After a wet and late start to the day, I must say it was heart-warming to see the numbers of competitors who travelled from West of Brisbane, Brisbane, North Coast and as far south as Lismore eager to begin competition at the Runaway Bay Indoor Sports stadium
After a quick meeting with all coaches, Instructor’s, and officials regarding the day’s event everyone lined up for the official bow-in where thanks were given to all attending competitors, their supports, NAS Officials and First Aid Ms Kristy Heitman.
High lights of the day…Ring one had the youngest of competitors ready and raring to go, 7 years & Under with their siblings, parents, and coaches eager to see their little ones in action! There are champions of the future within these boys and girls. Taking out Forms Division in first place was Dyuthi Nishanth – Bonsai Karate, second and third places going to Edward Cole and Brodie Colley both from RMAA Shotokan Point sparring saw Edward Cole, taking first place, by mere points from teammate Brodie Colley and in third place Dyuthi Nishanth.
In ring two the male black belt forms and point sparring competition was in full swing, taking out first place in forms with a fine performance was Mathew Densmore and teammate Tony Taylor taking out second both from RMAA Shotokan. In the point sparring division saw Mathew proving to strong on the day defeating Christopher Lindsay, Success M/A, third place going to Daniel Baker, FSKFA
Spectators were entertained with some fine performances from the junior and senior demonstrations divisions.
Demonstrations 0 - 12yrs was a stella performance given by Elizabeth Reimers, Bonsai karate giving her first place. Elizabeth was showing good transition of movements with the bow and is growing with each performance
Traditional Weaponry Senior, saw Rachael Taylor give a strong Bo demonstration with high explosive movements and balance to take out first place, teammate Irina Davydoff
Other standouts; Finals 12 - 13yrs - 5th Kyu to Blackbelt Forms, had Bonsai Karate students demonstrating strong precise movements within their forms giving them first and second places, congratulations Elizabeth Reimers and Shivani Deoji. Third place going to Angus Colley, RMAA Shotokan. Point Sparring, Female division had Elizabeth Reimers pip her teammate Shivani Deoji again in first and second places, third going to Elanee Mai, FSKFA. Male division Had Christian Moore, FSKFA out score Angus Colley RMAA, placing Christian in first place, Angus second and Jacob Reid, FSKFA in third place.
Finals Forms: Female Black Belt Open, witnessed Rachael Taylor, RMAA Shotokan just too sharp in the execution of her form/kata to take first place, Danielle Hall, Success M/A in second and Amanda Reimers going home with third place. Point sparring Kahlia Smith – Bubishi Martial Arts was pushed throughout her bout from her younger opponent Rachael Taylor, RMAA, both exchanging excellent fast combinations of techniques throughout the match however nearing the end of the bout Kahlia found her mark scoring with some fast reverse punches to push ahead and take the match, Rachael is an up-coming champion of the future! Third going to Danielle Hall.
Finally, to the NAS officials and staff who put on their black and whites and generously give up their day to ensure the NAS competitor has the best tournament experience possible…thank you all so very much. Mr Aussie Pape senior Officials NAS QLD many thanks…Thanks also to Mrs Caroline Kennedy senior table official and a very special thanks to Kristy Heitman First Aid
Martial art styles/clubs wishing to get on board the NAS, contact me on 0402 695 717 for information on all remaining events.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th July at the Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium on the Gold Coast
On a final note…martial arts begin 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
Mr James Casey