Message from Shihan Peter Volke
I would like to Congratulate Shihan David and his excellent team on running an outstanding National Tournament held on Saturday 28th of June with a special thank you to Sensei Andrew for his hard work in the area of sponsorship.
Covering all events the tournament had over 100 entries and a good crowd supported the competitors on the day.
The day commenced in the morning with 3 rings covering the non-contact and Kata events with a high level of technique displayed in the Open division by Sensei Mujtaba who once again was crowned the National Kata Champion and will represent Australia in the Dream Cup in Japan.
The Full contact events were held in the afternoon where a noticeable lift in standard by most of the competitors was displayed. This a credit to both the competitors and the hard work of Instructors and Coaches and I thank them all for their efforts. The competition was fierce with strong fighters from other groups giving valuable experience to our fighters. There were many outstanding efforts on the day as a matter of fact I do not recall one fight that was not a pleasure to watch.
However, the standout competitor on the day was certainly Matthew Ah Chow who took out the Middle weight division, the Grand championship, the technical excellence trophy and finally the fighting Spirit Award.
Amanda Madruga also put in an outstanding effort to claim the female grand championship as well as the lightweight crown.
Sensei Mujtaba gave a great demonstration of Kata and breaking techniques which the audience appreciated.
As most will be aware the tournament served as the selection event for the Asian Championships and the team is as follows:
Male H/W: Alexander Kocic
Male Light H/W: Hamid Zandi
Male M/W: Matthew Ah Chow
Male L/W: Jack Abramovitch
Female H/W: Anneliese Texler
Female L/W: Amanda Madruga
Reserve: Jacob Comelli.
A big thank you to all the officials and helpers on the day and congratulations to all fighters especially those making the team.