Rd2 New South Wales 1st May 2011

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One of the things I enjoy most about NAS Tournaments is that I get to be 'up close and personal' to all the action. It's always exciting and filled with great experiences, but most importantly, it doesn't matter if you're a nervous pee-wee, an up and coming novice, an energetic black belt or an experienced veteran, the dedication and motivation is clearly evident in all competitors and NAS has something for everyone. Instructors think it's safe and a great learning curve for their students and, as one observer noted, "...it's terrific to get in there and have a go!"

And so it was with our adrenalin charged NSW Round 2 Tournament on May 1st at the Ryde Aquatic Centre. Many new comers and first timers, thrilled to be on the floor and eager to get underway were made welcome by the camaraderie and sportsmanship in the ranks of the experienced campaigners.

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Proving that martial arts is in good hands for the future, the contestants in the Pee-Wee Point Sparring put on a fine display, showing great technique for ones so young. A proud Daniel Gnjatovic (Arjuken Karate) claiming first place with Jackson Koch (Kuu Shin Ryu) in his first tournament, taking second and Seth Adam ( Northern Lakes Martial Arts) in third. Whilst right next door on Ring 2, their older 'sisters in the arts' in the Womens Open Black Belt Forms entertained an appreciative audience with skill and poise. A dynamic Momo Nguyen (Taido) winning out over the experienced Denise Fung (Japanese Academy of Martial Arts) with newly graded Caroline Sly (Go Kan Ryu) taking out third place.

The Womens Intermediate Forms event was a close affair with Taido club member Heidi Santoso and Lauren Loxley (Emu Heights Self Defence) battling for first and second. Meanwhile, some rising stars of the future impressed the judges in the 12-13 yrs 5th Kyu to Black Belt division where a large field resulted in some very tight scoring. Despina Veleski (Shotokan Independent) in a narrow victory over Brenden Williamson (GKR) followed closely in third by Eric Xu (Chikara Kenpo Karate).

With the concentration and focus of the Forms competition completed, it was time to 'pad up' and get stuck into the Sparring events. The loud cheers and gasps of excitement from the crowd heralded some terrific techniques from the pumped up combatants. There certainly were some great bouts, I wish I could mention them all, the standard continues to grow with each event. One of the standouts came in 12-14yrs Female Continuous Sparring where the high, fast kicks from Olivia Mostogl (Isshogai Do Kai Karate) took on the quick hands and ringcraft skills of Kiara Webb (Shi Jia Li Taekwondo). Olivia took the win this day, but they are definitely ones to watch for the future, Vlora Ramadani (Taikudo) getting the nod for third.

The energetic fighters in the 10-11yrs 5th Kyu-Black Belt Points brought the crowd to their feet with loud and enthusiastic support. It's great to see such encouragement for our young-guns. Taylah Stevens (Go Kan Ryu) going point for point with Emily Morrison (Isshogai Do Kai Karate) in the final. Victory going to Taylah on the bell, a valiant effort from Riley Florentine (Combined Self Defence & Fitness) ensured her of third spot.

Another thrilling encounter came in the Mens Novice Continuous. Logan Bilby (Zeus Martial Arts) and Kane Timmins (Isshogai Do Kai Karate) faced off in the final. The judges decided that Logan was just too strong on the day. A hard fighting Ron Taylor (One Martial Arts) clinching third place.

Big highlights to the day came in the Mens Open Black Belt Point Sparring Division and in the Open Advanced Continuous event. I would really like to pass on my compliments and congratulations to all the competitors is these events. They were talented divisions and not only was the action 'fast & furious', they were filled with great techniques that excited the crowd, but most importantly the focus and control was excellent. It was a great example to all competitors that you can fight hard and still be 'quick and clean'.

An impressive display in the Points saw current Champion of Champions Dean Gould taking the win over Go Kan Ryu team-mate Antony Ball. The 'never give in' attitude of Jesse Druzinec (Chikara Kenpo Karate) saw

him take third place. Whilst in the Continuous, Dean Gould claimed the double in a tough bout against the tenacious and focused Chris Boles (United Tae Kwon Do). Great ringcraft and quick hands saw Trent Madsen (Kinetic Martial Arts) dominate his bout to take out third spot.

It was a fabulous day of martial arts action, proving yet again that the other states will certainly have their work cut out for them when they face off against the might of NEW SOUTH WALES at this years Nationals!

My thanks & gratitude goes to our great team of hard working Ring and Table Officials for another terrific job!

My thanks also to Mr Josef Eberl and Mr John Worton for all the action pics!

I look forward to seeing you all at Round 3 on June 26th at the Ryde Centre and let the action continue!

Any club or instructor wanting to part of the action, please contact me on 0410 335 937.

1. nas-rd2-11-pic9cNAS NSW Club Profile

STYLE: Shi Jia Li Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do based)

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Josh Scully

How long have you trained?
I have been training in the art of TaeKwonDo for 22years, pretty much since I was a kid my father has taught me martial arts. I have trained in Karate for 2 of those years and have experienced many other styles along the years of my training. My father has always taught me to master one style of martial art, but to also adapt to others to broaden my knowledge in the world of martial arts.

Location of club & nights you train?
Our club is located in Orange, west of the Blue Mountains.
We train at an old PCYC building on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday evenings, each lesson roughly going for 2 and a half hours.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
We found out about NAS while we were reading through the Blitz Magazine.
We decided to have a go and see what NAS was all about.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
I like the various arts that compete in the NAS tournaments, its not limited to one style or art and it gives other students a glimpse of what other martial arts styles are out there and what they are like.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
We have many students who are very talented, and the training they have received has certainly shown in the last 2 rounds of the NAS tournaments. Jody Scully has shown a lot of improvement in her sparring, Nathan Webb is always looking for a challenge, Rick Henry strives to be the best he can be, Kiara Webb loves the martial arts and is always ready to learn, Ariel Ware has shown a great boost in confidence and continues to try her best in any situation. Trevor Rogers loves the sport and is a great team leader; he strives to promote team spirit. These are but a few of our students who compete in the NAS tournament and all of them have achieved a placing in the recent rounds, I am confident that they will do well and achieve the same or if not a better result than their previous. Well done to them all.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
Our future goals are to continue to grow and teach our students what martial arts is all about; we always strive to give our best so that our students are getting the proper knowledge passed down from teacher to student. We hope to be successful, like all clubs, and to be known for our high spirits, talented skill, our fair play, and warm sportsmanship. We look forward to every round. And we look forward to seeing everyone there. Thanking you for your time.

2. nas-rd2-11-pic9dNAS NSW Competitor Profile

NAME: Cassandra Hamilton

STYLE: Emu Heights Self Defence Club.

How long have you trained?
I've been training for seven years. The people are amazing. I never would've improved as much as I have without them.

Where do you train?
We train at Emu Heights Public School on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
The first tournament I went in was NAS and I stuck to it and NAS is just really fun to be a part of.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My favourite memory would have to be when Haley Robertson and I were sparring for 1st and 2nd at the NSW State Titles one year. It had to be one of the best fights, I've had the most fun at NAS.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
I do punch a lot but I don't have a favourite technique.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I aim to keep competing, try my best and enjoy myself.

3. 
nas-rd2-11-pic9eNAS NSW Official Profile

NAME: Allan Dabbagh

STYLE: Go-Kan-Ryu Karate

How long have you trained?
With GRK about 10 years. Previously,Taekwondo for about 6 years during my teens.

Where do you train?
Harrington Park with Sensei Ashley Fleming, Quakers Hill with Sensei Anthony Ryan, and I'm the Sensei Instructor at the GKR dojo in Wattle Grove.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
About 2 years.

What made you become an NAS Official?
I have been Refereeing and Judging with GKR for many years, I really enjoy officiating and saw NAS as the next step to gain further Judging and Refereeing experience in other forms of martial arts.

What level are you with the NAS?

Level one.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
Short term, to achieve my level two certification and keep fit to be able to regularly compete at NAS, long term, it would be great to centre referee and be more involved with the organisation.

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