State Titles New South Wales - 15th October 2017


Congratulations to all competitors & our new 2017 STATE CHAMPIONS !!



The chance of becoming a NAS NSW State Champion plus the pride of representing our state at the 2017 National Championships was within reach. The culmination of a year of hard training was about to be tested! In four preliminary rounds this year, NAS New South Wales has grown bigger, better and stronger with each event, stamping our mark as the martials arts tournament in this state. Strong club support, extremely talented and enthusiastic competitors plus dedicated officials, all ensuring we will move strongly forward into the future. This year we have the added honour of hosting the NAS National Championships on ‘home soil’ in December. 

1. This was the backdrop for the 2017 NAS NSW State Titles 

Which was held at the Genea Netball Central Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday 15th October. A big, exciting day of martial arts action was about to get underway. Spanning the width of the stadium, competitors and officials showed their mutual respect with the traditional bow-in and as the Referees called “Start” a day containing many memorable moments got off to a flying start!  

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2. Determination and nerves transformed into focus and speed as our talented artists presented their skills to the Judges.

It’s always a thrill to see the little guys in action and this day was no exception. Claiming the day in the 8-9yrs 10th Kyu-6th Kyu Forms event was young Crystabelle Pretorius from PDK Dojo, narrowly over a determined Sava Gagic from Liverpool Lions SKIA in second place with ‘Lions’ team mate Dusan Gagic taking out third place. Whilst in the 10-11yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt division Caitlin Bunney of Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts put in a focused display to take the title, with Hiyori Sakurai from Epping Shotokan SKIA close behind in second place. Evan Luong from PDK Dojo and Jeremy Wang from Double Dragon Shotokan turned in polished performances to take out second and third in what a very large and talented field.  

As the stadium filled up, the Veterans entertained us all with their years of skill and dedication. Taking out first place in the Forms, Wayne Abbott of Fighting Fit Martial Arts edged out Andrew East of Shotokan Karate and very close in third was Trevor Lonstein of Go Kan Ryu Karate. Andrew Towler representing Tao Gung Fu taking out fourth place. Synchronised Forms has been a huge and popular feature of the preliminary rounds this season and today was no exception. Turning in a polished, precise display of teamwork the ‘A’ Team from Double Dragon Shotokan took out the Junior Division Title with Team Black Belt Martial Arts hot on their heels.  The Senior Division was taken out by the team from Imugi Taekwondo, their performance becoming stronger and more polished each round this year. They will be hard to beat at the Nationals!  

The Weapons events always thrill and captivate the audience, the results of many hours of training  on show. The Senior Creative division was a stunning display of diverse and intricate martial techniques. Taking the title was Jared Abbott of Fighting Fit Martial Arts with his ‘double sword’ display. The Junior Title was claimed by a determined Destiny Collier of IMC Australia. The crowd really appreciating the skill and hours of dedicated training to produce their displays.  

The Continuous Sparring events always bring the crowd to their feet. Big numbers in both the Male & Female divisions meant some hard battles had to be won to get to the finals. In the Male 12-14yrs 10th-6thKyu event some fast ‘block & strike’ combinations saw consistent high performer Mason Carnevale of Evolution Gym claim the win over the fast hands of Mudgee Martial Arts William Drakeford, while some good ring-craft skills secured third spot for Jonathan Issa representing Seigokan Australia. The girls weren’t to be outdone with some thrilling bouts in their 12-14yrs division. Tijana Rancic of Evolution Gym used all her skills in a split decision over a determined Jaimie Vella of Kinetic Martial Arts. The quick, disciplined techniques of Kenya Brown of Imugi Taekwondo saw her claim third spot from a determined Emily Fraser of Seigokan Australia.  

There were quite a number of standout events throughout the day, I wish I could mention them all! One had to be the Male 16-17yrs 5thKyu-Blackbelt Point Sparring. These future stars had the judges on the go keeping up with their high flying kicks and quick hands. In an exciting final Akira Yamauchi ofPDK Dojo claimed the day over the valiant Joshua Hutcheon of Kinetic Martial Arts. The explosive skills of both fighters in the battle for third place had the crowd on their feet. A split decision saw Kieran Dark of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts claim third from a dynamic Jack Stevens of Pro Martial Arts Academy.   

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 Continuous Advanced Open divisions, with a variety of disciplines making  up the finals! The ladies event was fast and furious, Sian Fawcett of Chikara Kenpo Karate grabbed the title over Amelia Bradley representing Fighting Fit Martial Arts.  A determined Kelly O’Brien of Imugi Taekwondo claimed third spot in an exciting bout with Selina Nguyen of Tora Martial Arts Centre. The men certainly weren’t to be outdone! In a spirited and fast-paced final of the Mens Novice Division, Dean Stuart of Kinetic Martial Arts fought a tough, close,  tussle with Philip Millikin of Isshin Ryu Australia. Dean claiming the day. The hardfighting Mark Lancaster of Go Kan Ryu Karate grabbed third place from a determined Brad Callen of Isshin Ryu Australia.  

Certainly a highlight of the day were the Black Belt divisions. Taking the double titles in both Female Forms and Point Sparring was the consistent and dedicated Kelly O’Brien from Imugi Taekwondo. The sharp, focused talents of Josephine Ngan of Epping Shotokan saw her claim second place in the Points, Amelia Bradley of Fighting Fit Martial Arts and Denise Fung of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts taking out third and fourth spots. Great performances in the Male Divisions were turned in by Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate and Dean Gould of Go Kan Ryu Karate and Ed Bateman representing Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts, once again these superb martial athletes setting a bench-mark for those to come.  

An exciting 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!”  

Great appreciation and thanks to our NSW State Sponsor Tora Martial Arts Supplies

Thanks also goes to Mr John Nitis for the tremendous action photos!  

I would like very much to thank each and every competitor, instructor, parent, official and spectator for your involvement, support and contribution this year. It’s through you that NAS NSW is able to showcase and perpetuate the talents of the best martial artists in the country! 

New South Wales is extremely proud to be hosting the 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS over the 2nd-3rd December at Genea Netball Central Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park.  

We are fielding an incredibly talented, determined and focused team of superb martial artists!! The other states will need to be on their game because it’s…… NEW SOUTH WALES TO WIN !!

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Competitor Profile                                                                                  

Name: Natalia Davies

Style: Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts

How long have you trained? I am 19 years old and have trained for 2 years

Where do you train?

I train 4 days a week at Kumiai Ryu One Martial Arts in Terrigal with Shidoshi Chris Luafalealo and Sensei Ally Dietrich.

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

This is my second year competing at NAS and I have loved every moment of it. Over the

past two years of competing I have made many new friends, become closer with my team

mates and have gained a lot of knowledge that has helped me mature and improve as a

martial artist. I enjoy competing against others from different styles and receiving feedback

from the referees that assists in how I approach each competition and each event I partake in.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

Becoming NSW State Champion in Female Novice Forms 2017.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

Spinning high back/hook kick

Favourite martial artist...

Besides from Bruce Lee my favourite martial artist would have to be my coach Shidoshi Chris who challenged me to step on the mats for my first class when I didn’t have the confidence to. Since then he has helped me to learn and develop as a martial artist and assist in me achieving many goals.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

To continuously develop my skills and technique, grow as a martial artist and hopefully become a NAS National Champion.

Competitor Profile 

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Name: Josh Lonstein

Style: Go Kan Ryu Karate (GKR)

How long have you trained? 

I started training with GKR in October 2007 when I was 5 years old.  It has now been just over 10 years of training and competing.

Where do you train? 

I train at a number of Dojo’s in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney.  More specifically, I train will my Dad and we go to St Ives, Hornsby and Roseville Dojo’s.  Our goal is to train at least 3 times a week.

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

I like meeting new people who have a similar love for martial arts.  I have made a number of really good friends and we enjoy catching up at all the tournaments, both in NSW and nationally. There is a real mix of different styles of Martial Arts that compete in the NAS tournaments, but we all have to adhere to the same rules and regulations.  This makes the competitions really exciting and means that I need to vary my techniques depending on which style I’m competing against. I also really like the fact that the standard of competition is high and this really challenges me to lift my game.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?

I love travelling interstate with my Dad, and competing in the National tournaments in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

The most exciting moment was at the Nationals in Melbourne 3 years ago, when I was watching the Advanced men’s team sparring.  It was the finals between NSW and Queensland, and the scores were locked together at 2 bouts each.  My Dad was the final NSW competitor, and the scores were tied at 3 points each with 15 seconds to go.  My Dad scored the next point with a stomach level punch to win the bout and the Gold medal for NSW.  It was really tense and very exciting, and I was so proud of my Dad.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?

My favourite technique to use in the NAS point sparring competitions is the reverse punch pick off.  I have used it consistently in NAS tournaments and it has been my fall-back move.  As soon as I see my opponent move to attack, I need to be very quick to fire my reverse punch out first.

Favourite martial artist...

I get really inspired watching the NAS open male and female black belt forms and points sparring.  I learn a lot of new techniques which I then use in future tournaments. 

The martial artists that I love watching compete and admire the most, are our 2 more recent Champion of Champions from GKR, Ben Cunningham and Dean Gould.  In the female competition, GKR’s Alisha Rasmussen is really exiting to watch in action, and has given me much support, advice and encouragement over the years.

What are your future goals in the NAS?

I am looking forward to getting old enough to be able to compete in the men’s open Black Belt division and to one day hopefully be able to compete for the Champion of Champions.  I’d also like to be able to compete together with my Dad in a Team Sparring and or Team Forms competition, when I’m older.

New South Wales NAS-ARB Referees, Judges and Official


New South Wales - National All Styles - Referees Board:

All our Officials, Referees, Judges and Table Officials are volunteers who donate their time unselfishly to our sport so our event may run smoothly.  We are fortunate to have some fine martial artists officiating who we include in this report; Technical Director Mr Wayne Morrison, Senior Referees Mr Matthew Bryce, Mr Mark Porreca, Mr Graeme O’Donnel, Mr Tony Gillespie, Mr Chris Luafalealo, Mr Vincent Xu.

Referees/Judges Mr Andrew Vrachnos, Ms Penny Gulliver, Mr Lucas Palmero, Mr Richardo Khonasty, Mr Ed Bateman, Mr Zach Boys, Mr Paul Fawcett, Ms Clare Ham, Mr Stavros Vergados, Mr Paul Odendaal, Mr Garth Schwartz, Mr Peter Clarke, Mr Chris Blunt.

To all our NAS Table Officials, we wish to thank you all for your services to NAS. Without your contribution, giving your time unselfishly, the events would not run as smoothly as they do!  A big thank you to Senior Table Official Ms Natasha Kempers, Table Officials Ms Jennaya Palmer, Ms Charmaine Huhndorf, Ms Atousa Masoudi Ms Laura Walker, Ms Sian Fawcett, Ms Donna Ham & Mr David Huhndorf.

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