Rd4 Queensland - 14th September 2014

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Gearing up for the State Championships!

The day got off to a great start competitors arriving from all over South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. 8.30am all competitors lined up for the official bow in. There where around 22 different martial art schools attending this round anticipating a great day of competition.

Male’s black belt division was a real heated affair with some excellent standouts

In the forms division Khai Tran - Seishin-Ryu Karate took out 1st place with an excellent kata/form, 2nd place going to Sam Gray – Seido Karate Brisbane, 3rd place Laurence Smith –KenshinKan. Finals point sparring saw Khai Tran Seishin-Ryu Karate was too classy on the day pulling away midway through the match out-scoring his opponent Laurence Smith –KenshinKan karate, 3rd place going to Richard Marlin Success M/A 
Veterans form division was taken out by David Hickman – Seishin-Ryu Karate, 2nd place taken out by Michelle Stuart-Seishin-Ryu Karate Do, 3rd place Steve Dare-IGK. Finals men’s veterans point sparring was an excellent bout with neither competitor giving an inch, nearing the end David lunged forward scoring the winning point to take the match, 2nd place going to Richard Marlin & in 3rd place Steve Dare-IGK
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Junior & senior demonstrations saw some excellent performances. Junior division saw Team KenshinKan takeout 1st place with Synchronised kata/form demonstration. 2nd place going to Domonik Lowe – Haidong Gumdo TKD with a weapon demonstration, 3rd place Melanie Wuthrich – JKA Brisbane with Synchronised kata/form demonstration 
Taking out first place in the 7 year old and under point sparring was an all Freestyle Kungfu Academy victory, 1st place going to Jacob Richter, 2nd place Zac McIntosh & in 3rd place Sean Ly.
10 to 11 yr 10th – 6th Kyu point sparring final was an all Seishin Zen Ryoku victory out-scoring their rivals. 1st place Bethany Morris proving too strong on the day out scoring Matthew Densmore, 3rd place going to Jackson Wiltshire 
Finals 10 to 11 yrs 5th Kyu to black belt point sparring finals saw Kahlia Henry-Bubishi M/A put the pressure on midway through the match scoring with fast reverse punches to out score and take the match against William Huxley-Bonsai Karate, 3rd place going to Phoebe Mechler-Freestyle Kungfu Academy  
Female black belt divisions saw some excellent standouts and spirit. Taking out 1st place in forms was Kristel Suess-Tetsuya Karate with a polished performance, 2nd place going to Michelle Stuart-Seishin-Ryu Karate Do, 3rd place Caitlin Gunta-Cheah Integrated M/A. Finals point sparring saw Kahlia Smith-Bubishi M/A, another up and coming champion to be out gunning her rivals to take 1st place, 2nd place going to Kathryn Stockwin-Kotora Kai Karate, 3rd place Nicki Hodkinson-KenshinKan 
Congratulations QLD ARB Technical commission Mr William Rogers & Mr Ian Pape and all referees /Judges and table Officials, Senior table official QLD Caroline Kennedy. Many thanks to Fight World QLD sponsor…also action photos taken by Mrs Caroline Soner 
On a final note…martial arts begins and ends with courtesy regardless of style, rank or creed…definition of a true champion is one who wins and losses with dignity & respect! Yours in martial arts OSU! 
Look forward to seeing everyone at QLD State titles 12th October 2014.

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NAME: Jeff Haywood

STYLE: Seishin Ryu Karate-Do

How long have you trained? 14 years and have reached the level of 2nd Dan

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. I decided to return to NAS in 2011 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 2 

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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INSTRUCTOR NAME: Sensei Phil Dawson 
STYLE: Shotokan 
How long have you trained? 20 years 
Location of club & nights you train?  Every Monday -
Kids Class 3.45pm - 5.00pm
Senior Class - 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday - Open Class - 6.15pm - 7.30pm
Thursday - Open Class - 6.00pm - 7.30pm Location:
St Bernardines - Sienna Hall, St Bernardines Catholic School 25 Vergulde Rd, REGENTS PARK 4118
How did you find out about the NAS competition? I first competed in NAS with my previous club that I was training with many years ago. 
What do you like about the NAS competition? We enjoy the support, sportsmanship and the opportunity that NAS gives our students to showcase their skills. NAS is a fabulous arena for clubs to come together, allowing us to appreciate various styles and skill levels. I do have to say one of the highlights for me in regards to NAS is observing the support given to competitors from not only members of their own club but from complete strangers, especially the encouragement given to the first timers or our little competitors. 
Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition….. Below is a list of a few of our current competitors from round 1:Kristel Suess – 1st Traditional Weapons Kata. 1st Womens Black Belt KataTrinity Dawson – 1st Kata PEE WEESLynn Challen – 2nd Womens Novice Kata. 2nd Womens Novice KumitePaul Clancy – 3rd Advanced Male Kata 
What are your future goals for your organisation? "Tetsuya" means = Devotion & Philosophy Tetsuya Karate Do is family owned and operated with the aim to pass along the timeless tradition of Martial Arts to those willing to embark on a journey of learning and self-discovery. Being family owned and operated we have a very strong awareness of the pressures of living costs. As sports for both adults and children it is very important for social interaction and also very important for playing its part in living an active and healthy lifestyle. With this in mind we have structured our business with keeping costs low without affecting the quality of training that is delivered. Our future plans are to continue the personalised training we offer to all of our students, as we are very passionate in ensuring that all students feel like a part of the Tetsuya family. We have launched a formal instructors training program for our future instructors, allowing us to make certain that students of our future locations will be provided with the very best qualified instructors that we can produce, protecting the style we teach by having continuity across all instructors. Our biggest goal for the future: Is to continue sharing our passion of martial arts with as many people as possible.


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