Rd1 New South Wales - 6th March 2016




Congratulations to all the dedicated and talented members of our State Team at the 2015 NAS National Championships held on the Gold Coast in December.

We captured 15 Individual National Titles, 1 Team Title as well as 29 - 2nd places, 23 - 3rd places and 6 team places!

These great results were spread from Pee Wees to Veterans & beginners to Black Belts!! It was an awesome, exciting weekend and a credit to all who competed so strongly.

I’m very proud of Team New South Wales and we will certainly field some of the best martial artists in the country for the upcoming 2016 National Championships in Melbourne in November this year. I can’t wait!!

NSW 2016 Season … beginning of a great year of competition!

The anticipation and excitement was evident as we kicked off the 2016 Season at Round 1 on Sunday March 6th at the Netball Central Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. The opening address gave me the opportunity to welcome over 35 different clubs, some travelling considerable distances to be part of the action with an unprecedented number competing in NAS for the very first time. It was great to see the familiar faces and the new comers made welcome with so many families in support. I was also very pleased to welcome a number of new additions to the ranks of our dedicated Referees and Officials. TORA MARTIAL ARTS STORE, our new state sponsor this year, completed the scene and everyone was keen to get underway. 


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Loud and enthusiastic support greeted the nervous competitors in the Pee Wee Forms event. These little guys always impress and today was no exception. Larissa Govender from Double Dragon Shotokan took out first place in a close call from One Martial Arts competitor Priya Fawcett with first timer Sava Gagic of SKIA Liverpool Lions in third place. Big futures are in store for these talented artists. Whilst next door on Ring 2, the Veterans turned in some classy performances which saw experienced competitor, Kevin Brady of SKIA Shotokan claiming the win with fellow SKIA exponent Laura Walker in second closely from Ed Bateman of One Martial Arts taking home third place.

A highlight of the morning was the Demonstration events. These dynamic, skilful displays are always popular and make everyone stop and watch. In the Junior 13-17yrs division, Team St Scholastica Jujitsu impressed the judges with their dynamic knife attack display to take first place. While in the Extreme/Creative Weapons 0-12ys event, Destiny Collier’s dexterity with her Bo earned her first place. Axel Vereyken of MD Mixed Martial Arts turned in a classy performance to take home second place. In the Junior Synchronised Team Kata event, the crowd was enthralled by some superb displays of dynamic timing and obvious hard work by all the teams. This event is certainly going to be hotly contested this year.

The Continuous Sparring divisions are always breathtaking events! Each year the focus and speed seems to get faster and faster, keeping the judges on their toes. The 7-9 years Continuous was action-packed and as popular as ever. Some fast combinations and evasive skills were a feature of the final between Stan Testard of Double Dragon Shotokan and Lachlan Munro of Evolution Martial Arts with Stan winning out on the day. Lachlan Bunney from One Martial Arts taking third place in a close tussle with Chloe Vance from Goju Ryu Karate Panania in her first NAS tournament. In the Female 10-11 years event, a pumped up Mia Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo edged out a determined Caitlin West of Goju Ryu Karate Panania in an exciting bout, with Caitlin Bunney in third place from One Martial Arts team mate Seanna Harris. Well done girls! The 10-11yrs boys were right in the action too with some loud enthusiastic support from the crowd. An exciting final saw Kane Rancic of Evolution Gym take the day with Tate Goldsmith of Ta Mo Tao Martila Arts in second. Jacob Flynn representing Tora Martial Art impressed the judges to claim third from Sean Govender of Double Dragon Shotokan.

Over on Ring 2 the big guys weren’t to be outdone, the Male Continuous Advanced provided some tenacious battles. The crowd was right behind this one with the competitors standing toe to toe and no-one giving an inch. Good manoeuvring and quick hands saw Tony Gillespie of Imugi Taekwondo overcome the powerful skills of Ed Bateman from One Martial Arts. Talented competitor Joshua Tolmie from Kinetic Martial Arts showed he has all the skills in taking third place over the determined, never give-in attitude of Chris Blunt of One Martial Arts.

In the Ladies division, a fired-up Sian Fawcett from One Martial Arts was too strong on the day for the crafty, fast moving Janessa Pe from Zues Martial Arts Academy in her first NAS outing. Certainly two popular and exciting divisions!

The Female 12 –13 years 5th Kyu-Black Belt Points produced some nail biting action. Jessica Yazbek of Go Kan Ryu Karate winning on the bell over the quick hands of Issabella Ceuppens of Kinetic Martial Arts. The high kicks from Victoria Prasoulas of Zues Martial Arts Academy were the decider in taking the points for third place closely from Annet Sijo of Seigokan Australia, impressive in her first NAS event. Proving they were just as quick, the Male 14–15years 5th-Black Belt resulted in some close decisions. This was a big division with a number of close bouts. Jack Kemp of Black Belt Martial Arts fought his way through the field to score the win over Joshua Collen-Treagus of Kinetic Martial Arts. While BBMA’s Jordan Andersen proved he’s one to watch for the future in taking home third place tightly from the experienced Luke Clemente of Arjuken Karate.

Some other stand-out events of the day included the increasingly popular Female Novice Divisions. In the Female Novice Points new comers battled it out to claim the day. In the final M’Liss Parkinson of Imugi Taekwondo went point for point with fellow new comer Jennaya Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate , with M’Liss claiming the win on the bell. A tenacious Sarah Olive of Imugi Taekwondo taking out third place. While a real highlight on the day was the Female Black Belt Points event where some impressive performances and fast paced action had the judges on their toes. Sarah Kemp from Black Belt Martial Arts claimed the day with some high kicks and quick hands from the dynamic, elusive Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts. While Josephine Ngan of Shotokan Epping was too quick for the determined Sophie Dodds-Mah from Ta MoTao Martial Arts. Certainly a thrilling event!

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. A big thank you also goes to our photographer John Nitis for the tremendous action photos.

I look forward to seeing you all for Round Two on Sunday May 29th ; the excitement continues. Go NAS NSW!!




Name: Tony Gillespie

Style:Imugi Taekwondo (Hybrid Martial Art).Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo and Okinawan Karate.Traditional Forms are Taekwondo combined with the delivery of the techniques similar to Okinawan Karate taught by Dr Chitose. (Chito Ryu Karate).Trained under Renshi Brian Hayes.

How long have you trained? 29 Years

Where do you train?Imugi Taekwondo is located in Medowie in the Hunter Valley of NSW. I train in various areas of Martial Arts and fighting systems including:Muay Thai: With current Bangkok Open and Queens Cup Champion Chai.Boxing: With the current Asia Pacific WBF Welterweight Champion Mick Upton.Judo: With Oceania Champion Julia Maher.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?NSW NAS and the open minded approach of Mr Gary Palmer and his team allow for a true all styles opportunity. Especially hybrid systems, such as Imugi. In particular the continuous sparring allows me to express a range of skills I have acquired and put them onto the matt. Forms are also unbiased in its judgement. It provides an insight as to where your skills are compared to other styles and whether or not it is effective.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?After an accident with one of the best Martial Artists I have had the pleasure of competing against, which put him out of competition, I had the pleasure of making it to the final of the NSW State Title Continuous Sparring against another outstanding Martial Artist who stepped in to replace his training partner. To come away with the Continuous Title on this day was amazing. You know who you both are.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?My favourite technique without a doubt is the “Jab”. It is quick, direct and if delivered accurately and well timed, it leaves your opponent dazed. You can easily then develop techniques to follow behind it. Defensively it very rarely leaves you vulnerable as it allows you to maintain balance. I believe it is the most underutilised and underrated technique in Martial Arts today.

Favourite martial artist...All beginners. They broke out of their comfort zone, tried something they have never done before. They leave their trust in your hands. They believe what you teach them is the right way. To me, that’s the way we should all be regardless of rank.

What are your future goals in the NAS?Continue to develop my refereeing skills. Win the elusive Continuous sparring National Title. Develop the Black Belt division to encourage, clean and technical sparring. Educate others in the concepts of being open minded in all aspects of Martial Arts, not just their own style. I believe that this is the only way to get a true balance in the NAS.



INSTRUCTOR NAME: Lihnida Veleski

STYLE:Shotokan Karate- SKIFLiverpool Lions 
How long have you trained? I have trained Shotokan Karate for 11 years
Location of club & nights you train? Liverpool Lions Dojo is located at Busby Public School on South Liverpool Road in Western Sydney. Training is currently on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6pm to 6pm.
How did you find out about the NAS competition?I was told about the NAS competitions by my dad who is also a karateka. This meant that I started competing at a very young age.
What do you like about the NAS competition?What I really like about NAS tournaments is that they can be extremely competitive. I remember having about 35 people in one of my divisions at State Titles. I also like how they give youth the opportunity to compete in various events and the fact that the competitions are held on a regular basis. This enables competitors and students to further their sportsmanship and training skills. 
Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition!
One of my students Zaine Hill has achieved outstanding results both at NAS and Australian Karate Federation. He has placed first in kata and kumite events. Nikola Gagic also placed first in kata in Round 1. I honestly think they will all be champions. I have been in their position. As an athlete and instructor that is young, I have the experience of working with students in a way that is firm yet extremely motivating and encouraging.
What are your future goals for your organisation?One of the biggest goals is to see the students achieve fantastic results in competitions both with NAS, AKF and SKIA. They are already so sharp, fast and concentrated when doing kata, so I hope that they will one day be national champions and role models as I am to them. My long term goals involve to continue in adapting to the needs of each student individually when training and to contribute as much value to a sport that teaches you great skills for the workforce and for every day life situations.

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