State Titles New South Wales - 12th October 2014


“Congratulations to all competitors & our new 2014 State Champions!


NSW NAS Tournaments this year have been a great showcase for the skills and sportsmanship of our state’s 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 12th was the eagerly anticipated date for our 2014 State Titles and with 40 different clubs in attendance at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre; a thrilling day of competition was set to go. 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 to be held in Melbourne Victoria in November.

The day got off to an early start, and as the crowd streamed in, the Male Black Belts staged some thrilling entertainment with their skill and tenacity. It was great for the young ones and parents to see these champions in action. Taking out first place in the Forms, Dean Gould just edged out Go Kan Ryu team mate Ben Cunningham with Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate a very close third. The finals of the Point Sparring brought loud support. Vincent Xu took the fight to Chikara Kenpo Karate team mate Lucas Palmero as the score card ticked over with some stunning points. Nearing the end Vincent found his mark to take out the bout and the State Title. The crowd showed their appreciation and a great day was underway.

Next, as competitors and officials lined up for the bow-in and welcome, I had the opportunity to congratulate all competitors and clubs, 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 loud applause from the crowd and competitors alike and a huge cheer when we announced our intention to return home from the Nationals with the Presidents Cup in our grasp!

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Now it was down to business as combatants focused on their goals, training and discipline kicking in!

A classy display of up and coming talent in the Pee Wee 7yrs Point Sparring saw young Amy Lee from Budo Ryu Kempo take the day with a determined Andrew Graydon of Bujutsu Martial Arts claiming second place. The skills of young Stan Testard of Double Dragon Shotokan earning him third spot.

Whilst in the 8-9yrs 10th-6th Kyu Sparring event the talents of Oliver Appo of Northern Lakes Martial Arts earned the points from the Judges in a close tussle with the focused Marko Jugovic from Gradens Martial Fitness. Marko’s team mate Nikola Skoric fought hard for a close decision in third place.


Proving they are fierce competitors and ones to watch for the future, the fighters in the 10-11yrs Continuous Sparring produced some close decisions. In the Female event, Issabella Ceuppens of Kinetic Martial Arts used terrific ringcraft in taking first place against the skilled techniques of Tegan Jenkins of Isshogai Do Kai Karate. Fellow Kinetic member, Maria Vergados was strong on the day in claiming third place ahead of a very strong field. Whilst in the Male division, Daryl Chan of Double Dragon Shotokan won out on the day in a close final with Jackson Stair of Imugi Taekwondo. Gordon Clark of Isshogai Do Kai Karate taking home third place.                                                                                                        

A crowd favourite, competitors in Demonstrations and Traditional Weapons Divisions got the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise and teamwork were on show in some impressive displays. Standout performances in Junior Demo’s were turned in by Team Fighting Fit: Jared Abbott, Holly Harrison and Kaitlin Saunders and also Ethan Gair from Fire Phoenix Martial Arts. Whilst in Senior Traditional Weapons, years of dedication and finely tuned skills were on show with the crowd really appreciating this level of expertise. William Bond of Jow Ga Kung Fu had all eyes on his display, while Bruno Baldacchino of Mudgee Martial Arts and Mark Szalajko of Bujutsu Martial Arts drew loud applause for their skilled performances. A special division at the State Titles is the Synchronised Team Forms. This event takes great team work and practise. It’s wonderful to see the dedication to ‘get it right’ on the day. Great performances in the Juniors from Team Double Dragon and Northern Lakes Martial Arts, while some fine precision in the Seniors from Team United Taekwondo and Team Chikara Kenpo Karate. 

The Adult Continuous events drew animated crowd support. Claiming victory in the Veteran Male event was Bruno Baldacchino of Mudgeee Martial Arts from John Marchand of United Taekwondo and Darren Lea of Washin Kan Karate in third. The female division saw a great battle between Sandra Stendardo of United Taekwondo and Julie-Anne Maher from Mudgee Martial Arts. The Novice divisions produced some exciting bouts, in the Female event Sian Fawcett of One Martial Arts claimed the day from Jeannie-Bell Mason of Imugi Taekwondo and Shamsia Moosawi from AAHYA Shotokan, while in the Males, a number of split decisions saw Sayed Mehdi Jaafari of AAHYA Kung Fu take first from Ryan Miner of WashinKan Karate and Asif Sultani representing Kombat Academy.

Some other notable performances on the day came from Tobey Watkins (Chikara Kenpo Karate), Alex Assaf (Evolution Gym) and Hugh Higgins (Imugi Taekwondo) in the Male 12-13yrs Point Sparring and from Abbey Simshauser (United TKD), Jet Lambert (Kinetic Martial Arts) and Jessica Dale (Isshogai Do Kai Karate) in the Female 12-13yr event. The Female Black Belt division also produced some tough, close tussles with Alisha Rasmussen (Go Kan Ryu) Alice Carrett (Black Belt Martial Arts)and Kelly O’Brien (Imugi Taekwondo) taking home the places. 

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 makes up our great team of Ring and Table Officials and helpers. 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 Jennaya & Leigh Bowman for a great job capturing all the action with the camera. 

Now it’s off to Melbourne for the 2014 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 Victoria to do what we do best…WIN!! 

Any instructor or club, who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action in 2015, please give Gary Palmer NSW Director a call on 0410 335 937 anytime.



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On behalf of Mr James Casey, Chairman Australian Referees Board & NAS President           I personally wish to thank all members of the NAS NSW Referees Board and pass on my gratitude and congratulations to all of you for an out-standing year of Officiating and supporting NAS!

You really are the best of the best! We have had a tremendous year, made possible by your contribution.

Your efforts have earned the respect of all the attending martial art schools, coaches and competitors. By putting others first you have displayed dedication, professionalism and true martial spirit!

I am really looking forward to seeing you at this year’s National Championships in Melbourne and for another exciting year of competition in 2015.






Shihan Darren Lea 7th Dan


Washin Kan Karate Do.
Sikaran Australia.
Kibler Shorin Ryu.
We train in Karate, Kenjutsu, Jujitsu,Sikaran, Arnis and Kobudo.

How long have you trained?

Our club has now operated in Australia for 20 years.

Location of club & nights you train?

We located at Hassallgrove Public School, Jamison High School in South Penrithand Claremont Meadows. Our style also operates in Queensland, Philippines & Japan.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

We first heard of NAS through Blitz Magazine and from one of our Sempai’s who had competed with his previous organisation.

What do you like about the NAS competition?

We really like the great variety of styles and disciplines. It really helps the students to develop their skills and the atmosphere is exciting. It’s also great to meet and make friendships with other martial artists.

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

All our students are doing very well and can be very proud of their efforts. They are improving with every tournament and we took several places at the State Titles.

What are your future goals for your organisation?

Our future goals are to continue to train and develop the skills and capabilities of our students,to continue to compete in NAS and assist our students to reach and surpass their goals. We also have many overseas masters that visit our club to share their knowledge through seminars that are open to everyone. For more information please visit our Washin Kan Facebook page.



NAME: Tobey Watkins

STYLE: Chikara Kenpo Karate

How long have you trained?

I have been training for a year and a half.

Where do you train?

I train at Thompson Hall in Baulkham Hills.

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

I like the fair and friendly atmosphere. The judges call it how they see it. I also love the sportsmanship of all the competitors; adversaries on the ring, friends off the ring. I also love the combination of styles and techniques that are at NAS. It unifies all martial artists no matter what style or background. 

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

My best moment at NAS would be winning two State Titles at this year’s New South Wales State Championships.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

I like all techniques but my favourite for competition is a controlled back fist.

Favourite martial artist...

If I had to choose it would probably be Bruce Lee

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goal is to hopefully one day win a National Title.

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