Rd1 Queensland 20th March 2011

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Queensland kicked off round 1 with good numbers of competitors traveling from as far away as Townsville, Toowoomba, Brisbane, North Coast and as far south as Lismore. Approximately 29 martial art schools turned up for an action packed day of competition at Carrara Indoor Sports stadium

After debriefing with all coaches, Instructor and officials regarding the day's event everyone lined up for the official bow-in to start the day.

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The Queensland Director Mr. James Casey welcomed all attending and held the NAS Presidents cup up high for all to see, everyone applauded with three cheers for Queensland.  Mr Casey congratulated all competitors for an outstanding performance at the Sydney Nationals last year also congratulating the QLD Coaches for their contribution to the team...then announced the 2011 NAS National Championship will be held on the Gold Coast in December.  We are out to make it 3 years straight...Go Queensland!.

After the official bow-in all rings where in full swing.  New clubs attending for the first time displayed excellent talent in both forms and sparring, this really kept a lot of the regular attendees on their toes.  There was no doubt that when they adjust to the NAS system they'll be a force to recon with.  High lights of the day...

First up in the morning, male black belt open forms competition was in full swing, the standard was very high Simon        Hu - Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu won the decision from all judges to take first place with Steven         Taylor - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate runner up.

Male black belt open points sparring was taken out by James Crowther – Seishin  Zen Ryoku Karate, runner up Andrew McWilliam – Success Martial Arts, spectators where entertained with some excellent martial arts by both men.

Spectators were entertained with some fine demonstrations from the junior division, Meranda Folkard taking out first place with a nunchaku demonstration, blindfolded.  Runners up team KenshinKan

Finals junior 10 to 11 yrs continuous sparring divisions , Chelsea Hobday – Freestyle Kungfu Academy  coming up against William St Baker - Seishin Zen Ryoku in the final, both competitors displayed fine talent with some excellent techniques, the eventual winner being Chelsea Hobday.

Finals pee wee 7yrs & under point sparring, kept everybody on there toes,  Mums, Dads and Officials.  There are some definite champions of the future within these boys and girls. Taking out first place was Jaspa McKinless - Seishin  Zen Ryoku Karate , runner-up Kade Walkley - Bubishi Martial Arts

To all our staff I personally thank you for your outstanding work on the day to make this tournament a great success and also to all martial art styles wishing to get on board the NAS – contact me on 0402 695 717 for information on all remaining events.  Look forward to seeing everybody at round 3 on the Gold Coast; it's going to be a big one

Special thanks to Caroline Soner for supplying photos to the NAS

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Jason White 5th Dan Shihan

STYLE: At Shiro Ryu Kan I teach Taekwondo, Karate and Kickboxing

How long have you trained?
I first walk into a dojo in 1988 at the age of 18 and started training in Australian Freestyle Taekwondo. I am now 40 years old and still training hard.

Location of club & nights you train?
I have two clubs one in Texas and the other in Inglewood. I train Monday and Wednesday night in Texas and Tuesday night in Inglewood

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
I used to read about it in the Blitz Magazine and 2003 decided to give it a go and have been bringing students ever since.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
I have competed in a lot of different tournaments and found they were not very organised and fair. The National All Styles is a very fair and professional tournament system. You can bring your students to the tournament and they can get the experience from competing and know they are getting judged fairly.

Name some of your clubs up-coming champions club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
The ones to look out for are Reegan Johns Lionel Scicluna, Kieron Hegarty, Tash Paganin, Blake Johns, Ron Paganin, and Locky Robinson.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
I want to keep promoting martial arts in the country areas, we have a lot of talented students in our region and I want to give them the same opportunity they have in the city.

2. Competitor – Profile

NAME: Karen Stone

STYLE: Seishin Zenryoku – Redlands Martial Arts Academy (Shotokan based style)

How long have you trained? 15 ½ years

Where do you train? Seishin Zenryoku – Redlands Martial Arts Academy Thornlands, Qld

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I enjoy the variety and quality of competition, it's great to be able to test your skills against other styles of martial arts and the standard of the Black Belt females in Qld is extremely high.  I also like the ability to gauge your progression throughout the year from round to round and the opportunity to compete at a National level at the end of the year.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Champion of Champions in 2005

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
I have most success with a Gyaku tsuki (reverse punch) however, I get a greater sense of achievement out of scoring a Jodan Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick to the head).

Favourite martial artist...

· Shihan Shane Degney: head instructor of Seishin Zenryoku (my instructor), he is extremely dedicated to our club and puts his all into helping his students, he has a great martial arts philosophy and an ability to get the best out of people (the standard of his students is extremely high).

· Sensei Masataka Mori: head instructor of JKA in NY who I trained with during my 2yrs in NY, I loved the tradition he maintains in his dojo, his strict discipline and constant strive to help students reach perfection in their techniques.

· Sensei Mas Oyama: founder of Kyokushin karate – he had an incredible spiritual discipline and practised intense training.  He also did a lot for martial arts, travelling to many countries to share his knowledge and develop his style.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
Win Champion of Champions again
To make the top 8 in Kata at Nationals

3. NAS Official Profile

NAME: Michael Mostyn

STYLE: KenshinKan International Karate

How long have you trained? 15 Years

Where do you train? Forest Lake Dojo with Shihan Aussie 'Ian' Pape

How long have you been involved with the NAS? 4 years

What made you become an NAS Official? I was asked if I would like to get involved initially and although it was a little daunting at first I really enjoy it. All the officials involved feel the same and are a great bunch of people and fellow Martial Artists. Being an official and attending the seminars gives you a great perspective on the facets of the game. As Mr. Casey says "It's a game" and like all games in order to be successful we need to know how it's played and adapt to the game not the game adapt to us. What better way to understand than to get involved.

What level are you with the NAS? Level 2

What are your future goals in the NAS? I've begun centre refereeing so as my skill set and confidence increases with this role I would like to take on more responsibility. I would also like to go to different clubs to explain and demonstrate the rules as this would really help them get a grasp of the game and understand who we are.

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