Queensland was still abuzz from the 2018 Nationals held on the Gold Cost
Big thank you to all martial art codes, coaches, competitors and families for making those championships a great success with great sportsmanship, goodwill and comradeships.
Martial artists from all over Queensland and Northern New South Wales attended NAS. Round one being held at Runaway Indoor Sports Centre all anticipating a jammed packed day of competition.
The morning began early with the Male black belt forms and point sparring which gave all arriving to the event quite a spectacle to get them ready for the day; finals had spectators on their feet around the ring to see who would take out these divisions. Taking out forms competition with a polished performance was Joshua Wiltshire – RMAA taking home 1st place, Dann Luker - Renbukan in 2nd place and Tate Kenna - KenshinKan taking out 3rd place. Finals of point sparring was a real crowed pleasure with lighting fast techniques, spinning kicks including warnings to competitors for excessive contact, taking 1st place Dann Luker, 2nd place going to Joshua Wiltshire in 3rd place Richard Marlin – Success Martial Arts. As that division was being held in one ring, we had the Veteran's divisions in a second ring, these male and female competitors demonstrating awesome spirit and determination. Forms was taken out by Bill Free - GKR, 2nd place going to Ashley Densmore - RMAA, in 3rd place Dillon Brice – Success Martial Arts. Female point sparring division saw Tania Swindley - KenshinKan take out 1st place, Kylie Farrelly – Bonsai Karate, take 2nd place. Men's final saw Tony Taylor - RMAA take 1st place and in 2nd place Scott Knijff - RMAA, 3rd place Brett O'Driscoll – Success Martial Arts
Once those divisions had finished Mr James Casey, President NAS welcomed all attending wishing the remaining divisions the very best for the day, reminding everyone to be a good sport on and off the competition arena, all bowed in, the Officials where allocate their rings and divisions which got the competition underway for the eager children waiting for their turn to come to ring side.
Ring one had the pee wee 7rys & under forms and points divisions, everyone pumped to the max with these little pockets of dynamites exploding on and off the competition arena and keeping the Officials on their toes throughout the day's competition with some awesome performances. Forms finals was taken out by Samuel Griffin – RMAA, 2nd place going to Mia Geise – Renbukan and in 3rd place Bradley Knijff - RMAA. Point sparring saw these same three competitors taking home the medals in this order, 1st place Bradley Knijff, 2nd place Samuel Griffin and in 3rd place Mia Geise.
8 to 9 years (10th – 6th Kyu) all very eager to show watching parents and Officials what they are made of. Forms division in the end saw a trifecta result for RMAA taking 1st place was Oliver Griffin, 2nd place going Noah Anderson and in 3rd place Angus Colley. The point sparring finals had Angus Colley go home the victor in 1st place, Oliver Griffin in 2nd place and in 3rd place was Olivia Heath – Bonsai Karate
In another ring 10 to 11 years (5th Kyu to Blackbelt) division put the pressure on the judges with some outstanding performances. Taking out 1st place in the forms Victoria Knijff, 2nd place going to team mate Oliver Lowry both from – RMAA and in 3rd place Jake Ayres - GKR. Point sparring final was taken out by Corben Martin - Renbukan in 2nd place Oliver Lowry and team mate Victoria Knijff both from RMAA.
Creative Weaponry Extreme 0-12yrs, 1st place Mia Prodger – Success martial Arts. Creative Weaponry Extreme 13-17yrs, 1st place going to Tarli Prodger – Success martial Arts & in 2nd place Curtis Reck – Bubishi Martial Arts. Traditional Weaponry 0-12yrs, taking out 1st place Oliver Lowry - RMAA, 2nd place going to Hayden Hurford – Bubishi Martial arts, 3rd place going to Ryan Hutchison – Centre of martial Arts Traditional Weaponry 13-17yrs, was another trifecta result for team RMAA in 1st place Rachel Taylor, 2nd place Michaela Soner and in 3rd place Jackson Wiltshire. Traditional Weaponry Senior taking 1st place Joshua Wiltshire and team mate taking home 2nd place Jasvanti Lala – RMAA, 3rd place going to Amanda Reimers – Bonsai Karate.
The 16 to 17 years (5th Kyu to Black belt) divisions: Forms saw some excellent performances from these who are our future adult advance and back belt competitors. The final was taken out by Kurt Klenz – KenshinKan, in 2nd place Luke Stiller – Tang Soo Do and 3rd place going to Spencer Sullivan – Success Martial Arts. Point sparring had Spencer Sullivan take home 1st place, 2nd place went his team mate Thomas Farraway – both from Success Martial Arts and 3rd place went to Kurt Klenz
To the following we extend our sincerest thanks for making this event such a great success. Referees and judge, Table Officials, staff and finally Kristy Heitmann and her team of paramedics ... we sincerely thank each and every one of you.
Special thanks to parents and Instructors who posted their child/club photos
We look forward to seeing everyone at round two on the 28th April at the Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium;
Enquiries contact Mr James Casey on 0402 695 717
On a final note...martial arts begin 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