Victoria State Titles


Martial art schools from all over VIC, attended the 2010 State titles held at MSAC; some having to travel a good 3 hours to attend.  The tournament proved to be an intense one, with all attending hoping to qualify and represent their State at the 2010 Nationals Sydney in December.

Men's black belt open forms had some excellent standouts, making it a hard decision for the judges to decide the winner. The results Beau Campbell first place with Luke Falzon, Shogun Martial Arts runner up.

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Men's black belt point sparring division was one of the highlights of the morning where pre-limns where hotly contested with competitors cautioned throughout the bouts for excessive contact.  Finals had Beau Campbell come up against Ashley Trotman- Goju Kenshu this was a crowd pleaser, both fighters gave 100% going toe to toe trying to out manoeuvre and score on each other.  Nearing the end of the bout Beau started finding his mark out scoring his opponent with some explosive combinations taking out the match

Pee Wee's point sparring division, hotly contested for with excellent numbers of competitors and as usual a large following of parents and grandparents from various schools.  Taking out first place Lochlain Dix-Ishinryu Karate, runner-up Daniel Russo-Unsu Kai Karate

The M/F 10 to 11 yrs continuous division was won by the determined Troy Bloomfield –Winged Dragon M/A who had to battle his way through a large division to claim first place, runner-up Matt Ball – Deshi Do M/A

Finals 12 - 13 yrs 5th Kyu to Black belt point sparring Pece Naumovski came up against GKR team mate Michael Trajanoski...tensions were high as both boys were out to score that winning point to be 2010 State champion, Pece set his opponent up and scoring with an excellent reverse punch taking out the match.  Congratulations must go to all the junior competitors, they did their clubs and parents proud wether they won or lost...well done!

Traditional Weaponry exponents from attending clubs gave the crowd some excellent performances, junior weaponry division, Anthony Grigoropoulos-Team Free Style Pro Active performed an excellent demonstration to take out first place runner-up was Matt Ball-Deshi Do M/A.  Senior weaponry was taken out by Victor Suturin-Deshi Do M/A with a strong bow kata, runner up Michael Cundari from Team Free Style Pro Active

Congratulations to all who attended VIC State titles and all the best to the State team travelling to the Sydney for the 2010 Nationals

Finally to all our officials and staff who have supported NAS this year we wish to sincerely thank you for all your support this year and we look forward to seeing everyone next year where the NAS will be bigger and better.

To those we don't see at the Nationals, all the best for Christmas and make it a safe one.  Special thanks to VIC Technical Director Mr. Shane Wescott also to Mr Darren Ball and his team of first aiders

1. Competitor – Profile

competitorNAME: Nick Spanu

STYLE: Go Kan Ryu Karate

How long have you trained?
I have been training with GKR for 18 years

Where do you train?
My training consists of gym training 5 days a week and karate training 3 nights a week which also incorporates mixed martial arts. I generally teach karate at Balwyn North on Monday night. I train Thursday night in Bundoora and Sunday night in St Helena under Sensei Jason Knight with the NAS State Team. Sensei Jason Knight is a huge motivator with innovative training drills and ideas which is why I believe that GKR has had much success.

Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?
The NAS competition is a great place to meet fellow competitors. There is such a variety of different styles ranging from Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Hapkido and Kung Fu just to mention a few. NAS competitions bring to the mat a high level of competitors who are all talented and very competitive which creates a fantastic spirited environment.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?
There have been many memorable moments throughout my NAS career. The most memorable event was in 2001 at the NAS National Championship when I competed in the State Men's Black Belt Team. I was very honoured to be selected alongside martial artists who I have the utmost respect for such as Des Murphy, Malcolm Ayles and Leon Romary, all brilliant martial artists in their own styles. I learnt so many different techniques & combinations from them and still use them in competition today.

Have you a favourite technique in competition?
My favourite technique would be lunge, reverse punch followed by mawashi geri (round house kick)

What are your future goals in the NAS?
My future goal in NAS is to continue to train hard and compete in kata and kumite on a regular competitive basis. My ultimate goal is to be the oldest person to one day take out Champion of Champion.

2. Club/Organisation – Profile

clubINSTRUCTOR NAME: Kayne M. Dewhurst

STYLE: Unsu Kai Karate

How long have you trained?
Kayne began his martial arts training in 1993. He currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan.

Location of club & nights you train?
Unsu Kai Karate students have a tournament class specifically aimed at the NAS circuit in Mitcham on Sunday evenings. While Mitcham is our main dojo and most classes are held there, we also have locations in Box Hill South, Mulgrave and Scoresby.

How did you find out about the NAS competition?
Kayne M. Dewhurst began competing at the NAS in 2000 and has maintained continuous support of the circuit ever since.

What do you like about the NAS competition?
The NAS is a great opportunity to compare ourselves against other clubs and compete in a friendly manner. When NAS is running well, it has proven to be a challenging all styles tournament, with exciting state and national titles.

Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition.....
In Round 2 Unsu Kai Karate fielded 11 competitors, who took home 19 trophies between them. Nine of these were first place. Angela Simms, who was undefeated through to nationals last year, is poised for another perfect season having won her point sparring in both rounds so far. Despite Angela being only a 5th Kyu, she is regularly beating brown and black belt competitors.

Other standout performances this round were Jonathan Zeltzer, Bec Munro and Salvy Russo, who all took out dual first place in their respective forms and point sparring events. Unsu Kai Karate have set the benchmark for competitors in the adult novice and intermediate events this year.

What are your future goals for your organisation? Unsu Kai Karate has an extremely popular youth scholarship program that provides paid tuition to selected teens. As this continues to grow, so does our organization. Our club is set to open four new branches this year, all under the guidance of Sensei Kayne. Unsu Kai aims to collectively win over 100 trophies at NAS this year and send a strong team to nationals in Sydney.

3. NAS Official Profiles

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 Victorian best Official – Referee/Judge & Table official 2010

Best Official 2010

Mr Gregg Parker for his dedication and service to the Victorian ARB

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

Best Table Official 2010

We wish to personally thank Brooke Cross for her dedication and service to the Victorian ARB.  She has worked tirelessly this year organising and arranging lunches for all Officials also Table officiating when needed

Congratulations to our recipients on receiving these awards

4. Download Tournament Results

Click here to download Tournament Results (PDF 78KB)