Senior Grading – June 11, 2022

On Saturday June 11, a Kyokushin grading was held at Annangrove Dojo. Students were assessed by Hanshi Howard Lipman and Shihan Rick Cunningham, with Shihan Peter Olive leading the grading.

Participants included karateka from Turramurra, Annangrove and Ballina dojos. Also coming down to support those grading were instructors and students from Lismore and Young.

Sempai Mark Long, Sempai Ben Brady and Sempai Blayne Gale were attempting higher level black belt grades, while Rientz, Brad, Jurgen and Nevin attempted their Shodan (1st) Dan grading, including the Kyokushin 40 fights.

Congratulations to all those who graded successfully, including KIMAA’s newest Yudansha (black belts). After the grading, Hanshi Howard awarded the new black belt grades. This included grading Shihan Peter Olive to Rokudan, 6th Dan.

The new Kyokushin black belt grades are:

  • Shihan Peter Olive (6th Dan)
  • Sensei Mark Long (3rd Dan)
  • Sempai Ben Brady (2nd Dan)
  • Sempai Blayne Gale (2nd Dan)
  • Sempai Rientz Inglis (1st Dan)
  • Sempai Bradley Chisholm (1st Dan)
  • Sempai Jurgen Bradatsch (1st Dan)
  • Sempai Nevin Alwis (1st Dan)

New Kobudo grades were also announced, with certificates from Sensei Hokama soon to be awarded. These were graded by Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick. The new grades include:

  • Hanshi Howard Lipman (8th Dan)
  • Shihan Rick Cunningham (7th Dan)
  • Shihan Mark Shelmerdine (5th Dan)
  • Shihan James Sidwell (4th Dan)
  • Sensei Paul Finnerty (4th Dan)
  • Sensei Mark McFadden (4th Dan)
  • Sensei Jon Ellis (4th Dan)
  • Sensei Alex Lloyd (4th Dan)
  • Sensei Ben Ng (2nd Dan)
  • Sensei Ian Holdaway (2nd Dan)
  • Sempai Patricia Tan (1st Dan)
  • Sempai Stephen Runge (1st Dan)