Rd3 New South Wales 27th June 2010

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There has certainly been some 'fast and furious' dynamic action in our NAS Tournaments so far this year, and Round 3 on June 27 was no exception! Each round we have welcomed new competitors and clubs to the NAS family and each Round the standard, camaraderie and excitement grows ever higher. The excitement is definitely building as we head towards the State and National Titles with this year's Championships to be held in our home-town Sydney and already promising to be one of the best yet!

nas-rd3-10-pic1Following the welcoming address and official bow-in, the Forms divisions got underway with some impressive performances of poise and timing from some very talented martial artists. The stars of the future in the Pee Wee's launched the day with some impressive displays. Lachlan Matthews of United Taekwondo powered into 1st place, while keeping it in the family, Cody and Melinda Hogan from Goshin Ryu Karate took out 2nd and 3rd spots. Well done!! Focused and disciplined describes the standard in the 14-15yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt event, Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate, in 1st place continued the battle with a determined Ronald Nicol of Go Kan Ryu, in 2nd place and Khemika Laksanabencharong from the Japanese Academy of Martial Arts, claiming 3rd place.

The seniors weren't to be outdone with some thrillingly quick and accurate weaponry displays from Jez Martin representing GLMA Kung Fu clinching 1st place with Trent Madsen of Kinetic Martial Arts in 2nd and Kym Fizzell also from GLMA IN 3rd. Strong performances from all competitors makes this a popular crowd favourite! However, the standout performance of the day came in the Men's Black Belt Forms, with a meticulous execution of kata from Dean Gould, superbly followed up by Wayne Vella representing Goju Ryu Bushido Karate Academy and claiming 3rd was Jamie Dorward of Goshin Ryu Karate Australia.

nas-rd3-10-pic2nas-rd3-10-pic3Later in the day, the pace continued on all rings as the Sparring divisions fired up. The 10-11 years age group has enjoyed a healthy increase in numbers this year, and the competition has been thrilling to watch. The young fighters of the 5thKyu-Black Belt event, fought some close battles with Marko Masanovic of Goshin Ryu, taking the points over Riley Florentine flying in from Coffs Harbour to strongly represent Combined Self Defence and Fitness, with the quick hands of Kyle Thew of Isshogai Do Kai Karate on the Central Coast in 3rd spot. The bigger guys also produced some classy encounters, with high kicks keeping the judges on their toes. In the Mens Intermediate, Travis McCall from Mudgee Martial Arts claimed the win with Rajend Naidu of Goju Ryu Bushido in 2nd and Paul Biller of Wing Chun Kung Fu taking out 3rd place. Watch out Black Belts...these guys are on the way!! Certainly, the Ladies weren't to be outdone! The fast punch/kick combinations were the tools used by Tracey Hanscombe of One Martial Arts, victorious over a hard fighting Sarah Lane from GLMA Kung Fu and Kalpana Raj of Goju Ryu Bushido showing good techniques in 3rd place.

nas-rd3-10-pic4The Continuous Sparring Divisions have proved popular for both young and 'older' competitors this year and some great techniques and ringcraft have delighted the spectators. Standout events in this tournament were the Mens Advanced Open Continuous Sparring, where a determined display saw Chris Boles of United Taekwondo, get the nod from the judges to claim a much longed for victory. Kniles Comafay of KUA NSW in his first tournament showed his skill in taking 2nd with 3rd going Antony Ball of Go Kan Ryu, strong displays from all contestants with quarter given or asked for! Proving they're a force to be reckoned with for the future, the young combatants in the 12-14 Female Continuous Sparring was so close that extra time was needed to resolve a number of 'draws'! In the end the tenacity of Lara Whellan of Yees Progressive Martial Arts took the win over Abigail Brown from Uechi Ryu Karate and the consistently strong work of Olivia Mostogl representing Isshogai Do Karate, saw her take home 3rd place.

nas-rd3-10-pic5Congratulations and a huge thank you to our absolutely fantastic team of NSW Referees, Judges and Table Officials for another professional and dedicated effort! My thanks also to Angel Georgieff for the great action shots and my gratitude for the fantastic job done by our friends from St John Ambulance. Mostly, I would like to thank all the competitors for their spirit and dedication, and to their families and instructors for their continuing support of martial arts in this great state.

As competition hots up in preparation for the State and National Titles, I look forward to seeing you all for Round 4 on Sunday August 29th at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

1. Club Profile

nas-rd3-10-pic6Instructor Name: Michael Jackson

Style: Isshogai Karate

How long have you trained?

I started training in Tong Kune Do Kung Fu in 1986. Then Kickboxing, Hapkido, Tae kwon do, Wrestling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I Joined Isshogai Karate under Sensei Michael Barrett in 2001 as I found it combined the best of the arts I had formerly trained in. I am currently ranked 3rd Dan Blackbelt.

Location of club & nights you train?

We train at Tunkuwallin Park Hall, Gwandalan on Monday , Tuesday & Wednesday nights.

I train at Tuggerawong Dojo on Friday nights & have Gradings on Sundays. Saturdays are reserved for private lessons.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

I first read about it in Blitz Magazine. I met my current Sensei Michael Barrett who is the founder of Isshogai Karate at my very first NAS Tournament many years ago.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

I like the NAS because I believe the more the students compete the more they learn about themselves, building confidence and learning respect is a very important part of martial arts as well as learning to defend yourself. Students get to show what they can do against a variety of opponents in a safe & fun environment.

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

Olivia Mostogl , ranked 1st in Points & Cont., She has won 7 1st place NAS trophies.

Kyle Thew, 3rd points, 4th Cont. Imogen Mcgrath - green, 3rd Cont., Emily Morrison 4th Points. Kane Timmins 1st Points, 3rd Cont. Kevin Grew ranked 1st in Points & Cont.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

For my students to become the best that they can be, both inside & outside the Dojo.

2. Competitor Profile

nas-rd3-10-pic7Name: Georgi Georgieff

Style: Arjuken Karate

How long have you trained?

I have been training for 7 years.

Where do you train?

Arjuken Karate Dojo's.

Can you tell us what you like about NAS?

The best part is that it is Freestyle, which means anybody can do it!!

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

My best memory would be coming 1st in State Titles in 2007 and then coming 3rd at the Nationals Championships in Sydney in 2007.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

I have a couple of favourite techniques. If I told you then you would know my moves. Let's just say it's not used that much and it is freestyle.

Favourite martial artists...

Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goals at the NAS is to enjoy myself and to compete at a highly competitive level, learn new moves and make friends. If I win and get a trophy, it is just a bonus!!

3. Official Profile

nas-rd3-10-pic8Name: Jillda Wright

Style: Tae Kwon do

How long have you trained?

I have been training for a period of 3 ½ years with a 6 month period of time out recovering from a knee reconstruction.

Where do you train?

The club that I train with is: Combined Self Defence & Fitness located in Coffs Harbour.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

My first involvement with NAS was in 2006 watching my daughter competing. I first became involved myself as a competitor in 2007. This year will be my fourth competing in NAS.

What made you become an NAS Official?

From the time I first watched my daughter compete in NAS tournaments

I found myself interested in the official side of the sport. I remember wondering at the time how one would go about becoming an official. Since taking up Tae Kwon do and competing my interest has increased and when the opportunity came up last year to attend a NAS referee's workshop I was more than keen to attend. Understanding the rules and the role of the officials has not only allowed me to appreciate their role, but to also understand what is expected of me as a competitor.

What level are you with the NAS?

I am a Level One NAS Official, working towards Level Two.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goal in NAS is to continue to work towards developing and increasing my skills as an official and being more involved in this area of the sport.

As a competitor my aim is to continue to compete and work towards obtaining a National title.

4. Download Tournament Results

Click here to download Tournament Results New South Wales Rd 3 - June 27th 2010 (PDF 88KB)