Rd2 Victoria - 2nd August 2015

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 Extreme cold weather did not hamper the day’s competition 

Martial artists from all over Victoria endured icy cold weather and flue season to attend a jammed packed day of non stop action at Darebin YMCA Sports Centre. With the temperature staying around 5 degrees through out the day’s competition everyone had to keep moving to stay warm!

Awesome spirit and sportsmanship ruled the day, thank you mums and dads for making this trip on such a cold day!

Mr James Casey, President NAS welcomed all attending and wished everyone all the best for the day, reminding everyone to be a good sport on and off the competition arena! Also reminded this was the last qualifying event for invitation to VIC State Championships being held on the 4th October 

All four rings manned by their Officials began their day of competition. The standard of competition was proving to be of excellent standard by all attending

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Stand outs throughout the day’s competition:

10 to 11 year old (10th to 6th Kyu) division put the pressure on the judges with some outstanding performances. Taking out 1st place in the forms Tara Slender (Bendigo Kenpo Karate) 2nd place going to Blake Sykes (Wado Ryu) in 3rd place Kaycee Robinson (Tantis M/A). Point sparring finals was taken out by Kaycee Robinson (Tantis M/A) in 2nd place Blake Sykes (Wado Ryu), 3rd place Nina Bron (Team Free Style Pro Active).  

The junior Demo: Extreme Creative weaponry 0-12 yrs division had good number of competitors; the standard was very high, in 1st place Jason Anastasi (Shindo Karate Shotokan) 2nd place Kiara Gerada (Team Free Style Pro Active) 3rd place Jacob Norcera (Pro Active). Final of Creative Extreme Forms saw Jillian Cole (Funakoshi Karate) take out first place, 2nd place going to Graeme Fuller (Funakoshi Karate) and team mate Peter Moore taking home 3rd place. 

The pee wee 7rys & under forms and points divisions had everyone pumped to the max with little pockets of dynamites exploding on and off the competition arena with mixed emotions, win or lose there was always a hug and a pat on the back from their coaches and loved. Forms 7 years and under was taken out by Connor Hall (Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu) 2nd place going to Evie Watson (Winged Dragon M/A) 3rd place Cole Rankin (Winged Dragon M/A). Point sparring saw a Alex Kuloski (Original Okinawa Karate) taking out 1st, 2nd place Elisha Murphy (Loong Fu Pai M/A) 3rd place Connor Hall (Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu). 

14 to 15 years (5th Kyu to Blackbelt) was another hotly contested event, 1st place Emily Kro (Shindo Karate Shotokan), 2nd place Frankie Ferraro (Lion Bushido), 3rd place Connor Beaumont (Loong Fu Pai). Point sparring divisions – female; saw Kendra Schmid (Shiryodo Karate) 2nd place Ashleigh Sanders (Go Kan Ryu) in the males division, Frankie Ferraro (Lion Bushido) took out 1st place, 2nd place Martyn Allwood (Border Karate - Sansho Kan), 3rd place Liam Antonelli (Tanti's Martial Arts)

Veteran’s divisions is attracting good numbers of male and female competitors who can still give the younger ones a go for their money…awesome spirit and determination. Forms were taken out by Nick Spanu (Go Kan Ryu), 2nd place Jillian Cole (Funakoshi Karate), 3rd place Peter Gelsi (Cop Den Do). Female point sparring division saw Jillian Cole take 1st place, 2nd place Jennifer Sievers (Go Kan Ryu). Men’s final saw Nick Spanu (Go Kan Ryu) take 1st place, 2nd place Say Khor (Go Kan Ryu), 3rd place Gordon Peach (Funakoshi Karate). 

Male black belt forms and point sparring finals had spectators on their feet around the ring to see who would take out these divisions. Taking out forms competition with a polished performance was Luke Campbell (Loong Fu Pai M/A) 2nd place Brendan Langenakker (Shin Bu Kai), 3rd place Anthony Baseley (JIK Cheung Kung Fu). Finals of point sparring was a real crowed pleasure with lighting fast techniques, spinning kicks including warnings to competitors for excessive contact, taking 1st place Eduardo Novembre (Team Free Style Pro Active) 2nd place Luke Campbell (Loong Fu Pai),3rd place Brendan Langenakker (Shin Bu Kai). 

To the following we extend our sincerest thanks for making this event such a great success. Referees and judge, Table Officials, staff. Mr Darryn Ball – first aid … we sincerely thank each and every one of you. 

Special thanks for action photos from Sifu Gary Baniecki … and other parents who posted their child/club photos 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Victorian State titles (Invitation only) 4th October, Darebin YMCA Sports Centre; Enquiries contact Mr James Casey on 0402 695 717 

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 

CLUB PROFILE pic30

INSTRUCTOR NAME: IVAN KUCERA

STYLE: GO-JU RYU   (TI-GA KARATE SELF DEFENCE)

How long have you trained?

I have trained on & off for about 17 years between doing wing chun kung fu , goju-ryu karate , kenpo karate & silate suffian I’ve also gone to many martial art seminars to lean many different things.

Location of club & nights you train?

We have 2 locations our main dojo is in Romsey which we train Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights & also Saturday’s & in Epping Dojo we train Monday & Friday nights

How did you find out about the NAS competition?  

From my old karate club I have been involved with NAS since 2002 when my son first competed under our old karate club for a some years which we had won a few events over the years & now I have my own students competing in the competition to better them selves as individuals.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

Well the most thing I like about NAS is that all the other martial arts schools are very friendly & welcoming to training & talking getting to know each & every style that is in the competition & most of the judges always show us great respect & support on our clubs achievements over the past couple year’s. As a new karate school which means a lot for me as karate club & all the students. Also get to have fun learning about winning & losing but all ways be happy, respectful & a good sport to all students no matter the result.

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

Well my 2 girls for a start Kiara Kucera 2nd place national champion in 2014 point sparring 2nd place world championships Arnold classics in point sparring & 1st place in the 2nd round Victoria 2015 . Letitia Kucera 2014 national champion & 2nd place at the world championships Arnold classics & has 1st , 2nd & 3rd places in point sparring forms & continuous sparring . Tyson Kucera his 2nd year competing 4th place rd 1 , Mitchell Lindner has won 2 2nd place medals, Kyle Townsing won 1st place Kaitlyn Muller won 2nd place Nathan Birtch 4th place , Luke Rennie 4th place. Students to watch out for in the VIC state titles are Daniel & Hayley Lindner, Ethen Squire, Tamsin Muller, Analyce Alexander & Gary long

What are your future goals for your organisation?

My future goals are to teach my students to be the best in them selves & to respect & to treat everyone the same no matter what life throws at them, But most of all to train hard now & to reach their best in competition & self defence

Teaching them that the harder you train the better you become But most of all have fun doing it, karate has to be enjoyable as well its one of the things we all forget when we train must have fun laughter is the greatest power god gave us.

 

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