Rd2 New South Wales 2nd May 2010

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The hallmarks of NAS Tournaments are the great skills shown by our competitors, and also the terrific fun and friendship enjoyed by all. Everyone from the youngest Pee Wee to the most seasoned Official has a great day! May 2nd marked our Round 2 Tournament, and with 30 different clubs in attendance, a thrilling day of competition was on the cards, with a number of clubs travelling from distant areas of the state to be there. It was tremendous to experience the noise and excitement and see the support for our future stars as they all battled for a chance to represent New South Wales at this year's National Titles in our hometown of Sydney.

nas-rd2-10-pic1Big numbers in the Junior Divisions meant we were in for a great day, whilst the adrenalin charged Black Belt action was eagerly anticipated. Nerves were soon forgotten as contestants focused on their goals and their discipline kicked in! A classy display of up and coming talent in the Pee Wee Point Sparring saw Aman Verma of Arjuken Karate take the day with a determined Josh Dominello of Kumiai Ryu Martial Arts claiming second place. The skills of young Sebastian Board from Li-Te Carr Martial Arts in Orange earning him third spot. Whilst in the Pee Wee Forms event the talents of Jaya Soewito-Martin of Praying Mantis Kung Fu earned the nod from the Judges. Closely followed by the focused display from Lachlan Matthews of United Taekwondo. Spirited performances came from Johanna Bunt of Li-Te Carr Martial Arts and young Hannah Chow from Yees Progressive Martial Arts in a tie for third place.

Our young ladies proved they are fierce competitors and ones to watch for the future, taking all three places in the 10-11yrs Continuous Sparring. Again, distance was no barrier with Riley Florentine, a member of Combined Self Defence & Fitness in Coffs Harbour using terrific ringcraft in taking first place against the skilled techniques of Sarah Board of Li-Te Carr Martial Arts, travelling from Orange with her team-mates to enjoy the day. Consistent performer Cleo Bournazos of Go Kan Ryu was strong on the day in claiming third place ahead of a talented field.

nas-rd2-10-pic2Entertaining and skilful describes the Junior and Senior Weaponry Events. Popular with the audience, they are the highlight of any tournament. The Junior division saw Brenden Williamson of Go Kan Ryu display his talents with the bo, whilst brother and sister Nathan and Katelyn Warburton of Emu Heights Self Defence showed their dedication to the art in second and third spots. Undoubtedly some of the standout performances of the day came in the Senior Weapons event with the crowd loudly showing their appreciation. Taking first place with an energetic and complex display was Tatyana Dunlop representing Jow Ga Kung Fu. Bernard Town of Combined Self Defence & Fitness gave a lightning fast exhibition to take second, whilst the precise skills of Malcolm Smith of Li-Te Carr Martial Arts earned him third place.

nas-rd2-10-pic3Fast and furious describes the Seniors sparring action, the combatants staking their claims on future titles. The Mens Black Belt Open was a hard fought affair with David Nicol of Go Kan Ryu too strong on the day over a determined Ian Farmer of Combined Self Defence. The quick hands of Antony Ball of Go Kan Ryu earning third place. In the Womens event, current Lightweight Champion Jamie Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate showed she is focused on another title in a close battle with Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts. First-timer Sandy Town of Combined Self Defence showed great skill to claim third.

Growing in numbers and quickly becoming a crowd favourite are the Veterans Events.

Taking the double in winning both the Black Belt & Veterans Forms was Paul Mitchell of United TKD. Second place going to Bernard Town of CSD&F, whilst the experienced campaigner and always strong, Rod Coulter of Go Kan Ryu took home third place.

The Men's Veterans Point Sparring drew loud and animated crowd support. Claiming victory in a thrilling bout in his first NAS event was Mark Stevens of Go Kan Ryu winning out over Josef Eberl also from GKR. Taking the third place trophy back to Coffs was Bernard Town of CSD&F.

nas-rd2-10-pic4It 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!

Special thanks goes to our great team of Ring and Table Officials and volunteers and a great 'baptism of fire' to our new Officials...well done to all! Thanks also to Josef Eberl and James Carrett for the great action photos.

Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action, please give Gary Palmer NSW Director, a call on 0410 335 937 anytime.

I look forward to seeing you all again for another exciting day at Round 3 on June 27th.

1. NAS NSW Club/Organisation – Profile

nas-rd2-10-pic5Combined Self Defence & Fitness

Instructor Name: Combined Self Defence & Fitness is owned & run by Instructors Bernard & Sandy Town, the Martial Sports team is coached by Cheyenne Hoffman & Jody Whitley who are both National Champions in NAS.

Style: Combined Self Defence & Fitness teaches Taekwondo, Hapkido, Fitness Boxing & MMA.

How long have you trained?

Senior Instructor Bernard Town has been training in Taekwondo since 1987

Location of club & nights you train?

Combined Self Defence & Fitness trains out of a full time centre located in Coffs Harbour NSW. Classes are run Monday through to Fridays.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

We started competing in NAS back in 2004 in Port Macquarie; Our Taekwondo Master (Glen Murray) was one of the early NAS originals and suggested we try it.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

The regional NAS tournaments have always been very mixed style, over the years it is great to see other styles competing against the strong Karate based clubs.

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

Riley Florentine, Points U12's (not in Photo), Keelan Singh, Aaron Singh and

Jack Gardner are our young up and coming champions.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

The Martial Sports team will be entering in both State and Nationals this year, with our current and past National Champions teaching more than competing we expect to bring through some future champions.

2. NSW NAS Competitor – Profile

nas-rd2-10-pic6Name: Bonnie Grosvenor

Style: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?

I started training 18 months ago firstly in Tae Kwon Do and then started training in Karate about 7 months ago.

Where do you train?

Chikara Kenpo Karate at Baulkham Hills

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

I like the challenge of fighting new people and also learning and improving my skills each time that I compete.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

Coming third at the State Titles in 2009 and then being able to attend the Nationals in Melbourne. It was an amazing experience.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

I like doing a Double Headhigh Roundhouse kick!

Favourite martial artist...

Chloe Bruce, she has an awesome high kick!

What are your future goals in the NAS?

To keep competing and improving and hopefully compete for the Champion of Champions Title in the future.

3. NAS NSW Official Profile

nas-rd2-10-pic7Name: Jamie Palmer

Style: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?

Five years in total. I started training in Tae Kwon Do, achieving my 1st Dan Black Belt and then for the last year have been training at Chikara Kenpo Karate.

Where do you train?

Chikara Kenpo Karate at Baulkham Hills twice a week, over 2 hours at each session.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

I started competing about 4 years ago in the Novice division and have worked my way up the ranks to the Black Belt divisions. Last year I won the Lightweight Black Belt National Title and fought it out in the Champion of Champions round against the Middleweight Champion from Queensland. I didn't win that round but loved the challenge and the experience!

What made you become an NAS Official?

I was really impressed with how professionally the competitions were organised and wanted to get more involved in supporting my sport.

What level are you with the NAS?

I am currently a Level 1 Official and working on the next level.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

As a competitor, my ultimate goal is being the Champion of Champions and I am working hard to achieve this goal. As an official, I want to continue helping NAS in NSW and to increase my knowledge and skills in the sport.