Rd1 Victoria - 1st May 2016

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Victoria got off to a great start for 2016


Round 1 saw excellent numbers of competitors travelling from all parts of Victoria and South Australia to participate at this event. Approximately 29 martial art schools turned up for an action packed day of competition at Darebin YMCA Sporting Complex.


President Mr. James Casey welcomed all attending


After the official bow-in the day began with all four rings in full swing. The standard of competition for this round was excellent. All who attended showed goodwill and sportsmanship towards each other which assured the day was a great success.

Highlight of the day's divisions ...

Demonstrations got off to a great start and the spectators where treated to some excellent performances from various styles. Junior synchronised team forms were taken out by team Northern Goju Karate, 2nd place team Funakoshi Karate. The senior team division had senior team FX Fitness TKD in 1st place, senior team Funakoshi in 2nd place and team Toushido Karate in 3rd place. Extreme Creative Weaponry 0-12yrs, 1st place Aleisha Munafo: Proactive Team Feestyle, 2nd place Frank Decata: Proactive Team Feestyle, 3rd place Samantha Heares: FX Fitness TKD. Extreme Creative Weaponry 13-17yrs, was an all Proactive Team Freestyle event with Kiara Gerada taking home 1st place in 2nd place Jacob Norcera and 3rd place going to Antonio DeCata,. Traditional Weaponry 0-12yrs, taking out 1st place Connor Hall: Gisbourne Mixed Martial Arts, 2nd place Senen Mora: Tenshi-Do Martial Arts with his team mate in 3rd place Aaron Craik. Traditional Weaponry Senior, 1st place went to Mick Murphy: Toushido Karate, 2nd place Leigh-Jay Ascension: Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu in 3rd place Simon Hall: Gisbourne Mixed Martial Arts  


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Referees 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. Finals forms saw Ronan Mahaffy: Goju Karate take home 1st place. In 2nd place Arjun Ganessane: Northern Goju Karate, team mate Zachary Osland in 3rd place. Finals point sparring made it two out of two for Ronan Mahaffy, 2nd place William Duff: Northern Goju Karate with team mate Arjun Ganessane in 3rd place.

10 to 11 years (10th to 6th Kyu) forms finals in 1st place Kenrich Polduwage: Sendai Karat, 2nd place to Abigail Zhang: Goju Karate and 3rd place to Rhys Uren. Point sparring final saw Rhys Uren: Goju Karate come up against Lia Ladbrook: Tang Soo Do Beechworth, the bout was fast a furious with both competitors exchanging excellent explosive techniques. Towards the end of the match Rhys pulled away on points to take the match, 2nd place going to Lia, 3rd place Max Davis: Goju Karate

Junior 12 to 13 year female (5th - Blackbelt) division was full of excitement, Isabella Catalano: winged Dragon M/A proved too strong on the day outscoring Kiara Gerada: Proactive Team Freestyle to take the match, 3rd place going to Sasha Lethbridge: Sendai Karate. In the male division we saw a gutsy effort from Hudson Paterson: Toushido Karate taking out 1st place in this division, 2nd place going to Rubino Frisina: Winged Dragon M/A, 3rd place Jacob Nocera: Proactive Team Freestyle

15 to 17 year male continuous sparring division saw good numbers of competitors from various styles do battle in this division. The standard of competition and sportsmanship was excellent, Edward Cockram: Shiryodo Karate used the ring and his height to his advantage out scoring his opponent and winning the judges decision, 2nd place going to Connor Beaumont: Loong Fu Pai, 3rd place going to Lewis Farmer: Proactive Team Freestyle 

Veterans forms saw Simon Pedelty: Li-Kris-Han KungFu out class his competitors with strength and intensity, 2nd place went to Daniel Paterson: Toushido Karate, 3rd place Nick Spanu GKR. Female point sparring finals saw Lisa Wetuschat: FX Fitness TKD take out 1st place, 2nd place Jennifer Sievers – GKR, third place going to Jillian Cole: Funakoshi Karate. Male finals saw Nick Spanu: GKR taking out 1st place to Daniel Paterson: Toushido Karate and 3r place going to Jason McDaniel: Tang Soo Do Beechworth

 Male black belt point sparring finals was a fiery affair with penalties issued to a number of competitors for excessive contact, round by round they were eliminated till it came down to the final two, Leigh-Jay Ascension: Ten Shi Do Shito Ryu coming up against Pece Naumovski: GKR, the bout began with both men evenly matched, Leigh-Jay began to find his mark nearing the end of the match scoring with quick reverse punches to take the lead and the match,2nd place going to Pece, in 3rd place to Daniel Paterson: Toushido Karate. It was great to see all the competitors thanking the Officials for officiating and judging throughout the day

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 19th June: Darebin YMCA Sporting Complex…special thanks to Mr Darren Ball and his team for first aid.

 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

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Victoria - National All Styles - Referees Board:

All our Officials, referees, judges and table officials are volunteers who donate their time unselfishly to our sport so our event may run smoothly. We are fortunate to have some fine martial artists officiating who's photos we have included in this report; Mr Malcolm Ayles VIC TD, with President NAS Mr James Casey receiving plaque for service to the NAS, Mrs Sandra Schmid also receiving plaque for services to the NAS … other officials, Mr Wayne Newton Assistant TD with Mr Simon Pedelty, other Officials Mr Lucky Pandelidis, Miss Cynthia Weggelaar & Mr Wayne Horrobin, Mr (Ian) Aussie Pape, National Trainer NAS just to name a few who donate their time and services to the NAS … we sincerely thank you all.

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