Queensland State Titles


Queensland is buzzing with excitement with the National Championships just around the corner....Queensland State team is looking forward to travelling to Sydney for a great National championship.  Everyone also gearing up to win the Presidents cup for the second year running...Go Queensland!

Over 240 competitors from all over Southeast Queensland, as far away as Lismore from the south, Texas and Toowoomba converged on the Gold Coast for the State championship.  Over 38 different martial art schools attended these championships and made it one of the best held in Queensland.

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Highlights and standouts of the day's competition

What a day of jammed packed excitement, after the official bow in, officials prepared themselves for a long day of nonstop action, with four rings running Officials were kept on their toes.

The male black belt divisions were first up in the morning with some real standouts.  Male black belt forms Matthew Rogers KenshinKan Karate gave a polished performance to win the votes from all judges and take first place, runner up Ardel Moore, Wushu Qld

Male black belt point sparring had big numbers of competitors; prior to the competition starting you could feel the tension building with coaches going over strategies. Finals had Delio Senatore, Seishin Karate Do came up against Joel Fullerton KenshinKan Karate...both men having meet on numerous occasions with bouts going either way, this time Delio stayed in control throughout the match outscoring his opponent to take first place.

Traditional weaponry saw some fine performances from all participating schools junior weaponry was taken out by Ethan Airs Seishin Zen Ryoku runner up Merinda Folkard Hervey Bay Kobudo.  Finals senior traditional weaponry division saw a polished kama performance from Kristel Suess; Go Kan Ryu taking out first place, runner-up Ardel Moore; Wushu Qld

Final of the 8 to 9 years 10th – 6th Kyu division point sparring Keeley Wildman came up against team mate James Tennant - DAMASHII, talk about non stop action for 1 ½  minutes both these competitors went point for point right to the bell in the end Keeley was  victorias and State champion

The female black belt-open division where among the highlights of the day, Female Black belt forms and point sparring Pania Casey Williams took out the double winning both forms & points runner-up in forms  Sherry Bower, JKA Shotokan and runner up in points was Nicki Kennedy.

Finals male 16 – 17 yrs (5th to Blackbelt) saw James Crowther come up against team mate Craig Knott, Seishin Zen Ryoku...keeping the crowd entertained with some fine martial art skills.  Towards the end of the bout James picked his shots outscoring his opponent to take out 2010 State championship

Congratulations to all the officials & staff for an outstanding day of officiating.  Special thanks to Qld Technical Director Mr. William Rogers and Senior table official Mrs. Caroline Kennedy.   Many thanks to Caroline Soner for supplying action photos.

To all instructors and competitors, thank you for your loyalty and support for 2010 and all the best at the National championships, Sydney in December...

Martial art schools wishing to come on board  2011 NAS season – contact QLD State Director, James Casey  on 0402 695 717.  Look forward to seeing everybody at round 1on the Gold Coast 20th March.  Let's make it a big one!

Click onto www.nationalallstyles.com.au QLD for full report

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

Chief Instructor Sensei Glen Smith; San Dan,
Head Coach Sensei Kahlia Smith; Ni Dan

At Bubishi Martial Arts we teach Shukokai Karate as developed in 1949 by Sensei Chojiro Tani founder of Shukokai Karate; and brought to Australian in 1972 by our Chief Instructor, Sensei Alan Murdoch.

How long have you trained?
I commenced training at the A.C.T Shukokai Karate Club over 20 years ago before moving to Hervey Bay in 1992 where I established the Hervey Bay Shukokai Karate Dojo as a part time club before opening the club's first full time Dojo in 2003.

In 2009, I formally created the Hervey Bay Kobudo Club and given our ongoing long term ties with the Australia Academy of Tai Chi; in 2010 formed Bubishi Martial Arts to more accurately reflect the club's future direction.

Since the club's inception we have involved ourselves in the competitive side of our Karate and we have participated in Regional, State, National and International level competitions producing many great champions along the way.

We have been participating in Shukokai Karate for over 20 years and our aim is to develop the skills of our style as taught to us by our forefathers.

Location of club & nights you train?
Our full-time Dojo is located in the heart of Hervey Bay on Boat Harbour Drive where we train 6 days per week.  With over 170 students training each week we are currently able to offer separate novice, intermediate and advanced pee wee, junior and senior classes along with our weapons class and Tai Chi.  Further details about our Dojo can be viewed at www.bubishi.com.au

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
I have had a long association with NAS tournaments; being introduced to them in New South Wales very early in my karate career by my Dojo instructor Sensei Richard Harris.

Leaving Canberra at 2.00AM for the then 6 hour car journey north, my first NAS competition was an event held in Sydney in a single building on a barren waste land now called the Sydney Olympic Park.  As a 9th Kyu red belt with three moths training at hand; taking 2nd place in the Kumite event added further fuel to my competitive passion and it was from there the passion grew.

Since moving to Queensland we have associated ourselves with the NAS tournament circuit for some years now.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
Our entire competition squad and support crew loves being politely welcomed with a smile and courtesy every time we walk through the stadium doors on competition day.  Having to travel over 800km's to attend these events; we appreciate a one day tournament that is non-stop action all day where we can be back on the road home before 4.00PM.

The dedicated hardworking team Kancho Casey has assisting on the day ensures a well run event that is focused on providing a fair and competitive event for all.

The kids just love the trophies!

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
Our entire team for 2010 has had a very successful year attending Carrara Indoor Stadium and being able to compete against such well prepared talented and determined opponents has brought out the best in each and every one of them.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
From here we are focusing on our potential National Championship competitors preparations for Sydney and then returning in 2011 for another year of hot competition on the Gold Coast.

2. Competitor – Profile

competitorCOMPETITORS NAME: Steven Taylor

The style I train with is largely Shotokan based, however we also implement techniques such as sabaki, which is a method of circular movement to defend and counter attack an opponent's forward movements.

Steven how long have you trained?
14 years (Since I was about 5/6 years old). I'm currently 19 years old.

Where do you train?
Redlands Martial Arts Academy (Seishin Zenryoku), in Thornlands. Its founding instructor is Shihan Shane Degney. I've trained under his instruction since I first started martial arts.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
The wide variety of competition, and the constant challenges it always presents. It's always good to test yourself against someone from a different style, and to see how effective certain techniques are in comparison to others in different situations.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Winning a national title in continuous sparring, back in 2007 down in Melbourne.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
It's a toss-up between either Back fist (Uraken Uchi) or reverse punch (gyaku tsuki), they're both great, effective techniques.

Favourite martial artist...
Without a doubt, it's still Shihan Shane Degney, my club's head instructor.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I'd love to try and place first in the adult male black belt open division, although this year is my first year in this divisions and as I've said right now my goal is to try and place first in Kata and/or Kumite.

3. NAS Official Profile

officialsBest Officials 2010
On behalf of the NAS President, Mr. Silvio Morelli and the Chairman of the ARB Mr James Casey we wish to congratulate Queensland's best Official – Referee/Judge & Table official 2010

Best Official 2010
Mr Aussie (Ian) Pape for his dedication and service to the Queensland ARB

Aussie has been involved with the NAS as an Official for the past 10 years and has the respect and admiration from all attending martial art schools

Best Table Official 2010
Mr Ian Salter for his dedication and service to the Queensland ARB

Ian has worked tirelessly with the NAS QLD for the past 10 years as master of ceremonies at State and National championships also as a table official.

To our recipients congratulations on receiving these awards also to all members of the Queensland referees board.  I personally wish to thank you and congratulate all of you for an out-standing year of competition

4. Download Tournament Results

Click here to download Tournament Results (PDF 92KB)