Rd 4 New South Wales 26th August 2012

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After an action-packed and exciting year of competition, the business end of the season is upon us. The State and National Championships are looming on the horizon. NAS NSW's Round 4 Tournament on August 26th 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 almost 40 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 knew we were in for a day of 'non-stop excitement!'

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Always entertaining and inspiring, the contestants in the Pee-Wee Forms put on a fine display, showing great technique for ones so young. A proud Lucas Vallejo of Double Dragon Shotokan claiming first place with the determined Braxton Reeley from Northern Lakes Martial Arts in second and the focused Mark Sweeney of Black Belt Martial Arts nabbing third spot. Whilst right next door on Ring 3, their young colleagues in the 8-9yrs 10th-6thKyu Forms gave the supportive crowd plenty to cheer about with their developing skills and dedication. Some very close scoring saw young Charlie Herdman from Kuu Shin Ryu winning out over Elijah Messina of Double Dragon Shotokan with the determined Liam Hall representing Praying Mantis Kung Fu taking home the third place medal.

Once again, the big guys weren't to be outdone. The Men's Advanced 5th -1stKyu Forms event was an exciting affair with the consistently strong Luke Plummer from Emu Heights Self Defence making first place his own with a powerful performance. Trevor Lonstein of Go Kan Ryu Karate impressed all with his focused display, while Andrew Ward from Double Dragon Shotokan's traditional skills saw him take out third place. The Women's Novice division was equally exciting, hinting at a big future for these dedicated practitioners. First place going to Tamara Chuch of GLMA in a narrow victory over Charmaine Huhndorf from Chikara Kenpo Karate followed closely in third by Jennifer Pearce of Double Dragon Shotokan 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 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 Tahner Hartwell of Kinetic Martial Arts took on the flowing skills of Faith Lewis of Isshogai Karate. Tahner claimed the win this day in a fast, seesawing bout. Ellena Saisanas of Gradens Martial Fitness 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 5thKyu –Black Belt 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. John-Thomas Rasmussen of Go Kan Ryu Karate going point for point with Alexander Shiber from Goju Ryu Bushido in the final. Victory going to John-Thomas on the bell, a valiant effort from Anthony Hatfield of Black Belt Martial Arts ensured him of third spot. Another thrilling encounter came in the Mens Advanced 5th-1st Kyu. Darryl Woodeson of United Taekwondo Muswellbrook and Andrew Ward from Double Dragon Shotokan faced off in the final. It was a close, hard battle from two impressive fighters, in the end Darryl claimed the win. A hard fighting Endre Eross of Kei Shin Kan Karate clinching third place. Not to be outdone, the tough little Pee Wee's created loud vocal support from their encouraging families and team-mates. Some close decisions here, keeping everyone on their toes. First place going to Billy McKittrick from Mudgee Martial Arts with Andre Ambichi of Arjuken Karate second and Braxton Reeley from Northern Lakes Martial Arts in third.

The Veterans division brought an exciting day to a close. The standard is extremely high and level of competition is tenacious, and it's great to see these guys in action. Victory in the Mens Veterans Continuous Sparring division going to first-time competitor Mark Stevens from United Taekwondo Cronulla, in a very close tussle with seasoned competitor Scott Robertson of Emu Heights Self Defence. Claiming third spot also in his first NAS outing was the tenacious Darren Lea from Washin Kan Karate. Whilst in the Female Veterans Point Sparring Denise Fung, Japanese Academy of Martial Arts was just too quick on the day for Jillda Wright of Combined Self Defence and Fitness in a see-sawing battle. Third place going to talented new-comer Milena Lozanova of Tao Gung Fu. What a great way to close the day!!

As promised, this was certainly an event of over the top action and excitement from beginning to end 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. We couldn't do it without you!

I look forward to seeing you all for the NSW STATE TITLES on Sunday October 14th; this will be your chance to qualify for the prestigious NAS National Championships 1-2 December in Melbourne Victoria. 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 NSW Club Profile

nas-rd4-12-pic9dINSTRUCTOR NAME: United Taekwondo Cronulla. Chief Instructor Mark Stevens

STYLE: Taekwondo

How long have you trained? Started training over 30 yrs ago in 1980

Location of club & nights you train?
United Taekwondo Cronulla is located at 43 The Kingsway Cronulla. We train twice a week : Tues 7.30pm-8.30pm & Fri 6.45pm-8.15pm

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
United Taekwondo organisation has been involved with the NAS competition for some time.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

Although United Taekwondo Cronulla does not just specifically train for competitions I find for some students competing can add a separate or even renewed focus for their training.

Personally I like the friendly atmosphere at the competitions & also the friendship between competitors. Displays of Integrity, Courtesy & Indomitable Spirit are truly impressive traits to observe in all competitors no matter what Martial Art they practice.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Michael Atzemidakis / Advanced Male-continuous sparring/3rd place round 3
Kirrillee Gardiner/ Advanced Female-contiuous sparring/1st place Round 3
Jack Stevens/ 12-14 Male-contiuous sparring/4th place Round 3
Simon Parkinson/10-11 Male-continuous sparring/3rd place Round 4
Bill Holle, Abbey Simshauser, Zac Simshauser, Jayden Woods, Brae Linnegar Zane Bywater;

These students have also competed strongly in continuous sparring at the last 2 rounds of NAS & gained valuable experience for the future.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
For myself I get great satisfaction watching my students improve & grow into true Martial Artists. I enjoy the traditional style of training & try to instil this into all my students.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile

nas-rd4-12-pic9eNAME: Saschkia Baldacchino

STYLE: Bushido Budokan International

How long have you trained?
I have been training for nearly 5 and a half years.

Where do you train?
I train in Mudgee in western NSW.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
NAS allows me to compete with all different styles across Australia. It helps me understand how other competitors fight within their style and you Get the chance to make new friends.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My best memory would Round 3 this year when I came 1st in Point Sparring and 3rd in Kata (Forms), which meant I qualified for the State and Nationals.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
The technique that I would consider my favourite would be the Reverse Punch. I score a lot from it.

Favourite martial artist...
My favourite martial artists would be my instructors Jacquie & Geoff Spice.
They have taught me that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and to never give up!

What are your future goals in the NAS?
My future goals in NAS would be to go to the National Championships in Melbourne and win 1st, 2nd or 3rd in my events!

3. NAS NSW Official Profile

nas-rd4-12-pic9fNAME: Darren Lea. 6th Dan Shihan Chief Instructor. Australia / Philippines

STYLE: Washin Kan Karate Do/ Sikaran Karate / Traditional Kali Federation

How long have you trained?
My martial arts training started back in 1974 with a Shotokan Karate based system. For 3 years, I had trained in this style before moving into another city where I started again with other systems and styles of martial arts, they included Karate, Kung Fu, Kobudo, Kenjutsu, Arnis and so on. During the 1980's and 90's I was competing in FAKO tournaments and Kickboxing Competitions here in Australia. Since 1995, I have been teaching my own style of Karate and Kobudo and have recently joined the Karate Brotherhood Philippines with GM Geronimo and Kali, Arnis International Federation with GM Sanchez where I received my licence to teach as Chief Instructor. I have been fortunate enough to train with many Grand Masters in Japan, Philippines and here in Australia.

Where do you train?
Our schools in Australia, NSW are located;

NSW
Hasselgrove Public School, Gerringong Neighbourhood Centre,
Gaels Club Kingswood
Port Macquarie.

QLD
Queensland Sunshine Coast
Philippines
Marikina Sports Centre, Marikina City

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I only recently joined NAS by becoming an official as well as a competitor.

What made you become an NAS Official?
After graduating to 6th Dan in karate a few years ago, and with my other training in weaponry (Japan and Philippines) and kung fu I felt that it was about time that I became a NAS official.

What level are you with the NAS?
I'm pursuing Level 1 at the moment.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goals in NAS are the following:
1/ To educate myself with all the NAS rules.
2/ To always maintain a unbiased objective.
3/ To incorporate a NAS style tournament in Philippines.
4/ To help NAS to become an international event.
5/ To actively incorporate all systems of martial arts to undertake NAS tournaments.
6/ To uphold the standard of Martial Arts
7/ To promote, improve and continue my journey in martial arts

4. Download Tournament Results

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