Victoria State Titles 2009

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­Saturday 24th October saw the best of the best from around Victoria arrive at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic centre to find out who will take home the title of 2009 State Champion for their respective events.  The day started with a blast as the female and male black belts entertaining the crowd and putting everything on the line to become State Champion.

Justin Grundy and Kit Fullinfaw took out their respective form events, while Taryn Capponi took the honours against Lisa Beasley and former champion of champions Luke Croxford landed a buzzer beater hock kick to get pass Blake Campbell.

After crowning our new State Champions, all competitors took place in the official bow in, at which time we took this opportunity to congratulate people that volunteer their time to ensure our tournaments are a success by awarding the best official and best table official for 2009.  Congratulation to Mr Wayne Newton and Mrs Kellie Kendall, for their assistance and hard work during the year.

All the rings fired up with fast intense competition, with students of all ages staking their claim for the top place in forms competition, and it was great to see some familiar and not so familiar competitors become the current State Champion in their events.  Senior competitors like Rod Jackson, David Sanders, Cynthia Weggelaar and Vinnie Nguyen to name a few all started the day on a high by placing 1st in the respective form events, while the juniors events where taken out by Kaleb Collins, Dean Dritsas, Pece Naumovski, Corey and Brooke Borchard.

vicst-09pic1When it was time for the demonstration we saw Australian Freestyle Martial Arts go 1,2,3 in the juniors divisions with their entertaining polished performances, while the Fudoshin Ryu demo team lead by Matthew Smithells under the watch full eye of Head Instructor Soke Tony Ball and Sensei Darren Ball, backed up there 1st place in round 4 with a technical sound performance of applications that had everyone fixed on their every move, as they took out 1st place, it will great to see how they go come Nationals

As we moved through the day's events, the excitement of every newly named State Champion lifted the competition for the next event and for fellow competitors.  The sparring events brought a whole new level to the days competition, with some parents and coaches working up a sweat of their own in support for their competitors.  This year's State Titles saw some of the closest finishes and most dynamic bouts as competitors such as Benjamin Wee, Angela Simms, Bianca Pandelidis, Ashley Trotman, Brett Cahill, Zachary Forster and Katlyn Stonier can all call themselves State Champions.

vicst-09pic2We would like to thank all officials, table officials and helpers for your assistance and dedication in making NAS the professional tournament circuit that it is.  A special thanks goes to Shane Wescott, Wayne Newton and Elly West for your extensive work with the ARB members and to Brooke Cross for your never ending assistance.

Congratulations to all competitors who attend State Titles, and in doing so have qualified for National Championships.  We would like to wish everyone the best as they represent Victoria at the Nationals at the end of November and look forward to another great year in 2010.

1. Club / Organisation – Profile

vicst-09pic3Instructor Name: Dai Sensai Luke Campbell is a 4th Dan Black Belt.

Style: Luke trains and instructs in Loong Fu Pai

How long have you trained?

Luke has been training for nearly 22 years.  He started when he was 7 years old.

Location of club & nights you train?

Luke trains at nearly all of Loong – Fu – Pai's do jos. He attends at least 1 do jo nearly every night of the week. He trains and instructs at Knox Gardens and Monbulk.  He also makes time to train at Pakenham, Narre Warren, Berwick, Lysterfield, Upwey and Hampton Park because he likes to mix it up a bit and vary his training whilst continuing to learn as much about martial arts as he possibly can.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

Luke and his brothers started competing at NAS in the mid 1990's and have been competing and coaching since then. Luke started refereeing around about this time too but took a few years off to concentrate on competing.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

Luke really values the friendships he has made through NAS and all the things he has learnt from other people.  He is very open to all aspects of martial arts and really likes people.

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

Luke competed at the Victorian State Tournament, coming a very impressive 3rd to his brother and fellow instructor, Blake Campbell's 2nd place in point sparring. Shihan Dave Copling, a 5th dan black belt competed in every round of NAS for the year. 3rd dan Scott Waterson has competed and placed in open black belt and veterans events all year. Other students from Loong – Fu – Pai that have competed throughout the year and have done extremely well are; 2nd Dan Liam Baker, 1st dan Stuart Lock, Black belt Casey Holmes, 4th kyu student Michelle Morse and her brother Daniel Morse, also a 4th kyu.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

Luke is looking forward to continuing to learn more and new martial arts. He enjoys cross training and has achieved his black belt in 2 different styles so far.  He would like to see his students continue to grow as people and martial artists.

2. Competitor Profile

vicst-09pic4Name: Monica Danaci is aged 17 years and is currently in year 11.

Style: Monica trains in Go ju Karate.

How long have you trained?

Monica has been training for 6 and a half years and is currently a 3rd kyu brown belt.

Where do you train?

Monica trains every day except Sunday at No Limits Do – jo in Knox.  She also teaches a children's class.

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

Monica enjoys the good experience of competing against different styles and the excellent exposure it gives her as an emerging martial artist.

Best moment / memory in competition with the NAS?

Monica has been competing at NAS tournaments for the last 4 years and has many fantastic memories of this time but one that definitely stands out in her mind was placing 2nd in continuous at last years Nationals.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

Monica's favourite technique is a question mark kick.

Favourite martial Artist?

Undoubtedly Monica's favourite martial artist is her Sensai Lyndal Ricketts, who is like a 2nd mother to her.

Name some of the officials in the NAS that inspire you... and why?

Monica has a lot of admiration and respect for referee Wayne Newton, who she believes is very fair and consistent.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

Monica would like to continue to compete at NAS tournaments and would one day like to compete in women's black belt events and become champion of champions.

3. NAS Table Official Profile

vicst-09pic5Name: Kelly Wall is Victoria's table official of the year.

Style: Kobura - do

How long have you trained?

Kelly's two sons, Steven and Ben have been training for over 2 years now.

Where do you train?

Steven and Ben are students of Renshi David Auty at Revolution Martial Arts' Boronia Do jo.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

Kelly started as a NAS table official last year.

What made you become a NAS official?

Kelly became a table official at a tournament last year when there was a dire shortage of table officials and as many of the students, instructors and parents from Revolution were involved, Kelly was more than happy to help.

What level are you with the NAS?

Kelly is an accredited table official.

What are your future goals with the NAS?

Kelly is keen to keep helping out and continuing to watch her 2 sons compete at NAS tournaments.  She was proud but a little embarrassed to win the title of table official of the year as she felt there were more deserving winners.  Her sons and the rest of her family were very proud of her achievement though.

4. NAS Official Profile

vicst-09pic6Name: Wayne Newton

Style: Wayne started his own club, in Chinese Animal style kungfu.

How long have you trained?

Wayne has been training for 21 years.  He started when he was 24 years old.

Where do you train?

Wayne's club is currently not operating whilst he concentrates his martial arts efforts on refereeing and contributing to NAS.

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

Wayne has been involved with NAS for 15 years since 1994.  He also used to compete at NAS tournaments. In 1996 he was state champion in forms and continuous sparring. In 1999 he came 2nd in veterans events at the Nationals.

What made you become a NAS official?

Wayne became a referee with NAS because he loves the sport and wanted to be part of the process and make some changes.

What level are you with the NAS?

Wayne is a level 4 accredited referee.  The highest level Victorian referee apart from Gerard West.

What are your future goals with the NAS?

Wayne is looking to possibly start competing again next year and would love to remain the number one Victorian official.  He was elated to win official of the year, and commented that it was nice to be acknowledged and appreciated.

5. Download Tournament Results

Click here to download Tournament Results Victoria State Results - 24th October 2009 (PDF 90KB)