A Kyokushin Karate grading was held on Saturday September 13 at Turramurra Dojo.
Shihan Howard Lipman assessed KIMAA students from Sydney, the NSW Far North Coast and Brisbane. A number of Little Lions and adults participated in the grading for kyu and dan (black belt) grades. The black belts who attempted the grading included:
- Sempai Jon Ellis (2nd Dan Kyokushin): Sempai Jon is the head instructor of Ballina Dojo, North Coast NSW.
- Sempai Rob James (1st Dan Kyokushin): Sempai Rob is the head instructor of Aspley Dojo, Brisbane.
- Sempai Alex Lloyd (1st Dan Kyokushin): Sempai Alex is a student at Turramurra Dojo, Sydney, a former Knox Karate student and now instructor.
- Sempai Todd Murphy (1st Dan Kyokushin): Sempai Todd is a student and instructor at Annangrove Dojo, Sydney.
Photos from the day
Fitness & Kumite (sparring)
All attempting the grading performed to a high standard. Congratulations to everyone who participated. Special mention goes to the new black belt grades: Jon Ellis received his Sandan (3rd Dan) and the title of Sensei; while Rob James, Alex Lloyd and Todd Murphy were graded to Nidan (2nd Dan). Jeremy Gray fought an admirable 20 fights for his 1st Kyu (Senior Brown Belt) and Joshua Darley was graded to 2nd Kyu (Brown Belt). Will Brook also was graded to 2nd Kyu, despite having to attempt the grading with a broken hand!