New South Wales State Titles


NSW NAS Tournaments this year have been a great showcase for the skills and sportsmanship of our talented martial artists. As well as thrilling action, the events have been terrific fun with great friendship enjoyed by all. Everyone from the youngest Pee Wee to the most seasoned Official has a terrific day! October 16th was the eagerly anticipated date for our 2011 State Titles, and with 40 different clubs in attendance at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, a thrilling day of competition was on the cards. Competitors were even more determined to put in a strong performance as they battled to claim a state crown and the chance to represent New South Wales at this year's National Championships on Queensland's Gold Coast in December.

The adrenalin and excitement was obvious as competitors and officials lined up for the bow-in. This gave me the opportunity to thank our terrific sponsor, Sensei's Martial Arts store, and to acknowledge the huge effort from our hard-working Referees and Judges. This was greeted with spirited applause from the crowd and competitors alike and a huge cheer as we announced our intention to return home from the Nationals with the Presidents Cup in our grasp!

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Nerves were soon forgotten as contestants focused on their goals and their training and discipline kicked in! A classy display of up and coming talent in the Pee Wee 7yrs Point Sparring saw Hugh Matthews from The Order of Isshin-Ryu take the day with a determined Joshua Heran of Northern Lakes Martial Arts claiming second place. The skills of young Daniel Gnjatovic from Arjuken Karate earning him third spot. Whilst in the 8-9yrs 10th-6th Kyu Forms event the talents of Brooklyn O'Mara of Northern Lakes Martial Arts earned the nod from the Judges, closely followed by the focused display from Owen Fleming of Go Kan Ryu Karate. A spirited performance came from Nathan Hall of Praying Mantis Kung Fu Academy in a close decision for third place.

Our young ladies proved they are fierce competitors and ones to watch for the future, taking all three places in the 10-11yrs Continuous Sparring. Again, distance was no barrier with Riley Florentine, a member of Combined Self Defence & Fitness in Coffs Harbour using terrific ringcraft in taking first place against the skilled techniques of Taylah Stevens of Go Kan Ryu Karate. A new talent on the NAS scene this year, Ariel Ware of Shi Jia Li Taekwondo in Orange was strong on the day in claiming third place ahead of a very strong field.

A definite feature this year has been the growth in numbers and popularity of the Demonstrations and Traditional Weapons Divisions. A crowd favourite, competitors got the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise and teamwork come to the for in some impressive displays. Standout performances in Jnr Demo's were turned in by Matt Bryce of Chikara Kenpo Karate, whilst in Creative Forms, Hakan Manav of Aust. Martial Arts and Trevor Rogers of Shi Jia Li Taekwondo brought the crowd to their feet. Years of dedication and finely tuned skills were on show in the Senior Weapons event. The crowd appreciating this level of expertise. Martin Soderstrom of Jow Ga Kung Fu had all eyes on his display, while team mates Christopher Wilsmore and Georgia Gardner of Pollets Karate Academy drew gasps and cheers for their skilled performances.

Growing in numbers and quickly becoming a crowd favourite are the new Veterans Continuous Events.

The men's event drew loud and animated crowd support. Claiming victory in a thrilling bout in his first year in NAS was John Marchand of United Taekwondo using his long legs to advantage over the always moving Stephen Atkinson of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts. Taking the third place trophy in a split decision was a determined Scott Robertson of Emu Heights Self Defence. In the female division, the strong and focused skills of Tracey Hanscombe from One Martial Arts claimed the day over the hard-fighting Jillda Wright from Combined Self Defence and Fitness. This event is sure to become even more popular as more and more of our talented veteran fighters want to get in there and have a go!

What a great day and an absolutely fantastic year of competition for NAS NSW, full of camaraderie and sportsmanship. It has been an honour and a privilege to be involved in such a wonderful event and to see so many talented and focused athletes perpetuating the arts in such great spirit.

It has also been a great pleasure to work so closely with the dedicated and professional men and women that make up our great team of Ring and Table Officials. They have all worked so hard this year to bring the highest possible standard to each event. My sincere thanks to each and every one for job well done and one you can be proud of. My thanks also to Mr James Carrett for a great job with the camera, capturing all the action.

Now it's off to the Gold Coast for the 2011 National Championships!

New South Wales has gathered some superb martial artists from many and varied styles and disciplines,

bonding into a powerful and focused team...TEAM NEW SOUTH WALES!

We aim to reclaim the Presidents Cup...and put all states on notice...we are coming to Queensland to do what we do best...WIN!!

Any instructor or club, who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action in 2012, please give me, Gary Palmer NSW Director, a call on 0410 335 937 anytime.

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Kuu Shin Ryu Karate Adrian Koch

STYLE: Kuu Shin Ryu Karate

How long have you trained?

When I was very young I studied Judo for 2 years. This gave me a good understanding of balance and how to defend yourself without injuring your opponent. Later in 1993 I started training in traditional karate. In 2001 I travelled to Japan and trained in several Dojos spanning from Tokyo to Kyoto and finally to Okinawa, the home of Karate. More recently I have been training in full contact Kyokushin

Karate to keep myself on my toes.

Location of club & nights you train?

We have a class running every Saturday from 3pm – 4pm at Killarney Heights shops, 1-15 Tramore Place, Killarney Heights, NSW 2087. New students are always welcome and can try out a class for free. Regular student are able to pay by the class or in a block of 10 classes. In addition we don't charge for gradings or belts, the philosophy is you cannot pay for a grading, they must be earned!

The club has only been in the current location for 2 years, so all of the students have only been training for a relatively short period of time. I am very proud of their achievements and abilities.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

Having read Blitz magazine for many years I have always been aware of the competition.

It has a great heritage and reputation and I am pleased to give my students the opportunity to compete in a safe and friendly environment.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

Apart from the fantastic trophies the students can win I really enjoy the atmosphere.

Everyone is friendly and competes with honour and good sportsmanship. For me this is the most important aspect. The students are learning how to perform under pressure and the standard of opponents is very high. If they can win here, they can win anywhere.

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

Given this is the first year the student have competed, we have had some fantastic results with a number of our students receiving trophies in both forms and sparring. We have also had many very close 4th and 5th place students, which really gives them some encouragement to keep trying.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

My immediate goals are to introduce another mid week class to give the students the opportunity to train 2 days per week. When I first started in 1993 I was training 5 times per week for about 4 years and it really helped accelerate my learning and ability.

My long term goal has two parts, the first one I have already achieved, to train a student to Black Belt. The second part is to create a student that is better than me. I believe once you have achieved this, as an instructor, you have contributed back to an art that has been given to you.

2. NAS NSW Competitor Profile

NAME: Olivia Mostogl

STYLE: Isshogai Karate

How long have you trained? Since 2006

Where do you train?

I am proud to train and be a member of Isshogai Dojo in Gwandalan, Central Coast, NSW

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

It is very challenging, there are a lot of nice people, you get to observe your competitors' different styles and techniques.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

Each time I compete at the NAS I get a new best memory or moment, but if I had to pick one it would be my first Nationals in Queensland. Great atmosphere.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

My favourite technique is a feint roundhouse kick.

Favourite martial artist...

Besides my Sensei, Michael Jackson – it would be Jacki Chan, even though he is a bit of Hollywood

What are your future goals in the NAS?

I would like to continue to compete with the NAS, learn and grow as a martial artist.

I would really like be able to compete at an Olympic level with karate.

Thank you to all the officials and competitors at the NAS, I have a lot of fun and I am proud to be a part of martial arts.

3. NAS NSW Best Officials 2011

NSW Officials of the year.
On behalf of NAS President, Mr. Silvio Morelli, and Mr James Casey, Chairman of the ARB I wish to congratulate the recipients of the NAS NSW Officials Awards for 2011.

2011 Ring Official of the year
Mr Wayne Morrison.

2011 Table Official of the year
Ms MarieClaire Miller-Argue.

Both Wayne and Marie-Claire have earned the respect and admiration from all attending martial art schools, competitors and officials for their service and dedication to NAS.

To all members of the NAS NSW Referees Board I personally wish to thank you and congratulate all of you for an out-standing year of Officiating and supporting NAS and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.

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