Rd3 New South Wales 24th June 2012

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From the young and enthusiastic Pee Wees to the powerful Adult divisions, NAS delivers the ultimate competitive experience for martial artists of all ages and backgrounds!

June 24 marked our Round 3 Tournament, and with 35 different clubs in attendance, the most exciting event so far in this years calender. A number of clubs travelled from the far-flung areas of the state to be there. It was tremendous to experience the noise and excitement and see the support for our future stars and the returning champions as they all battled for a chance to represent New South Wales at this year's National Titles in Melbourne. Big numbers in the Junior Divisions meant we were in for a fun day, whilst the adrenalin charged Black Belt action was eagerly anticipated.

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Pre competition nerves were soon forgotten as the discipline of training and focus took control, aided by the very vocal and encouraging crowd. The efforts of our juniors are a thrill to witness, mature beyond their years with loads of determination and competitive spirit to boot.

The Forms Divisions are always a pleasure to watch and to judge. A classy display from Hugh Matthews from The Order of Isshin-Ryu proved to be too strong in the 8-9 yrs 5th-Black Belt Forms. Daniel Gnjatovic of Arjuken Karate showed his talents in claiming second spot while the focused performance of Bethany Williams-Clarke of Black Belt Martial Arts took out third place.

Leaping several decades in years and experience, the Veterans Forms provided us with an exhibition of skill, poise and excellence. David Rush, Shotokan, in a polished display claimed first place over the powerful performance from Paul Mitchell of United Taekwondo. The articulate moves of Kerry McEvoy of Jungshin/TKD assured him of third place ahead of a very impressive field.

Loud gasps punctuated the applause as the audience were treated to the skills of the competitors in the Demonstration and Weapon divisions. Still so young, but already seasoned performers, Lincoln and Cooper Parr from Australian Martial Arts Academy drew loud whistles and cheers in the Junior Demos ahead of the dynamic display from Jesse Truong of Praying Mantis Kung Fu. The extreme bo skills of Harrison Hewgill representing Black Belt Martial Arts nabbed third spot. Proving just what a variety of talent there is on show at NAS tournaments, consistently high performer Brenden Williamson of GoKanRyu Karate, took out the Junior Traditional Weapons event ahead a skilful exhibition from Lucy O'Connell from Mudgee Martial Arts.

The Continuous Sparring events are an extremely popular feature of NAS Tournaments, and the action this week-end was no exception with many bouts bringing loud and enthusiastic support from the crowd. Stand out battles in the Junior Divisions came in the 10-11 years event. Joseph Rodwell from Black Belt Martial Arts showed he has all the skills, winning the favour of the judges on the day over the fast hands of Abdul Addouj of Final Round Kickboxing. The hard fighting Corey Sherriff of Seido Karate taking out third spot in a true 'all styles' event. Another close battle raged in the 15-17yrs. Male event dividing the judges in a very close fight, Jake Woods-Smith of Mudgee Martial Arts claimed victory over new comer James Roads from Zeus Martial Arts and proving he is one to watch for the future, Paul Odendaal of Kinetic Martial Arts took out third place.

Some tough 'in close' encounters highlighted the adult events. Turning in a strong performance in her first NAS outing, Kirrilee Gardiner of United Takwondo was not to be denied on the day with Becky Maher of Mudgee Martial Arts showing all the skills in second place. Fellow first-timer Jasmine Whitley from Combined Self Defence and Fitness who had travelled all the way from Coffs Harbour to be part of the action fought strongly to claim third.

Fast becoming a highlight of the tournament are the Novice (10th-6thKyu) Point Sparring events. The action is hard and exciting and is shaping up to be a great proving ground for the more advanced divisions. In the Male event first-timers tested their skills in some sudden death decisions. Claiming victory on the day was Adam MacDonald of Kinetic Martial Arts in a close tussle with Sam Sutton from Advanced World Martial Arts. Jacob McClintock also from Kinetic Martial Arts fought hard to claim third.

Not to be out done, the ladies event produced some tough battles bringing spirited appreciation from their supporters. Giving notice to all that they will be a force for the future. Once again, some close points on the bell decided the outcomes. Taking the day was Marleina O'Brien from Advanced World Martial Arts in a great battle with Alana Brock from Kinetic Martial Arts. Carmela Warner of Arjuken Karate used strong combinations to claim third place.

A day of non-stop action and martial arts thrills...and loads of fun as well!!

Special thanks goes to our great team of Ring and Table Officials and volunteers for a terrific job on a busy and demanding day..your professionalism and dedication made it all possible.

My thanks and appreciation to our terrific state sponsor SENSEI'S MARTIAL ARTS STORE.

Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action give me a call anytime.

Gary Palmer NSW Director 0410 335 937.

I look forward to seeing you all again for another exciting day and the last chance to qualify for the State and National Titles at Round 4 on August 26th.

1. NAS NSW Club Profile

nas-rd3-12-pic9INSTRUCTOR NAME: Mudgee Martial Arts - Geoff & Jacqueline Spice

STYLE: Mudgee Martial Arts - Bushido Budokan

How long have you trained? Geoff: 37years, and Jacqueline: 25years

Location of club & nights you train? 33 Inglis St Mudgee, NSW, 2850

We train 4 nights a week.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
We have known about NAS Tournaments right from the very beginning.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
I think NAS have a practical approach to the way tournaments should be organised and run.

The organiser and officials are very easy to approach and are very good when it comes to helping the children with understanding how the events run. They take the time to inform the children of anything they may not be familiar with before the event starts and encourage them the compete to the best of their ability.

Most of the officials have competed, or are still competing and if they haven't had any competition experience they have had training (completed courses or workshops) on how to referee, this is reflected on the way events run smoothly on the days and without much delay.

We find that there is a good mix of different styles and they all seem to be very open and friendly. This suits our style of fighting and makes it more challenging for the competitors.

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

At the last tournament in June, our team of 18 competitors came home with 13 places...a fantastic result!!

Jake Woods- Smith- Placed in both point and continuous sparring.
Bruno Baldacchino – Placed in point sparring.
Kelvin Baldacchino - Placed in point sparring.
Lucy O'Connell - Placed in both point and continuous sparring.
Travis McCall - Placed in both point and continuous sparring.
Becky Maher - Placed in both point and continuous sparring as well as Kata/Forms
Jessie Woods-Smith – Yet to place, but competing strongly
Sam McKittrick – Yet to place, but competing strongly
Saschkia Baldacchino - Placed in both point and continuous sparring.
Young Bill McKittrick – Placed in point sparring.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
As a Club our goal is to continue to grow and develop.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile

nas-rd3-12-pic9aNAME: Charlie Herdman

STYLE: Kuu Shin Ryu Karate

How long have you trained?
Two and a Half Years

Where do you train?
Killarney Heights NSW

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
NAS helps me to compete against other contestants from all parts of NSW.

The NAS competition has also helped me improve my Kata technique.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Winning 3rd place in Point Sparring at the Australian National Championships held at the Gold Coast, Qld in 2011.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? Reverse and double punch.

Favourite martial artist... Both of my instructors, Adrian Koch and Harriet Richert.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To learn from and improve with each tournament.

3. NSW Official Profile

nas-rd3-12-pic9bNAME: Jillda Wright

STYLE:Taekwondo & Hapkido

How long have you trained? 6 years

Where do you train?
I train at Combined Self Defence & Fitness in Coffs Harbour. I am Club Instructor and a MAIA Accredited Instructor.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I have been involved with NASfor a period of almost 6 years.

What made you become an NAS Official?
When I was first introduced to NAS competitions 6 years ago I decided then that I wanted to become an official in the future. Becoming an Official meant that I could have the opportunity to learn both sides of the sport, as well as give something back. As a NAS official I am able to appreciate the sport from both sides, as a competitor and a referee.  I believe that this knowledge has supported me to become a better martial artist.

What level are you with the NAS? I am a Level 2 NAS Referee


What are your future goals in the NAS?
My future goals is to continue to referee at NAS and work towards developing my refereeing skills.

I also want to continue to compete at NAS and strive towards winning a State and National title. 


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