Student Profile: James Campbell

Written by Shihan Howard Lipman

Sempai James in the August 2014 tournament
Sempai James in the August 2014 tournament

Sempai James Campbell is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 2nd Dan in Kobudo.

Sempai James Campbell with Shihan Howard Lipman, June 2014
Sempai James Campbell with Shihan Howard Lipman, June 2014

Sempai James began his Kyokushin training in 2009 at Turramurra Dojo under Shihan Howard Lipman. He began Kobudo at Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama’s 2009 visit to Australia.

Sempai James has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his study of martial arts. In June 2012 he graded to 1st Dan in Kyokushin and in September that year he graded to 1st Dan in Kobudo, during Sensei Hokama’s 2012 Australian seminar.

James receives his Shodan in Kobudo from Shihan Lipman and Sensei Hokama, September 2012
James receives his Shodan in Kobudo from Shihan Lipman and Sensei Hokama, September 2012

Sempai James has gone to Okinawa twice to train in Karate and in Kobudo. He went in 2010 and 2013.

As Josh Darley is an inspiration to the kids, Sempai James is an inspiration to the adults with his dedication and discipline towards his training.

James has a genuine love of martial arts and has spent many more hours than most students in the pursuit of his Shodan and Nidan.

He has followed an intensive weight training routine under the guidance of Shihan Howard Lipman and Shihan Rick Cunningham, and runs in addition to the weights and general Karate training. His dedication towards his training has led him to have an in-depth understanding of kata, bunkai, and the development of Karate techniques. James is now in the phase of using his techniques in tournament fighting and I am sure he will eventually move from this to become one of Kyokushin’s better Senseis.

In May and August 2014, Sempai James represented KIMAA in State and National tournaments.

In June 2014, Sempai James was graded to 2nd Dan in Kyokushin by Shihan Lipman.

UPDATE: In March 2015, Sempai James represented Australia in an international Kyokushin tournament on his third trip to Okinawa. During this trip, he was also graded to 2nd Dan Kobudo by Sensei Hokama.