Rd 3 Victoria 11th August 2012

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Victoria is buzzing with excitement with the National Championships just around the corner to be held at MSAC on the 1st & 2nd of December.

Over 240 competitors from all over Victoria attended this event for a day of non stop action.

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The audience was treated with some fine performances from junior demonstrations/ weaponry divisions;

Traditional weaponry was taken out by Martyn Allwood, Border Karate, runner-up Andrew Sarah, Zenshin Karate. Demonstrations division saw good numbers of competitors buying for first place. The tension was high as each competitor performed for the judges. Eventual winner Campbell Dickens, Tora Shotokan Karate & runner up Antonio DeCata, Team Free style Pro Active.

Pee wee's division was one of the biggest divisions of the day which kept the Referees & Judges on their toes. Talk about fast and furious, these guys and girls were like an ever ready battery that just wouldn't run out. The finals was a beauty with Mum's, Dad's & coaches showing the tension. Jayden Prior – Goju Ryu Karate Mt Gambier came up against Kris Pincic – Kaizen Kai Karate Do. Right from the bell both boys exploded from their corners with a flurry of kicks & punches. Halfway through the match Jayden picked his shots and pulled away on points to take out the match, runner-up Kris

Final of the 8 to 9 years 10th – 6th Kyu division point sparring Madison Giacomini, VGA Karate came up against Brianna Damen- Kaizen Kai Karate Do, talk about non stop action for 1 ½ minutes both competitors went point for point with 10 seconds to go Madison scored with a reverse punch to take the lead and the match, runner-up Brianna

Another hotly contested division was the finals of the 10 to 11 years (5thkyu to Black belt) Team VGA Karate had two of their students out to take first place. Neither one would give an inch during the match. Towards the end of the match Nicole Akhmedov put the pressure on, out scoring her team mate to take first place to Samuel Atzil-Trubnik

Veterans point sparring finals began with a vengeance with the speed and strength from the "old gal's & guys" to rival that of any younger competitor. Jennifer Sievers – GKR winning the female division's runner-up Jillian Cole- Funakoshi Karate. In the men's final Christian Hughes – Shin Bu Kai VIC defeating Salvy Russo – Unsu Kai Karate

Female black belt division; Allanah Douglas – Winged Dragon M/A came up against Joanna Gagnon – Revolution M/A, both girls showed good ring craft and scored with some good fast hand techniques . Halfway through the match both girls could not be separated, however Allanah picked the right moment and scored in quick succession to gain the points from the judges to take out the match, runner up Joanna Gagnon.

Male black belt divisions where among the highlights of the afternoon with some real standouts. Male black belt forms Luke Campbell – Loong Fu Pai, gave a polished performance to win the votes from all judges and take first place with Ardel Moore – Wushu, runner-up.

Male black belt point sparring final was a heated affair with Beau Campbell – Freestyle M/A, coming up against Christopher Bullock – Unsu Kai Karate. Both fighters exchanged excellent combinations during the bout scoring points from the judges, Beau's experience gave him the edge nearing the end of the bout to take out first place. Runner-up Christopher Bullock

Special thanks to all attending and a great day of sportsmanship. To Mr Kayne Dewhurst and club members, thank you for all your help supplying rings also to all members of the Victorian Referees Board, thank you for a great day of officiating. We look forward to seeing everybody at the State championships in October...it is going to be a big one!

Go Victoria

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

James Casey

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

vicrd3-12-pic9INSTRUCTOR NAME: Christian Hughes

STYLE: Shin Bu Kai - Victoria

How long have you trained?
I started training in 1983 with Shin Bu Kai under Sosai Les Anyos in Churchill which is in Latrobe Valley Victoria.

Location of club & nights you train?
Newborough Dojo (Vic Honbu) Tuesday's & Thursday's 6pm till 7.30pm
Training is at Belfore St, Newborough

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
Originally I competed in the NAS during the 80's when they were held at The Basin in Nunawading, once I had established my dojo (3 years ago) I began to look around for tournaments for my students to complete in. My first point of call was the internet, it didn't take me long to find the NAS site and we haven't looked back since.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
NAS offer's our students the opportunity to compete against students from many different styles. These tournaments with the structure of the rules encourage good techniques with speed and control in a competitive environment, which is fantastic for the development of my students. I have noticed that after my students have competed in a NAS tournament there focus in training improves markedly.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Luke Smith, Robbie Kerrison, Chloe Grixti, Aaron Wallis, Brendon Langenakker

What are your future goals for your organisation?
Currently we have three dojos in Latrobe Valley (Newborough, Morwell, Mirboo North). We hope to open another Dojo in Churchill soon. Our students are really enjoying competing in the NAS (we had about 25 competitors in round 3) & we hope to have at least a couple of our students qualify for the Nationals later this year.

2. Competitor – Profile

vicrd3-12-pic9aNAME: Salvy Russo

STYLE: Unsu Kai Karate

How long have you trained? I have been training for a little over 3 years.

Where do you train? I train at the Mitcham Dojo of Unsu Kai karate, in Mitcham Victoria. My teacher is Sensei Kayne Dewhurst.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition? NAS is a great competition. I like challenging myself in the competitive ring and striving to improve my fighting technique. I also enjoy talking to other competitors about their fighting styles and how I can incorporate some their techniques into my fighting style .

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
2011 State Championships. I made it to the final in the Veteran's point's competition and took my competitor, who was much more experienced, into extra time.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? Various punching combinations.

Favourite martial artist... Jet Li.

What are your future goals in the NAS? Becoming a NAS state champion.

3. NAS Official Profile

vicrd3-12-pic9bNAME: Damian Wilson

STYLE: Zen Do Kai Karate, Rishin Kan Ju- Jitsu, BJC Muay Thai and Doces Pares Eskrima

How long have you trained?: 15 Years

Where do you train?: All-Active Marital Arts in Epping and Walsh Dojo in Craigieburn

How long have you been involved with the NAS? 1.5 years

What made you become an NAS Official?
To support my students who were interested in competing at NAS tournaments. NAS appeared to be a professionally run organisation that I was happy to be associated with and could support.

What level are you with the NAS?
No level as yet

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To continue to support NAS where possible, I will be doing a PhD over the next 3 years which might affect my availability. Would like to continue moving up the NAS levels

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