Rd1 New South Wales 6th March 2011

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1. NAS NSW...a force to be reckoned with!!......

New South Wales was extremely proud to host the 2010 NAS National Championships in Sydney. It was a tremendous weekend of martial arts action and excitement. There were some great achievements by some very talented athletes, who used their skills with spirit and sportsmanship. Congratulations to each and every one of you. Team NSW grabbed a total of 31 individual National Titles, including Dean Gould winning Male Champion of Champion! These tremendous results came from 14 different clubs and styles. A truly ALL STYLES event. We can't wait for this year's event on the Gold Coast!

It was with this wonderful backdrop that got us underway for the 2011 Season at Round 1 on Sunday March 6th at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre. The opening address gave me the opportunity to welcome nearly 30 different clubs, some competing for the very first time and some who had travelled long distances to be part of the action. I was also very pleased to once again welcome SENSEI'S MARTIAL ARTS STORE as our state sponsor for this year, Sensei Phil  Chapman has years of experience in looking after the equipment needs of martial artists of all disciplines, visit him at the tournaments this year.  It was great to see so many families and competitors in attendance and all were keen to take to the mats.

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It didn't take long, with lots of action, excitement and loud vocal support for the combatants in the popular 7 – 9 years Continuous Sparring. This division always draws lots of attention as the 'young-guns' show their stuff. All three places were taken out by first time competitors, proving that we are in for an exciting year right from the start. Abbey Hardy of Kenpo Freestyle claimed the prize in a close battle with Thomas Ryan of Kinetic Martial Arts. Kinetic team-mate, Talon Hartwell, used some good kick combinations to take out third place.

The 10 – 11 years Continuous was a feisty affair, with lots of adrenalin and quick, focused moves. The hard fought win went to Taylah Stevens of Go Kan Ryu Karate in a close tussle with Breanna Gilroy of International Goju Karate Do. A valiant Clare Hardy of Kenpo Freestyle showed all the skills in claiming third spot.

Over on Ring 2 the first bouts in the new and exciting Veterans Continuous Sparring division were underway. Proving that this will be a dynamic event, the combatants provided some tenacious battles with no-one giving an inch. Good manoeuvring and ringcraft saw Allison Yee-Brogan of Yees Progressive Martial Arts overcome the fast combinations of Julie Jones of United Tae Kwon Do, in a split decision.

Thrilling the crowd with their skill, power and determination the Men's event was not to be missed. The action was so tight that a number of bouts needed extra time to resolve the out-come. Winning out on the day was Stephen Atkinson of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts. Giving it their all, Randal Jones and Mark Chamberlain both from United Tae Kwon Do claimed second and thirds places.

The Point Sparring divisions are always breathtaking events! Each year the focus and speed seems to get faster and faster, keeping the judges on their toes. The Male 12 – 13 years 5th Kyu-Black Belt  produced wonderful battles with loud and vocal crowd support. Brenden Williamson of Go Kan Ryu winning on the bell over Eric Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate. Riley O'Mara of Northern Lakes Martial Arts taking the points for 3rd place. Proving they were just as quick, the young ladies of the 14 – 15 years 5th Kyu-Black Belt resulted in some close decisions. Olivia Mostogl of Isshogai Do Kai Karate scored the win with her high kicks over first timer Tayla Meath of Kenpo Freestyle. Laura Samuel of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts taking home third place. Whilst in the Male division, Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate, traded point by point with Chris Koikas of Shotokan. Nathan Warbuton of Emu Heights Self Defence fought hard to claim third place.

The Forms events are an opportunity for one to witness the dedication and discipline that martial practitioners apply to their art. So high was the standard that in a number of cases, tie-breakers were needed to decide the outcome. Such was the case in the 12 – 13 years 10th – 6th Kyu division, with impressive displays from Kiara Webb of Shi Jia Li Tae Kwon Do, Gordon Deng of Praying Mantis Kung Fu Academy and Jayden Vella of United Tae Kwon Do taking the top three spots. The Black Belt Men's Open was an impressive showcase, Dean Gould Go Kan Ryu in 1st, Joshua Marks of Black Belt Martial Arts in 2nd and in a close decision 3rd spot going to Ben Cunningham of Go KanRyu.

In the Female division superb displays were turned in by Alexsandra Covek of Tora Shintai Karate Do to take out first place closely followed by Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martila Arts, with a focused Rachel Harvey of Tora Shintai Karate Do in third place.

The absolute highlight of the day was the wonderful performances in the Demonstration and Weaponry Divisions. In both the Junior and Senior events, the skill and timing were very much appreciated by the crowd. A standout was the finely executed sword display from Craig Neary and the team from Pollets Martial Arts Bathurst in the Senior Demonstrations. I'm very much looking forward to these divisions as the year unfolds.

A power-packed day and a fitting start to an exciting year of competition for NAS NSW!

A round of applause and a HUGE 'thank you' goes to our tireless team of Ring & Table Officials and all those who so willing give of themselves to make such a tremendous day possible. Congratulations to all competitors on your spirit and sportsmanship!

Thanks also to Mr Angel Georgieff for the great action shots!

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday May 1st, and let the excitement continue!

2. nas-rd1-11-pic14Club/Organisation – Profile

Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Stephen Atkinson

STYLE: Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts. We teach both Taekwondo and Kung Fu

How long have you trained?
I have been training for 37 years, starting with Judo then Taekwondo then various Kung Fu styles

Location of club & nights you train?
We train in Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

We train Monday to Thursday and Saturdays with classes for kids and adults.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
In Blitz magazine and the Internet

What do you like about the NAS competition?
NAS is a good competitive environment where martial artists from all backgrounds can come to test their skills in a friendly and respectful way.

The rules allow for vigorous and skilful technique but also ensure the safety of competitors as much as is possible. This, to me is important for all, whether children or adults, beginners or more experienced martial artists. One can then take all the benefits of competition such as being able to push your standard to a higher level and learn and develop better skills, but also ensure health and well being and longevity in training martial arts. To me this is the most important reason to train martial arts anyway and competition should enhance rather than detract from one's personal growth and development.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
We are developing some great young Martial Artists and any one of them could do really well in the future. In particular from this last comp; Max Holland-Sparatt, Aiden Henson and Daniel McLachlan put in some great work and really stepped up and can only continue to improve from here.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
We are always attempting to improve and develop better as an organisation; from better ways to teach our arts to more technical development. Whist keeping our feet firmly planted in our traditions, it is also important to allow for growth and improvement, particularly in light of modern development in fighting systems. We also firmly believe in the overall benefits of martial arts training for all regardless of age and so have students ranging from 4 in our kids programs to 70 and above in our Tai Chi classes. Martial Arts can teach so much from the development of better healthy lifestyles to the wisdom and calmness of meditative practices, notwithstanding the confidence of having physical and self defence skills. We can also immerse ourselves in the artistry of training. Having said this I feel it is important to then continually promote our Arts to the wider community.

3. nas-rd1-11-pic15NSW Competitor Profile

NAME: Eric Xu

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?
I have been training since the end of 2004, so about 6 and a half years.

Where do you train?
Baulkham Hills, in northwest Sydney.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
The intensity while fighting, the high level competition, the friends you get to make, seeing new styles of martial arts, the feeling of getting a trophy and just the great fun you have.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Competing in the WASO World Titles and witnessing some amazing martial arts skills.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
A high round house kick, hook kick and a side kick (but don't tell anyone!)

Favourite martial artist...
My Shihan, Gary Palmer and Sensei Wayne Morrison.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To continue to improve and one day, compete for Champion of Champions.

4. nas-rd1-11-pic16NAS Official Profile

NAME: Randall Jones

STYLE: United Taekwondo

How long have you trained?
I have been training for 35 years, 32 of them have been as an Instructor

Where do you train?
My training centre is in Muswellbrook at the PCYC

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I have been involved with NAS for about 2 years. Our Master Instructor Paul Mitchell attended a tournament while in Queensland and thought it looked good. It would give our students an arena to compete against all styles and a safe environment for our younger students.

What made you become an NAS Official?
I could see that more officials would help with the running of such a large event, my Master Instructor had become an official, so I spoke to Gary Palmer to see if I could help out with NAS. I thought if my students are going to compete it was only fair that I lend a hand. After all with no officials there is no tournament.

What level are you with the NAS?
As with everything in life you have to start at the bottom. But I have progressed now to Level One Judge.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
My future goals are probably to reach centre ring official, but at the moment, it is to talk to as many Instructors and Black belts as possible to convince them that we need their help to make this great event even bigger and stronger.

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