State Titles Queensland 21st October 2012


Big number of competitors from all over Southeast Queensland as far away as Lismore from the south and Toowoomba converged on the Gold Coast for the State championship. Over 36 different martial art schools attended these championships and was a great way to end the NAS competition for the year. Queensland State team will travel to Melbourne to do battle against all other States from around Australia...Go Queensland!

What a day of jammed packed excitement, after the official bow in, officials prepared themselves for a long day of non stop action, with four rings running all day Officials where kept on their toes. Male black belt divisions where among the highlights of the morning with some real standouts.

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Forms competition; Khai Tran – Seishin Ryu Karate Do gave a polished performance to win the votes from all judges and take first place with Craig Knott Seishin Zen Ryoku runner-up. Point sparring division had big numbers of competitors; prior to the competition starting you could feel the tension building with coaches going over strategies. Round by round competitors where eliminated, in the final Khai Tran was out to take the double, coming up against Simon Hu-Shaolin Long Fist Kung fu. Both fighters started cautiously, Khai soon saw the opening and scored with a round house kick to the head, Simon counter attacked with quick reverse punches to equal the score. As the match progressed Khai used his ring craft, speed and agility to pick his shots and pull away on points to take the match and State title.

Veterans division was hotly contested for. Forms was taken out by Garry Edwards-Shito Ryu Redlands Karate with an excellent kata winning high scores from all judges and applause from the audience to take out state champion, runner-up Minoru Yamasaki WSKF Shotokan-Do. The Veterans point sparring final began with a vengeance, the speed and strength of the old boy/girls rivalling that of any younger competitor. Female division, Julie-Ann Bell – Bubishi Martial Arts taking out first place, runner-up Patricia Tan-Kyokushin Lismore, while in the men's divisions, Kerry McEvoy-Zungshin was too strong on the day defeating Bill Free-GKR

Demonstrations/ weaponry saw some fine performances from all participating martial art schools, each year it just seems to get better and the talent shown from these juniors is outstanding. Synchronized team forms and 2012 State championship were taken out by Team KenshinKan, runner up Team Success Martial Arts. Junior Traditional Weaponry saw Curtis Reck – Bubishi Martial Arts taking first place and state title, runner up Ethan Airs-Seishin Zen Ryoku.

One of the divisions everyone was out to watch was the female black belt divisions. Finals of the forms saw some polished performances from some of Australia's top female martial artists. Not competing this year due to illness where last years champions Pania Williams Casey and Sherry Bower, however the standard of competition was still very high. Taking out first place was Kristel Suess – GKR, with a fine kata, runner-up Rebecca Rogers – KenshinKan Karate

Finals female black belt point sparring was an all KenshinKan battle to see who would be 2012 State champion. Both girls have fought each other on numerous occasions with matches going either way, this match was no different. Towards the end of the bout Nicki being the taller competitor used her reach and distance to outscore her opponent giving her the State title, runner up team mate Rebecca Rogers.

Finals in the juniors was full of mixed emotions there was tears of joy and tears of disappointment either way there was always a hug from the coach or mums and or dad's. Final of the 8 to 9 years 10th – 6th Kyu division point sparring Calum Dockney-Seishin Zen Ryoku came up against Kahlia Henry-Bubishi Martial Arts, talk about non stop action for 1 ½ minutes both these competitors went point for point right to the bell in the end Calum scored the winning point and State Title, gallant runner-up Kahlia.

Finals of the 12 to 13 years 10th – 6th Kyu point sparring division; Petra Donnelly-Chi Rei Yu Budo Karate came up against Tiarnah Robinson – DAMASHII. This match was full of excitement with both girls evenly matched. Petra put the pressure on in the final stages to out score her opponent and State title, runner-up Tiarnah

Male advanced continuous was the last division of the day with good numbers of competitors and spectators giving support. Final came down to Steven Taylor – Seishin Zen Ryoku taking on his much heavier opponent Scott Donald – KenshinKan, both scored with big techniques from the start and where cautioned by the referee to control themselves. Steven being the light competitor used his speed, agility and ring craft to out score Scott taking out the match and State title.

Virginia and I would like to thank QLD Technical Director Mr. William Rogers, all officials and staff for their outstanding work this year in making NAS such a great success. To all instructors and competitors, thank you for your loyalty and support for 2012 and all the best at the National championships in Melbourne in December...GO QUEENSLAND ... Special thanks to Mrs Caroline Soner for action photos throughout 2012.

From all of us at NAS ... Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone in is going to be a great year!

1. Club/Organisation – Profile

qldst-12-pic9nINSTRUCTOR NAME: Sensei Richard Leeder. Sempei Nick Bull.

STYLE: Chi Rei Yu Budo –

This includes empty hand combat and as well as Traditional weapons such as Archery, Katana, Bo, Sai etc.

How long have you trained?
I have collectively 30 years in total mainly Karate, but including tae kwon do judo, and weaponry

Our dojo at Ningi has existed for ten years. Founded by Sensenie Debbie Kennedy

Location of club & nights you train?
Our dojo is located in Ningi.

We train twice weekly at Ningi and train on a regular basis at Pirate Park on Bribie Island

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
We found out about NAS when a student watched it on TV. We then searched NAS out on the internet.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
Variety of styles – comradely – new knowledge – experiencing competition

Variety of competition such as weapons displays.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
My entire Dojo's are champions all up 23 of them only eleven chose to compete at NAS

They are very brave.

What are your future goals for your organisation?
My dad asked me once "when are you going to stop?"

I said,"When big people stop picking on the little people."

Our Black Belt Certificate says:
"Teach and prepare the little ones. They should not fall, they should not be victims.
This is your change, your responsibility."
By Sensei: Richard Leeder.
The future of the dojo is in the hands of the children.

2. Competitor – Profile

qldst-12-pic9oNAME: Karen Young

STYLE: Seishin Zenryoku – Redlands Martial Arts Academy (Shotokan based style)

How long have you trained? 17 ½ years

Where do you train?
Seishin Zenryoku – Redlands Martial Arts Academy Thornlands, Qld

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
I enjoy the variety and quality of competition, it's great to be able to test your skills against other styles of martial arts and the standard of the Black Belt females in Qld is extremely high. I also like the ability to gauge your progression throughout the year from round to round and the opportunity to compete at a National level at the end of the year.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
Champion of Champions in 2005

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
I have most success with a Gyaku tsuki (reverse punch) however, I get a greater sense of achievement out of scoring a Jodan Mawashi Geri (roundhouse kick to the head).

Favourite martial artist...

· Shihan Shane Degney: head instructor of Seishin Zenryoku (my instructor), he is extremely dedicated to our club and puts his all into helping his students, he has a great martial arts philosophy and an ability to get the best out of people (the standard of his students is extremely high).

· Sensei Masataka Mori: head instructor of JKA in NY who I trained with during my 2yrs in NY, I loved the tradition he maintains in his dojo, his strict discipline and constant strive to help students reach perfection in their techniques.

· Sensei Mas Oyama: founder of Kyokushin karate – he had an incredible spiritual discipline and practised intense training. He also did a lot for martial arts, travelling to many countries to share his knowledge and develop his style.

What are your future goals in the NAS?
Win Champion of Champions again
To make the top 8 in Kata at Nationals

3. National All Styles Best Officials 2012

qldst-12-pic9pOn behalf of the NAS President, Mr. Silvio Morelli, Vice President, Chairman of the ARB Mr James Casey wishes to congratulate Queensland's best Official – Referee/Judge & Table official 2012

Best Official 2012
Diane Rivo for her dedication and service to the Queensland ARB

Diane has been involved with the NAS as an Official for the past 5 years and has the respect and admiration from all attending martial art schools

Best Table Official 2012
Ms Tia Butler for her dedication and service to the Queensland ARB

Tia has worked tirelessly with the NAS QLD as a table official, Mrs Virginia Casey NAS/ WASO National Exec Officer – Director Table officials awarded the plaque to Tia and thanked all table officials for their dedication and support to the NAS

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

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