Rd1 Victoria - 6th April 2014


Victoria gearing up for a great 2014 Nationals

Round 1 saw over 200 competitors travelling from as far away as Wodonga & Geelong. Approximately 40 martial art schools turned up for an action packed day of competition at Boroondara Sports complex.


 President Mr. James Casey welcomed all attending round 1

After the official bow-in the day began with all four rings in full swing. Their was anticipation of excellent standards of competition from all attending with hopes of the usual goodwill and sportsmanship towards each other which assured the day would be a great success




The junior Demo/creative weaponry division had excellent number of competitors with some excellent standouts. Saw Team Fudo Shin taking out first place, second place Antonia DeCata & third place Frank DeCata both from Team Free style pro-active. Final of traditional weaponry was hotly contested first place going to Rose Pearce, Kyneton Shotokan & second place going to Martyn Allwood, Border Karate Sansho Kan

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As usual the referee and judges where kept on their toes throughout the day with the usual big numbers of junior competitors, these kids where pumped-up.   Pee wee’s 7 year old or younger fighting as hard as the adults, the parents, clubs and coaches cheered madly for the tiny competitors. Some matches were decided quickly others went to sudden death, where first to score wins. In the final was an all MACE Academy victory with Zachary Kezos being too good on the day outscoring team mate Jake Kenovski and in third place with a gallant effort was Joshua Shankland, Tantis M/A.      

10 to 11 years (5thkyu to Black belt) final saw Zac Cittadini – MACE Academy come up against Lachlin Bastin – Bukido Karate the bout was fast a furious with both boys exchanging excellent explosive techniques. Towards the end of the match Zac pulled away on points to take the match, second place going to Lachlin, third place Brandon Rankin – Winged Dragon M/A 

Junior 12 to 13 year female (10th to 6th Kyu) division was full of excitement, Taylor Robinson - Tantis M/A proved too strong on the day outscoring Amber Luckraft – Seishin to take the match, third place going to Briana Creed – Ishin Ryu Echuca 

15 to 17 year female continuous sparring division saw good numbers of competitors from various styles do battle in this division. The standard of competition and sportsmanship was excellent with all girls giving it their all, Rose Pearce – Kyneton Shotokan proved too strong using the ring to her advantage outscoring her opponent Breanna Stockman – GKR, third place going to Tanya Jensen – Goju M/A 

Veterans forms saw Shannon VanDenBerg – Kyneton Shotokan out class his competitors with strength and intensity, second place went to Michelle Alfonsi – Winged Dragon M/A, third place Ivan Kucera – Winged Dragon M/A. Male Point sparring finals saw Salvy Russo – Unsu Kai Karate taking out first place to David Johnson – MACE Academy and third place going to Leo Pegoli – Wing Chun Kung Fu. Female finals saw Jennifer Sievers – GKR get a well deserved win over Michelle Alfonsi, third place going to Yvonne Pearce – Kyneton Shotokan 

Male black belt forms had big numbers of competitors and the pressure showed as a couple of the favourites lost their balance. Taking out first place with a polished performance was Luke Campbell – Loong Fu Pai, second place Bryce Wood – Independent & third place Ivan Kucera – Winged Dragon M/A. Point sparring finals was a fiery affair with penalties issued to competitors for excessive contact, round by round they were eliminated till it came down to the final two, Ivan Kucera – Winged Dragon M/A coming up against John Choureemootoo – Northern Goju Karate, the bout began with both men evenly matched, Ivan began to find his mark and score with some good techniques and taking the match, second place going to John & third place to Luke Campbell…everyone thanked all the referees, judges, table Officials & first aid for a great day of competition 

We wish to personally thank all competitors, parents, coaches for an outstanding day of sportsmanship. We look forward to seeing everyone at round 2 on the 29th June: Boroondara Sports complex…special thanks to Mr Darren Ball and his team for first aid also to Mr David Palfreeman & Mr Adrian Delia for photographs taken on the day. 

Enquiries from new clubs wishing to compete with the NAS Victoria, phone Mr. James Casey 0402 695 717. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

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

NAS Official Profile    pic29

NAME: Peter Smith.

STYLE: Zenshin Karate.

How long have you trained? Ten years.

Where do you train? Ballarat Martial Arts Centre, under Kyoshi Dick Bartel in our own dojo, right in the middle of Ballarat.

How long have you been involved with the NAS? Approximately eight years.

What made you become an NAS Official? My son and wife were competing at one of the rounds at Geelong and I was watching the point sparing and decided to compete in that at the next round, after competing and not going as well as I thought I started talking to one of the judges at the time and I found that I was very interested in that side of NAS, I think that it was Gerard West that I spoke to and he was the one that got the ball rolling so to speak and the rest as they say is history.

What level are you with the NAS? Level two

What are your future goals in the NAS?Future goals? Well I guess that it would be to go as far as I possibly can and to improve my skills in the ARB, also to enjoy the friendships with my fellow officials that I have made along the way. 



NAME: Ivan Kucera

STYLE:    Goju-Ryu Karate, Kenpo Karate & Silate Suffian.

How long have you trainedI have trained on & off for about 15 years between doing Wing Chun Kung Fu, Goju-Ryu Karate, Kenpo Karate & Silate Suffian.

Where and or how often do you train? I train 4-5 days a week split between training at The Winged Dragon with Sensei Lucky Pandilitis learning & teaching the students also being the new head coach of the tournament team, running my own dojo Friday nights at Cranbourne, I train at Australian Kenpo Concepts under Mr Tony Billman once a week, I also train once a month practicing Silat Suffian with Mr John Schieven & finally I do as many seminars of any style I can each year.

Please tell us what you like about the NAS competition? There are a couple of things I like about the NAS competition, to name a few, Meeting other people interested in Martial Arts, coming up against people from all different kinds of styles in point sparring and forms and lastly getting my Certificate I in judging.

Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS? My best memory was watching my son Brandon Kucera win his first Victorian 2nd place trophy in forms all the way back in 2002, he was the first to do so in our club.

Have you a favourite technique in competition? My favourite techniques are front kicks to the stomach and reverse punches.

Favourite martial artist... My idol would have to be Bruce Lee he has been my favourite since I’ve been child but I also like Chuck Norris, Ed Parker, Jackie Chan, Jeff Speakman, Steven Seagal, Dan Inosanto, Jet Li & Royce Gracie.

What are your future goals in the NAS? My future goals in NAS would be to win champion of champions & to coach future champions in the years to come.



Instructors Name: Sensei Vince Tanti 

STYLE: Tanti’s Martial Arts 

How Long You Have Trained: I have been training in Martial Arts and kickboxing for 35 years. I started training at the age of 13 under instructor Les Anyos in the Martial Art style of Shin-Bu-Kai. During my time under Les I received my 3rd Dan Black Belt. In the early 80’s I competed in many Martial Art tournaments and a highlight of this time was becoming the ISKA Champion in point sparring. 

In 1982 I decided to take my Martial art training to the next level and took up kickboxing. After several fights I became the Australian Kickboxing champion in 1984.

After a further year of training I decided to open up my own kickboxing and fitness academy in 1985. During this time some students were able to improve their fitness levels and win titles of their own.

Location of Club and Nights You Train: The Academy is located in Hazelwood North Gippsland and is open 5 days a week. This consists of 2 nights Children’s Martial Arts Classes, 3 nights’ fitness and kickboxing classes.

 How Did You Find Out about the NAS Competition? I first found out about NAS competitions when the first Blitz Magazine came out and also my daughter who competed in many NAS tournaments from the year 2000.  

What do you like about the NAS Competition? There are many things that I like about the NAS competition and the opportunities it opens for kids. It’s a tournament where kids are able to show off their style and put into competition what they have learnt through their training and trainers.

It provides an insight into the different styles of Martial Arts. It allows them to meet other kids and to create and gain new friends.

It also gives families the chance to see their children develop and progress in their Martial Arts.  

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

Before I mention the names of some students who have performed well in NAS tournaments I would like to mention that I have always told my students that it’s not all about winning. It’s about competing to the best of their ability and showing respect and discipline towards others. To me all my students are champions. I personally believe that all my students who have competed have done particularly well no matter where they have placed as the Academy has only been operating since 2011 and we have only started entering NAS tournaments in 2013 which many of my students were able to come away with medals. In the most recent NAS tournament our club was able to come away with 13 medals which included 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing. We hope to continue to support and enter into NAS tournaments in future years. 

Students who progressed in the 2013 competition to become champions include:

Taylor Robinson – National Champion in continuous sparring

Liam Antonelli – State Champion Continuous sparring in open Black Belt Division

Tiara Schaeche – State Champion in point sparring

 What are your future goals for your organisation? My future goals for the organisation are to develop young kids through Martial arts in teaching them respect, discipline and to learn the values of life. It is my hope that as they become adults they can make the right decision and follow the right path. It would be a great achievement for me if I could see some of these students receive their Black Belts and be able to hopefully one day become an instructor themselves and be able to teach others what I have been able to teach them.  

I also hope that the academy aims to keep kids off the street where they may get into trouble and teaches them about ‘stranger awareness’ and the different self defence techniques they can utilise.

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