Rd2 Queensland - 1st June 2014

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 Action, passion and grit, rule the day!

 

 Martial Art schools from all over Southeast Queensland and Northern NSW converged on the Gold Coast, Carrara Sports Indoor Stadium for a day of non stop action. 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 debriefed regarding the day’s events prior to official bow-in. The Queensland Director Mr. James Casey welcomed all competitors, coaches and spectators, wishing them luck for the day

 

 

Contestants were pumped-up and ready for action!  

Male black belt forms was in full swing with some excellent performances, taking out first place Khai Tran-Seishin-Ryu Karate Do, 2nd place Christopher Drummond - GKR, 3rd place David Hickman- Seishin-Ryu Karate Do . Spectators where entertained with excellent fighting and sportsmanship from the male black belt point sparring final. Khai Tran – Seishin-Ryu Karate Do came up against Brett O’Driscoll – Success Martial Arts, this was a very fiery match with both men being cautioned to control their contact, Khai began to find his mark and score with some excellent high kicks to take the lead and the match  

Veteran’s forms division was also well represented with excellent displays of strength and intensity from all attending. This was an all GKR victory, 1st place going to Slava Komzik, 2nd place to Bill Free and in 3rd place Elaine Christensen. Point sparring female finals saw Deborah Lindsay – Success Martial Arts, 2nd place going to Julie Ann Bell – Bubishi Martial Arts in 3rd place Sylvia Sanjurjo – Seishin Ryu Karate Do. Men’s finals saw Jeff Smith coming in 1st place to team mate Brett O’Driscoll – Success Martial Arts with Bill Free GKR in 3rd place    

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Demonstrations and weaponry where among the highlights of the morning, senior traditional weaponry had some polished performances, Kristel Suess – Tetsuya Karate taking out first place with an excellent karma kata, runner up Kahlia Smith – Bubishi Martial Arts. Junior demonstration saw some excellent demonstrations and standouts, taking 1st Team KenshinKan with a synchronised kata/form, 2nd place going to Domonik Lowe – Dragon Dojang Jimboomba, 3rd place Team GKR

The pace picked up with the continuous sparring, these divisions really test style against style where they come up against Karate, Kung fu, Tai Kwon Do, Free style just to mention a few to see who comes out the best on the day. Junior 7 to 9 years kept Mums, Dads & Referees on the ball with their fast pace and enthusiasm, taking out 1st place Rachel Taylor-Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate, runner up Chicaine Williams - KenshinKan Karate 

Women’s advance division final saw Julie Ann Bell, Bubishi Martial Arts come up against Tia Butler – Seishin Ryu Karate. Right from the bell both ladies exchanged fast scoring techniques, halfway through the match the scores were even, Julie found her mark scoring the winning point to take the match, 3rd place going to Melissa Tebble - Seishin Ryu Karate 

We wish to thank all attending clubs and families for making this day a great success and look forward to seeing you al at round 3, Sunday 13th July on the Gold Coast. 

Special thanks to all the officials & staff for an outstanding day of officiating. Thank you to Qld Technical Director Mr. William Rogers and Senior table official Mrs. Caroline Kennedy. Many thanks to Caroline Soner for supplying action photos 

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 13 July

 

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NAME: Nicki (Kennedy) Hodkinson

STYLE: KenshinKan International Karate

How long have you trained?

I have been training for 19 years, three nights a week….. My rank is San Dan 

Where do you train?

I train under Kancho James Casey at Honbu in Burleigh Heads Gold Coast Queensland.  

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?  

I enjoy competing against other competitors and martial art styles.  

Nicki what is your 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 & 2013 and finally taking out the Female Champion of Champion’s  

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.  

What are your future goals in the NAS?  

My goals are to keep improving in all areas of competition and be consistent in achieving my best in the NAS competition and defending my Champion of Champion crown in 2014

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NAME: Richard Nicholls 

STYLE: Chinese Internal Martial Arts – Tai Ji and Xing I plus Shaolin Long Fist 

How long have you trained?

Since Mid 1980’s with Sifu David Yuen and Since 1992 to present with the Traditional School of Chinese Martial Arts under the guidance of Master Ian Lee and Sifus Jason King, Ian Taggart, and Keven The 

Where do you train? 

Monday and Friday nights at the MacGregor State High School

Sunday night at Bardon Community Centre 

How long have you been involved with the NAS? 

I began competing from 1996 in veterans’ and black belt divisions, and commenced officiating in 2000. I have just this year got back into competing 

What made you become an NAS Official? 

I went to a seminar one Friday night and have remained ever since, I was impressed with the professionalism and positive support for each member other, and understanding and knowledge of the many styles in the world of martial arts 

What level are you with the NAS? 

I am 3rd Level NAS Referee/Judge and 2nd Level WASO Referee/Judge 

What are your future goals in the NAS?

 To continue officiating as long as possible and promote the positive, unbiased, supportive ideals and culture of NAS  

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