Rd1 Queensland 23rd March 2014

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Great fun was had by all!

 

Queensland round one got off to a great start for the season with excellent numbers of competitors traveling from as far away as Texas, Townsville, Toowoomba, Brisbane, North Coast and as far south as Lismore. Approximately 31 martial art schools turned up for an action packed day of competition at Carrara Indoor Sports stadium, Gold Coast.

NAS President Mr. James Casey welcomed all attending and congratulated the QLD State team who travelled to Sydney for the 2013 Nationals. Simply awesome, you all did your State and clubs proud…NAS Champion State 3 years in a row fantastic effort! To all competitors and QLD Coaches, Mums and Dads who travelled to support their loved ones we can’t thank you enough for your support.

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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…

 

The morning’s competition kicked off to a great start. Male black belt open forms competition was in full swing, the standard was very high. Steven Taylor - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate won the decision from all judges to take first place with Christopher Drummond – GKR in second place and Bill Free – GKR in third.

Spectators where entertained with some excellent martial arts from the male black belt point sparring final. Taking out first place with a determined, spirited round & pulling away on points Steven Taylor – Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate, second place Christopher Drummond – GKR & third place Martyn Fleming – Bonsai Karate

Pee wee’s final 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 Scarlet Yaolosky - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate, second place going to Masashi Tetsuo – KenshinKan in third place Samantha Densmore - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate

Junior traditional weaponry division had good number of competitors; the standard was very high, in first place Domonik Lowe – Loong Fu Pai QLD, runner- up Curtis Reck – Bubishi Martial Arts and third place going to Raushan Lala Seishin Zen Ryoku. Final of demo/creative weapons was another division that was hotly contested with some polished performances. First place going to Domonik Lowe – Loong Fu Pai QLD, second place going to Team KenshinKan and third place to Team ATA Martial Arts

Continuous sparring 10 to 11 yrs female finals was taken out by Bethany Morris Seishin Zen Ryoku, second place Jasmine Bacon – KenshinKan & third place going to Ann-Margaret Truasheim - KenshinKan in the boy’s finals had Stephen Williams –KenshinKan Karate too strong on the day defeating team mate Alec Webster and third place going to Jackson Wiltshire – Seishin Zen Ryoku

14 to 15 years (5th Kyu to Blackbelt) was another hotly contested event with Katelyn Webster - KenshinKan taking out the forms competition, runner up Jake Crimmins – Success Martial Arts, third place going to Gabriel Torto – GKR. Female Point sparring was taken out by Emily Graydon – ATA Martial Art, second place went to Katelyn Webster - KenshinKan and in third place was Samantha Ellis – ATA Martial Arts …there where many other standouts and congratulations to all the junior competitors, you did your club and family proud

Male novice continuous sparring division saw big numbers of competitors attending round 1. Their spirit and determination was obvious as they tried to out-physic each other before and during the match. Taking out first place Joshua Bigwood – KenshinKan, second place going to André Liu and third place going to Kyle Osbourne - KenshinKan

To all Referees and Judges & staff we thank you for your support in making this day such 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 2 on the 1st June on the Gold Coast; it’s going to be a big one!

Special thanks to Caroline Soner for supplying photos to the NAS

 

Club/Organisation – Profile  pic2

 

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Sensei Phil Dawson

STYLE: Shotokan

How long have you trained? 20 years

Location of club & nights you train?  

Monday: Kids Class 3.45pm to 5.00pm - Senior Class 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Tuesday: Open Class - 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Thursday: Open Class - 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Location: St Bernardines - Sienna Hall, St Bernardines Catholic School 25 Vergulde Rd, REGENTS PARK 4118

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

I first competed in NAS with my previous club that I was training with many years ago.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

We enjoy the support, sportsmanship and the opportunity that NAS gives our students to showcase their skills. NAS is a fabulous arena for clubs to come together, allowing us to appreciate various styles and skill levels. I do have to say one of the highlights for me in regards to NAS is observing the support given to competitors from not only members of their own club but from complete strangers, especially the encouragement given to the first timers or our little competitors.

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

Below is a list of a few of our current competitors from round 1:

Kristel Suess – 1st Traditional Weapons Kata. 1st Womens Black Belt Kata

Trinity Dawson – 1st Kata PEE WEES

Lynn Challen – 2nd Womens Novice Kata. 2nd Womens Novice Kumite

Paul Clancy – 3rd Advanced Male Kata 

What are your future goals for your organisation? 

"Tetsuya" means = Devotion & Philosophy

Tetsuya Karate Do is family owned and operated with the aim to pass along the timeless tradition of Martial Arts to those willing to embark on a journey of learning and self-discovery. Being family owned and operated we have a very strong awareness of the pressures of living costs. As sports for both adults and children it is very important for social interaction and also very important for playing its part in living an active and healthy lifestyle. With this in mind we have structured our business with keeping costs low without affecting the quality of training that is delivered. Our future plans are to continue the personalised training we offer to all of our students, as we are very passionate in ensuring that all students feel like a part of the Tetsuya family. We have launched a formal instructors training program for our future instructors, allowing us to make certain that students of our future locations will be provided with the very best qualified instructors that we can produce, protecting the style we teach by having continuity across all instructors. Our biggest goal for the future: Is to continue sharing our passion of martial arts with as many people as possible.

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NAME: Samantha Palmer

 

STYLE: Go Kan Ryu Karate Do

 

How long have you trained? 16 years

 

Where and or how often do you train? I train three times per week in karate in Brisbane, Albany Creek, Carindale and Taigum.

 

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition? I like the variety of competition available- I can compete against people from any number of styles and have to adapt my fighting style accordingly. It provides me with a different type of challenge to the GKR tournaments.

 

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? Winning Women’s Champion Of Champions for the third time straight in 2009. 

 

Have you a favorite technique in competition? I am very karate focused, so I like using my lunge reverse combination, but at NAS, I am trying to vary it up with implementing more kicks into my repertoire.

 

Favorite martial artist...Jackie Chan- I love his old movies and the fight scenes in them- The Drunken Master, The Young Master, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, and even some of his more recent films. But I also love Jean Claude Van Damme, mostly for his fitness and physique in Kick boxer and Bloodsport.

 

What are your future goals in the NAS? As long as it fits around my work schedule, I plan on competing at least once more before the states, then the States and Nationals. That’s if I can get away to Melbourne at that time. It would be nice to try for a fourth Champions of Champions title. I know Sensei Slava, my State Team Coach, has already hinted at it!

 

 

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NAME: Jeff Haywood

 

STYLE: Seishin Ryu Karate-Do

 

How long have you trained? 14 years and have reached the level of 2nd Dan

 

Where do you train? I train twice a week at Jamboree Heights and Camira in Queensland

 

How long have you been involved with the NAS? I started my involvement with NAS as a competitor in 2000 and competed for 5 years. I decided to return to NAS in 2011 as a judge

 

What made you become an NAS Official I’ve refereed and judged with a previous Karate Style for 5 years or so and progressed to the highest level I could attain as a black belt. I’ve also refereed soccer matches at all levels for over ten years. I was encouraged by a very good friend and my instructor, Ettore Senatore, to become part of the NAS Refereeing and Judging team because of my refereeing and martial arts experience. It didn’t take much to convince me to join – so here I am

 

What level are you with the NAS? I’m level 2

 

What are your future goals in the NAS? I like challenges so I would like to progress up the levels and take on the additional responsibilities that go with every level. Each time I referee or judge, I always aim to improve the speed and accuracy of my decisions – the competitors deserve no less from any official.

 

 

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