State Titles New South Wales - 11th October 2015


1. New South Wales State Titles 11th October 2015

Spirit, focus, passion, and a few nerves, filled the air as the dedicated competitors lined up for a tremendous day of martial arts action at the 2015 New South Wales NAS State Titles, Sunday 11th October at the Netball Central Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

As the competitors lined up for the official Bow-in and welcoming address, the excitement and adrenalin was running high.

The chance of becoming a State Champion and the opportunity to qualify for the prestigious NAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held on Gold Coast, Queensland in December would be hotly contested. Quite a number of competitors and their families had travelled many hours from the far reaches of the state for the chance to take part. Competitors and Officials showed their mutual respect for each other in the traditional way and as the Referees called "Start" a day of high powered martial arts action was under way! 

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A day like this creates many memorable moments

I wish it were possible to mention them all. Some of the highlights came early as the Forms Divisions took centre stage. The Pee Wee's featured some strong performances with young Kiedis Huhndorf of Chikara Kenpo Karate in a narrow victory over the focused Larissa Govender from Double Dragon Shotokan. Kai O’Brien representing IMC Australia took home third place with Hamilton Seoung of GKR Karate, always in contention in fourth place. A determined Mia Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo took out the 10-11yrs 10th-6thKyu division in a close decision from Teodora Ostrugnaj of Double Dragon Shotokan while Budo Ryu Kempo exponent Chloe McDonald claimed third place. There is no shortage of determination and focus from these youngsters and the diversity of styles and skills means the future looks very bright indeed.The adult events provided some wonderful displays of skill and precision. In the Male Advanced 5th-1st Kyu division, Jie Cui of Jow Ga Kung Fu performed a polished form to take the day ahead of Treelo Harrington from Ta Mo Tao Martil Arts. A strong traditional kata from Richard Young of One Martial Arts claimed third place just ahead of One team mate Paul Fawcett in fourth spot. Whilst in the extremely competitive Female Black Belt division, Kelly O’Brien of Imugi Taekwondo achieved a clean sweep for the year in claiming first place with her skilful pattern. Lihnida Veleski of SKIA Liverpool Lions taking second with a stalwart performance from Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts claiming third place.

Big numbers in the Point Sparring divisions meant some hard battles had to be won to get to the finals. Some fast 'block & strike' combinations saw Hugh Higgins of Imugi Taekwondo claim a win on the bell over the fast, elusive talents of Luke Genovese-Kollar from Yee’s Progressive Martial Arts in the final of the Male 12-13yrs 10th-6thKyu event, while some good ring-craft skills help secure third spot for Imugi team mate Bryce Tuppurainen in a very close bout with the hard-fighting Alex Assaf from Evolution Gym Kickboxing. Another exciting event had to be the young ladies in the 14-15yrs 10th-6th Kyu. These dynamos really had the judges on the go keeping up with their high flying kicks and dynamic techniques. In the final, Tiger-Lily Harrington of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts took the win over Khadija Moosawi from AAHYA Kung Fu in a seesawing battle. The never give-in attitude from Kayla Nassis of Kinetic Martial Arts gaining third spot in a close battle with Samantha Owen from Imugi Taekwondo.

After such an exciting start to the day, the big guys were pumped up and rearing to go! It was certainly true "all styles" action in both the male and female divisions, with a number of different styles represented in the finals! The ladies events were fast and furious, Atousa Masoudi from Chikara Kenpo Karate grabbing the win over Zarina Karimi of AAHYA Karate in the Female Novice Division, with Leanne Mackenzie of Imugi Taekwondo in third. Up and coming Lyndsay Witchard all the way from Mid Coast Martial Arts taking home the forth place medal. The men certainly weren't to be outdone with loud foot-stomping support from the crowd. In the signature event of the day, the Male Black Belt Open Points, Adrian Huber of Double Dragon Shotokan Karate fought a close tussle with rival Lucas Palmero of Chikara Kenpo Karate, Adrian taking the winning point from the judges in tight, see-sawing battle. The quick, in & out style of fighting employed by Tony Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo saw him claim third place from promising young fighter Tino Kausmann of GLMA.

A crowd favourite is always the Demonstration and Creative events. An appreciative audience were enthralled and entertained by some thrilling displays of intricacy and skill.    A big well done to the teams from Fighting Fit Martial Arts, Xtreme B Force Martial Arts, Tora Martial Arts, IMC Australia and St Scholastica Jujitsu for impressing us all with their unique combinations of weaponry, defence and stunning aerial moves.

A division that is exclusive to the State Titles is the Team Synchronised Kata event, where the winning team from each state will face-off at the National Championships in a State vs State showdown. An impressive performance of precision in the Junior division saw the team from Double Dragon Shotokan take out the title and the right to represent NSW on the Gold Coast in December. Team Northern Lakes Martial Arts a close second place. I really admire the amount of dedication and team work required for this event. Well done!

It was a fabulous day and a fitting finale to what has been a tremendous year of competition for NAS in New South Wales. No accolades could possibly be enough for the tireless, dedicated work of our Referees, Judges, Table Officials and helpers. It has been said many times and it's absolutely true: "The day just wouldn't happen without them!" They have every reason to feel proud of their achievements and contribution this year. Well done ladies and gentlemen, and "thank you!" In particular, my appreciation goes out to Natasha Bryce, Wayne Morrison and Matt Bryce for their unfailing support. 

I would also like very much to thank each & every competitor, instructor, parent, & spectator for your involvement, support and contribution to NAS NSW this year. It's been one of our best yet! With talent and skill such as this, we can only get bigger and better!

Our attention now turns to the 2015 NAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland over the weekend of 5th-6th December! New South Wales is fielding a talented, determined and focused team of superb martial artists!! The challenge goes out to all the other states: "Look out! New South Wales is coming!"

Any club or organisation interested in becoming part of the excitement for the new season in 2016, please give me a call on 0410 335 937 at anytime!



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Name:                    Kelly O’Brien

Style:                      Imugi Taekwondo


How long have you trained?  I began my martial arts journey at age 13.

Where do you train?  Medowie and Sandy Hollow NSW

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

The camaraderie between competitors. I have made some wonderful friends over the past two years we’ve been competing with NAS, both within my division and those of the many Imugi’s who compete. Don’t get me wrong many of my friends are fierce competitors on the mat, but once we’re off its all about support and goodwill. The Martial Way!!

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

While I am probably meant to say something I’ve achieved or done, my favourite memories all revolve around coaching our team and being part of their martial arts journey. I spend every Qualifying and Championship round running around to every possible Imugi event to coach and support them. I am there with the team through the highs and the lows. Helping them to improve and grow, as well as celebrate their amazing achievements.  One particular memory that comes to mind was 2014 qualifying round 3 when our son was competing in 10-11 years Continuous. He faced his team mate and senior in the gold medal bout. Both boys are very different martial artists and had to dig deep to combat the others style. The atmosphere and camaraderie between them and the team watching and cheering was amazing.   Imugi has a very close knit team, and family. Regardless of the outcome we are always there to lift each other through even the toughest of bouts. 

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

My favourite technique is not a strike, nor a block, rather footwork and evasion. While it’s still something I am working on, the changes have proven to be very effective on the mat with taller or larger opponents. 

Favourite martial artist...

I don’t have a specific favourite martial artist; however I do draw a lot of inspiration from Bruce Lee’s philosophies. I draw inspiration from those who dedicate themselves to their martial arts journey and commit to continued learning and evolution with an open mind. No one art is 100% perfect, every art has strengths and weaknesses. Evolution is about continued learning and appreciation, drawing on the strengths of each art, recognising and understanding their weaknesses. Everyone’s journey is personal, with different opportunities and challenges; however an open mind is the only way to ensure you continue to evolve and grow as well rounded martial artist. 

What are your future goals in the NAS?

If you’d asked me 2 years ago my goal was to get through a form on the mat without going blank from nerves. Whilst I still get extremely nervous I have gotten past the stage fright.

Short term, is to place in the top five in all three events at Nationals 2015. My aim is to be a well rounded martial artist rather than a single event specialist.

Long term, is to one day win the Australian Championship Senior Female Synchronised Team Forms with Female Black Belt Imugi’s. Given I am currently the only Female Imugi Black Belt I have considerable time to develop our team.



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STYLE: Taekwondo and Extreme Martial Arts

How long have you trained? I started Judo in 1979 before switching to Rhee Taekwondo in 1981. I later became an Independent School in 2001 

Location of club & nights you train? McGraths Hill (Hawkesbury), we are a full time school open 6 days a week.

How did you find out about the NAS competition? Through Blitz Australasian Martial Arts Magazine

What do you like about the NAS competition? Have certainly enjoyed the professional atmosphere of the tournaments, but as a team we

mostly enjoy simply meeting like minded martial artists that appreciate what we all have to offer.

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

We have some team leaders that have represented very well this year including Mr Nigel Rigeway, Miss Kaitlan Saunders, Miss Angela Touma, Miss Taylah Banks and Mr Jared Abbott. Our students specialise in extreme martial arts and entertaining an audience so they place well in the creative forms and weaponry events. 

What are your future goals for your organisation?

We run an event called the 'Pink Belt Dojo' you can find it on facebook, which is an martial arts leadership event to support schools and the community - so we would like to hold more of these with other schools to support their members.

We also get asked a lot about how to start an extreme martial arts program in schools and are more than happy to assist school owners and their leadership team to implement their own extreme program in their school. All they need to do is contact us.  

Besides that we just enjoy what we do together as a team!



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NSW Referees, Judges and Officials

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 year in 2015,only 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 continue working with you at this year’s State Titles and the National Championships in Queensland. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!


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