Rd1 New South Wales - 9th March 2014

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NAS NSW…Non Stop Action!!......

New South Wales was very proud to host the 2013 NAS National Championships in Sydney. It was a tremendous weekend of martial arts action and excitement. There were some great achievements by some very talented athletes, who used their skills with spirit and sportsmanship. Congratulations to each and every one of you. Team NSW grabbed a total of 25 individual National Titles and 5 team titles! These tremendous results came from a wide variety of clubs and styles, from pee wees to veterans. A truly ALL STYLES event. We can’t wait for this year’s event in Melbourne! 

This wonderful excitement carried forward to get us underway for the 2014 season with Round 1 on Sunday March 9th at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre

The opening address gave me the opportunity to welcome nearly 30 different clubs, some competing for the very first time and some who had travelled long distances to be part of the action. I was also very pleased to welcome the President of NAS, Mr James Casey and his lovely wife Virginia the National Table Director who attended the days event.  Once again welcoming SENSEI’S MARTIAL ARTS STORE as our state sponsor for this year, Sensei Phil Chapman has years of experience in looking after the equipment needs of martial artists of all disciplines, visit him at the tournaments this year. It was great to see so many families and competitors in attendance and all were keen to get stuck into the action!

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It didn’t take long, with lots of excitement and loud vocal support for the combatants in the popular 7 – 9 years Continuous Sparring. This division always draws lots of attention as the ‘young-guns’ show their stuff. First place was taken out by first time competitor Leon Trentaffallou of Budo Ryu Kempo, Lara Chaaban from GoKanRyu Karate claimed second prize in a close battle. Alia Lambert of Kinetic Martial Arts. used some good kick combinations to take out third place from Christopher Gregoriou of Budo Ryu Kempo, proving that we are in for an exciting year. The 12–14 years Continuous Sparring were feisty affairs, with lots of adrenalin and quick, focused moves. In the male division, the hard fought win went to Jack Stevens of United Tae Kwon Do in a close tussle with Ethan Gair of Fire Phoenix Martial Arts. A valiant Mark Soury of Budo Ryu Kempo showed all the skills in claiming third spot from team-mate Christopher Athanasakopoulo. In the female event, great ringcraft skills saw the win go to Stacey Thompson of Isshogai Do Kai Karate in a tough bout with Gabriela La Cava of Budo Ryu Kempo with both fighters warned for contact. A focused Georgah Elchaar of Fire Phoenix Martial Arts claimed third place. 

Over on Ring 2 the Veterans Continuous Sparring division was underway. Proving that this will be a dynamic event this year, the combatants provided some tenacious battles with no-one giving an inch. Good manoeuvring and ringcraft saw Craig Humphreys of Chikara Kenpo Karate overcome the fast hand combinations of Darren Lea of Washin Kan Karate Do, in a split decision. A close battle for third place played out between Mark Hadley of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Bill Hole from United Tae Kwon Do with Mark winning out on the day.

Thrilling the crowd with their skill, power and determination the Continuous Advanced events were not to be missed. The action was so tight that a number of bouts needed extra time to resolve the out-come. Winning out on the day in the male division was Jacob Lambert of Kinetic Martial Arts from Ben Cunningham of GoKanRyu Karate. Claiming third spot in his first year in the adult division was Adrian Huber from Double Dragon Shotokan Karate. Giving it their all, Kelly O’Brien of IMUGI Taekwondo and Miranda Mitchell, independent, fought out a terrific battle in the female division. High flying kicks and great footwork from both ladies made for a close bout. Kelly taking the win on the day in her first NAS event.

The Point Sparring divisions are always breathtaking events! Each year the focus and speed seems to get faster and faster, keeping the judges on their toes. A standout event was the Male 16-17years 10th-6thKyu division where a number of ‘first-timers’ fought out some nail biting finishes. In the final, Joubert Guanzon of Budo Ryu Kempo went head to head with Joseph Harris of Double Dragon Shotokan, both determined to give their best. Joubert claimed the win on the day with loud and vocal support. Sayed Hamzeh of AAHYA Kung Fu taking home third spot. All are ones to watch for the future. The Male 14 –15 years 5th Kyu-Black Belt produced wonderful battles, Angus Mingare of Northern Lakes Martial Arts winning on the bell over Jemal Freeman of Double Dragon Shotokan. Zaine Hill of GoKanRyu Karate taking the points for 3rd place. Proving they were just as quick, the young combatants of the 12 –13 years 10th -6th Kyu division also resulted in some close decisions. Noor Agha of AAHYA Kung Fu scored the win with his high kicks over experienced campaigner Luke Clemente of Arjuken Karate. Toby Watkins of Chikara Kenpo Karate taking home third place. Whilst in the 8-9years5th-Black Belt division, Braxton Reeleyof Northern Lakes Martial Arts, traded point by point with William Stair of IMUGI Taekwondo. Jack Campbell of GoKanRyu Karate fought hard to claim third place from James Mathews of Isshin Ryu Australia. 

The Forms events are an opportunity for one to witness the dedication and discipline that martial practitioners apply to their art. So high was the standard that in a number of cases, tie-breakers were needed to decide the outcome. Such was the case in the Black Belt Men’s Open, with impressive displays from Ben Cunningham of GoKanRyu Karate, Adrian Huber of Double Dragon Shotokan and Robert Evans of Northern Lakes Martial Arts taking the top three spots after a tie-breaker with Lucas Palmero of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Tony Gillespie if IMUGI Taekwondo. In the 12-13yrs 5th-Black Belt division superb displays were turned in by Harrison Hewgill of Black Belt Martial Arts to take out first place closely followed by Mark Soury of Budo Ryu Kempo with a focused Jasmine Green of Northern Lakes Martial Arts in third place. 

A highlight of the day were the performances in the Demonstration and Weaponry Divisions. A standout was the finely executed sword display from Matt Vella and the team from Kinetic Martial Arts and the synchronised form from Paul Halfpenny and the United Taekwondo team in the Senior Demonstrations. In both the Junior and Senior events, the skill and timing were very much appreciated by the crowd. It’s great to see all the hard teamwork on display. 

A power-packed day and a fitting start to an exciting year of competition for NAS NSW! A round of applause and a HUGE ‘thank you’ goes to our tireless team of Ring & Table Officials and all those who so willing give of themselves to make such a tremendous day possible. Congratulations to all competitors on your spirit and sportsmanship!

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday May 4th , where the action & excitement will continue!


NAME: JenniferWood

STYLE: Shotokan Karate International

How long have you trained? About 7 and a-half years

Where do you train? At Double Dragon Karate club under Sensei Les Smirski. I train at both the Hurstville and Kingsford dojo’s

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition;  I like how NAS is a family friendly environment that is also very competitive at the same time. It is also a great experience being exposed to other martial arts.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? My best moment with NAS would probably be the 2013 national championships where I won first place in both point sparring and continuous sparing as well as being a part of the juniorgirls state team who also placed first.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? My favourite technique would have to be either gyaku zuki (reverse punch) or mawashi geri (roundhouse kick)Favourite martial artist...I have a few one being Sensei Les (my instructor), Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa, Sensei Manabu Murakami and Sensei Shinji Tanaka.What are your future goals in the NAS? My goals for NAS are to qualify for the 2014 national championships, to improve my performance and to become a NAS official.


INSTRUCTOR NAME: Hugh Lynch-Gardner Kancho

STYLE: Budo Ryu Kempo

How long have you trained? 36 years

Location of club & nights you train?
Our tournament players come from our St Marys and Kingsgrove Dojo.
We also have dojo at Oakhurst, Taree and India.
St Marys: Mon/Wed/Thurs – Instructor: Cheryl Lynch-Gardner
Kingsgrove: Wed/Thurs – Instructor: Andrew McCulloch
Oakhurst: Tues/Wed/Fri - Instructor: Jo & Di Birmingham
Taree: Fridays - Instructor: Matty Lansdowne
India: Various instructors.

How did you find out about the NAS competition? We had been competing on another circuit and decided to try NAS instead.

What do you like about the NAS competition? Well organised and friendly atmosphere.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition…I was very happy with our competitor’s performances.We achieved 7 x 1st places, 7 x 2nd places and 4 x 3rd places in their first NAS competition! I think they are all up and coming champions!
What are your future goals for your organisation?
To continually improve and grow.  www.budo.com.au 



NAME: NSW Technical Director: Wayne Morrison

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Wayne Morrison as the new NAS NSW Technical Director.

Wayne has many years of experience with NAS as a competitor, past champion and senior official, so he understands competition from both sides of the mat.

I’m sure you would have seen or met Wayne at NAS tournaments over the years where he has won praise and appreciation for his skill and sensitivity as a fair and just official.

He has earnt the respect of other officials, coaches, competitors and parents alike. Wayne is dedicated to the arts and to helping young people achieve their goals.

I very much look forward to working with Wayne as we build NAS into the future. 



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