KIMAA Lismore Seminar – April 16-17, 2016

The second KIMAA seminar of 2016 was held in Lismore, NSW Far North Coast, at Lismore Dojo on the weekend of April 16-17. The seminar was run by Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo).

The seminar was hosted by Lismore Dojo’s head instructor, Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo). Other black belts in attendance were Sensei Jon Ellis (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Wally Gray (2nd Dan Kyokushin). KIMAA Karateka included adults and kids from local dojos Lismore and Ballina. Sensei Barry Potts from Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate brought along his students to participate in the seminar’s Saturday session.

The Saturday session of the seminar focused on Kyokushin Karate.

The primary focus of Saturday’s class was on bunkai (application) from kata (pattern or form). The applications were taken from various Pinan Kata and Naihanchi.

Everyone had a good time, and a lot of content was covered in the day.

Saturday participants in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.
Saturday participants in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.

Sunday began with Kobudo. A grading was held, and students were assessed by Shihan Cunningham. Trish Tan, Wally Gray, Jack Hannah and Wes Snyder were all graded to their next Kyu belt in Kobudo. Congratulations to all.

Kobudo students in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.
Kobudo students in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.

After the Kobudo was a Little Lions session. This session included kihon (basics), pad/bag work and kata.

The Little Lions enjoyed themselves, especially having guest instructor Shihan Cunningham show them a few new tricks!

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Lunch was then served, expertly BBQ’d by Sensei Jon Ellis. Thanks go to Geoff from Wyrallah Rd Blue Ribbon Meats for supplying the snags to feed the hungry Little Lions after the morning session. Patricia Tan was also a great aid with the supply shopping and other little situations that arose. Of course thanks also go to the parents of the Little Lions who gave up their weekends to come and support their kids.

Shihan Rick Cunningham with the North Coast Little Lions.
Shihan Rick Cunningham with the North Coast Little Lions.