Rd3 New South Wales 26th June 2011

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Over 35 Martial Arts clubs from all over the state converged on Ryde Aquatic Centre for the NAS NSW Round 3 Tournament on June 26th. Each round this year has provided a showcase of the tremendous talent of our local competitors, and the many new athletes entering the scene for the first time, made their presence felt from the moment they walked onto the mats. If this is any indication of what NSW has to offer, then there is no doubt we will be a main contender and a powerful force at this year's National Championships on the Gold Coast in December!

The excitement and enthusiasm was clearly evident at the official Bow In, creating a great atmosphere in the stadium. All participants, young and old, beginners to the more experienced, were eager to get underway. All supported with great loud encouragement from coaches, team-mates and parents.

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The Pee Wee's (7yrs & under) always provide a terrific curtain raiser and this event was no exception. The Forms event saw all three places going to first time competitors! Jamie Jaja (United Taekwondo) impressing

in first place closely followed by Silas Roberto (Kyoukei Goju Ryu) and Jeremy Seoung (Go Kan Ryu) taking

out second and third. Well done guys!

Experience came to the for in the 10-11yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt event with some young, but seasoned talent on display. Taylah Stevens (Go Kan Ryu) continued her winning ways with Riley Florentine (Combined Health & Fitness) in close pursuit, a classy performance from Breana Gilroy (International Goju Karate Do) taking third.

Overcoming nerves with skill and dedication, the contestants in the Intermediate 7th- 4th Kyu Forms impressed the judges and the crowd with examples of their art. Team-mates Kwong Yuen Yung and Calvin So (NSW Chin Woo Association) claiming first and second with first timer Mark Fleming (Go Kan Ryu) close on their tails in third place.

The tension, focus and sheer speed of the Sparring divisions always provides some of the highlights of the day! The Female 14 – 15 years 5th Kyu to Black Belt produced more than a few close decisions. Alisha Rasmussen (Go Kan Ryu) winning on the bell over Vlora Ramadani (Taikudo). Olivia Mostogl (Isshogai Do Kai Karate) taking the points for 3rd place.

Proving they were just as quick, the young lads of the 12 – 13 years 10th-6th Kyu put on a great show for all the supporters and spectators. Lawrence Huang (Yees Progressive Martial Arts) use of great kick-punch combinations saw him score the win over Hritik Gupta (Filo Do). Sergio Sims (R.O.A. Martial Arts) showed great strength and ringcraft in taking out third place.

Over on Ring 2 the 'Big Guys' weren't to be outdone! There were some tenacious battles with no-one giving an inch. Nerves and adrenalin in abundance! The Female Black Belt Open was such an event. Denise Fung (Japanese Academy of Martial Arts) is a seasoned competitor and showed she still has the skills to perform and win. Hayley Robertson (Emu Heights Self Defence) equipped herself extremely well to take second place in her first adult outing while the tireless Jillda Wright ( Combined Self Defence & Fitness) valiant in third place.

The Continuous Sparring divisions have become increasingly popular in recent years and large numbers in this round provided lots of 'thrills and spills' and plenty of action for the appreciative crowd! The Men's Novice Continuous was a tremendous mix of varied and different styles coming together in great spirit. The final saw Calvin So (NSW Chin Woo) face off against Yochanan Elharon (Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts). Calvin's speed and great evasion skills claimed the win this day, but I'm sure Yochanan has some unfinished business! Bradley Campbell (Shi Jia Li Taekwondo) taking third in only his second tournament, has a big future.

An absolute highlight of the tournaments this year has been the diversity and sheer 'wow' factor on show in the Weapons and Demonstration events. Spectators and competitors alike have been enthralled by some tremendous displays of skill and poise, and the judges have been keenly impressed. Brendan Williamson (Go Kan Ryu) claimed the prize in the Junior Weapons with a strong tonfa form whilst in the Senior division; Christopher Wilsmore's (Pollets Karate Academy) deft traditional sword kata took the win. In the Junior Demonstrations, Jesse Truong (Praying Mantis Kung Fu) had the crowd cheering with Bradley Atkinson and Benjamin Davidson both from Pollets Karate Academy showing some great timing in a close call for second and third. The dedication to training and to the arts was clearly evident in the Senior Demonstrations, in a finely 'executed' display Pollets Karate Academy took the day. The team from Komei Juku Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu were impressive in second spot while some great timing saw the team from Visayan Martial Arts take out third.

A power-packed day and another exciting day of competition for NAS NSW! Great talent on show and tremendous spirit and sportsmanship!

A round of applause and a HUGE 'thank you' goes to our tireless team of Ring & Table Officials who really pulled out all stops in a great team effort to produce a successful day. My thanks to Mr Phill Chapman of Sensei's Martial Arts, our tremendous sponsor and to Mr Angel Georgieff and Mr Trevor Lonstein for the great action shots!

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Four on Sunday August 28th, the final preliminary round of the year and the last chance to qualify for the State and National Championships! Any club or instructor wanting to get involved, please give me a call on 0410 335 937. Go NAS New South Wales!!

1. NSW Club Profile

nas-rd3-11-pic9eINSTRUCTOR NAME: Christopher Wilsmore.

STYLE: Pollet's Karate Academy (PKA).

The sword style that we utilise is heavily influenced by traditional battlefield kenjutsu, whereby our guiding principles are centred upon engaging multiple opponents, disarming opponents' sword arcs, and counter-striking. Our key curriculum encompasses 8 kata, 10 waza, offensive/defensive 5step drills, tameshigiri exercises, pre-determined fighting with bokken, and utilisation of both katana and wakizashi. However, due to the multi-factional complexity of Pollet's Karate Academy (PKA), we also encompass the use of various techniques ranging from iaijutsu, iaido, arnis, jujutsu and kyushojutsu.

Location of club & nights you train?

Pollet's Karate Academy (PKA) – Bathurst. Training times can vary upon our competition schedule, however the constant times are Tuesdays (4:30- 5:30pm), & Thursdays (5:30- 7pm).

What do you like about the NAS competition?

Over the last few years we have competed frequently within the ISKA circuit, and as such are relatively new to the NAS tournaments. However, a standout has been the commendable devotion towards respect and professionalism seen among judges, competitors, and spectators alike.

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

Although our school is relatively small in number I have been very pleased with the results the students have achieved at the NAS New South Wales Tournaments. A highlight was at the NSW Round 3, whereby the students came away with 8 of the 12 places available within the Senior/Junior Traditional Weapons and the Senior/Junior Demonstration categories. I am proud of the PKA kenjutsu sword team: Brad Aitcheson, Ben Davidson, Ryan Dick, Georgia Gardner, Disapol Savetsila.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

My future goals are to continue on with the work of a great friend and mentor, Sensei Craig Neary, who has been forced to resign due to unforeseen impediments. The future goals of the team are to continue to showcase our martial art to the judges, competitors, and spectators of the NAS Tournaments, with the intent of not only displaying the technique, but also the respect and professionalism that we have come to see and know within this tournament circuit.

2. nas-rd3-11-pic9fNAS NSW Competitor Profile

NAME: Riley Florentine.

STYLE: Tae Kwon Do.

How long have you trained? I have been training for 5 years.

Where do you train? I train with Combined Self Defence and Fitness in Coffs Harbour in northern NSW.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
Out of all the competitions I have been in, NAS has the strongest and fairest competition.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My best memory would have to be winning at the Nationals in Sydney in 2010.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? I like to use my high kicks.

Favourite martial artist... Jackie Chan!!

What are your future goals in the NAS? My aim is to one day win the Champion of Champions and to become a Referee at NAS when I'm older.

3. nas-rd3-11-pic9gNSW Official Profile

NAME: Wayne Morrison

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?
I have trained of 14 years. In that time I have trained in Judo and Freestyle Karate prior to commencing with Chikara Kenpo Karate.

Where do you train?
I train at Baulkham Hills on Tuesdays nights & Saturday mornings. We have a vibrant, strong club and I'm fulfilling lots of aspirations of my youth... you're never too old to train!

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
Since 2004, after attending other tournaments I found that NAS gave me a greater sense of accomplishment in combative skills. NAS has been a very encouraging journey with lots of fulfilment coupled with great camaraderie.

What made you become an NAS Official?
During my time competing in NAS I was drawn to the thought of becoming an Official.

I began by assisting with set-ups, attending seminars and became a Judge. This has been rewarding and I would encourage all Black Belts and senior artists, regardless of style, to become a member of the Australian Referees Board.

What level are you with the NAS?
I am currently at Level 2. This enables me to be a centre referee and also to assist at seminars and at a higher level.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
It is my intention to continue to train with NAS. It has become a great part of my life and is a terrific opportunity to give something back to arts, regardless of style/discipline. I would encourage you all to be part of NAS and train for greater levels of achievement.

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