Rd 1 Queensland 24th March 2013

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Queensland round one got off to a great start! Queensland returned from the 2012 National championship triumphant, taking out Champion State…congratulations all competitors, coaches and families who travelled to Melbourne for a fantastic weekend of competition…everyone did their State very proud…Go Queensland!

With excellent numbers of competitors traveling from as far away as Texas, Rockhampton, 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

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Mr. James Casey NAS President welcomed everyone to round one and invited all Queensland coaches who attended 2012 National in Melbourne to come to the front and the Presidents cup was handed to them to hold high in the air, all applauded congratulating the Queensland team and coaches for their success at the Nationals.

First up in the morning, male black belt open forms competition was in full swing, the standard was very high Khai Tran – Seishin Ryu Karate Do won the decision from all judges to take first place with Steven Taylor - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate second place, third place Craig Knott.

Spectators where entertained with some excellent martial arts by all participants in this division. Male black belt open points sparring finals Khai Tran – Seishin Ryu Karate Do was too classy on the day out scoring his opponents and taking out first place, a spirited second going to Bill Free – GKR, third place Steven Taylor - Seishin Zen Ryoku.

Male veteran point sparring was another keenly fought division, however the finals saw Bill Free - GKR came up against Minoru Yamasaki - WSKF both these guys demonstrated amazing stamina with neither backing down. Towards the end of the match, Bill lunged forward with a reverse punch getting the judges points and the match.

Demonstrations also saw some fine performances in the demos, traditional and creative weaponry. Senior Demo/Creative weaponry was taken out by Karen Young - Seishin Zen Ryoku second place going to Bill Free GKR. In the junior division KenshinKan took out first place, second place going to Phoenix Arts.

Stand-outs in the 8-9 yrs (10th to 6th Kyu) final saw Jackson Wiltshire - Seishin Zen Ryoku come up against Keegan Prins – Shiro Ryu Kan M/A. Right from the bell Jackson put the pressure on Keegan with quick explosive reverse punches to pull away on points and take the match

The female black belt-open division where among the highlights of the day, Female Black belt forms was taken out by Kristel Suess - GKR with a polished performance, second place Karen Young – Seishin Zen Ryoku & third place going to Kristina Smith - GKR

Female continuous sparring final was hotly contested; Nicki Kennedy KenshinKan was relentless in her attack against Felicia Burgess – Bonsai Karate. Not to be denied towards the end of the match Felicia fought back with some excellent combinations, bell went it was a draw…both girls went into a sudden death round, Nicki the more experienced competitor settled down and picked her shots and pulled away out scoring her opponent and taking the match

We wish to personally thank all competitors, parents, coaches for an outstanding day of sportsmanship and to all officials, congratulations for a great day of officiating. We look forward to seeing everyone at round two on the Gold Coast, Carrara Sports Stadium. 19th May….. Special thanks to Caroline Soner for photographs taken on the day

Enquiries from new clubs wishing to compete with the NAS Queensland, phone Mr. James Casey on 0402 695 717. Look forward to hearing from you.

1. NAS Official Profile

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INSTRUCTOR NAME:
Mark Stone

STYLE: Seishin Zenryoku Karate – Redlands Martial Arts Academy a club that is a traditional Shotokan Karate based club.

How long have you trained? 18 years started when I was eleven under the instruction of Sensei Shane Degney who is still my instructor.

Location of club & nights you train?
Thornlands - Primary School Hall 30 minutes southeast of Brisbane CBD. Train three times a week.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
Started competing in 2002 and became an official last year.

What made you become an NAS Official?

I have been officiating at different tournaments mainly Shotokan tournaments during the years and really enjoy it. When Mr. Jim Casey invited me along to a seminar and I saw the professionalism of the ARB it was really encouraging and thought it was something that I would like to be involved in.

What level are you with the NAS?
Level two at present.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I still enjoy competing and wish to continue doing so and obviously winning a National Title and even a Champion of Champions Belt as my sister Karen did in 2005 is still definitely a goal. But if I fall short of this goal the next best thing would be officiating in the Champions of Champions final you cannot get a better position than right there in the middle and tensions are always high, it would certainly be a great experience.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile

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NAME:
Nicki Kennedy

STYLE: KenshinKan International Karate

How long have you trained?
I have been training for 18 years, three nights a week….. My rank is San Dan

Where do you train?
I train at Honbu in Burleigh Heads Queensland.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I enjoy competing against other competitors and martial art styles.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
My Best moment would have to be winning the women’s black belt middleweight division at the NAS Nationals in 2008,2010, 2011 & 2012 and making the finals for Champion of Champion for the past three years

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
My favourite technique in competition would be Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick).

Favourite martial artist...
I would have to say my favourite martial artist that I look up to and who inspires me in my karate is my teacher, Kancho Jim Casey.

3. Club/Organisation – Profile

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INSTRUCTOR NAME:
Petrus van der walt

STYLE:
Shotokan (JKA Japan Karate ASS)

How long have you trained?
I have been training continuously for 39 years

Location of club & nights you train?
I have three clubs Logan central, Beenleigh (Windaroo State valley high) Mondays and Wednesdays 7.00 to 8.30 pm Gold Coast (Runaway Community Centre) Tuesdays 6.30 to 8.00

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
In 1994 upon arriving in Australia from South Africa I was introduced to NAS through MR James Casey My students entered and later I did winning a few state titles and coming second in Perth(1996 Veterans 35 years )and winning in 1997 (Veterans. Gold Coast)

What do you like about the NAS competition?
I like NAS because I must keep teaching my students different techniques to combat the different forms of martial arts they come upon.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition…..
Sherry Bower Women’s open black Forms and Points Sparring Karra Evans Girls Brown black belts 12year olds points Sparring Elaine De Klerk continuous sparring and points sparring To name a few

What are your future goals for your organisation?
To introduce more kids to martial arts

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5. Download Tournament Points

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