Kempo Ryu Karate Championships – March 20, 2022

On Sunday March 20th, four students from Hanshi Howard Lipman’s Turramurra Dojo competed in the 26th Karate Championships of Kempo Ryu (IKO), with Kancho Peter Mylonas hosting the event.

Sempai Josh Darley (white side, right) prepares to fight, with Sensei Alex Lloyd coaching.

The four KIMAA karateka represented our organisation in Kyokushin Karate. Sensei Ben Ng, Sempai Angus Sweeney and Alireza Miri competed in the Full Contact Kumite, Adults All Grades, Male Middleweight division. Sempai Josh Darley competed in both the Freestyle Kumite, 16-17 years (Colts), Blue to Black Belt, Male division, and in the Full Contact Kumite, 16-17 years (Colts), All Grades, Male Lightweight Division.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, his wife Masumi and Shihan Mark Shelmerdine were special guests on the VIP table. Shihan James Sidwell and Sensei Alex Lloyd coached the fighters, while Sempai Stephen Runge did the photography and videography. 

All students admirably represented KIMAA, facing strong opponents and displayed great budo and fighting spirit. 

Congratulations go to Sempai Josh, for placing Third in his Freestyle Colts Kumite division and Second in his Full Contact Colts division. Due to luck of the draw, Sempai Josh ended up having four fights in a row, drawing the praise of Kancho Mylonas and other senior instructors for his fierce fighting attitude and never backing down. 

Hanshi John Taylor, Shihan John Williams, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Jim Phillips and Shihan Mark Shelmerdine, among other VIPs, award trophies to the winners.

Congratulations also go to Sensei Ben and Ali, both fighting their way to the Final of the day’s main event: the Male Middleweight for Full Contact Kumite. After one extension, Ali’s persuasive kicks won the bout, leading KIMAA to take the top two spots of the division.

After having a notable period without tournament events due to the Covid situation, it was gratifying for all involved to be at a large event and compete against other martial artists. Hanshi Howard expresses his warm pride in all his students and coaches efforts.

Masumi Lipman, Sempai Angus Sweeney, Sempai Stephen Runge, Sempai Josh Darley, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei Alex Lloyd, Shihan James Sidwell and Shihan Mark Shelmerdine after the tournament. (Not pictured: Alireza Miri, division winner.)