KIMAA Weekend Seminar – May 9-10, 2015

Saturday training group.
Saturday training group.

The first KIMAA seminar for 2015 was held on the weekend of May 9-10 at Annangrove Dojo.

Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Wally Gray (1st Dan Kyokushin) brought down students from Lismore and Ballina, while Sempai Rob James (2nd Dan Kyokushin) brought some of his students from Aspley.

Sensei Paul Finnerty performing basics.
Sensei Paul Finnerty performing basics.

Training began on Saturday afternoon under the instruction of Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo). Shihan Cunningham took the students through Kyokushin basics, focusing on the progression from initial basic training to practical use in kumite (sparring). This involved various partner work and light contact exercises.

Students were broken up into groups for Kobudo, focusing on the Bo and Sai. After this, everyone came back together for bag work and more contact drills.

The senior grades and visitors from the Far North Coast and Brisbane then went to Shihan Cunningham’s for dinner.

Sunday morning started at 9 am with a basics session led by Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan Kyokushin, 7th Dan Kobudo). The first session had an emphasis on technical precision, to check standards and ensure uniformity across the five KIMAA dojos. The class also practised Sanchin kata.

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Everyone then rotated through partners for practising bunkai, including from the senior kata Seienchen.

After a lunch, prepared by Sensei Ian Holdaway (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 1st Dan Kobudo) and Shihan Cunningham’s wife, Kirsti, students again broke up into groups for Kobudo.

Sensei Paul Finnerty (4th Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo), Sensei Mark Shelmerdine (4th Dan Kyokushin, 4th Dan Kobudo) and Sensei Ian took various junior groups through the Bo, while Shihan Cunningham, Sempai James Campbell (2nd Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Alex Lloyd (2nd Dan Kyokushin, 1st Dan Kobudo) took the senior Kobudo grades through the Bo and Eeku. This advanced group also consolidated knowledge from the recent Okinawa trip and all the training with Sensei Hokama.

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Patricia Tan receiving her 4th Kyu Kobudo certificate.
Patricia Tan receiving her 4th Kyu Kobudo certificate.

The final session had students break up into groups based on what they wanted to focus on. This included more Kobudo, Kyokushin kata and applying a choke.

At the end of the class, Patricia Tan received her certificate for 4th Kyu in Kobudo.

The KIMAA senior grades and other students extend their thanks to Shihan Lipman and Shihan Cunningham for organising another successful seminar.

The next weekend seminar will be held in the second half of the year.

Sunday Seminar Group.

Sunday Seminar Group.