Rd1 New South Wales - 5th March 2017

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NAS NEW SOUTH WALES….AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD!!

 

Congratulations to all the dedicated and talented members of our State Teams at the 2016 NAS National Championships held in Melbourne last November. We captured 18 Individual National Titles, 2 Team Titles Plus 23 2nd & 28 3rd + 6 team places!  These great results ranged from Pee Wees to Veterans and beginners to Black Belts!! It was an awesome, exciting weekend and a credit to all who competed so strongly. I’m very proud to announce that New South Wales will have the honour of hosting the best martial artists in the country for the 2017 National Championships in Sydney this December. Make sure your part of the action!!

1. The excitement level was through the roof as we kicked off the 2017 Season with Round 1 on Sunday March 5th at the Netball Central Stadium.

I was very pleased welcome over 35 different clubs, some travelling considerable distances to be part of the action with an many regular clubs bringing new students to compete in NAS for the very first time. It was great to see the familiar faces and the new comers were made welcome with so many families in support. I was also very pleased to welcome a number of new additions to the ranks of our dedicated Referees and Officials. A round of applause went out to Mr John Nitis, our resident photographer, sending him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. TORA MARTIAL ARTS STORE, our state sponsor for another fantastic year, completed the scene and everyone was keen to get the action underway.

Enthusiastic support from coaches and Mums & Dads, greeted the nervous competitors in the Pee Wee Forms event.  These little guys always impress and today was no exception. Terrence Li from Double Dragon Shotokan took out first place in a close call from Go Kan Ryu’s Hamilton Seoung with young Marley Fawcett of Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts taking out third. Big futures are in store for these talented artists. Not to be outdone, the enthusiastic and focused competitors in the 10-11yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt division put a great show. Caitlin Bunney of Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts was rewarded with first place closely from Stan Testard representing Double Dragon Shotokan with Samuel Davino from Tora Martial Arts claiming third and Ethan Hawke of Budo Kempo Ryu in fourth place. Whilst next door on Ring 2, the Veterans turned in some classy, polished performances with Colin Eckford from Seigokan Australia claiming the win narrowly from Andrew East of Shotokan Karate.

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A highlight of the morning was the Synchronised Team Kata events. These dynamic, skilful displays are always popular and make everyone stop and watch. In the Juniors, the team from Double Dragon Shotokan impressed the judges with well practised timing to take first place, while the snappy display from Liverpool Lions SKIA earned  second place with first-timer team Seigokan Australia turning in a classy performance to take third. Increasing numbers of teams in both the junior and senior divisions ensures the popularity of this event will continue to grow.

The Continuous Sparring divisions are always breathtaking events! Each year the focus and speed seems to get faster and faster, keeping the judges on their toes. This year, the inclusion of novice and advanced divisions for the juniors meant we would be in for some great bouts! The 7-9 years Continuous was action-packed and as popular as ever. Some fast combinations and evasive skills were a feature of the final between Lachlan West of Goju Ryu Karate and Priya Fawcett of KumiaiRyu One Martial Arts with Lachlan winning out on the day in a split decision. Lachlan Bunney from Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts taking third place in a close battle with Adrian Beaini representing Evolution Gym. Great sparring guys and girls!! In the Male 10-11 years event, a pumped up Kane Rancic took on Evolution Gym team mate Nathan Byrnes in the final. A close tussle back and forth, with neither giving an inch saw Kane claim the win. Stan Testard of Double Dragon Shotokan edged out a determined Aidan Jarjoura  from Goju Ryu Karate Do to take third place. The girls weren’t to be outdone either with some power-packed bouts in the 12-14yrs advanced division. Great skills and ringcraft provided a thrilling final between Mia Gillespie of Imugi Taekwondo and Maria Vergados of Kinetic Martial Arts with Mia claiming victory this day. Kinetic team mate Paige Nassis fighting strongly to take third spot. Again, great, strong sparring from all contenders. Well done!

Over on Ring 2 the big guys weren’t to be outdone, the Male Continuous Advanced provided some tenacious battles. The crowd was right behind this one with no-one giving an inch. Good manoeuvring and quick hands saw Tony Gillespie of Imugi Taekwondo overcome the fast high kicks of Trent Madsen from Kinetic Martial Arts. Talented fighter Paul Odendaal from Kinetic Martial Arts showed he has all the skills in taking third place over the determined, never give-in attitude of Chris Blunt from Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts. In the Female division, a crafty Kym Housden from Kaishin Taekwondo was just a little too strong on the day for the powerful skills of Kelly O’Brien of Imugi Taekwondo. Tora Martial Art’s Selina Nguyen claiming third spot in her first foray into the senior Black Belt division. 

The Point Sparring divisions never fail to produce some nail-biting action! In the Male 12 –13 years 10th- 6th Kyu event Patrick Kelly of Kenseido Karate winning on the bell over the quick hands of Mason Carnevale of Evolution Gym. A close bout! Spiros Hatzis of Kinetic Martial Arts fought hard in taking the points for third place from Asyraf Gurtala of Kung Fu Academy. Proving they were just as quick, the Female 14–15years 5th-Black Belt resulted in some close decisions. This was a big division with a number of close bouts and all competitors impressing the judges with their skill and sportsmanship.

Ana Nikolovska, Double Dragon Shotokan fought her way through the field to score the win over Maria Vergados of Kinetic Martial Arts. While Elizabeth Rowen of Budo Kempo Ryu proved she’s one to watch for the future in taking home third place from Jessica Sultana of Seigokan Australia.

Some other stand-out events of the day included the popular Novice Divisions with some great bouts in both the male and female events and the always impressive Veterans thrilling the crowd with their experience and skill. A power-packed day and a fitting start to an exciting year of competition for NAS NSW! A round of applause and a HUGE ‘thank you’ goes to our tireless team of Ring & Table Officials and to all those who put in so much effort to make such a great day possible. Thanks also to everyone that sent in photos from the day.

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday April 30th ; the excitement continues. Go NAS NSW!!

 

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Name:  Mia Gillespie   

Style:  Taekwondo

 

How long have you trained?

A little over 4 Years, I started when I was 8 years old  

Where do you train?

I train at Imugi Taekwondo in Port Stephens   

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?

What I like most about NAS is how respectful most of the competitors are and how kind the referees are.   

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? 

My best moment at NAS was at the 2015 NSW State Championships. It was the first time I won Gold in Forms, Points and Continuous at the same tournament.

 

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

I don’t have one because every single person you spar is different. Therefore you need to use different techniques. 

 

Favourite martial artist...

I don’t really have a favourite. :-)

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My goals are to become State and National Champion in both Forms and Continuous Sparring.

 

 

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Name:  Samuel Davino

Style:  Karate 

How long have you trained?

I have been training for five years now.

Where do you train?

I train at Tora Martial Arts Centre, In Wetherill Park

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?

Through competing in the tournaments, I get to see my improvements from each round to the next.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

My best memory would be achieving First Place in Point Sparring at the 2016 State Titles.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

My favourite technique would have to be the Turning Kick.

Favourite martial artist...

Bruce Lee!!

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goals are to stay focused in my training and to make it to the National Championships in Sydney in December!

NAS Officials Profile

NSW Referees, Judges and Officials

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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! The success of our tournaments is only made possible by your contribution. Your efforts have earned the respect of all 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 throughout this year and to hosting the 2017 National Championships in Sydney. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!

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  • 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. 
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