Rd 2 Victoria 2 June 2012

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Round 2 saw around 200 competitors travelling from as far away as Wodonga, Geelong and ACT Approximately 31 martial art schools turned up for an action packed day of competition at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Mr. James Casey, Vice President NAS welcomed all attending round 2, 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

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Male black belt and veterans divisions where first up in the morning keeping all spectators entertained during registration, Male black belt forms had big numbers of competitors and the pressure showed as a couple of the favourites lost their balance. Taking out first place with a polished performance was Victor Suturin - Deshi Do M/A, second place Kevin Sowerbutts, GKR. Point sparring finals was a fiery affair with penalties issued to competitors for excessive contact, round by round they were eliminated till it came down to the final two, Luke Croxford – Ishinryu Karate coming up against Bruce Wood – GKR, the bout began with both men evenly matched, Luke began to find his mark and with excellent ring craft scored with some sharp hand techniques to pull away on points and take first place, second place going to Bruce.

The Veterans point sparring began with a vengeance, the speed and strength of the old boy's/girl's rivalling that of any younger competitor. Clare Sunderland - GKR won the woman's division runner up Lisa Waywell – Winged Dragon M/A, while in the men's Nick Spanu - GKR didn't have it all his own way during the final, facing a determined opponent, Nick rallied on getting in and out quickly, this tactic winning him the match, runner – up Salvy Russo – Unsu Kai Karate

The referee and judges where kept on their toes throughout the day with big numbers of junior competitors, these kids where pumped-up. All the Pee wee's 7 year old or younger fighting as hard as the adults, the parents, clubs and coaches cheered madly for the tiny competitors. Some matches were decided quickly others went to sudden death, where first to score wins. In the final, Frank DeCata – Freestyle Pro Active, out scores Dhruv Gore – Original Okinawa Karate to take first place

Stand-outs in the junior events, 12 to 13 year old female (10th to 6th Kyu) division was full of excitement, Tanya Jensen – Goju M/A took the fight to Kendra Schmid – Shiryodo Karate but Tanya out scored her in the final stages to take first place, Kendra runner–up

The junior traditional weaponry division had good number of competitors, the standard was very high, Andrew Sarah – Zenshin Karate taking out first place, runner-up Martyn Allwood – Border Karate Sch – Sansho. The final of creative forms was another division that was hotly contested with some polished performances. First place Frankie Ferraro – Lion Bushido and runner up Josh Harwood – Revolution M/A

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. 11th August 2012.....

Special thanks to Kayne Dewhurst and students for his on going support in supplying mats and setting up the venue also to our first aiders Mr Darryn Ball and his team also to Mr

Enquiries from new clubs wishing to compete with the NAS Victoria, phone Mr. James Casey 0402 695 717. Looking forward to hearing from you!

1. vicrd2-12-pic9gNAS Official Profile

NAME: 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

vicrd2-12-pic9eINSTRUCTOR NAME: Kayne M. Dewhurst

STYLE: Unsu Kai Karate: CKE Team

How long have you trained? Kayne began training in traditional karate in 1993. He currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan.

Location of club & nights you train?

Unsu Kai Karate has seven branches in Melbourne's eastern suburbs,
All under the direction of Kayne M. Dewhurst. Our dojos spread from
Camberwell all the way to Dandenong. The Unsu Kai students who
Compete at NAS are part of team CKE (Centre for Karate Excellence.)
CKE training is conducted every Sunday evening in Mitcham. CKE members
Are some of our hardest working students.

Kayne how did you find out about the NAS competition?

Kayne started competing as a15 year old at NAS in 2000, as part of his former club's tournament team.
He has maintained continuous support ever since.
Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition
It is my opinion that the NAS is the premier all styles competition in Australia.
The scoring system is balanced and easy to apply. The judging is generally unbiased and there is no ambiguity. When NAS is running well it is a sensational tournament.
Unsu Kai Karate have had tremendous success at NAS, particularly in the last two years.

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

Unsu Kai's CKE has had a tremendous season. We have already won 153 trophies and medals this year so far.

In round 3, our 15 competitors took home 27 trophies, 12 first place. We had four members competing for the first time. They were Shabnam, Patreeza, My-Linh and Kane (Bruce). All did sensational with 7 trophies between them, 4 first place.

Some outstanding performance this season, come from Connor Pye, Daniel Russo, Bec Munro, Chris Bullock and Thu Pham. Giulia Tillack has also been unstoppable as of late, With no one being able to score a single point on her this round. My advice for anyone Who may come across Giulia at nationals is to start training harder. A lot harder!

What are your future goals for NAS Victoria?

With state and national titles still to go, the team intends to get over the 200 trophy mark for the season.

We have around a dozen competitors set to fly to the Gold Coast and represent Victoria in December.

For the future, we will continue to support NAS in 2012. just in time for a national titles in Melbourne.

As we're a young club with few black belts, we haven't had much of a chance to compete in the black belt opens. However this is going to change from next year. I'm confident we're about two years away from Unsu Kai having our first champion of champions. Save a spot on the cover of Blitz!

3. Competitor Profile

vicrd2-12-pic9fNAME: Wayne Newton

STYLE: Kung Fu

How long have you trained? 23 years first with Goju Ryu then Kung Fu

Where do you train? Now I train with GKR Nick Spanu

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

The NAS is great as it's fair and Safe great people on both sides competitors and referee

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? Winning best referee in 2009

Have you a favourite technique in competition? Hook kick

Favourite martial artist... Bolo young

What are your future goals in the NAS?

To win vet continuous points and forms at the national and be best referee again

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