Rd2 Victoria 4th June 2011

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Round 2 for Victoria has shown that NAS is the premier multi styled Martial Arts event in Australia. With 55 new competitors to the NAS system, the vibe for the 33 clubs involved was second to none. Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre was alive and competition was as good as it gets.

Mr. James Casey, Vice President NAS was in attendance and helped to run a tightly conducted competition with the newly appointed Vic State Director Con Lazos. Mr Lazos and Mr Casey have vowed to make Victorian competitors fierce in the NAS tournament circuit by working with the coaches and referees to uphold the highest possible standards possible.

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After the official bow-in the day began with all four rings in full swing. The standard of competition for Round two was excellent. All who attended showed goodwill and sportsmanship towards each other, which assured the day would be a great success. It was great to see the referees working hard to uphold the NAS tournament rules and the betterment of the competitors.

The male black belts and veterans divisions were first up in the morning, keeping all spectators entertained during competitor registration.   The Male black belt forms was taken out by Malcolm Ayles -Seido Karate, with second place going to Shannon Van Den Berg-Kyneton Shotokan and third place to Cliff Pierce- Go Kan Ryu Melbourne. Melissa Urbano –Revolution Martial Arts took out the Female Black Belt open Forms division beating Allana Douglas – winged Dragon Martial Arts.

The teenage divisions seemed to have superhuman powers this time around in all divisions and there were true standouts on the day. Joshua Suringa – Funakoshi Karate Australia took out the forms 16-17 yrs 5th Kyu-blackbelt division and the continuous 15-17yrs, however point sparring 16-17 yrs was taken out by Ryan Abramczyk – Go Kan Ryu Melbourne. Awesome performances from the guys and girls alike and we are all looking forward to the finals battles at the Victorian Championships.

Round 2 saw amazing numbers for the under 7 year olds. These children are the future of our sport and NAS makes every effort to look after the families involved. The energy was high and so were the emotions of both parents and competitors. If you want to hear noise and what is in store for us older competitors all you got to do is watch this group. Daniel Russo –Unsu Kai Karate took out forms and sparring divisions.

The junior Demo/creative weapon was well attended and now that everyone understands the concept of traditional v's Demo traditional weaponry the events are even more exciting than ever. The flashiness of creative was won by Jaxon Faulkner-Revolution Martial Arts whereas the traditional weapon division was won by Andrew Sarah- Zenshin Karate. We are looking forward to what these young athletes will bring in the future and NAS will be right there to witness it.

We wish to personally thank all competitors, parents, coaches for an outstanding day of sportsmanship and to all officials, congratulations for a great day of officiating. We look forward to seeing everyone at round three VIC MSAC. 6th of August 2011..... Special thanks to our first aiders Mr Darryn Ball and his team.

Enquiries from new clubs wishing to compete with the NAS Victoria, phone Mr. Con Lazos on Mobile: 0414 325 671. Looking forward to hearing from you!

1. NAS Official Profile

vicrd2-11-pic4NAME: Peter Smith.

STYLE: Zenshin Karate.

How long have you trained? Nine years.

Where do you train? Ballarat Martial Arts Centre, under Kyoshi Dick Bartel in our own dojo, right in the middle of Ballarat.

How long have you been involved with the NAS? Approximately seven years.

What made you become an NAS Official? My son and wife were competing at one of the rounds at Geelong and I was watching the point sparing and decided to compete in that at the next round, after competing and not going as well as I thought I started talking to one of the judges at the time and I found that I was very interested in that side of NAS, I think that it was Gerard West that I spoke to and he was the one that got the ball rolling so to speak and the rest as they say is history.

What level are you with the NAS? Level two

What are your future goals in the NAS? ...Future goals? Well I guess that it would be to go as far as I possibly can and to improve my skills in the ARB, also to enjoy the friendships with my fellow officials that I have made along the way.

2. Club – Organisation Profile

vicrd2-11-pic2INSTRUCTOR NAME: Mark Farello

STYLE: GO – KAN - RYU

How long have you trained?
I have been training with Go Kan Ryu for a little over 13 years but have been a part of Martial Arts for around 28 years starting many years ago when I was 8 years old.

Location of club & nights you train?
The club is located all over Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and most recently America

My dojo's consist of Mill Park, Bundoora and St Helena, training is held on Monday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at these locations.

Mark how did you find out about the NAS competition?
About 12 years ago Go Kan Ryu Victoria was introduced to the NAS competitions via Shihan Stacey Karetsian where he had already introduced Go Kan Ryu New South Wales to. It was only a matter of time before Victoria had a team of about 50 competitors competing at each tournament.

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition
We really enjoy the NAS competitions as we get a good chance to compare our training efforts to the other organisations that compete within the circuit. The friendly and professional atmosphere just makes it an easy way to be involved.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Some of our up and coming champions include Kendra Tsatsimas who has placed well so far this year coming off a very successful 2010, Sam Pierce is fairing very well in the opens and starting to challenge for the top placings in the points, Ryan Ambraczyk has demonstrated that he is going be a force to be reckoned with.

What are your future goals for NAS Victoria?
Our team's goals are to grow a bigger contingency for the NAS circuit in Victoria and too have many state and national champions.

3. Competitor Profile

vicrd2-11-pic3NAME: Melissa Jane Urbano

STYLE: Freestyle Karate

How long have you trained? Going on seven years in October through Kobura-do Karate(Revolution Martial arts) three to four Years With My old school Shukokai Karate when I was six years old

Where do you train? I do my Own Training at different dojo's and Gymnasiums
As well as train at my honbu Revolution Martial Arts Ferntree Gully

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition? Broken Up events, Professionalism, Competing with people all over Australia

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? Winning National Titles, Completing an ARB qualification,

Have you a favourite technique in competition? I'm good with my legs, kicking quick and kicking high. I Love Tricking in creative forms, being able to combine Martial arts and acrobatics together (Extreme Martial Arts XMA). I love to put on a show for people and hearing the crowd applause for me

Favourite martial artist... Bruce Lee, Matt Emig. I also love my Kids/teens and adults that I teach, they inspire me to do my best

What are your future goals in the NAS? I would love to win champion of champions, as well as being published in Blitz Magazine.

4. Download Tournament Results

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