Rd4 New South Wales - 23rd August 2015


Great Action, Great Spirit!!

Martial artists of all ages, from all around the state to put their skill, focus and power to the test in a safe, friendly and exciting environment at the NAS NSW Round 4 Tournament on August 23rd at the Netball Central Stadium, Olympic Park. Practitioners from almost 40 different clubs pulled out all stops in the last opportunity to qualify for the prestigious State and National Championships. The cheering from the proud Mums, Dads and club supporters provided the backdrop for an exciting day of competition.

After the official welcome and bow-in

The Under 7yrs (Pee Wee) divisions always get the day off to a great start. First up came the Forms event, it’s so great to see the focus in these little ones. Taking first place was Kai O’Brien from IMC Australia, closely from the dedicated Cody Reeley from Northern Lakes Martial Arts in second and Serenity Saville from Budo Ryu Kempo claiming third place. The 7-9yrs Continuous Sparring has become one of the most popular events of the whole calendar and this day was no exception. The judges were impressed by their fighting skills, and the crowd, from grandparents down to little brothers and sisters voiced their support. In the final, Caitlin Bunney, One Martial Arts got the nod from a spirited James Matthews representing Isshin Ryu Australia. A very determined Nathan Byrnes, Evolution Gym/English Karate battled it out to take out third place in an exciting match.

The Veterans provided some entertaining displays over on Ring 2. As you would expect, the standard is extremely high and level of competition is tenacious. Taking the prize in Forms was Kevin Brady from SKIA with a very strong performance, closely followed by an impressive display from Wayne Abbott of Fighting Fit Martial Arts with Ed Bateman from One Martial Arts turning in a determined effort to claim third place, with Laura Walker of SKIA hot there heels. It was hard to split these experienced, dedicated artists in a very talented field.


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A definite feature this year has been the growth in numbers and popularity of the Demonstrations and Weapons Divisions. A crowd favourite, competitors in the Junior Demonstration 0-12yrs got the chance to show just how entertaining they can be. Again, poise and teamwork was the focal point.

Taking the prize this day with an impressive Synchronised display was the team from Northern Lakes Martial Arts, claiming second spot was Team Go Kan Ryu closely foolowed by Team Extreme B-Force Martial Arts. Judges and crowd alike really were appreciating the hours of training that goes into perfecting synchronised kata. Finely tuned skills were on show in the Senior Creative Weapons event, an ‘extreme’ level of expertise required. Esma Bektasovski from Xtreme B-Force Martial Arts claimed first place with her fast-paced presentation. Nigel Ridgeway of Fighting Fit Martial Arts impressed the judges to claim second, with GLMA’s Penny Gulliver’s creative, flowing performance earning her third place…certainly popular and entertaining divisions.

As I've mentioned earlier, the standard of competition has been extremely high this year and the young martial artists of New South Wales are placing the other states at the Nationals on notice... they'll be there to win! Some standout performances on the day came in the 10-11yrs Male Continuous Sparring where Kane Rancic from English Karate/Evolution Martial Arts snatched a close win over his high-kicking team mate Nikolajs Valdmanis in an exciting final, third place going to a determined Jacob Flynn of Tora Martial Arts from Hugh Matthews of Isshin Ryu Australia. These young combatants are certainly ones to watch for the future!

The 'never give in' attitude of Codi Marsh of Imugi Taekwondo saw her grab victory in 12-13yrs 10th-6thKyu Female Point Sparring with her quick hand combinations from Grace Yarrow of Kinetic Martial Arts in second with the fast-moving Emma Dezius representing Isshogai Do Kai Karate claiming third place. Whilst the young guns in the 12-13yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt Male division owned the floor in some powerhouse battles. Taking the points on the day was Joseph Young of One Martial Arts showing great ringcraft in a close match with Nicholas Goh from SKIA Karate. Showing tenacity and speed, Luke Clemente of Arjuken Karate claimed third spot.

Notable performances for the big guys came with some hard, fast action from Loren Druzinec of Chikara Kenpo Karate, Richard Young of One Martial Arts and ‘One’ team mate Paul Fawcett in the Mens Advanced 5th-1stKyu Points event, certainly ones to watch for years to come. Whilst in one of the signature events of the day, the Female Black Belt Open, the team mates and coaches were on their feet offering loud, vocal support. The judges were on their toes as huge cheers accompanied every point. Kelly O’Brien of Imugi Taekwondo faced off against Denise Fung from Japanese Academy of Martial Arts. Both fighters using the entire ring and all their skills, Denise winning out on the bell in a point for point encounter! Laura Walker of Shotokan Karate had a great tussle with first time competitor Sophie Dodds-Mah from Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts to claim third place. It was wonderful to see the support and camaraderie the ladies gave each other as they progressed through their bouts…that is what martial arts is all about!!!

Great spirit, power and sportsmanship on show across all age groups and all divisions, another fantastic NSW event, setting the stage for the State Titles on October 11th and then on to the National Championships on the Gold Coast in December! I can give an early warning to all the other states....Beware! Be Ready! Because.....New South Wales will be hard to beat!!

Thank you to all competitors, instructors and parents for another great, exciting day.

Thanks to the SMA Medics Mr Ed Bateman for your caring and support and to Mr John Nitis for the great action photography. My thanks and gratitude to all the hardworking and dedicated Officials and helpers....   it just wouldn't happen without you!!

I look forward to seeing you all at the NSW State Titles on October 11th. GO NAS NSW!! 

Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action, please give me a call at anytime; Gary Palmer NSW/ACT Director: 0410 335 937.     


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Name: Kane Rancic

Style: Gym English Karate at Evolution

How long have you trained?

I have been training for a year and a half.

Where do you train?

I train at English Karate in Carrington Rd at Castle Hill.

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

I like the nice stadium and after I compete, I can hang out with the other competitors that I was up against. Everyone’s cool!

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

My best moment in NAS was winning first place in Continuous Sparring in my second competition.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

My favourite technique in competition would be a triple action side kick to the body.

Favourite martial artist...Sensei Adrin Adelzadeh, my instructor, is my favourite martial artist...he’s so fast!

What are your future goals in the NAS?

My future goals are to train harder and win a NAS State Title and then represent NSW at the National Championships.




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INSTRUCTOR NAME: Renshi Chris Luafalealo

STYLE: One Martial Arts - Karate-Shotokan/Kyokushin

How long have you trained?

30 years; Our club is 9 years old.

Location of club & nights you train?

Terrigal and Niagara Park on the Central Coast. We are open 6 days a week

How did you find out about the NAS competition?

Via mail outs and the internet

What do you like about the NAS competition?

It has a high quality of competition, it’s safe for our students and it’s well run.

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

Ed Bateman 2nd in continuous (Advanced), 1st in continuous (Veterans),

1st in open sparring and Vets sparring

Sam Bateman 1st in continuous

Caitlin Bunney 3rd in continuous

Clare Ham 2nd in continuous, 1st in point

Sian Fawcett 3rd in continuous, 1st in point, 1st in Forms

Paul Fawcett 2nd in continuous

Priya Fawcett 3rd in sparring

Vicki Chase 3rd in continuous, 3rd in point

What are your future goals for your organisation?

Next year we are focused on growth and the streamlining of our processes whilst maintaining the strong focus on our club values.

Love - Peace - Truth - Non-Violence - Right-Conduct


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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 outstanding job of Officiating and supporting NAS! You really are the best of the best! We have had a tremendous start to the 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 working with you at this year’s Tournaments and at the State and National Championships in Queensland. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!


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