Rd1 New South Wales 10th March 2013

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NAS New South Wales ... An exciting year ahead!! Congratulations to all the dedicated and talented members of our State Teams at the 2012 NAS National Championships held in Melbourne in December. We captured 17 Individual National Titles, 1 Team Title Plus 17 2nd & 18 3rd + 5 team places! These great results were spread from Pee Wees to Veterans & beginners to Black Belts!! It was an awesome, exciting weekend and a credit to all who competed so strongly. I’m very proud to announce that New South Wales will have the honour of playing host to the best martial artists in the country for the 2013 National Championships in Sydney in December this year. I can’t wait!!

The anticipation and excitement was evident as we kicked off the 2013 Season at Round 1 on Sunday March 10th at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre. The opening address gave me the opportunity to welcome nearly 40 different clubs, some travelling considerable distances to be part of the action with an unprecedented number competing in NAS for the very first time. It was great to see the familiar faces and the new comers made welcome with so many families in support. I was also very pleased to welcome a number of new additions to the ranks of our dedicated Referees and Officials. SENSEI’S MARTIAL ARTS STORE, our state sponsor for another fantastic year, completed the scene and everyone was keen to get underway.

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Loud and enthusiastic support greeted the nervous competitors in the Pee Wee Forms event. These little guys always impress and today was no exception. Lucas Vallejo from Double Dragon Shotokan took out first place in a close call from Northern Lakes Martial Arts team-mates Mia Heran and Braxton Reeley in second and third. Big futures are in store for these talented artists. Whilst next door on Ring 2, the Veterans turned in some classy performances with first time competitor, John Assad of Hills Karate-Goju claiming the win with Darren Lea from Washin Kan Karate Do in second and Trevor Lonstein of Go Kan Ryu Karate taking home third place.

A highlight of the morning was the Demonstration events. These dynamic, skilful displays are always popular and make everyone stop and watch. In the Juniors, another first-timer, Jared Abbott of Fighting Fit Martial Arts impressed the judges with his swordsmanship to take first place, while Harrison Hewgill from Black Belt Martial Arts dexterity with his Bo earned him second place. Samantha Middleton of Go Kan Ryu turned a classy performance to take third. In the Senior event, Jackie Chan’s team from NSW Taido Association enthralled the crowd with a superb display of synchronicity and dynamic timing.

The Continuous 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 7-9 years Continuous was action-packed and as popular as ever. Some fast combinations and evasive skills were a feature of the final between Sebastian Humphreys of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Jackson Koch from Kuu Shin Ryu with Sebastian winning out on the day. Blake McCarten from Crookwell Karate Club taking third place in his first NAS tournament. In the inaugural Female 10-11 years event, young Madeleine Welsman from Isshoghai Karate edged out a determined Kodie Woodeson from United Taekwondo with Amy Vagi of Black Scorpion Arnis in third place. All three girls in their first NAS outing, well done! Over on Ring 2 the big guys weren’t to be outdone, the Male Continuous Advanced provided some tenacious battles.

The crowd was right behind this one with the competitors standing toe to toe and no-one giving an inch. Good manoeuvring and ringcraft saw Ben Cunningham of Go Kan Ryu Karate overcome the fast high kicks of Jacob Lambert from Kinetic Martial Arts. Talented competitor Joseph Sultana from UTF Black Belt School showed he has all the skills in taking third place over the determined, never give-in attitude of Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate. In the Ladies division, a fired-up Danielle Groococh from One Martial Arts was too strong on the day for the crafty Rosemary Cranney from ACT Shotokan. One Martial Arts team-mate, April Edler in third spot.

The 10 –11 years 5th Kyu-Black Belt Points produced some nail biting action. Young Connor Gibson of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts winning on the bell over the quick hands of Kaitlin Williamson of Go Kan Ryu Karate. Jake Breden of UTF Black Belt School fought hard in taking the points for third place. Proving they were just as quick, the Male 14–15years 5th-Black Belt resulted in some close decisions. This was a big division with a number of close bouts. Daniel Annetta of Yees Progressive Martial Arts fought his way through the field to score the win over Jack Huskinson of Crookwell Karate Club. While Taikudo’s Anthony Abboud proved he’s one to watch for the future in taking home third place.

Some other stand-out events of the day included the increasingly popular Mens and Womens Novice Divisions. In the Female Novice Points the experienced battled it out with new comers to claim the day. In the final Haley Schubert from GLMA went point for point with new comer Carolita Hernandez of Black Belt Martial Arts , with Haley claiming the win. The tenacious Charmaine Huhndorf of Chikara Kenpo Karate taking out third place. Whilst in the Mens Novice Forms event, some impressive performances greeted the judges. First –timer Thomas Sheridan from Taido Association getting the nod from Christian Lush of GLMA in a close decision. Fellow new comer Henry Halim from Isshinryu Karate taking home third place.

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.

A big thank you also goes out to our photographer Sarah Ebsworth for the tremendous action photos.

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday May 5th ; the excitement continues. Go NAS NSW!!

Go NAS New South Wales!!

1. NAS NSW Club Profile

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INSTRUCTOR NAME:
Randall Jones.

STYLE: United Taekwondo

How long have you trained? 35 years

Location of club & nights you train?
Muswellbrook, Monday & Wednesdays

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
It was through our Master Instructor Paul Mitchell, who was invited to a NAS Tournament in Brisbane. .

What do you like about the NAS competition?

I like how NAS encourages students to strive to become better at what they do. NAS opens students up to all styles of martial arts making them think about the techniques they use and improving on their weaknesses.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Joshua Field has been completing for 12mths and last year he was the 14 yrs boys Advanced NSW Continuous Champion and Darryl Woodeson placed 2nd in Advanced Male Point Sparring in the Nationals. Last year they were the only ones competing, this year in round1 we had 7 compete with more to come

What are your future goals for your organisation?
My future goals are to encourage all my students to compete in NAS even if it is just once. Josh & Darryl have set their goals to compete at NAS world titles in Brazil 2014.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile

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NAME:
Sebastian Humphreys-Occelli

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?
I have been training for about one year now.

Where do you train?
I train on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Chikara Kenpo Karate in Baulkham Hills.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I really like challenging myself in competition and practising my skills against new opponents from other styles.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My best memory in NAS would be winning my Continuous Sparring division at Round 1 in March.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
The Upper-cut gives me lots of scoring opportunities in competition

Favourite martial artist...
My favourite martial artists are all my instructors, including Sempai Matt Bryce and Sempai Vincent Xu.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To do my best, have fun and represent NSW again at the Nationals.

3. NAS NSW Official Profile

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NAME:
Ms Natasha Bryce.

Natasha is the NSW Senior Table Official.

She has worked tirelessly with NAS NSW and Nationally, for many years, not only on the day, but also behind the scenes. I’m sure you will have seen Natasha on the day, making sure every aspect of the Tournaments run smoothly. She is always the first to arrive and the last to leave. Her professionalism and hard work throughout the year ensures a great event each time for all competitors and helps make NAS the premier martial arts Tournament in this country. ‘Thanks Natasha!!”

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5. Download Tournament Points

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