Rd1 Queensland - 19th April 2015



Excitement, great competition and sportsmanship ruled the day!

 Martial art schools throughout South East Queensland and as far away as Townsville are buzzing with excitement hearing the Gold Coast will host the 2015 National Championships at Carrara Stadium Gold Coast…come on martial art schools/clubs get involved and qualify for invitation to this event.


2015 NAS competition got off to a great start


with good representation of competitors and clubs who travelled from Townsville, Toowoomba, Brisbane, North Coast and as far south as Lismore for a great day of sportsmanship & competition


After a quick meeting with all coaches, Instructor and officials regarding the day’s event everyone lined up for the official bow-in to start the day.  Mr. James Casey welcomed all attending as he once again held the NAS Presidents cup up high for all to see (four years Champion State) everyone applauded with three cheers for Queensland, he then congratulated all competitors for an outstanding performance at the Melbourne Nationals last year also congratulating the QLD Coaches for their contribution to the team


High lights of the day…First up in the morning, male black belt open forms competition which was happening while competitors where checking in gave many good insight into what they might aim for in their martial arts. This division was taken out by Garry Edwards – Shito Ryu Karate, 2nd place going to Bill Free – GoKanRyu, 3rd place going to Michael Kekewick – KoTora Kai Karate,


point sparring was taken out by Brett O’Driscoll – Success Martial Arts, runner up to Michael Kekewick, 3rd place going to Bill Free


Veteran forms and point sparring was another keenly fought division. Forms division was taken out by Garry Edwards – Shito Ryu Redlands Karate, runner up Minoru Yamasaki and team mate in 3rd place Paco Jimenez of WSKF. Finals male point sparring Brett O’Driscoll Success M/A proved too strong on the day out scoring his opponent Minoru Yamasaki – WSKF, 3rd place going to Bill Free - GKR



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Spectators were entertained with some fine performances from the junior and senior demonstrations divisions.

Demo: Extreme/Creative weapons (13/17yrs), was won by team mates from ATA, Riley Graydon 1st, Ash El-Halabi 2nd & Emily Graydon 3rd.

Demo: Traditional Weaponry (13-17yrs), saw Tiana Sing – Gold Coast Martial Arts win 1st place, Curtis Reck – Bubishi Martial Arts in 2nd place & Rachel Viegas – Seishin Zen Ryoku 3rd

Demo: Traditional Weaponry, Senior, had no surprise with Kristel Suess – Tetsuya Karate taking home 1st place and Merinda Folkard – Bubishi Martial Arts in 2nd place

Finals, Pee wee 7yrs & under forms & point sparring, kept Mums, Dads and Officials on their toes, there are some definite champions of the future within these boys and girls. Taking out forms in first place was Victoria Kniff - Seishin Zen Ryoku Karate, 2nd place Seth Pinnow – Shaolin Long Fist Kungfu, 3rd place Kate Alexander – NR Shukokai Karate. Point sparring saw Victoria Kniff the victor again taking home 1st place, 2nd places going to Riley Swiatek – Spirit First Martial Arts & in 3rd place Mitchell Bufford – Loong Fu Pai.

8 to 9 years (10th – 6th Kyu) finally lined up for their events with very cute eager competitors. There was a definite winner out of all participating children taking 1st place in both forms & point sparring, Brayden Garner – Seishin Zen Ryoku leaving team mate Harriet Kniff in 2nd place in the forms division and Charlotte Goodwin – Success Martial Arts 2nd in point sparring. In 3rd place for forms we saw Jack Dennis – Shaolin Long Fist and points sparring saw Gabe McCarthy WSKF. Well done to all!

Finals Female black belt division had 2014 Champion of Champion Kahlia Smith – Bubishi Martial Arts come up against her team mate and first time entrant into the adult black belt division Merinda Folkard. Merinda did well keeping up with her bigger more experience opponent only to be pipped at the bell, 3rd place went to another young lady who has been competing with NAS since she was 6 year old, Patrisha Kay - KenshinKan

Finally to the NAS officials and staff who put on their black and whites and generously give up their day to ensure the NAS competitor has the best tournament experience possible…thank you all so very much. Mr William Rogers and Mr Aussie Pape senior Officials NAS QLD many thanks…Thanks also to Mrs Caroline Kennedy senior table official and a very special thanks to Caroline Soner for action shots.

Martial art styles/clubs wishing to get on board the NAS, contact me on 0402 695 717 for information on all remaining events. Look forward to seeing everybody at round 2 on the 21st June on the Gold Coast; it’s going to be a big one!

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





Name of Instructor:  Richard Marlin

Teaches: Richard Marlin’s Success Martial Arts Black Belt Academy.

I teach a “karate blend’ but my base style is Arjuken Karate. 

Richard how long have you trained30+ years.

Location of your club & nights you train? Lismore, Fulltime location, training 6 days per week.

How did you find out about the NAS competition? Through one of my students, Andrew McWilliam.

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

It provides a healthily competitive venue for students to test themselves in a comparatively safe, fair, inclusive, friendly, and non-elitist environment.

Your comments on the refereeing, do you find the NAS to be fair and none biased?  

The referees appeared competent and professional, and they applied the rules in a fair and non-biased way.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition….. Andrew McWilliam, Danielle Smith and Mitchell McFarland went to the nationals last year and the following students got first places at NAS 1 last weekend. Hope Towers (sparring), Jye Beardow (sparring and forms), Rhiannan Beardow (weapons), Jake Crimmins (forms), Jake Noble (forms), Danielle Smith (sparring).

What are your future goals for your organisation? To be leaders at helping our students realise their worth and potential as human beings. Competition can be a part of this as long as the students understand that competition is an opportunity and a privilege, and that there are responsibilities involved.



NAME: Jeff Haywood

STYLE: Seishin Ryu Karate-Do

How long have you trained? 14 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 2 judge.

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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