The day got off to a touching start, as young Pee Wee competitors came forward to present medals of appreciation to our hard working officials and staff. It was great to see with parents and spectators showing their delight and giving loud applause. Next, as everyone lined up for the bow-in and welcome, I had the opportunity to congratulate all competitors, instructors and clubs, and to thank our terrific sponsor, Tora Martial Arts store, and to acknowledge the huge effort from so many to make these events possible. This was greeted with loud applause from the crowd and competitors alike and a huge cheer when we announced our intention to return home from the Nationals this year with the Presidents Cup in our grasp at last!!
With the formalities over, it was time for the day’s action to get underway. The Pee Wee 7yrs Point Sparring presented us with an unusual and exciting final with brother and sister battling it out for first place. Marley and Priya Fawcett from One Martial Arts on the Central Coast stood toe to toe and gave it everything they had to the delight their supporters. Marley took the win in a close finish with One Martial Arts team mate, Riley Bateman claiming third place from a tenacious Terrence Li representing Double Dragon Shotokan. What a way to start the day!
In an incredible coincidence, siblings fighting it out for places and State Titles, happened several times during the day. The 10-11years 10th Kyu-6thKyu gave us a repeat performance with again, brother versus sister for the State crown. Tijana and Kane Rancic of Evolution Gym fought outa tremendous final with Tijana proving too quick and claimed the day. Alexander Vaughan from Kinetic Martial arts taking third place from Madelyn Harkin of Goju Ryu Karate do in fourth spot. Rounding off our trifecta of sibling battles, sisters Clare and Amy Melville faced off for third place in the Womens Novice event. No love lost as both gave their all in a very close fight. Clare winning out on the day with great spirit and sportsmanship shown by all!
A crowd favourite this year has been the Junior Synchronised Team Kata event. The judges really appreciate the amount of effort and training that goes into preparing for this event. Poise and teamwork were on show in some impressive displays. Standout performances were turned in by Team Double Dragon Shotokan to claim the win closely from Team Northern Lakes Martial Arts. This event is set to grow even more in the future and will be hotly contested at the National Championships now as an open event. Whilst in Senior Traditional Weapons, years of dedication and finely tuned skills were on show with the crowd really appreciating this level of expertise. Tino Kausmann of GLMA of Jow Ga had all eyes on his display, Ian Tolnay De Hagy of Tao Gung Fu and Guy Moore, GLMA, drew loud applause for their skilled performances. Great performance in the Juniors Weapons from Chloe McDonald of Budo Ryu Kempo and Ali Akbarikordestani of Tao Gung Fu. To further delight the crowd, the Extreme Weaponry events drew loud applause with some awesome displays from Levi Vereyken from MD Mixed Martial Arts in the 0-12yrs division and Naomi-Grace Palibino representing Black Belt Martial Arts in the 13-17yrs division. Certainly big futures for these talented practisioners.
Standout performance in the Adult events drew animated and loud crowd support. Claiming victory in the Veteran Male Continuous was John Marchand of United Taekwondo in a tough battle with Paul Fawcett of One Martial Arts. The female division saw a great tousle between Sarah Kemp of Black Belt Martial Arts and Lucy Contarino of Tao Gung Fu. The Novice divisions produced some exciting bouts, in the Female event Jennaya Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate claimed the day from Nicole Gentle of Imugi Taekwondo. While in the Male Novice Points event, a number of close decisions saw Philip Millikin of Isshin Ryu Australia take the State Title over Adrian Stuardo of Kinetic Matial Arts and Michael Carter representing Imugi Taekwondo. The hallmark event of the day had to be the Male Black Belt Points division. Such talented, determined (and quick) martial talent on the mat! What a thrilling event this was and a fitting exclamation to the day. The final saw Tony Gillespie of Imugi Taekwondo claim the victory from Lucas Palmero of Chikara Kenpo Karate, while One Martial Arts team mates, Zach Boys and Ed Bateman fought it out for third and fourth spots. These guys will light up the mats in Melbourne and will be hard to stop!
What a great day and an absolutely fantastic year of competition for NAS NSW, full of camaraderie and sportsmanship. It has been an honour to be involved in such a wonderful event and to see so many talented and focused athletes perpetuating the arts in such great spirit. It has also been a great pleasure to work so closely with the dedicated, professional men and women who make up our great team of Ring and Table Officials and helpers. I’m especially pleased this year to have added a number of new, enthusiastic officials to our team. My sincere thanks to each and every one for job well done, they have all worked so hard this year to bring the highest possible standard to each event. My thanks also to Mr John Nitis for a great job capturing all the action with his mighty camera. And of course, a huge thank you to Alexsandra Nitis of Tora Martial Arts Suplies, our State Sponsor.
Now it’s off to Melbourne for the 2016 National Championships! New South Wales has gathered some superb martial artists from many and varied styles and disciplines, bonding into a powerful and focused team…TEAM NEW SOUTH WALES! We aim to reclaim the Presidents Cup…and put all states on notice… we are coming to Victoria to do what we do best…WIN!!
Any instructor or club, who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action in 2017, please give Gary Palmer NSW Director a call on 0410 335 937 anytime.
NSW Competitor Profile
Priya and Marley Fawcett
How long have you trained?
We both started Karate training when we were 4 years old.
Priya is now 8 yrs old and Marley is now 6 yrs old
Where do you train?
We both train at One Martial Arts in Terrigal on the Central Coast NSW
Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
Priya: I like to try new skills, meet new friends and have lots of fun!!
Marley: I like to try my best and have lots of fun too!
Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Priya: My best moment was when I won my very first medals in competition.
Marley: My best moment was beating my big sister in the Peewee’s Point Sparring final to become the NSW State Champion.
Have you a favourite technique in competition?
We can’t tell you that, you will know all our secrets!!!
Favourite martial artist...
Priya: Sempai Clare
Marley: My Mum J
What are your future goals in the NAS?
We both want to be the Champion of Champions!
Luckily we can both be Champion of Champion without having to compete against each other.
TORA MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE
Tora Shintai Karate-Do
(Tora Martial Arts Centre)
How long have you trained?
I have been training for 24 years.
Location of club & nights you train?
We train at Wetherill Park. Monday to Thursday as well as on the Saturday
How did you find out about the NAS competition?
We discovered NAS through Blitz Magazine.
What do you like about the NAS competition?
NAS is a fair and great Competition. Professionalism (an important aspect as we have encountered biasness at other tournament circuits and found NAS to be the fairest and most professional) all Rules and Regulations are followed and enforced.
Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing
in the NAS competition…..
Joshua Carrier – first place.
Pakha Vongsouvanh – first place.
Daniel Zappia – second place.
Francisco DeLaFaunte – second place.
Noah Flynn – our little man to look out for the future.
What are your future goals for your organisation?
1. Attend the NAS Aust Championships in Victoria at the end of the year with the hope that ALL of our current team rank and have the opportunity to represent NSW.
2. We would like to hit the international circuit once again, possibly plan a visit to the USA or Japan in the future.
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 year in 2016, 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 looking forward to continuing to work with you at the National Championships in Melbourne and at next year’s Tournaments in Sydney. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!
We invite YOU to become a NAS OFFICIAL
Instructors, Black Belts & Senior rank competitors are welcome to join the NAS Referees Board and gain State, National and International recognition as a NAS Official.
- The NAS conducts seminar/workshop prior to each event for all NAS Officials and new Instructors attending for the first time. These seminars will cover all rules, regulations and guidelines on NAS competition including code of conduct.
- The State Technical Director and his team of senior referees/ lecturers will conduct these seminars going over rules and regulations relating to the NAS competition. Point Sparring, Continuous Sparring, Forms, Demonstrations/ Weaponry, ring craft, referees/ judges gestures and signals.
- The Chairman NAS/WASO & Executive committee - NAS Referees Board is responsible for overseeing all State/ National & International events, at all times maintaining the highest standard of officiating.
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