The Junior Synchronised Team Kata division
provided some early entertainment in getting the day off to a great start. Let me tell you, the standard is extremely high and level of commitment and dedication in training for this event is wonderful to see. Taking the prize on the day was Team Double Dragon Shotokan narrowly over Team Liverpool Lions with the teams from St Scholastica and Tora Martial Arts tying for third place. A hotly contested and very exciting event! Whilst over on Ring 2, the team from Sydney Self Defence Centre had the crowd gasping and cheering as they put on an impressive display in the Senior Demonstrations event. An awesome way to start the day!
Now the 'little guys' took to the floor and got stuck into the action! The 7-9yrs Continuous is one of the most popular events of the whole calendar and this day was no exception. The judges were impressed by the fighting skills of one’s so young, the crowd, from the proud grandparents down to little brothers and sisters voicing their support. In the final, Koby Enright of Kinetic Martial Arts got the nod from a spirited Samuel Bateman representing One Martial Arts. Young Chloe Vance from Goju Ryu Karate Do fought out a great, close tussle with team-mate Lachlan West to decide third and fourth places.
As I said earlier, the standard of competition has been extremely high this year and really goes to show the great skills of martial artists of all ages and disciplines right across the state. Some standout performances on the day came in the 10-11yrs 5th-B/Belt Point Sparring where Lara Chaaban of Go Kan Ryu Karate snatched a close win over Wilheim Hieber of Black Belt Martial Arts, third place going to Enmon Li of Sydney Self Defence Centre in his first NAS tournament. The 'never give in' attitude of Shonique Goossens of Imugi Taekwondo saw her grab victory in 14-15yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt Female Sparring with the talented Jessica Sultana of Seigokan Australi in second. The quick hands of Grace Yarrow representing Kinetic Martial Arts grabbed third. Whilst on Ring 3, the young combatants in the 12-13yrs 10th-6thKyu Male division 'owned' the floor in some powerhouse battles. Taking the points was Mason Carnevale of Evolution Gym showing great ringcraft and high kicks in a close match with Jonathan Issa of Seigokan Australia. Showing speed and skill, Nikola Gagic of Liverpool Lions claimed third spot on the bell from Daniel Mooney of Evolution Gym.
A crowd favourite, competitors in the Junior Creative Weapons got the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise skill and training come to the for in some impressive displays. Taking the prize in the 0-12yrs event with a polished display was Jacob Flynn of Tora Martial Arts Centre. Grabbing the crowd’s attention in the 13-17yrs event William Brittain of Black Belt Martial Arts showed great dexterity to claim first place with second spot going to Chloe Partic-Gray from Tora Martial Arts Centre. The enthusiastic crowd appreciating the level of skill and the hours of training that had gone into producing such great displays!
Next, 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. Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate faced off against Jack Marstaeller of Go Kan Ryu in the final. Both fighters used the entire ring and all their skills, going point for point in a fast and tough encounter. Vincent claimed the win in his return to competition. An equally tough bout for third place, saw Ed Bateman of One Martial Arts claim the win from Phu Khong of Sydney Self Defence Centre in his first tournament. There were equally hard fought battles for the ladies in the Female Black Belt division. A fast, point for point final saw Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts claim a close victory from Sarah Kemp of Black Belt Martial Arts. Despina Veleski of Liverpool Lions claimed third on the bell from the tenacious Amanda Baker of Shotokan Karate Nowra.
Notable performances for the 'big guys' came with some hard, fast action from Andrew Wallin of Imugi Taekwondo, Dennis Nguyen of Arjuken Karate and Michael Carter of Imugi Taekwondo in the Mens Novice Points, certainly ones to watch for the future. The Veterans proving they still have what it takes with some tough battles. Aaron Baker from Arjuken Karate taking out the Veterans Points from Paul Fawcett of One Martial Arts with Colin Eckford of Seigokan Australi claiming third in a close decision from Andrew Towler of Tao Gung Fu. Whilst in the Female Novice Continuous, a tenacious struggle ensued between Jennaya Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Nicole Gentle of Imugi Taekwondo with extra time needed to decide the final. Jennaya taking the win on the day with Clare Melville of Tora Martial Arts Centre taking home third place.
Skill, poise and power ...an awesome day across all age groups and all divisions, another awesome event for NAS NSW, setting the stage for the State Titles on October 23rd and then on to the Nationals in Melbourne in November! An early warning to all the other states.....New South Wales will be hard to beat!! 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 TORA MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLIES. Many thanks also to all the proud Mums & Dads and Instructors for the terrific action shots in John’s absence.
I can’t wait for the NSW State Titles on October 23rd. It’s going to be an awesome day!! See you all there! GO NAS New South Wales!
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.
Instructors name: Cesar Pereira
Style: Gojuryu Seigokan Karate-Do, A member of Seigokan Japan
How long have you trained? I have been training since 1966
Location of club & nights you train?
Luddenham Workers Club: Wednesday 4:30-5:30 & 5:30-6:30 pm - Saturday 10:00 am
South Penrith Neighbourhood Centre: Monday 5:30 Friday 4:30
Albury: Table Top Rd. & Kosciusko Rd Thugoona: Thursday 5:30 pm
How did you find out about the NAS competition?
We heard about NAS from Phil Chapman at Sensei’s Martial Arts Store
What do you like about the NAS competition?
We like the good friendship and also the fairness at the Tournaments
Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition…..
Jessica Santana, Daniel Reed, Emily Frazer, Grace Frazer, Lee Parker
What are your future goals for your organisation?
Winning the Seigokan World Tournament in November in Japan, Have a representative from my Dojo in the next Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
Name: Kiedis Huhndorf
Style: Chikara Kenpo Karate
How long have you trained? I have been training for about 4 years.
Where do you train? I train at Chikara Kenpo Karate in Baulkham Hills
Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition? I like that I can compete with others and to be able to show my skills.
Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? My best memory is winning first place in my first competition, especially because I had been practising so hard to be ready.
Have you a favourite technique in competition? My Senpai Vincent’s ‘secret’ kick. I hope I can do this technique myself one day.
Favourite martial artist...My favourite martial artists are all my teachers and teammates at Chikara because every one of them help me to get better. My Senpai Ricardo especially helped me with getting my kata ready for NAS. I would like to be as skilled as my Shihan and Senpai Matt.
What are your future goals in the NAS? My favouritels with NAS are to become a State Champion and then perhaps an NAS National Champion
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 Melbourne. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!
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