Black Belt Class – February 27, 2016

The first KIMAA black belt weekend class of 2016 was held at Turramurra Dojo on Saturday February 27th.

This class continued on from the Kyokushin black belt sessions last year in August and October. They are now scheduled shortly before the twice-yearly KIMAA seminars, designed to both consolidate knowledge among the seniors to ensure their students’ preparation is correct, as well as being advanced training for any seniors attempting a grading.

Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan Kyokushin, 7th Dan Kobudo) and Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo) were the instructors for the class. Yudansha from Turramurra and Annangrove dojos were present. Special guests included Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo) from Lismore Dojo and Sensei Jon Ellis (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Dan Kobudo) from Ballina Dojo. Some 1st Kyu (senior brown belt) students were also invited to attend the class.

Three katas were practised: Saiha, Seienchin and Okinawan Seipai. Students then worked in pairs to go through the bunkai.

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There were some sore bodies at the end of class from all the throws and takedowns – not to mention the wrist locks – but it was a successful class with a lot of focused content.

Senior Kobudo students fronted up to Annangrove Dojo the next morning for training, again with Sensei Mark and Sensei Jon in attendance. The Kobudo black belts revised Sakugawa No Kon (Bo), Arnis stick drill, Chatanyara No Sai (Sai) and Kudaka No Jo (Jo).

Sempai Alex Lloyd, Sensei Jon Ellis, Sensei Ian Holdaway, Sensei Mark McFadden, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine & Sempai James Campbell.
Sempai Alex Lloyd, Sensei Jon Ellis, Sensei Ian Holdaway, Sensei Mark McFadden, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine & Sempai James Campbell.