New South Wales State Titles

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"WHAT A THRILL"........
Congratulations to all competitors and our new 2010 STATE CHAMPIONS!

The noise, excitement end enthusiasm was tremendous, it was a thrill to see such great support for our future stars and champions as pumped-up competitors from all over the state battled it out for the chance to represent our great state at this year's NAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! Sydney is the proud host of this year's Titles, making everyone even more determined to put in a strong performance. This was the atmosphere that set the scene for the  2010 NEW SOUTH WALES STATE TITLES at the Ryde Aquatic Centre, Sunday 17th October.

Competitors and Officials showed their mutual respect for each other with the traditional bow-in and as the Referees called "Start" a day of high powered martial arts action was under way!

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Determination and nerves transformed into focus and speed as our talented artists presented their skills to the Judges. As the crowd streamed in, the Veterans entertained with their years of skill and dedication. Taking out first place in the Forms, Mark Stevens of Go Kan Ryu just edged out James Mills of Taikudo and very close in third was Peter Gargalis of Go Kan Ryu.

It's always a thrill to see the little guys in action and this day was no exception. Claiming the day in the 8-9yrs 5th Kyu–Black Belt Forms event was young Justin Lenkovic from Black Belt Martial Arts, narrowly over a determined Jacob Hadges in second place with Alex Qiu in third, both representing United Taekwondo. Synchronised Forms is a feature of the championship season and turning in a polished, precise display of teamwork was Matt Bryce, Vincent Xu and Eric Xu, making up the Junior Team from Chikara Kenpo Karate, claiming the right to represent NSW at the Nationals. They'll be hard to beat!

Big numbers in the Female 12-13yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt Point Sparring division meant some hard battles had to be won to get to the finals. Some fast 'block & strike' combinations saw consistent performer Olivia Mostogl from Isshogai Do Karate claim the win over the fast hands of Vlora Ramadani of Taikudo while some good ring-craft skills secured third spot for Grace Burgess representing Black Belt Martial Arts.

There were quite a number of standout events throughout the day, I wish I could mention them all! One of note had to be the Male 14-15yrs 5thKyu-Blackbelt Points. These future stars had the judges on the go keeping up with their high flying kicks and quick hands. In an exciting final Samuel Penton of Go Kan Ryu claimed the day over the elusive Jaydon Zeledon Of Goju Ryu Bushido Karate Academy. The valiant Joshua Austin from Northern Lakes Martial Arts taking home third.

After such an exciting start to the day, the big guys were pumped up and rearing to go!

It was certainly true "all styles" action in both the male and female Continuous Advanced Open divisions, with five different styles represented in the finals! The ladies event was fast and furious, Jody Whitely from Combined Self Defence & Fitness grabbed the title over Jessica Trajcevski representing Goshin Ryu Karate with a determined Jamie Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate in third spot. The men certainly weren't to be outdone with the extremely focused Chris Boles of United Taekwondo in a close, seesawing tussle with Jesse Druzinec of Chikara Kenpo Karate, the hardfighting and spirited Mark Salecich of Go Kan Ryu grabbed third.

The Demonstration events always thrill and excite the audience, captivated by the skills on show. The Creative Forms was a stunning display of martial techniques and athleticism. Taking the title was Hakan Manav of Australian Martial Arts with the impressive Ozkan Ismail from KMA Martial Arts in second and a focused Emily Giles of Go Kan Ryu in third place.

Certainly the highlight of the day was the Men's Black Belt divisions. Taking the double title in both Forms and Point Sparring was Dean Gould of Go Kan Ryu, once again setting the bench-mark as the one to beat and making his intentions clear for the Nationals. In the Forms,  focused displays saw Jamie Dorward of Goshin Ryu Karate in second place and Antony Ball of Go Kan Ryu in third. Whilst in the Points an all GKR affair saw David Nicol claim second and Antony Ball third. A warning to the other states; these guys will be hard to top!

A fabulous day and a fitting finale to what has been a tremendous year of competition for NAS in New South Wales. No accolades could possibly be enough for the tireless, dedicated work of our Referees, Judges, Table Officials and helpers. It has been said many times and it's absolutely true: "The day just wouldn't happen without them!" They have every reason to feel proud of their achievements and contribution this year. Well done ladies and gentlemen, and "thank you!" Many thanks goes to Mr James Carrett for the tremendous action photos!

I would like very much to thank each and every competitor, instructor, parent, official and spectator for your involvement, support and contribution to NAS NSW this year. To quote one of the clubs instructor: "You're all champions in my eyes!"

Our attention now turns to the 2010 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! New South Wales is extremely proud to be hosting this years Titles over the weekend of 11th-12th December at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool.

New South Wales is fielding an incredibly talented, determined and focused team of superb martial artists!! The other states will need to be on their game because it's.............

NEW SOUTH WALES TO WIN !!

1. nas-st-10-pic8NAS NSW Club Profile

Chikara Kenpo Karate

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Shihan Gary Palmer
Sensei Wayne Morrison

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained? I have been training for over 35years now.

Location of club & nights you train?

We are located at Baulkham Hills in Sydney's northwest.
Classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday nights and Saturday mornings.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

I first heard about NAS from an instructor visiting from interstate back in the '90s.
We have been involved as competitors and officials ever since.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
The people, the atmosphere, the adrenalin and excitement. The camaraderie is terrific.

Mostly the challenge, because the standard at NAS is so very high, it gives students the opportunity to test themselves and display their skills in a fair and encouraging environment.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Every student that steps onto the mat is a champion! Any student that puts themselves forward to face the Judges or to face off against an opponent is worthy of every accolade!
I'm blessed to have a club full of 'champions', their dedication and support for each other is a credit to them all.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

To continue to provide an environment and atmosphere where our students can train hard and with safety, so that they can continue to develop both as martial artists of skill and as worthwhile and contributing members of their families and their community. To help all our students strive to reach their full potential in all their endeavours.

2. nas-st-10-pic9NAS NSW Competitor Profile

NAME: Alice Carrett

STYLE: Shotokan Karate

How long have you trained? I have trained for around 6 ½ years

Where do you train? Black Belt Martial Arts, Wyoming under Kyoshi Liz Mahler and Shihan Liam Worthington

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I love the atmosphere at NAS. Although it's a competition, the highest degree of sportsmanship is displayed as we come together through our love of Martial Arts.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My best moment would be wining sparring for the first time. It was really special because I knew how good my fellow competitors were, and I felt really proud knowing that my hard work had paid off.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
My favourite technique would have to be the 'Reverse". It's simple, yet you can use it so many different ways.

Favourite martial artist...
My favourite Martial artists would have to be my instructors Kyoshi Liz Mahler and Shihan Liam Worthington. They are constantly inspiring me to challenge myself and push the boundaries.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I would love one day to win at Nationals. Although it will take lots of hard work and commitment. I know I can do if I give it my all!

3. NAS New South Wales Officials Profile

nas-st-10-pic9aNational All Styles NSW Best Officials 2010

On behalf of Mr. Silvio Morelli NAS President and Mr. James Casey Chairman of the ARB, I would like to congratulate all the New South Wales Ring Officials & Table Officials for 2010.

Our Officials and helpers do a fantastic job throughout the year and are part of a fantastic team of dedicated people, who through their efforts, enable our tournaments to be a great success.

Best Ring Official 2010

Mr Russell Fisher for his dedication and service to the New South Wales NAS ARB.

Russell has been involved with NAS as an Official for many years in various roles. He is a fully accredited Level 2 Referee and has earned the respect of his fellow Judges as well as that of all competitors and coaches this year. Thank you Russell!

Best Table Officials 2010

Jenny and Terry Williamson for their dedication and service to the New South Wales NAS ARB. Jenny has worked tirelessly with NAS NSW this year and is often the first smiling face that competitors and families see at the door when they arrive on the day. All of Terry's work is carried out behind the scenes, repairing and organising trophies and equipment. Jenny & Terry are always the first to offer their assistance in any area needed and their contribution ensures the tournaments run smoothly. Thank you both!

Mr Gary Palmer NSW State Director & Director ARB, with Mr Scott Robertson NSW Technical Director awarded the plaques to Russell, Jenny and Terry and also thanked all our Officials for their dedication and support to the NAS NSW. Their professionalism and hard work throughout the year ensures a great event each time for all competitors and marks NAS as the premier martial arts Tournament in this country.

4. Download Tournament Results

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