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Big numbers of competitors from all over South East Queensland turned up for a day of great competition with competitors, clubs/ schools out to qualify for invitation to the QLD State titles in October and the opportunity to represent QLD at the up-coming National, Melbourne 1st & 2nd of December.

The morning kicked off early with male black belt open forms competition with some excellent performances. Results: Male division, Khai Tran – Seishin Ryu Karate Do, gave a polished performance taking out 1st place, runner up Stephen Taylor Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate. Point sparring final saw Delio Senatore Seishin-Ryu Karate last years champion of champion in fine form out scoring his team mate Khai Tran. Both men will be hot contenders for the 2012 National title.

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Veterans divisions have had huge support this year from Senior Instructors and competitors competing in this event and they still have what it takes to keep some of the younger guy's on their toes. Kerry McEvoy - Independent came up against Brett O'Driscoll Success M/A. Kerry proved too strong on the day taking out first place outscoring his opponent with some fine hand and leg combinations. Finals of the female point sparring was taken out by Julie-Ann Bell, Bubishi M/A runner up Annie Borradale, GKR.

Junior demonstration event had big numbers of competitors with some excellent stand-outs winning the applause from all attending. Junior traditional weaponry was taken out by Ethan's Airs, Seishin Zen Ryoku runner-up team mate William St Baker. Demo/Creative weapons was taken out by Ethan Airs, runner-up Indy Larsen Phoenix Arts

Senior weaponry Kristel Suess-GKR, gave a dazzling performance demonstrating her skills with Tonfa taking out first place. Runner-up Steven Taylor- Seishin Zen Ryoku with a bow demonstration.

Continuous Sparring finals, female 12 – 14 years division, young bomb-shell Cassidy Hooson KenshinKan International Karate came up against Taneesha Gray- JKA Shotokan Karate. This was a fiery match with both competitors pushing each other to the limit; however Cassidy was just too good on the day scoring with excellent combinations and spinning kicks to take out the match.

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. Keenan Krahl - DAMASHII came up against Jasper McKinless-Seishin Zen Ryoku...Keenan's speed and agility with quick combinations saw him take the match, gallant 2nd Jasper.

7 – 9 year continuous final was a heart stopper. Stephen Williams-KenshinKan Karate used the ring to his advantage scoring with quick, fast combinations, team mate Alec Webster meet the challenge scoring with some excellent spinning kicks and hand combinations. The bell went, the judges gave their scores and Stephen took the match out on a split decision second place going to Alec

Male 14 – 15 year's (5th Kyu to Black Belt) finals kept all the parents and Officials on their toes with big numbers of competitors, round by round they where eliminated with mixed feelings. In the final Brodie Robinson DAMASHII and Jake Noble – Success M/A...talk about a nail biter, this match had everything, excellent ring craft, spectacular kicking combinations even warnings issued for contact. Eventual winner Brodie Robinson

In one of the biggest up-set's of the day Shannon French-Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate competing in the women black belt open for her first year put all on notice, she is a force to be reckoned with, out scoring some of Australia's most talented female fighters to take first place, runner up Rebecca Rogers – KenshinKan Karate. Final female advanced continuous sparring first place taken out by Nicki Kennedy, team mate Rebecca Rogers runner-up.

Special thanks to all coaches, instructors, spectators for a great day of competition and sportsmanship and to all our staff and officials thank you all for your dedication and loyalty to the NAS, special thanks to Queensland Technical Director William Rogers and head table official Caroline Kennedy. Photo's supplied by Caroline Soner

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Queensland State titles held on the Gold Coast 21st October 2012

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

qldrd4-12-pic9iINSTRUCTOR NAME: Mark McFadden and Jon Ellis

STYLE: Kyokushin Karate

How long have you trained?
Both Jon and Mark McFadden have been training for over twenty years. Jon commenced training when he was about 8 and Mark McFadden when he was 20. Jon achieved great success in semi contact kumite tournaments winning many Australian and State titles. Mark competed in Kyokushin full contact tournaments throughout the 1980's.

In addition to Kyokushin both Jon and Mark have trained in Okinawa under Hokama Tettsuhiro 10th Dan Goju-Ryu Kenshi Kai one of Okinawa's leading exponents of Goju Ryu Karate and also Kobudo.

Location of club & nights you train?
Our main dojo is in 2/31 Centenary Drive, Goonellabah NSW and we train Tuesday and Thursday nights, with Sunday mornings for Kobudo. In Ballina we run Children' only classes at the North Lakes Community Centre under Sempai Di Turner.

How did you find out about the NAS competition? We have known about NAS for many years. Sempai Jon used to compete in them

What do you like about the NAS competition?
It gives our students goals and challenges to aim for. Not all our students can or want to compete in the Kyokushin full contact tournaments. The NAS gives them a competitive outlet. The NAS also enables the kids to get into a competition as well.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Di Turner, Trish Tan and Genevieve Moller all achieved places in the NAS Australian Championships last year. Di has focused on gaining her Shodan this year, Trish and Gen have achieved firsts and thirds in Continuous and point sparring in the most recent round of NAS.

The latest round in Carrara was a first time for the rest of our students.

Of these Jeremy Grey gained first place in Continuous sparring. Brittany Turner gained a third in Sparring, Ben Brady a third in Kata

Jack, Hannah, Taj Walker, Zac Magri, Jackson Campbell, Sebastian Moller, Sarah Moller, made up the rest of the team

What are your future goals for your organisation?
Grow our students both in numbers, and in their skills

2. Competitor – Profile

qldrd4-12-pic9jNAME: Shannon French

STYLE: Seishin Zenryoku

How long have you trained? I have been training for 11 and a half years.

Where do you train? I train under Shihan Shane Degney at Redlands Martial Arts Academy in Cleveland.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I enjoy competing against people from a variety of different martial art styles, as well as other karate schools. I also like that it gives the children an opportunity to compete in a safe and friendly environment.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
In 2007 I was on the junior Queensland sparring team and we got first for state vs state. The atmosphere was incredible and the team spirt was really amazing. We had five girls from five different clubs, and all of our clubs and coaches were supporting us all throughout the whole event.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
In a competition, my favourite technique would have to be either a reverse punch or a side kick. Side kicks are an effective way to use your distance and score, and reverse punches are effective for a block and counter technique.

Favourite martial artist...
My favourite martial artist is a tie between two of the black belts at my club. Firstly, Shihan Shane Degney is the best coach anyone could have. He has a high standard for his students and expects a lot, however in return we have the honor of training under a truly magnificent martial artist who knows his students ability better than anyone else. Secondly, Sensei Karen Young is a truly inspirational martial artist. She has achieved so much in her martial arts career and train exceptionally hard. I would count myself lucky to be half the martial artist that either of them are.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
Eventually, I would like to be one of the champion of champions. For now however, I am happy to, at the least, give the other women a challenge when I fight them.

3. NAS Official Profile

qldrd4-12-pic9kNAME: Ettore Senatore

STYLE: Seishin-Ryu Karate-Do Australia

How long have you trained/ Rank achieved? I have trained for 16 years. My ranking is 4th Dan, Chief Instructor

Where do you train? I train in Brisbane on Wednesday and Fridays. Other days I Instruct.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
13 years ago I started competing and am now a centre referee at Queensland NAS tournaments. I have the honour of centre referring at NAS Australian tournaments as well.

What made you become an NAS Official? To officiate all different styles

What level are you with the NAS? Level 4

What are your future goals in the NAS?
Secondly to be a good example to new NAS officials by showing fair and honest judging and refereeing
Third and most important to make new friends and share my experience.
My future goals in the NAS are three fold first is to achieve the highest level of accreditation.

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