Rd1 Queensland 18th March 2012


Queensland NAS was still a buzz of excitement after hosting the 2012 National championships on the Gold Coast where around 500 of Australia's top martial artists competed in two days of non stop action.

2012 kicked off to a great start with excellent numbers of clubs and competitors travelling from as far away as Toowoomba, Brisbane, North Coast and as far south as Lismore for round one

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After the welcoming speeches by Mr. James Casey and official bow-in the day began with all four rings in full swing. The standard of competition for Round one was excellent. All who attended showed goodwill and sportsmanship towards each other which assured the day would be a great success.

First up were male black belt and veterans divisions. Male black belt forms divisions where well represented, competition was of a very high standard with four new clubs attending for their first time.   Taking out first place, Khai Tran Seishin-Ryu Karate Do runner up Steven Taylor Seishin Zen Ryoku, finals of the point sparring was fouight out between Khai Tran and Bill Free GKR with Khai being too quick and sharp on the day out scoring his opponent and taking first place

Veteran forms and point sparring was another keenly fought division. Forms division was taken out by John Oliver Seishin-Ryu Karate, runner up Julie-Ann Bell Bushi M/A. Female Veterans point sparring was taken out by Julie-Ann Bell out scoring her opponent with some excellent kicking combinations, runner up Ermy Wood Seishin-Ryu Karate Do. Male division was taken out by Brett O'Driscoll Success M/A, with a strong aggressive fight proving too strong for his opponent and runner up Bill Free.

As the day progressed the judges where kept on their toes with big numbers of junior competitors, these kids where pumped-up and couldn't wait to get in the ring. Stand-outs for the day, young Rachel Taylor Seishin Zen Ryoku fought out the finals of the Pee Wee's point sparring against Krahl Keenan Damashii. Rachel was too sharp on the day outscoring her opponent to take first place

Junior and senior demo/ creative weaponry division had good number of competitors and the standard was very high. Junior division was taken out by Ethan Airs Seishin Zen Ryoku, runner up Julia Shuker- Phoenix Arts. Senior division saw James Guilar Phoenix Arts Taking out first place, runner up Julie Ann Bell- Bushi Martial Arts

The female black belt-open division where among the highlights of the day, Female Black belt forms was taken out by Kristel Suess, runner-up Karen Young Seishin Zen Ryoku, Finals of the female advanced continuous saw Karen Young too classy on the day taking out first place, runner up Kathryn Stockwyn – Kotora Kai Karate Do

We wish to personally thank all competitors, parents, coaches for an outstanding day of sportsmanship and to all officials, congratulations for a great day of officiating. We look forward to seeing everyone at round two on the Gold Coast, Carrara Sports Stadium. To Caroline Soner thanks for some great action shots

Enquiries from new clubs wishing to compete with the NAS Queensland, phone Mr. James Casey on 0402 695 717. Look forward to hearing from you.

1. qldrd1-12-pic9gClub/Organisation – Profile

INSTRUCTOR NAME: Sensei Phil Dawson

STYLE: Shotokan Karate

How long have you trained?
Shotokan for 16 Years

Location of club & nights you train?

Thursday classes at Browns Plains Presbyterian Church Hall 276 Waller Road, HERITAGE PARK 4118
Every Thursday 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

Monday and Tuesday classes at Sienna Hall St Bernardines Catholic School 25 Vergulde Rd, REGENTS PARK 4118

Every Monday
Kids Class - 3.45pm - 4.45pm
Open Class - 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Every Tuesday
Open Class - 6.15pm - 7.30pm.
Tournament Class - 7.30 – 8-30pm

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
I first found out about NAS through my involvement with a previous club.

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition
The sportsmanship and camaraderie was a pleasant surprise. Both I and my students enjoyed and appreciated the way we were made to feel welcome as a new club. It was great to be involved in a tournament where the professionalism of the referees and judges really stood out. We can't wait until the next round.

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

Jordan Dawson – Pee Wee division, Placed third for kata and now is off to Qld State Titals. First NAS Tournament

Alastair Mase – Male Novice 10thKyu - 5th Kyu. Placed 1st For Point Kumite. Placed 2nd Kata. First NAS Tournament

Prycylla Griffiths – Female Novice 10th Kyu – 5th Kyu. Placed 1st Kata. Placed 1st For Point Kumite, Placed 3rd for Continuous Sparring. First NAS Tournament.

Peter Gold – Male Veteran – Placed 2nd in Continuous Sparring. First NAS Tournament.

Andrew Garton – Male Veteran – Placed 1st in Continuous Sparring. First NAS Tournament.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
The future goal for our club is to continue sharing our knowledge and experience with people who wish to begin their own journey. As we all know Martial arts has so many benefits to it, not just the physical benefits or the physical skills, but what it teaches you about yourself. As we are only a young club, we are looking forward to hopefully extending our Martial arts family through new students and by making new friends through events like NAS.

2. qldrd1-12-pic9hCompetitor – Profile

NAME: Stephen Williams

STYLE: KenshinKan Karate

How long have you trained? I have been training for 5 years.

Where do you train? I train at Burleigh Heads RSL. On the Gold Coast at Honbu as a student...my instructor is Shihan Pania Williams (my mum) and we are both taught by my Pop, Kancho Jim Casey

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
It's good to see other clubs and how different they are when they compete. Competing against them is hard but fun.

I also like how we can all get together and have fun cheering our team mates on when they are competing and when we are finished we can have a bit of fun throwing a ball into the hoops or poison ball with our team mates while the adults are competing. Then we all get together and help Kancho pack away the rings at the end of the day. It's a big day but we have a lot of fun.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
2010 my first National tournament in Sydney and I came 4th with my kata, Mum & Pop said it was great for my first National tournament and then last year at the National titles I was part of a synchronised team that entered the junior demonstration division and we got 3rd we were very happy.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
I like doing high kicks.

Favourite martial artist...
My pop Kancho Casey, Jet Lee and Jacky Chan

What are your future goals in the NAS?
To become a world champion

3. qldrd1-12-pic9iNAS Official Profile

NAME: Jeff Haywood

STYLE: Seishin Ryu Karate-Do

How long have you trained?
12 years

Where do you train?
I train twice a week at Jamboree Heights and Camira in Queensland

How long have you been involved with the NAS?
I started my involvement with NAS as a competitor in 2000 and competed for 5 years . Last year I decided to return to NAS as a judge.

What made you become an NAS Official?
I've refereed and judged with a previous Karate Style for 5 years or so and progressed to the highest level I could attain as a black belt. I've also refereed soccer matches at all levels for over ten years. I was encouraged by a very good friend and my instructor, Ettore Senatore, to become part of the NAS Refereeing and Judging team because of my refereeing and martial arts experience. It didn't take much to convince me to join – so here I am!

What level are you with the NAS? I'm level 1.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
I like challenges, so I would like to progress up the levels and take on the additional responsibilities that go with every level. Each time I referee or judge, I always aim to improve the speed and accuracy of my decisions – the competitors deserve no less from any official.

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