Rd4 New South Wales 28th August 2011

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The business end of the season is upon us, the State and National Championships are looming on the horizon. The NAS NSW Round 4 Tournament on August 28th at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre was the final opportunity for competitors to qualify for these prestigious events. Talented and pumped-up martial artists representing over 35 different clubs and organisations from all over the state formed up for the official bow-in. The excitement and the pride in their clubs and their state were obvious for all to see. Sensei's Martial Arts store, our terrific sponsor, had set up another great display helping to create a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium. Everyone was ready; we all knew we were in for a day of 'over the top action!'

The Veterans provided some early entertainment as the crowd filtered in. The standard is extremely high and level of competition is tenacious, and it's great for the younger ones to see these guys in action. Seasoned competitor Mark Stevens of Go Kan Ryu was victorious in the Mens Veterans Sparring division in a very close tussle with GKR team-mate Josef Eberl. The well supported Scott Robertson of Emu Heights Self Defence claimed third spot. Whilst in the Female Veterans Sparring Denise Fung, Japanese Academy of Martial Arts was just too quick on the day for Tracey Hanscombe of One Martial Arts in a see-sawing battle. The talented Vets on show, what a great way to start the day!!

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Proving that martial arts is in good hands for the future, the contestants in the Pee-Wee Forms put on a fine display,

showing great technique for ones so young. A proud Jeremy Seoung (GKR) claiming first place with the determined Hannah Chow (Yee's Progressive Martial Arts) in second and the focused Jackson Koch (Kuu Shin Ryu Karate) nabbed third spot. Whilst right next door on Ring 3, their young colleagues in the 8-9yrs 10th-6thKyu Forms entertained an appreciative audience with their developing skills and dedication. Tight scoring saw Brooklyn O'Mara (Northern Lakes Martial Arts) winning out over Nathan Hall (Praying Mantis Kung Fu) and the keen Luke Genovese-Kollar (Yees Progressive Martial Arts) taking home the third place trophy.

The big guys weren't to be outdone. The Men's Advanced 3rd-1stKyu Forms event was an exciting affair with first time competitor Talaga Sale (Chidokan-Lima Dojo) making first place his with a powerful performance. Martin Soderstrom (Jow Ga Kung Fu) delighted all with his energetic, flowing display, while John Worton's (GKR) traditional skills saw him take out third place. The Women's Advanced division was equally exciting, thrilling the appreciative crowd. First place going to Allison Bonilla (Tora Shintai Karate-Do) in a narrow victory over Daniela Torresan (One Martial Arts) followed closely in third by Alyssa Fitzgerald (Mudgee Martial Arts). With such a wide variety of styles and disciplines taking the places in the Forms events, 'all styles' is a true winner!

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 fast hands and ringcraft skills from Abigail Brown (Uechi Ryu Karate) took on the high, fast kicks of Kiara Webb (Shi Jia Li Taekwondo). Abigail claimed the win this day in a fast, flowing bout. Vlora Ramadani (Taikudo) fought strongly to get the nod for third. They are definitely ones to watch for the future,

The speed and control in the point sparring events is always exciting and the energetic fighters in the Male 12-13yrs 10th-6th Kyu division brought the crowd to their feet with loud and enthusiastic support. It's great to see such encouragement for our up and coming artists. Brandon Britton (United Tae Kwon Do) going point for point with Sergio Sims (R.O.A. Martial Arts) in the final. Victory going to Brandon on the bell, a valiant effort from Hritik Gupta (Filo Do Karate) ensured him of third spot. Another thrilling encounter came in the Mens Intermediate 7th-4th Kyu. Jacob Lambert (Kinetic Martial Arts) and Paul Biller (Wing Chun Kung Fu) faced off in the final. It was a close, hard battle from two impressive fighters, in the end Jacob claimed the win. A hard fighting Ric Henry (Shi Jia Li Taekwondo) clinching third place. Not to be outdone, the Women's Novice 10th-6th Kyu created loud vocal support from their encouraging team-mates. Some close decisions here, keeping everyone on their toes. First place going to Sophie Boys (One Martial Arts) with Haley Schubert (GLMA) second and Becky Maher (Mudgee Martial Arts) in third.

Big highlights to the day came in the Men's Open Black Belt Point Sparring Division, not only was the action 'fast & furious', the bouts were filled with great techniques that excited the crowd, and 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 finals saw the decisive ringcraft skills of Dean Gould (GKR) taking the win over the speedy Nathan Brown (GKR) while the huge, high kicks from Jesse Druzinec (Chikara Kenpo Karate) were difficult for all to handle and secured him third place.

As promised, this was certainly a day of over the top action and excitement and a fitting lead in to the upcoming Championships series. My congratulations to all instructors and competitors for your dedication and your sportsmanship.

My thanks and gratitude to Mr Paul Mitchell and Mrs Natasha Bryce and our wonderful team of committed and hard working Officials. Thanks also to Mr John Worton for the great action pics.

I look forward to seeing you all for the NSW STATE TITLES on Sunday October 16th; this will be your chance to qualify for the prestigious National Championships in December on the Gold Coast! See you there!!

Any club or instructor wanting to get involved in the exciting NAS circuit, please give me a call on 0410 335 937.

Go NAS New South Wales!!

1. nas-rd4-11-pic9dNSW Club Profile 1

Instructor Name: Chris Luafalealo - One Martial Arts

Style: Karate

How long have you trained? I began my martial arts journey in 1985.

Location of club & nights you train?
One Martial Arts is a full time professional Martial Arts school created in 2006.

We have two schools situated on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. You will find us in Niagara Park as well as in Terrigal, a skip and a hop from the luxurious Terrigal Beach.

We are open 6 days a week where we run specialised martial arts programs for pre-school, primary, secondary and adult students.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
The Martial Arts Blitz Magazine and networking with other professional martial artists.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
I like how the NSW NAS management team create quality events that bring together like minded martial artists from a myriad of styles, ages and cultures in the spirit of martial arts. The team run professional and well organised tournaments with great referees, awesome support and great participation.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Our students enjoy competing and learning from senior grades and experienced competitors.

It fires them up and boosts their confidence. The students return to training and share the lessons and experience they have gained through their participation in competition. This in turn lifts everyone's game so everyone wins. As long as they are learning, they are winning.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
Our future goal is to continue to grow our business and develop our students whilst maintaining a solid focus on the traditions of Martial Arts with the incorporation of modern application. We will continue to build on the solid foundation and embrace qualities of

change for the benefit of continued progression of martial arts.

We strive to leave the world a better place then it was when we arrived.

2. nas-rd4-11-pic9eNSW Club Profile 2

Club Name: Kinetic Martial Arts.

Style: Hapkido

Location of club & nights you train?
Rear of 14 Cronulla Street Cronulla
Training nights: Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday mornings.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
I looked for a safe sparring competition online for my students, when I was training

we were discouraged from sparring competitively.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
The family atmosphere, the opportunity to spar with some of the best stand up sparrers around in a good environment where both I my sparring partner and my students will be safe to experiment and develop their sparring skills.

Name some of your up-and-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Jake & Jet Lambert – Jake won1st place in the point sparring blue belt level – I expect he'll also place very well in his next continuous sparring event. Jet – well with a name like Jet what can I say – she's been training really well over the 2nd ½ of 2011. A great father and daughter team.

Jordan O'Grady – great kid putting in lots of hard work and effort!

Tahner and Talon Hartwell – A brother and sister team who are both naturals at martial arts – favourite kick for both would be spinning heel.

Tom Ryan – Just like Van Dam, Tom splits his training between formal dance classes and martial arts training with us. We all have pretty big expectations of what Tom is going to be doing in the future.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
Kinetic Martial Arts goal has been the same since it started, to be:

"A school that offers training at the highest level in a variety of areas of martial art, while maintain Hapkido as our core martial art. With specialized staff available for each training session."

We have found the Hapkido has really facilitated our ability to move into different areas of martial arts as our students age or change their tastes.

Our goals in the immediate future are to provide some of our most senior students the opportunity to move towards their black belt, and to develop a group of classes for our teenage members to allow them to explore both grappling, sparring and maybe even some tricks.

3. nas-rd4-11-pic9fCompetitor – Profile

NAME: Mahdi C. Makki

STYLE: GKR International – Karate

How long have you trained?
I have been training for 4 and a half years.
On average I train 3 times a week

Where do you train?
I train at different GKR dojos, but mainly at Beverly Hills and Quakers Hill Dojos

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
NAS provides the opportunities to compete against all different styles of martial arts and is not limited to only one style.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My first NAS competition. It was a new environment for me and yet I managed to win the first place in point sparring.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? My favourite is the reverse punch.

Favourite martial artist... Jackie Chan particularly when he mixes martial arts with comedy.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To become a NAS "Champion of Champions" winner. Also I would like to become a future judge.

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