Rd1 Victoria 13th March 2010

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­Saturday 13th March 2010 saw a great start to the NAS year in Victoria with a lot of competitors fresh from the National Championships and a good long break, it was clear everyone was pumped and ready for 2010.  The days competition kicked off with a bang with the female and male black belt events and for Round 1 it was the return of some old faces that put on the show and got some earlier qualifying points for State Titles.

Looking as fit as ever and fresh from a year off Beau Campbell stormed through the male black belt point sparring after a year out of competing, Jaimie Sherer placed in the female black point sparring while Bruce Hyland and Wayne Newton faced off in the final of the veterans point sparring, while Bruce showed he's still moving as well as ever and Wayne took a break from his normal officials duties, he showed he could still mix it up, but at the end of the day it was Bruce Hyland who came out on top to take home 1st place.

vic-rd1-10pic1After the official bow in, and a couple of minutes to get ready, the day's competition began and from there didn't stop.  The younger age groups got things kickin and started there 2010 year off in great style with Kelly Edyvane, Daniel Russo, Jordan Schnieder and Elise O'dell taking out there respect forms division.  Well Kelly and Daniel fell 1 place short of a 1st place double in round 1, they only just beaten in there point sparring events by Frankie Ferraro and Zac Cittadini respectfully.  The continuous sparring was won by Ashley Shillinglaw and Jarrod Galea.

When it was time for the older teenager to step into the ring, Pece Naumovski, Cody Dugdale, Tamara Mottram, Jeshan Ramanathan and Tom Soon all placed first in the respective forms divisions.  Pece Naumovski and Tom Soon made it a round 1 1st place double by wining there point sparring events also,  while Katherine Grigoropoulos, Andrew Petrakis, Erin Barker, Zach Galea, Joshua Williams and Angela Simms all took out there respective sparring events.

vic-rd1-10pic2The adult events display a very high standard and some great results for competitors that attended the NAS tournament for the very first time, such Kelly Such who placed 1st in her forms division, while Glen Dodds, Chris Bullock, Cassandra Suter, Cynthia Weggelaar and Victor Suturin all took home 1st place in there forms events.  While in the Senior Weapons division is was Victor Suturn who took home his 2nd 1st place for the day over Michael Cundari and Ashley De Ross it was Ashley De Ross who turned the cards around and took 1st place in the Senior demonstration.  The Junior weapons and demonstration was a clean sweep to Australia Freestyle Martial Arts in both events.

It was a great pleasure to have Mr Jim and Virgina Casey attend round 1 in Victoria and great to see every showed great sportsmanship and represented there style in the best way possible, thankyou again to all those officials and table officials who helped on the day it was greatly appreciated, we look forward to seeing you all again at round 2.

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

vic-rd1-10pic3Instructor Name: Sensai Steve Grigoropoulos is the head instructor of Pro active self defense.

Style: Pro active practice free style martial arts.

How long have you trained?

Sensai Steve has trained in a mix of martial arts (kick boxing, karate, grappling etc.) for 30 years.

LOCATION OF CLUB & NIGHTS YOU TRAIN?

Pro active have a full time do jo in Brock Street, Thomastown, where they offer training every week night and Saturdays.

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE NAS COMPETITION?

Pro – active have been bringing students to compete at NAS for five years.  Initially finding out about NAS through reading Blitz magazine.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE NAS COMPETITION?

Sensai Steve likes that NAS is fair & open to all different styles.  He believes that the refereeing and judging at NAS is even & fair.

NAME SOME OF YOUR UP – COMING CHAMPIONS FROM YOUR CLUB & HOW THEY ARE PLACING IN THE NAS COMPETITION...

Team Freestyle brought along 10 members to the 1st round of Victorian Nas.  These were; Ashley Shillinglaw, Jarrod Galea, Zach Galea, Erin barker, Damin Chan, Jessica Thomas, Daniel Beaty, Katherine Grigoropolous, Anthony Grigoropoulos and Michael Cundari. Many trophies were won throughout the day and many personal bests achieved.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR YOUR ORGANISATION?

Sensai Steve wants to keep building on his club's membership – having just hit 400 full time members.  He would like to continue to offer more training and more styles, starting with MMA which they have just started.

2. NAS Official Profile

vic-rd1-10pic5Name: Sensai Jaimie Sherer is a 20 year old referee with NAS.

Style: Jaimie trains with Revolution Martial Arts in the style of Kobura –do.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU TRAINED?

Jaimie has been training for 8 years. Starting with karate, then in her mid teens, branching out to include kick boxing and in recent years, BJJ and MMA.

WHERE DO YOU TRAIN?

Jaimie trains at Revolution's Boronia and newly opened, Ferntree Gully Do jo's.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE NAS?

Sempai Jaimie has been refereeing with NAS for one year now.

WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A NAS OFFICIAL?

Sempai Jaimie  was keen to become more involved in the NAS Competition in ways other than just competing.

WHAT LEVEL ARE YOU WITH NAS?

Jaimie is soon to become a level 1 accredited referee.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS IN THE NAS?

Jaimie says that it would be awesome to win champion of champions this year and she also aims to enjoy watching some of the students that she trains continue to succeed and improve at tournaments.

3. NAS Competitor Profile

vic-rd1-10pic4Name: Pece Naumovski is a 12 year old boy who turns 13 in April of this year.

Style: Pece trains with Go Kan Ryu, GKR.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU TRAINED?

Pece has been training for 5 years so far.

WHERE DO YOU TRAIN?

Pece trains at GKR's ST Helena do jo.

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THE NAS COMPETITION?

Pece believes that NAS is good experience, has helped to improve his karate, is a good opportunity to meet and compete with people from different styles and to learn from watching others fight.

BEST MOMENT / MEMORY IN COMPETITION WITH NAS?

Winning the National cup at last years Nationals was a definite highlight for Pece.  This completed three years in a row as NAS National Champion for him. In addition to competing at NAS, Pece has also done extremely well at other tournaments.  Including winning the World Championships in Birmingham, England in 2007.

HAVE YOU A FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE IN COMPETITION?

Pece favours a hook kick for his feet and a reverse punch for his hands.

FAVOURITE MARTIAL ARTIST...
Bruce Lee is Pece's idol.  He has long enjoyed watching his movies and emulating his style and his moves.

NAME SOME OF THE OFFICIALS IN THE NAS THAT INSPIRE YOU AND WHY?

Two of the Victorian NAS referees, Graham and Wayne stand out for Pece due to their fair and consistent judging style and decisions.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS IN THE NAS?

When he gets older Pece would like to become champion of champions.  In the immediate future he would like to retain his current title.

4. Download Tournament Results

Click here to download Tournament Results Victoria Rd 1 - 13th March 2010 (PDF 49KB)