Rd3 Queensland 26th June 2011

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Round 3 Queensland NAS attracted 240 competitors, despite a flu epidemic that led to numerous late scratching from the field. Even six of the umpires were sidelined by the virus. Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast was a buzz of excitement with anticipation of the day's competition. Queensland NAS saw an incredible response from both near and far with many new styles attending for the first time.

All divisions where in full swing after official bow-in... Veterans divisions were up first with some excellent standouts, Brett O'Driscoll, Success Martial Arts came up against Johan Lourens GKR, both competitors demonstrated amazing stamina with neither backing down, towards the end of the match Brett moved ahead on points scoring with good front kicks followed up by reverse punches giving him the match

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Veteran's form was another highlight of the morning with some excellent performances. In first place Gary Edwards, Shito Ryu Redlands Karate with a polished performance and receiving excellent scores from all three judges, second place Bill Free of GKR

The female black belt-open division, first up was forms competition it was an all GKR victory, first place going to Jessica Lomax, runner-up team mate Elizabeth Osborne. Finals of point sparring saw Karen Stone, Seishin Zen Ryoku, come up against Rebecca Rogers KenshinKan. Karen started the fight hard and fast scoring with some quick reverse punches to take the lead, Rebecca fought back scoring with a front kick followed by a reverse punch. As the match progressed Karen out scored her opponent pulling away on points taking first place

The pace continued, demonstration and weaponry were in full swing... Standouts in the junior weaponry Ethan Airs, Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate outclass his opponents with a fine performance taking out first place; coming in second was team mate Gabriel Soner. Junior demonstration was taken out by Mitchell Williamson CLJ Wushu & Tai Chi winning the applause of the audience

Finals of the pee wee division saw a David and goliaths tussle, these kids where pumped-up and couldn't wait to show their talent to all at ring side. Mathew Sexton, KenshinKan Karate came up against Dominic Toth, GKR...Matthew's speed and agility with quick combinations saw him take the match, gallant 2nd Dominic.

The 7 – 9 year continuous final was a heart stopper. Phoebe Mechler Freestyle Kung fu used the ring to her advantage scoring with quick, fast combinations, Calum Dockney of Seishin Zen Ryoku meet the challenge scoring with some excellent spinning kicks and hand combinations. The bell went, the judges gave their scores, Phoebe took the match out on a split decision second place going to Calum.

Congratulations must go to all our officials for an outstanding day of officiating and to Mr William Rogers and Aussie Pape Queensland Technical Director's, congratulations to all officials and staff for an outstanding day of officiating. We look forward to seeing every body at the Queensland Round 4 at the Carrara Sports Stadium. Please remember this will be your last chance to qualify for invitation to the QLD State Championships...Any new martial art school wishing to come on board the NAS circuit please contact Mr James Casey 0402 695 717

Special thanks to Caroline Soner for photographs from the day of competition

Yours in martial arts

1. Competitor – Profile

qldrd3-11-pic9cNAME: Rebecca Rogers

STYLE: KenshinKan Karate

How long have you trained? I have trained for 19 Years

Where do you train? KenshinKan Karate Honbu – Burleigh Heads where we train three nights a week.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
It is always interesting to see different forms of Martial Arts. NAS brings many of these forms together and I enjoy competing against these competitors. Also building a friendship and sharing experiences from our training and styles.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Travelling to Canada as part of the Australian Team for the 1996 WASO World Titles.Winning the 2004 Heavy Weight Points division giving me the opportunity to fight for the Champion of Champions.It is also great to be able to travel all around Australia competing at the NAS National championships at the end of each year.

Have you a favorite technique in competition?
I thoroughly enjoy the continuous fighting with my favorite technique being Momo Geri (Lower thigh kick).

Favorite martial artist...
Along with my Instructor Kancho James Casey who has been the person to pushed me over the years to reach my full potential, I was taught to look up to Mas Oyama and his teachings

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To continue competing in NAS and to become the 2011 National Champion in the Women's Continuous.

2. NAS Official Profile

qldrd3-11-pic9dNAME: Matthew Rogers

STYLE: KenshinKan Karate

How long have you trained?
I have trained for the past 20 years

Where do you train?
I train at our Honbu dojo at Burleigh Heads RSL, Gold Coast, Queensland. Work permitting I train three nights a week

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I have been involved with the NAS over the past 16 years, starting competing when I was very young.

What made you become an NAS Official?
After competing for so many years in the NAS I decided to step up to the next level and learn the other side of the tournament.

What level are you with the NAS? Coming up to level 1

What are your future goals in the NAS?
My Future goals in the NAS would be to become and centre referee. Going even further from that would to be being of a high standard as a centre referee to be able to judge/referee a senior black belt event at the NAS National Titles.

3. Club/Organisation – Profile

qldrd3-11-pic9bINSTRUCTOR NAME: Kyoshi Toko

STYLE: Ikama Academy of Martial Arts

How long have you trained? 40 Years

Location of club & nights you train?

Yugambeh Community Centre
Tues 5.30pm-7.00pm
Wed & Thurs 6-00pm-7-00pm

Kyoshi how did you find out about the NAS competition?
My students competed approximately 15 years ago with good results. For the students that competed recently it was their first introduction to Karate Tournaments. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day and

look forward to competing again.

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition
The refereeing and judging on the day was well organized.

Many thanks to you and your wife for running such a wonderful day Osu

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

Hope Toko       Tom Tom Morgan       Brooke Warena        Willie Colenso                Dallas Brown         Keisharn Brown     Trae Ahomiro         Ztarr Ohlson                      Chase Warena        Kayla Dennis       Jai Dennis

What are your future goals for your organisation?
To promote Ikama Academy of Martial Arts in Australia and NZ

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