Rd2 New South Wales - 17th May 2015

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  ‘Great Martial Arts Action’

NAS Tournaments are full of great ‘all styles’ action! Every competitor is able to show their skills in a safe and friendly environment, bringing everyone together in the true spirit of martial arts.

 

 

The youngest Pee Wee to the most seasoned Veteran has a great time. Competitors, coaches, parents and Officials all put in a huge effort and it’s tremendous to see it all come together on the day.

Our Round 2 Tournament got underway on Sunday May 17th at the new Netball Central Stadium at Olympic Park, with over 30 different clubs in attendance, a thrilling day of competition was on the cards. Some clubs were returning to competition after an absence and others had travelled from distant areas of the state to be there. There was great support from Mums and Dads and team-mates as everyone vied for a chance to represent New South Wales at this year's National Titles on the Gold Coast in December.
 
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Big numbers in the Junior Divisions meant we were in for some close competition, and would be treated to some fine performances. The Pee Wee Under 7yrs Forms showcased the talents of many a rising star in their first year of competition. Cody Reeley from Northern Lakes Martial Arts narrowly claimed first place from Keidis Huhndorf representing Chikara Kenpo Karate. Hot on their heels, young Priya Fawcett of One MartialArts was rewarded with third place. Also impressing all observers, the contenders in the 12-13yrs 10th-6th Kyu Forms division produced some tight results. Getting the nod from the judges with a finely timed performance was Codi Marsh from Imugi Taekwondo in a close call from the determined Ebony George of Black Belt Martial Arts. Placing a close third was Codi’s Imugi Taekwondo team-mate, Hugh Higgins, with a crisp display.
Not to be outshone, at the other end of the age scale, the Veterans showed us how it’s done with finely tuned execution in their Forms event. A close decision saw Kevin Brady representing SKIA take the day just ahead of a strong kata from fellow SKIA exponent Richard Chang. Tao Gung Fu’s Peta Carter-Lannstrom’s well timed kung-fu form stood out in taking third place.
Always popular with the audience, the Demonstration and Weaponry events are amongst the highlights of any tournament. In the Junior Traditional Weapons 0-12yrs division, Hugh Matthews of Isshin Ryu Australia impressed with his powerful bo kata to take first just ahead of Angela Touma from Fighting Fit Martial Arts displaying her weaponry talents, whilst in the 13-17yrs division, Jared Abbott, FFMA, showed skill in taking first place from Joshua Carrier of Tora Martial Arts Centre and Kaitlin Saunders also from FFMA in third place. Grabbing everyone’s attention and bring the crowd to their feet was the standout performance of Team Fighting Fit Martial Arts in the Creative event. Whilst in the Senior Demonstrations event, Team SKIA from Bondi Dojo turned in a perfectly timed Synchronised team kata, impressing the judges and delighting the crowd. The Junior Demonstrations saw three terrific team Synchronised Katas from the dedicated young teams from Double Dragon Shotokan, Go Kan Ryu NSW Karate and Tora Martial Arts Centre. It’s thrilling to see such skill and timing in ones so young. This is the result of many hours of dedicated training and great team-work.
With plenty of spirit, and nerves, the Sparring events got underway. The fast paced action and close calls had the crowd cheering and the judges on their toes. The 10-11yrs 10th-6th Kyu Point Sparring saw young Nikolajs Valdmanis from Evolution Martial Arts and Tabytha Sellick of Isshogai Do Kai Karate in a see-sawing battle in the final. Nikolajs claimed the day in a close bout with a determined Fatima Moosawi from AAHYA Kung Fu taking home third place. A real nail biter was the final of the Female 14-15yrs 10th-6th Kyu event with plenty of close points and great support from the crowd. Young Candice Milne from Aussie Martial Arts Academy claiming victory in her first tournament from Kiona Davies of Double Dragon Shotokan. Mariam Moosawi of AAHYA Kung Fu taking out third place, well done to all the children, you are all champions!
Some standout events for the adults saw the Men’s Novice Point Sparring produce some great bouts with Paul Fawcett of One Martial Arts having to dig deep to fend off a determined Abrahimi Najibullah from AAHYA Kung Fu, the hard–fighting Francisco Delafuente of Tora Martial Arts Centre taking out third place. A real highlight of the day saw brother versus brother in the final of the Men’s Black Belt Open where Daniel and Christian Harada of SKIA Bondi faced off in a tight struggle. Daniel taking the win in a sudden-death point decider. Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate winning a fast paced bout for third place against Ed Bateman from One Martial Arts.
Continuous Sparring events are an awesome part of the day and all the competitors showed us they mean business with some great, close bouts. In the 12-14years Male Continuous the quick combinations and ringcraft of Jackson Stair of Imugi Taekwondo won out in the final from focused new-comer Nooragh Syedmusa of AAHYA Kung FU. Always impressive, Ryan Samuel of Go Kan Ryu Karate claimed third place. The adult Male Advanced Open was a great tussle to see who would take out first place. The fast block and counter skills of Tony Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo versus the speed and agility of Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate in the final saw Vincent take it out in a split decision. With great timing and ringcraft, Christian Harada from SKIA Bondi claimed third place. In the female divisions, standout bouts came in the Novice final with newcomer Skye Flynn from Pro Martial Arts winning out over Lyndsay Witchard of Kumiai Ryu Martial Arts, whilst in the Female Veterans the final had it all, great skill and fierce determination from combatants Patricia Diaz-Harada of SKIA Bondi and Vicki Chase of One Martial Arts, Patricia taking a close victory on the day. Terrific job ladies and gents, exciting bouts and great to judge!It was a fabulous day of martial arts action, proving yet again that the other states will certainly have their work cut out for them when they face off against the might of NEW SOUTH WALES at this year's Nationals in Queensland!
Special thanks goes to our great team of Ring and Table Officials and volunteers for your enthusiasm, dedication and skill...awesome job everyone!!My thanks also go out to Mr John Nitis for all the great action photos. Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action,
Please give me a call at anytime; Gary Palmer NSW/ACT Director: 0410 335 937. 
I look forward to seeing you all again for another exciting day at Round 3 on June 21st.
 

COMPETITOR PROFILE:pic41

Name: Chris Tirzabian

Style: Shotokan Karate

How long have you trained? Since February 2012

Where do you train? Tora Martial Arts Centre at Wetherill Park

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition? Watching all the different kata’s from different competitors, and the excitement of doing my kata in front of an audience and being judged.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? My best moment in the competition was when we won 3rd place in our team kata.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? My favourite technique is the turning kick because you can obtain great distance and it’s a nice, clean, fast drill.

Favourite martial artist... My favourite martial artist is Mr Miyagi from the movie karate kid. I like how he makes Daniel do all his chores while training.

What are your future goals in the NAS?  My future goal in NAS is to win first or second in my kata division and also in sparring.

 

CLUB PROFILE: DOUBLE DRAGON SHOTOKAN  pic42

 

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Leszek Smirski

STYLE: Shotokan Karate - www.doubledragonshotokan.com.au
 
How long have you trained? 39 years

Location of club & nights you train?

San Souci Dojo:
ST.GEORGE SAILING CLUB
2 Riverside Dr, Sans Souci
MONDAY 5.00 pm - 7.30pm
Hurstville Dojo:
PJ. FERRY RESERVE COMMUNITY HALL
Cnr. Bellevue Parade and Blakesley Road Allawah
MONDAY   5.30pm - 7.00pm     all grades
Kingsford Dojo:
South Juniors Rugby League ClubLevel 4, Games Room
TUESDAY 4.30pm - 6.00pm Juniors
TUESDAY 6.00pm - 8.00pm Adults
THURSDAY 4.30pm - 6.00pm Juniors
SATURDAY 1:00pm - 3:00pm Adults

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

Through fellow Instructors and have been competing for 5 years since then.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

At Double Dragon Shotokan Club we are always looking for a challenge. The beauty about competing at NAS competitions is that it enables us to experience and challenge other different styles and gives us an opportunity to learn from it. We also like the structure and how the competition is being run. With compliments to the people who organise these events.

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

Adrian Huber
Lucas Valejo
Jennifer Wood
Tatum Sinclair
Our athletes are quite competitive and are successful in the Shotokan NSW squad along with the National team and NAS competitions.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

Our philosophy is about giving 100% in all aspects of Karate. We as a club are always challenging ourselves, willing to learn and continuously trying to improve. We are proud to be part of SKIA and affiliated SKIF under Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan Master. Along with this we are also very excited to be part of NAS and continue to compete, excel and improve our participation in this event. I am proud of my students competing and showing such great fighting spirit in the NAS championship and our goal is to continue and thrive from our experiences.

 

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PROFILE: NSW Referees, Judges and Officials

I personally wish to thank all members of the NAS NSW Referees Board and pass on my gratitude and congratulations to all of you for an outstanding job of Officiating and supporting NAS! You really are the best of the best! We have had a tremendous start to the year, made possible by your contribution. Your efforts have earned the respect of all the attending martial art schools, coaches and competitors. By putting others first you have displayed dedication, professionalism and true martial spirit! I am really looking forward to working with you at this year’s Tournaments and at the State and National Championships in Queensland. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!

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