State Titles ACT - Canberra - 5th August 2018


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A.C.T NAS State Championships Report

The ACT NAS competition continues to grow, and the first state championships held on 5 August was no exception.

We all arrived at the Australian Institute of Sport early on Sunday morning and were welcomed by Mr James Casey, NAS President. Mr James Casey thanked the competitors, coaches and officials for their commitment to the tournament. Mr Casey encouraged all clubs, coaches, and competitors to spread the word about the ACT NAS tournament and encourage their fellow club mates to enter future events so that the NAS ACT continues to grow! Mr Casey announced that next year, there will be two events much closer together – one in March and one in May.

The day of competition started with the demonstration divisions, which were well represented. It was great to see competitors from multiple styles coming together to ‘wow us’ with their skills with weapons. A big congratulation to Benjamin Boucher-Thomp from Black Belt Martial Arts for coming first in the Junior creative demonstration division and to Alex Fruehling and Jared Brinkley from the Canberra Martial Arts Academy for winning the second and third places respectively. Students from the Canberra Martial Arts academy also dominated the Traditional Weapons division with Jaan Celik, Alex Fruehling and Jacob Chamberlain winning first, second and third places.

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The 7-9 years divisions were again the most popular, with our continuous sparring and forms division being the biggest of the entire tournament. It was very exciting to see so many students having a go at the point sparring divisions which are continuing to grow steadily.

A big congratulation to Tamerah Boffa who was awarded the competitor of the tournament award, for entering and competing in 6 divisions including the open, advanced and veterans’ divisions! This just shows that you are never too young or too old to compete and represent your club!

I was very impressed with the standard of competition and sportsmanship of all the competitors. In particular, Rhythm Marshall, Haley Graham, Corey Gray and Jaan Celik who agreed to enter additional divisions, following some unexpected withdrawals on the day, to make sure that their opponents had the chance to compete. This is the perfect example of what true martial arts spirit is all about! Congratulations to you all!

Thank you to the competitors, officials, coaches and mums and dads from Activ8 Martial Arts (Zen do kai), Black Belt Martial Arts, Capital Wing Chun Academy, Canberra Martial Arts Academy, Kokoro Kai Goju and Yut Hung Kung Fu Academy for your continued support and great sportsmanship! A special thank you Mr James Casey and Mrs Virginia Casey for their continued support and invaluable assistance on the day. The tournament would not have been such a success without each one of you!


We look forward to the NAS Nationals in December, so make sure that if you competed throughout the year you register! If you would like to compete or officiate, please contact me through Facebook or on 0416258051.

Yours in martial arts.

Mr Glen Gibbons

A.C.T NAS Director.

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ACT Referees' Board

All our Officials, referees, judges and table officials are volunteers who donate their time unselfishly to our sport, so our event may run smoothly. Our sincerest thanks to you all

Mrs Magda and Mr Glen Gibbons wish to acknowledge and give thanks to the Chairman ARB Mr Jim & Mrs Virginia Casey who travelled from the Gold Coast to assist with the running of rings with the ACT ARB, would also like to sincerely thank all others for assisting as judges or referees on the day and are looking forward to the on-going support to the NAS circuit and the martial art community.

Canberra NAS ARB could not run these events without the services of our table officials … mums, dads, sons/daughters & competitors who give their time freely to manage table official duties. To all new table official’s, you did an outstanding job through-out the day, our sincerest thanks to you all!

Coaches, competitors & parents be a good sport!

The sport we love relies on volunteers, Officials, Table officials, Staff and helpers who give their time freely for no reward beyond our thanks. Volunteers are worth their weight in gold. They share their time and talents without any compensation, so it’s crucial to acknowledge their contribution and let them know they are valued. Thanking them can go a long way towards accomplishing this goal, so it’s worth taking the time to find just the right words to show appreciation … like THANK YOU!

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The NAS prides itself as among one of the most professional tournament circuits in the Southern hemisphere with over 4000 competitors competing throughout Australia each year. The NAS Australian Referees Board sets one of the highest standards of officiating & accreditation criteria within this country and abroad, adheres to strict guidelines regarding rules & regulations. The NAS code of conduct is to provide all participants with some simple rules concerning the standard of behaviour within the NAS competition.

We invite you to become a NAS Official Instructors, black belts & veteran competitors are welcome to join the NAS referees board and gain State, National and International recognition as a NAS Official

Incentives joining NAS ARB:

a/      The NAS sets one of the highest standards of officiating in this country.

b/      Officials level of accreditation ranges from Level 1 through to Level 4 & National trainer

c/      Your school will gain first-hand knowledge on rules & regulations of the NAS competition

d/      Official’s accreditation, certification and tie are free of charge

e/      Family members free spectator entry into NAS competition

f/       Free lunch provided for Officials/ Table officials only

g/      Your style/ club promoted in the Blitz magazine, Official of the month for recognition within the Australian Referees Board (ARB)

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NAS Officials Oath

We, the NAS Judges, will strive to always uphold the highest standard of integrity, honesty and independence in all matters connected to the NAS tournaments. Amongst other things we shall conscientiously study the NAS rules in order to fully understand and correctly interpret them in the most professional manner. At all times when officiating for the NAS, we will be independent, impartial, objective and fare; on and off the playing field.


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