Rd4 New South Wales 25th August 2013

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Great Action, Great Spirit!!

NAS provides the perfect opportunity for martial artists of all ages, from all around the state to put their skill, focus and power to the test in a safe, friendly and exciting environment!  The NAS NSW Round 4 Tournament on August 25th at the Ryde Aquatic Centre saw practitioners from almost 40 different clubs pull out all stops in the last opportunity to qualify for the prestigious State and National Championships. The cheering from the ever-vocal Mums, Dads and club supporters provided the backdrop for a thrilling day of competition.

After the official welcome and bow-in, the 7-9yrs (Pee Wee) divisions always get the day off to a great start. First up came the Forms event, it's so great to see the focus in these little ones. Taking first place was James Matthews from The Order of Isshin Ryu, very closely from the dedicated Mia Heran and Braxton Reeley both from Northern Lakes Martial Arts. The Continuous is one of the most popular events of the whole calendar and this day was no exception. The judges were impressed by their fighting skills, the crowd, from grandparents down to little brothers and sisters voicing their support. In the final, Hugh Matthews, (James brother) from The Order of Isshin Ryu got the nod from a spirited Alex Moody representing Kuu Shin Ryu. A determined Charlie Herdman, Alex's Kuu Shin Ryu team-mate battled it out with a skilful Daniel Enderby from United Taekwondo to takeout third place in an exciting match.

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The Veterans provided some entertaining displays over on Ring 2.  Let me tell you, the standard is extremely high and level of competition is tenacious. Taking the prize in Forms was Jacqueline Spice from Mudgee Martial Arts with an impressive performance, from the very strong Trevor Lonstein of Go Kan Ryu Karate with Kerrie Flynn from Shotokan in third place. It was hard to split these experienced, dedicated artists in a very talented field.

A definite feature this year has been the growth in numbers and popularity of the Demonstrations and Weapons Divisions. A crowd favourite, competitors in the Junior Demo's get the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise and teamwork was the focal point. Taking the prize this day with an impressive Synchronised display was Jennifer Wood and her team from Double Dragon Shotokan. Claiming second spot was young Mia Heran's team from Northern Lakes Martial Arts, judges and crowd alike appreciating the hours of training that goes into synchronised kata. With a powerful individual display, Harrison Hewgill from Black Belt Martial Arts took out third place. Finely tuned skills were on show in the Senior Demo event, the crowd appreciating this level of expertise. Matt Bryce and Vincent Xu from Chikara Kenpo Karate claimed first with their fast-paced two-man fighting display. Stephen Murdoch of Zenryoku Kick Boxing impressed all with his thrilling creative weapons display.

As I've mentioned earlier, the standard of competition has been extremely high this year and the young martial artists of New South Wales are placing the other states on notice...they'll be there to win! Some standout performances on the day came in the 12-14yrs Male Continuous Sparring where Tjara Robinson of UTOA snatched a close win over the high-kicking Jack Stevens from United Takwondo in an exciting final,  third place going to first-timer Ethan Spice from Mudgee Martial Arts. These guys are ones to watch!

The 'never give in' attitude of Jack Winders of Kinetic Martial Arts saw him grab victory in 10-11yrs 10th-6th Point Sparring. Clarence Sutrina of Filo Do Karate in second with the quick hands of Cooper Judge representing Murrays Martial Arts in his first tournament grabbed third place. Whilst the young ladies in the 12-13yrs 5th-Black 'owned' the floor in some powerhouse battles. Taking the points was Natasha Clement of Go Kan Ryu Karate showing great ringcraft in a close match with Molly Clark from Isshogai Do Kai Karate. Showing tenacity and speed, Chloe Hopson of Mudgee Martial Arts claimed third spot.

Notable performances for the 'big guys' came with some hard, fast action from Lucas Palmero of Chikara Kenpo Karate, Trevor Lonstein of Go Kan Ryu and Darryl Woodeson from United Taekwondo in the Mens Advanced 5th-1st Kyu event, certainly ones to watch for the future. Whilst in the 'signature' event of the day, the Mens Black Belt Open, had the crowd on their feet. Extra loud whistle blasts were needed from the judges to be heard over the roar that accompanied every point. Ben Cunningham of Go Kan Ryu faced off against Alan Wainwright of Hoshin Jutsu. Both fighters using the entire ring and all their skills, Ben winning out on the bell in a point for point encounter! William Roberts of Mudgee Martial Arts had a great struggle with Kane Timmins of Isshogai Do Kai Karate to claim third place.

Great poise and power on show across all age groups and all divisions, another fantastic NSW event, setting the stage for the State Titles on October 13th and the honour of hosting the Nationals in Sydney in December! I can give an early warning to all the other states.... .....New South Wales will be hard to beat!!

My thanks go out to all competitors, instructors and parents for another great day. Thanks and gratitude to all the hardworking and dedicated Officials and helpers..it wouldn't without you!!

See you all at the State Titles in October! GO NAS!!

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NAME:Penny Gulliver
STYLE:Kung Fu Kickboxing
How long have you trained?I have trained for 38 years.
Where do you train?I run a Martial Arts Club in Newtown called Newtown Martial Arts. It’s well known for having inclusive principals around diversity including social justice principals and functions around GLBTI issues. The club is also known as GLMA Martial Arts, Kung Fu Kickboxing. I encourage my students to compete to develop their skills as a way to martial arts excellence. I tell them competing accelerates their progress. Those who compete progress faster than those who don’t.
How long have you been involved with the NAS?I have been involved since 1997 as both a competitor and official.
What made you become an NAS Official?It was suggested to me by Glenn Coxon because of my high profile in the Martial Arts Community around Women’s issues. I had written many articles for Martial Arts Magazines around women in The Martial Arts and was also well known for challenging the laws around women’s kickboxing as I was stopped from kickboxing in the 80’s by the NSW Government on the basis of being a woman. This was only recently reversed.
What level are you with the NAS?I am a Level 2 Senior Referee.
What are your future goals in the NAS?My future goals are to encourage my students to participate in tournaments for their growth as martial artists.

 

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NAME: Jack Stevens
STYLE:Taekwondo
How long have you trained?I have been training for 8 years ….Formerly started at the club when I was 6 yrs old
Where do you train?United Taekwondo, Cronulla DojoI am also lucky enough to train with my Chief Instructor Dad & many of his Master Instructor,Chief Instructor & Senior Black Belt Instructor friends at Fist Training. They have always been an inspiration to me & push me to my limit.
Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?I like the whole competitive atmosphere of the competition & I really like to have the opportunity under pressure to show the skills I have learned. I also like the idea of competing with people from other martial arts.
Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?My best memory of NAS would be competing at the Nationals in Melbourne last year. It was great.
Have you a favourite technique in competition?My favourites would be a Back kick & a Spinning heel kick
Favourite martial artist...Tony Jaa & Michael Jai White

What are your future goals in the NAS?I would like to keep improving & to meet more martial artists.I would like to do well at the Nationals this year in Sydney.

 

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INSTRUCTOR NAME: Michael Jackson
 
STYLE: Isshogai Freestyle Karate
 
Location of club & nights you train?Tunkuwallin Park Hall, Gwandalan.We train Mon, Tues & Wed nightsfrom 6.00 to 9.00pm
 
How long have you trained? For over 30 Years. During that time I have been privileged to have trained under some of Australia’s Martial Arts legends, Masters like Laurence Lee, Sung soo Lee, Elvis Sinosicand Anthony Perosh just to name a few. For the past 12 years I have been with Sensei Michael Barrett at Isshogai Karate.
 
How did you find out about the NAS competition?From Blitz Magazine, I started competing in NAS in 2001.After coming from a full contact background, the change was interesting.
 
Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition…..2011 Oz Champ Olivia Mostogl has just returned to competition.Molly Clarke & Dane Allison always fight well.Chloe Dale & Tegan Jenkins are future Champions.
 
What are your future goals for your organisation?To grow our School & to pass on my experience to my students.

 

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