Highlights of the day’s State championship!
The day begins with the Male black belt divisions being our first division of the morning with some real standouts. Male black belt forms Jaimie Singh (Seishin-Ruy Karate) won the scores from all judges with a fine form/kata to take 1st place, 2nd place going to Mark Stone (RMMA Shotokan), 3rd place Mikey Fleming (Bonsai Karate). Male black belt point sparring final was a heated affair with Mark Stone (RMMA) coming up against a much smaller opponent Jaimie Singh (Seishin-Ruy Karate). Both fighters exchanged good combinations during the bout scoring points from the judges, midway through the match Jaimie used his speed and agility to his advantage outscoring Mark to take 1st place, 3rd place Carl Arganda (Black Eagle Arnis)
Veteran’s division was another early morning division also with some fine performances. Taking out forms division was Bill Free (GKR), 2nd place going to Scott Hampson (Seishin-Ruy Karate), 3rd place Richard Baker (Brisbane Kung Fu). Finals female point sparring saw Deborah Lindsay (Success M/A) take out 1st place, 2nd place Rachael Smith (Success M/A). In the men’s final Darryl Robinson (Seishin-Ruy Karate) proved to strong on the day taking out 1st place, 2nd place Martyn Fleming (Bonsai Karate), 3rd place Scott Hampson (Seishin-Ruy Karate)
Demonstrations got off to a great start and the spectators where treated to some excellent performances from various styles. Junior synchronised team forms were taken out by team (KenshinKan), 2nd place Team (RMAA), 3rd place Team (KenshinKan). The senior team division saw mixed team (Seishin-Ryu Karate) take home 1st place and in 2nd place team (Success M/A), 3rd place team (Seishin-Ryu Karate). Extreme Creative Weaponry 0-12yrs: 1st place Jakeb Gibbins (JMAMA), 2nd place Levi Vereyken (MD Martial arts), 3rd place Robert Bridge (JMAMA) Extreme Creative Weaponry Senior, saw1st place go to Craig Walker (JMAMA), 2nd place Melissa Dunlop (Spirit First M/A), 3rd place Robert Searls (JMAMA). Traditional Weaponry 0-12yrs, was an all RMAA Shotokan victory, 1st place Rachael Taylor, 2nd place Michaela Soner, 3rd place Jackson Wiltshire. Traditional Weaponry 13-17yrs, taking 1st place Tiana Sing (Gold Coast M/A), 2nd place Joseph Blackler (JMAMA), 3rd place Damien Prins – RMAA. Traditional Weaponry Senior, 1st place went to Dean Pratt (Seito Kai Laido) 2nd place Shannon Balnaves – (RMMA Shotokan), 3rd place going to Clement Wuthrich) Spirit First M/A)
Finals 7 years & under divisions where hotly contested for with parents, coaches on their toes throughout the match, taking out 1st place in the forms was Lilly Mitbauer (Brisbane Kung Fu), 2nd place going to Charlotte Giggins (Seishin-Ruy Karate), 3rd place Sasha Tetsuo (Kenshinkan). Final point sparring saw a determined Cooper Bahadur (KIMAA Kyokushin) give it his all to take out 1st place against Mia Prodger (Success M/A), 3rd place going to Kalon Davis (Success M/A)
Finals of the 10 to 11 years 5th Kyu – Black belt point sparring division, Nhi Dang (Seishin-Ruy Karate) came up against Keegan Luckcraft (Ko Tora Kai,), Nhi was too quick on the day outscoring Keegan to take the match and 1st place, 3rd place going to Tung Huynh (Seishin-Ruy Karate)
Female black belt division’s saw Pania Casey Williams (KenshinKan) take out the forms competition, 2nd place going to Melissa Senatore (Seishin-Ruy Karate), 3rd place Shannon Balnaves – (RMMA Shotokan). Final of the point sparring was a fiery affair with all girls out to take State titles status, Pania Casey-Williams proved too strong on the day outscoring her opponent Shannon Balnaves to take 1st place, 3rd place going to Barbara Wood (Bonsai Karate)
Male advanced continuous final saw Joshua Wiltshire (RMAA Shotokan)do battle for State title honours against Scott Hampson(Seishin-Ruy Karate), both men worked the ring well and were cautioned by the referee to control their contact, midway through the match Joshua used the ring to his advantage outscoring his opponent and taking the match, 3rd place Mikey Fleming (Bonsai Karate)
To all martial art schools, parents who have supported the NAS throughout 2016 … we thank you for your support and we sincerely wish you all an very safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2017 … all the best to the Queensland State team travelling to Melbourne for the up-coming Nationals in November … (GO QUEENSLAND)
Special thanks to Mr. William Rogers, Mr Ian Pape & Mrs Caroline Kennedy and all Senior referees and judges, thank you all for an outstanding year of Officiating and making the NAS one of the most sort after tournament circuits in Queensland…To Mrs Caroline Soner a special thanks for providing action photos through out the year
On a final note…martial arts begins and ends with courtesy regardless of style, rank or creed…definition of a true champion is one who wins and losses with dignity & respect!
Yours in martial arts…OSU!