Rd 2 New South Wales 5th May 2013

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NAS Tournaments are great fun and full of great ‘all styles’ action! Every competitor is able to show their skills in a safe and friendly environment, bringing everyone together in the true spirit of martial arts. The youngest Pee Wee to the most seasoned Veteran has a great time. Competitors, Coaches and Officials all put in a huge effort and it’s tremendous to see it all come together on the day. Our Round 2 Tournament got underway on Sunday May 5th at the Ryde Aquatic Centre with nearly 40 different clubs in attendance. A thrilling day of competition was on the cards, with some clubs returning to competition after an absence and others travelling from distant areas of the state to be there. There was great support from Mums and Dads and team-mates as everyone vied for a chance to represent New South Wales at this year's National Titles in our hometown of Sydney.

Big numbers in the Junior Divisions meant we were in for some close competition, and would be treated to some fine performances. The 8-9years 5thKyu-Black Belt Forms showcased the talents of many a rising star. Hugh Matthews from The Order of Isshin-Ryu claimed first place narrowly from new-comer Finlay McAuley representing Goshin Ryu Karate. Hot on their heels, Jackson Koch of Kuu Shin Ryu Karate was rewarded with third place.

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Also impressing all observers, the contenders in the 12-13yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt Forms division produced some tight results. Getting the nod from the judges with a finely timed performance, was Joshua Carrier from Tora Martial Arts Centre in a close call from the determined Harrison Hewgill of Black Belt Martial Arts. Placing third in his first NAS Tournament was the focused skills of Zaine Hill representing Go Kan Ryu Karate. Not to be outshone, at the other end of the age scale, the Veterans showed us how it’s done with finely tuned execution in their Forms event. A close decision saw Bruno Baldacchino from Mudgee Martial Arts take the day just ahead of a strong kata from Darren Lea of Washin Kan Karate Do. Nick Cassisi from Go Kan Ryu Karate stood out in taking third place.

Ever popular with the audience, the Demonstration and Weaponry events are amongst the highlights of any tournament. In the Junior Traditional Weapons division, Brenden Williamson of Go Kan Ryu Karate impressed with his powerful tonfa kata to take first just ahead of Eric Xu from Chikara Kenpo Karate displaying his talents with the bo, whilst Jared Abbott’s dedication to the arts was evident in claiming third. Grabbing everyone’s attention and bring the crowd to their feet were the standout performances in the Creative Forms event. KMA Martial Arts team-mates Kosta Skrapis and Ozkan Ismail drew loud applause to take out first and second place while the dexterity and fluid movements of Gaby Calicetto of Praying Mantis Kung Fu took out third spot. It’s thrilling to see such skill and timing in ones so young.

With nervous anticipation and plenty of spirit, the Sparring events got underway. The fast paced action and close calls had the crowd cheering and the judges on their toes. The Pee Wee Point Sparring saw young Rhys Davey take on Northern Lakes Martial Arts team-mate Braxton Reeley in a see-sawing battle in the final. Rhys claimed the day in a close bout with a determined James Matthews from The Order of Isshin-ryu taking home third place. Well done to all the children, you are all champions! The Men’s Novice Continuous Sparring was a real nail biter with Bill Holle from United Taekwondo having to dig deep to fend off a determined Mark Hadley from Chikara Kenpo Karate. The hard–fighting Alexander Cortesano taking out third place.

The ladies also showed us they mean business with some great, close bouts. In the 12-14years Female Continuous the quick combinations and ringcraft of Faith Lewis of Isshogai Do Kai Karate won out in the final from focused new-comer Brearna Leopold from Go Kan Ryu Karate. Always impressive, Jennifer Wood of Double Dragon Shotokan claimed third place. The adult Female Advanced Open was a great tussle to see who would take out first place. The ‘block and counter’ skills of Natalie Wilson from One Martial Arts versus the speed and agility of Jody Thornberry from Shi Jia Li Taekwondo in the final saw Natalie take the decision in a close call. With great timing and ringcraft, Rosemary Cranney from Shotokan Karate claimed third place. Terrific job ladies, exciting bouts and great to judge!

It was a fabulous day of martial arts action, proving yet again that the other states will certainly have their work cut out for them when they face off against the might of NEW SOUTH WALES at this year's Nationals in our hometown SYDNEY! Special thanks goes to our great team of Ring and Table Officials and volunteers for your enthusiasm, dedication and skill...well done to all! Thanks also goes out to Mr John Nitis for the great action photos.

Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action, please give me a call anytime; Gary Palmer NSW/ACT Director 0410 335 937.  I look forward to seeing you all again for another exciting day at Round 3 on June 23rd.

1. NAS NSW Club Profile

NAS NSW Club Tora Martial Arts Centre INSTRUCTOR NAME:

Sensei Alexsandra Covek-Nitis  and Sensei John Nitis


Tora Martial Arts Centre. We teach Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing

How long have you trained?

Sensei Alexsandra over 20 years 

Sensei John over 20 years

Location of club & nights you train?

 Unit 1a, 1353 The Horsley Drive Wetherill Park

 Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

We discovered NAS through the Blitz Martial Arts Magazine.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

We love the NAS environment in general. The referees are experienced, have a good understanding of the rules and are not biased.
We also like that the referees chat to the competitors after an event has completed to give advice and say well done. We also like that all the children receive a certificate for their efforts, we find this very encouraging, especially for the fact that each child’s name is personalised with their name of the certificate.

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

Joshua Carrier – 1st place Kata and Point Sparring
Lisa Tran – 1st place point sparring and second place continuous sparring
Thomas Baliva – 1st place Continuous sparring, kata and point sparring

What are your future goals for your organisation?

Our future goals are to help students achieve the goals in which they set out to achieve for themselves, e.g. competing, gradings, self confidence, etc... Our future goals are based on the dreams and realities of our students. 

2. NAS NSW Competitor ProfileNAS NSW Competitor Braxton Reeley

NAME:  Braxton Reeley

STYLE: Shotokan Karate

How long have you trained? 

I have been training for approximately 2 ½ years

Where do you train?

I train at Northern Lakes Martial Arts at Budgewoi on the Central Coast

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

Having fun at the tournaments and enjoying the sport.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

My best memory would be being winded in a sparring round and getting back up and not quitting!!

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

A Double Roundhouse kick is my favourite.

Favourite martial artist...

My favourite martial artists is my Shihan and all my Sensei's.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

To one day be a World Champion and compete at the Olympic Games.  

3. NAS NSW Official Profile NSW Official  Wayne Morrison

NAME: Wayne Morrison

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?

I have trained for over 16 years. In that time. I have trained in Judo and Freestyle Karate prior to commencing with Chikara Kenpo Karate.

Where do you train?

I train at Baulkham Hills on Tuesdays nights & Saturday mornings. We have a vibrant, strong club and I'm fulfilling lots of aspirations of my youth...you're never too old to train!

How long have you been involved with the NAS?

Since 2004, after attending other tournaments I found that NAS gave me a greater sense of accomplishment in combative skills. NAS has been a very encouraging journey with lots of fulfilment coupled with great camaraderie.

What made you become an NAS Official?

During my time competing in NAS I was drawn to the thought of becoming an Official. I began by assisting with set-ups, attending seminars and became a Judge. This has been rewarding and I would encourage all Black Belts and senior artists, regardless of style, to become a member of the Australian Referees Board.

What level are you with the NAS?

I am currently a Level 3 Senior Centre Referee. My role enables me to assist at seminars in the training of new officials, contribute to the smooth running of the events and to help ensure our high standard of judging continues.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

It is my intention to continue to train with NAS. It has become a great part of my life and is a terrific opportunity to give something back to arts, regardless of style/discipline. I would encourage you all to be part of NAS and train for greater levels of achievement.

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