Written by Hanshi Howard Lipman
On Sunday November 3rd, Kancho Doug Turnbull’s KIKO organisation ran a well organised tournament and a great day.
It is always nice to catch up with senior grades and old friends who still hold the ideals of Kyokushin and the memory of Sosai Mas Oyama close to their hearts.
What a great day for KIMAA and the Turramurra Honbu Dojo. We had 13 competitors including kids, adolescents and adults, 11 of which gained places. Everyone who represented KIMAA on the day fought valiantly and achieved the following excellent results:
- 1st place
- Sempai Josh Darley
- Ethan Kuo
- Rhoy Tarnate
- 2nd place
- Maia Brown
- Ryan Kuo
- Trent Lim
- Steyn Millard
- 3rd place
- Sempai Jonathan Lee
- Sempai Bernard Wilson
- Yue Leon Chia
- Oakley Shepherd
The most spirited fighter of the day was awarded to Sempai Jonathan Lee and we congratulate him on his first tournament.
Sempai Bernard Wilson was moved up to the Colts division as there was a lack of fighters willing to compete in his age group. Despite facing opponents 1-2 years older than himself, both of his fights went to a decision.
Sempai Josh Darley controlled a much more aggressive opponent and won his final by knockout, with a skilful jodan mawashi geri meaning the fight only lasted a decisive 45 seconds.
Steyn Millard, who is now 5th kyu, fought in the 1st kyu and above division due to a lack of fighters in the 5th kyu and below division. He acquitted himself well during his bouts.
Maia Brown demonstrated the versatility of her skills on the day in another closely contested fight.
Trent Lim lost half a point for “legally” hitting his opponent too hard in a dubious refereeing call.
On winning their respective bouts Ethan and Ryan Kuo faced off against each other in an all family final, as expected the bout was fought in the true spirit of Kyokushin with skill and precision being displayed by the brothers.
Oakley Shepherd fought through the largest pool of competitors winning 3 out of his 4 fights convincingly.
Rhoy controlled his fight well until the last 30 seconds, where his training since his last tournament helped him intensify his attack to win his division.