Artist but I owe everything to my United Tae Kwon Do Team, led by Master Paul Mitchell and most of all my Instructor, training partner and good friend Randall Jones for getting me started in martial arts after starting a TAFE course together years ago.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

I have a burning ambition to be New South Wales Advanced Open Black Belt Continuous Sparring Champion. To be a consistent performer at all levels of competition is a long term goal.

3. NAS NSW Official Profile

officialNAME: Erika Druzinec

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

Where do you train? I train under Shihan Gary Palmer at Baulkham Hills

How long have you trained?

Started training in Uechi Ryu Karate at a small dojo in Condell Park in 1977. 

Obtained Shodan in 1981 and Nidan in 1984. Commenced training with Chikara Kenpo Karate at Baulkham Hills in 2005, my eldest son Jesse, also trains there.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

I first started coming to NAS Tournaments in 2006.

What made you be come a NAS Official?

Competed all year in 2006 and noticed there was a shortage of judges, especially no female judges. I decided to get involved and have enjoyed it ever since.

What level are you with the NAS?

I am currently a Level 2 Referee.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

Would like to obtain the highest level of judging and be able to promote NAS, initially in Sydney then state (NSW) wide and eventually Australia wide. Would like to be in a position with NAS where we could go to schools promoting the benefits of training in martial arts at a local club which supports NAS. Also promoting to martial arts clubs, the high ethics, high standards and benefits of being part of NAS.

4. Download Tournament Results

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