Rd2 Queensland 8th May 2011

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28 different martial art schools attended round two at Carrara Sports Stadium with over 180 competitors from all over Southeast Queensland. There was a buzz of excitement with teams getting together warming-up, going over strategies with their coaches and over-coming nerves prior to competition

Instructors, coaches and officials were briefed regarding the day's event prior to official bow-in. The Queensland Director Mr. James Casey welcomed all competitors, coaches and spectators, wishing them luck for the day.

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Highlights of the day's competition, first up in the morning, little pockets of dynamite!

Pee Wee's divisions where among the biggest divisions of the day with parents and grandparents giving their total support... fighting out the finals was Jackson Teale, Freestyle Kung Fu came up against Matthew Sexton, KenshinKan Karate. Right from the bell both boys exploded from their corners exchanging kicks and punches, this was a nail biter and was to go right to the bell...end of bout Jackson having the most points took home first place, runner up Matthew Sexton to the applauds of all attending parents/ supporters. Another stand out match in the junior divisions was the 14 to 15 years male point sparring final; Jordan Mewett ZDK Kaos M/A was too quick and sharp on the day defeating a gallant Spenser Murray, Shaolin Long Fist K/F

Demonstrations traditional weaponry where among the highlights of the day, senior traditional weaponry had some polished performances, Kristel Suess, Go Kan Ryu was just too good on the day for Steven Taylor, Seishin Zen Ryoku who took second place...Junior traditional weaponry was taken out by team mates Shannon French in first place and William St Baker both from Seishin Zen Ryoku. A junior demo/creative weapon was taken out by team KenshinKan. Congratulations must also go to all the other competitors who competed in this division, it was a hard one for the judges

Male's black belt division was a real heated affair with competitors being warned in the preliminary rounds for excessive contact; final of the point sparring Jason Parker Institute of Modern TDK came up against Ronald Paganin Shito Ryu Kan M/A...both guys began the match cautiously with Ronald landing a couple of good scoring techniques to the body to take first points, however Jason began finding his mark and scoring a number of two point combinations with excellent control kicking techniques to the head and as the match progressed Jason proved too strong on the day taking out first place. Male black belt forms was taken out by Matthew Rogers, KenshinKan Karate with an excellent performance, runner up Steven Taylor, Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate

Finals of the female black belt point sparring saw two past NAS Champion of Champions. Pania Casey Williams, KenshinKan and Karen Stone, Seishin Zen Ryoku...both have fought each other on many occasions. The bout began fast a furious with both girls using the ring looking for an opening to score. Pania scored first points not to be denied Karen came back with her own game plan scoring with front kicks. Through out the match they went point for point neither giving an inch, with seconds left Pania scored with a reverse punch to take the match. All competitors and spectators applauded both these champions for their fighting ability and good sportsmanship. Female black belt forms was taken out by Pania Casey Williams, KenshinKan Karate runner up Kristel Suess Go Kan Ryu

Congratulations must also go to all the officials & staff for an outstanding day of officiating. Special thanks to Qld Technical Director Mr. William Rogers/ Mr Ian Pape and Senior table official Mrs. Caroline Kennedy. Note! Many thanks to Caroline Soner for action photo's.

Martial art schools wishing to get on board the NAS competition – contact QLD State Director, James Casey on 0402 695 717. Look forward to seeing everybody at round 3 on the Gold Coast 26th June,

1. qldrd2-11-pic9cClub/Organisation – Profile

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Dai Sempai Deborah Deves.

STYLE: Loong Fu Pai QLD

How long have you trained? 16 years

Location of club & nights you train?
Jimboomba Queensland. Morning classes from 9.30am to 10.30am and Night Classes from 4.00pm to 6pm for Kids with Senior Classes form 6.30pm to 7.30pm Monday to Thursday.

Ben how did you find out about the NAS competition?

With Loong Fu Pai Headquarters in Melbourne we have had a long association with the National All Styles Tournaments and gladly continue out association in Queensland.

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition
I like that the tournaments are open to a wide range of styles but are very evently judged. I also appreciate that questions are welcome.

Name some up & coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
We have Sempai Lani Deves who has always managed to make her mark at the NAS Tournaments as well as in Melbourne LFP tournaments, and Jayden Brisbane and Tanisha Anthony from our Mascots who had recently competed interstate at a LFP tournament and did remarkably well.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
With LFP QLD being the first Loong Fu Pai club out of Melbourne we hope that the success of our club will allow for senior members to spread the style out further as they move and grow as Martial Artists. We have been operating for 6 years now and have grown to have a fantastic group of Students and Parents.

2. qldrd2-11-pic9dCompetitor – Profile

NAME: Kristel Suess

STYLE: GKR Karate

How long have you trained? 15 years

Where do you train? Belmont, Brisbane, QLD

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I have been competing in NAS for 13 years now, and I have enjoyed every moment.   The atmosphere is wonderful, the judges and referee's show a high level of respect for all martial artists and the judging is always based on your ability not what style or club you belong to. Each tournament is an opportunity to grow and learn as both martial artists and a person and a special camaraderie exists between all the competitors.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
There are so many great memories and moments over the years that I could not choose a favourite. From the excitement of my first NAS tournament, to winning my first world title at WASO in 2000. Another was winning the Weaponry title at the 2005 Nationals; weaponry is a favourite event of mine. I have also enjoyed watching my students achieve many goals and titles over the years and cheering on my teammates. It is also fantastic to watch kids who were competing in pee wee's when I started out coming through as top open black belt competitors and referee's and judges, to see them grow into wonderful young men and women with the confidence they have gained through years of competing in NAS.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
A snap front kick off the front leg is a favourite of mine.

Favourite martial artist...
An instructor I have for many years Sensei Tyrone Coates. He lit a fire inside me that can never be extinguished.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I hope to continue competing for many years to come, and to continue to enjoy every moment. The key to success is of course to always love what you do!

3. qldrd2-11-pic9eNAS Official Profile

NAME: Luke Baericke

STYLE: I train in karate the name of my club is KenshinKan International Karate.

How long have you trained?
I have been training for 8 years with KenshinKan, our younger brother started training and then myself and our two sisters. We trained together with Kancho James Casey up till a year age, the girls have gone onto other things leaving Adam and myself still enjoying our martial arts and know going onto other aspects such as judging at the NAS which I enjoy and am improving in at each event.

Where do you train?
I train at the RSL hall, 6th Avenue, Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I have been involved with the NAS for 7 years mostly in the capacity of competitor and this past year and a half, first as a table official and know an NAS judge.

What made you become an NAS Official?
I wanted to know what it was like being on the other end of the calls made within the events. I was also a referee for junior rugby league so I knew a little of what was to be expected.

What level are you with the NAS? Level 1.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
My future goals in the NAS are; to become better at judging the events and to become the first junior national judge in Australia for the NAS

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