Rd1 New South Wales 7th March 2010

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The atmosphere before any NAS Tournament is always filled with excitement, anticipation and adrenalin, but it was doubly so on Sunday March 7th as we kicked off the 2010 Season with Round 1 at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Adding to the excitement was the presence of a number of new clubs who were joining the NAS family for the first time and also the thrilling announcement that New South Wales will play host to the National Championships in Sydney this December. At last years event, NSW claimed 20 individual titles..a fantastic result, with all vowing to make this years Championships even bigger and better!

My opening address gave me the opportunity to welcome our new combatants, some who had travelled long distances to be part of the action. Our regulars greeting them with their usual camaraderie and sportsmanship.

I was also very pleased to once again welcome SENSEI'S MARTIAL ARTS STORE as our NSW State Sponsor for this year, Sensei Phil Chapman has years of experience in looking after the equipment needs of martial artists of all disciplines, visit him at the tournaments this year! It was great to see so many families and eager competitors in attendance and all were keen to let the action begin!

It didn't take long, with lots of excitement and loud vocal support for the combatants in the 7 – 9 years Continuous Sparring. The final saw great pals, and great rivals, Luke Rodwell of Aust Mixed M/Arts versus Taylah Stevens of Go Kan Ryu Karate. The day went to Luke this time in a close battle. Victoria Prasoulas of Zeus Martial Arts claimed third place in her first ever NAS tournament. I'm sure this division will provide lots of thrills again this year!

The 10 – 11 years Continuous was played out at its usual fast and fiery pace. Rahul Naidu of Goju Ryu Bushido Karate Academy showed some good ringcraft skills in a hard fought win over William Kondylis from Zeus Martial Arts. A valiant John-Thomas Rasmussen from GKR grabbed third in another close encounter.

nas-rd1-10-pic1Over on Ring 2 the ladies weren't to be outdone, the Female Continuous Advanced provided some tenacious battles with no-one giving an inch. First, second and third places all going to first time NAS competitors. Good manoeuvring and quick hands saw Jessica Trajcevski from Goshin Ryu Karate overcome the fast combinations of Kylie Goulding of Tora Shintai Karate-do in a split decision. Vanessa Felkai representing Kung Fu Academy, showed she has all the skills in taking third place. Again, this is shaping up to be one of the hallmark events this season!

I've said it before, but each year the focus and speed just seems to get faster and faster, keeping the judges on their toes in scoring the Point Sparring divisions. The Male 16 – 17 years 5th Kyu to Black Belt produced more than a few close decisions. Beau Black of Shotokan, winning on the bell over Matt Bryce from Chikara Kenpo Karate in 2nd spot, Kostadin Gatsios of Taikudo Karate taking the points for 3rd place.

Proving they were just as quick, the young lads of the 12 – 13 years 10th-6th Kyu put on a great show for all the supporters and spectators. Anthony Assaad from Goju Ryu Bushido, scored the win over Jason Vo representing Universal Kenpo. Daniel Annetta from Yees Progressive Martial Arts taking home third place.

Whilst in the Female 5th Kyu-Black Belt division, Jessica Valiukas and Erica Eberl both girls from Go Kan Ryu, traded point by point, Jessica getting the nod in a close match. Consistent performer and strong fighter, Olivia Mostogl from Isshogai Do Kai Karate snatching third place on the bell.

nas-rd1-10-pic2The Forms events are an opportunity for all to witness the dedication and discipline that martial practitioners apply to their art. So high was the standard that in a number of cases, tie-breakers were needed to decide the outcome.

The 14 – 15 years 10th Kyu- 6th Kyu division, saw some impressive displays from some up and coming competitors. Belinda Huang, Yees Progressive Martial Arts in first place, first-timer Tara Ridge from Uechi Ryu Karate in second and third going to Thomas Sherlock of One Martial Arts.

The Black Belt Open divisions are always an impressive showcase, Dean Gould of Go Kan Ryu, first place in the Mens event with Wayne Vella of Goju Ryu Bushido very close in second. As usual, the standard in the Ladies event was all class! Jessica Trajcevski, Goshin Ryu Karate, having a great day in first with Denise Fung of Aust. Academy of Martial Arts, hot on her heels in second. Lisa Carr of Li Te Carr/Shito Ryu rounded out the wonderful display to claim third place.

nas-rd1-10-pic3And finally, proving that martial arts is fun as well as focus and hard work, the Junior Demonstrations contestants delighted the crowd. The team from Chikara Kenpo Karate led by Vincent Xu taking first with a precise synchronised display. Sarah Board and Li-Te Carr/Shito Ryu impressing all in second spot whilst a quality performance from Abigail Brown leading Uechi Ryu Karate taking home third place.

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 all those who so willing give of themselves to make such a tremendous day possible. My thanks to Mr Josef Eberl for the great action shots!

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday May 2nd, and let the excitement..and action.. continue!

1. NAS NSW Club Profile - Li-Te Carr Martial Arts Karate-Do

nas-rd1-10-pic4Instructor name: Shihan Lisa Carr

Style: Li-Te Carr Martial Arts Karate-Do. We Teach Okinawan Japanese Karate & Freestyle Martial Arts/ Muay Thai kickboxing.

How long have you trained?

29 years

Location of club & nights you train?

Mondays: Orange

Tuesdays: Lyndhurst

Wednesdays: Neville

Thursdays: Blayney

Fridays: New exciting Dojo opening soon!!!

Saturdays: Koshiki Training & private lessons.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

The one and only Martial Arts Magazine: BLITZ magazine.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

We really like the mix of different styles in the one competition.

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

Sempai Dylan Carr: 4th point & 4th cont. / Sarah Board: 2nd demo, 3rd kata, 4th point & cont.

Sebastian Board: 4th demo, 4th points. / Thomas Field: 6th point & 6th cont.

Megan Bunt: 2nd demo, 5th kata. / Aleacia McIntyre: 2nd demo, 4th kata, 4th point & cont.

Jo Bunt: 4th demo, 4th kata

What are your future goals for your organisation?

To come back to NAS and take home 1st place in each division we enter the way we do Nationally and Internationally with KOSHIKI AUSTRALIA.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile - Cleo Bournazos

nas-rd1-10-pic5Name: Cleo Bournazos

Style: Go Kan Ryu Karate

How long have you trained?

I've been training for 6 years

Where do you train?

I train at my local dojo at my school and with Sensei Ashley Fleming. I also train with Sensei Anthony Ryan for the National squad-NSW team.

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

Competing against all the different styles is fun and I love Continuous Sparring.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

Probably my first win in Continuous Sparring – I was pumped !

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

I use the lunge reverse punch in kumite to score.

Favourite martial artist...

Lachlan Carr – he is awesome to watch and a great coach!

What are your future goals in the NAS?

National Champion !! That is the big one that I want !

3. NAS NSW Technical Director - Mr. Scott Robertson

nas-rd1-10-pic6Name: Scott Robertson

Style: Emu Heights Self Defence (Free Style Karate)

How long have you trained?

Commenced training in Martial Arts in 1993

Where do you train?

Train at Emu Heights Public School 3 nights a week

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

Started as a NAS competitor in 1998. Became an official in 2001

What made you become an NAS Official?

After several years as a competitor decided it was time to give back to NAS.

NAS had opened up many opportunities for myself , including friendships with many like minded individuals and clubs. It was now time for me to learn more about the internal working of NAS, this gave me more first hand knowledge to help both myself and club students as to what officials look for in both Sparring and Forms. This I believe has helped many of my students with the success they have had over the years.

What level are you with the NAS?

Level 4 (NSW State Technical Director)

What are your future goals in the NAS?

To continue as an official for as long as possible and to be the best I can. This is something that can only be achieved by continuous study and practice and by attending seminars, as it never ceases to amaze me that at each seminar I learn something new and is a great forum to have ones questions answered.