Competitors from around Victoria made their way to the Darebin Sports Centre last Sunday, for Round Three of the State National All Styles Championships (NAS). It is an event which brings together the communities of various Martial Arts styles in the region. Styles included Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Silat, Hapkido, Tai Chi to name just a few. The atmosphere was a buzz with excitement, with many competitors hoping to qualify to represent Victoria at the National Championships, which will be held in Melbourne next month.
The day started with the official bow in and at the conclusion, the events began with weaponry demonstrations which included Extreme Creative weaponry, as well as Traditional. Energy filled the stadium as junior competitors displayed their finally tuned skills to lively pop music, entertaining spectators. The seniors were equally impressive, showing control and discipline of their weapons.
Synchronized Forms followed weaponry demonstrations, as individual competitors formed teams of three, in a bid to take out this highly competitive event. This was the only event where male and female competed directly, in which the female team took first place.
Experience showed in the veteranâ€™s division. Students had the opportunity to watch, as their mentors showed no signs of slowing down. Strategies were tested, as competitors were pushed to their limits in this physically demanding event.
The Female Forms as always, was captivating as a spectator to watch. Competitorâ€™s showed no signs of nerves, with each Kata being executed with precision and confidence. Although an event dominated by more traditional styles of karate, there was a variety of techniques that were similar and still very unique in execution. Senpai Kendra struck the perfect balance between graceful movement and strength, as she performed her Kata with great proficiency, to place first in the 16-17 years division.
The Female Point Sparring and Continuous Sparring events were hotly contested, with competitors using their strength and stamina, to complete each round as strongly as it began. With many up close encounters, this gave the opportunity for competitors to utilize techniques displaying their flexibility to execute difficult movements in a limited physical space. In a very exciting deciding last round, in the Female Continuous Sparring event, Carly and Senpai Cynthia battled for first place. The skill & experience of Senpai Cynthia cemented her dominance as State Champion.
The Male Forms events were a diverse display of movement and rhythm; from flowing delicate movements, to floor shaking foot stomps. Both junior divisions and senior divisions were highly competitive, with many participants already very experienced at a young age. In Alex’s first appearance at NAS, he performed Pinan 5 with great skill and composure. He only narrowly missed out on placing, in a field of very talented competitors.
The Male Point Sparring and Continuous Sparring events were highly intense affairs. The large number of competitors meant that many hard and intense rounds had to be won to get a final placing. In the novice division, Mark dominated to achieve first place in Point and Continuous Sparring.
In the final event of the day, Luke continued to stay mentally and physically composed to take second place, after several tied rounds. As competitors became fatigued and emotions ran high in the latter part of the Continuous Sparring event, it resulted in a number of warnings, as contact became heavier and passions flared.
Senpai Kendra â€“ Forms (16-17yrs),Â 1st Place in Point Sparring (16-17yrs) andÂ 1st Place in Continuous Sparring (16-17yrs)
Carly â€“ Â 1st Place in Point Sparring (5th Kyu â€“ 1st Kyu) and 2nd Place in Continuous Sparring (5th Kyu â€“ Black Belt)
Senpai Cynthia â€“ 3rd Place in Forms (Black Belt),Â 1st Place in Point Sparring (Black Belt) and 1st Place in Continuous Sparring (5th Kyu â€“ Black Belt)
William – Â 2nd Place in Forms(16-17yr), 1st place in Point Sparring (16-17yr)
Eddie â€“ Competed in Forms (16-17yr), Point Sparring (16-17yr) and Continuous Sparring (16-17yr)
Alex â€“ Competed in Forms (14-15yr), Point Sparring (14-15yr) and Continuous Sparring (14-15yr)
Mark â€“ 1st Place in Forms (10th Kyu â€“ 6th Kyu), 1st Place in Point Sparring (10th Kyu â€“ 6th Kyu) and 1st Place in Continuous Sparring (10th Kyu â€“ 6th Kyu)
Luke -Â 2nd Place in Continuous Sparring (5th Kyu â€“ Black Belt)
Congratulations to the Shiryodo team on their great success again in Round Three, with many of our members becoming State Champions. The competition was of an exceptional standard across the divisions, with those missing out on a placing, only doing so by the narrowest of margins.
Note: the NAS National championships will be in Melbourne on the 26th and 27th November, come along and support those from Shiryodo competing. The NAS will need some people to help with various tasks on this weekend, if you would like to help see Shihan Malcolm.