About KIMAA

Shihan Rick Cunningham & Shihan Howard Lipman
KIMAA’s chief instructors: Shihan Rick Cunningham & Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Read here about the origins of KIMAA in Kyokushin with Sosai Mas Oyama, the years after, and affiliation with Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama in Kobudo:

  1. Overview & Video
  2. Kyokushin Origins with Sosai Mas Oyama
  3. After Sosai’s Death
  4. Sensei Hokama and Kobudo

1. Overview & Video

KIMAA President Hanshi Howard Lipman has taught Kyokushin Karate on Sydney’s North Shore for over 40 years.

At KIMAA all of our accredited black belts continue their learning through regular training and teaching seminars as taught in Japan, ensuring that KIMAA is able to offer the highest quality training experience across our seven dojo locations in New South Wales and Queensland. Kyokushin Karate is offered as per the teachings of Sosai Mas Oyama. Kobudo weapons is offered as taught by Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama, who regularly meets and trains with KIMAA’s senior instructors.

The following video features highlights of Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia students in Kyokushin Karate and Kobudo weapons.

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2. Kyokushin Origins with Sosai Mas Oyama

Shihan Lipman awarded his 5th Dan by Sosai Mas Oyama

In 1989, after being promoted to the rank of 4th Dan, Hanshi Howard Lipman was invited to Tokyo by Sosai Oyama. During this visit he was promoted by Sosai Oyama to Branch Chief and was asked to form his own Branch of Kyokushin in Australia.

This he did and continued to travel to Japan to train with Sosai. In 1992 he was graded in Japan by Sosai at a Branch Chiefs’ training camp in Yugawara to the rank of 5th Dan.

His trip to Japan to train with Sosai Oyama was in 1993 when he was accompanied by Shihan Rick Cunningham who was at that time graded to 3rd Dan by Sosai. During this period, Hanshi Howard was regularly teaching at a dozen dojos across Sydney, and managing more.

On New Years Day of 1994 when Hanshi rang Sosai to wish him a Happy New Year. Sosai asked him to return to Japan all expenses paid to spend a week with him. Hanshi Howard did this in early January and spent a week together with Sosai. There was no training, simply lots of meals and discussions together, this was to be the last time Hanshi saw Sosai as he passed away in April of 1994.

This was a very special week in the company of a very special man and one which will never be forgotten.

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3. After Sosai’s Death

Sensei Peter, Shihan Cunningham, Shihan Lipman, Sensei Idir, May 2010

Due to growing political instability that sadly followed Sosai Oyama’s death, Hanshi Howard Lipman resigned from his position on the World Board of Directors in the IKO in 2000. From 2000 to 2008 Hanshi Howard concentrated on consolidating his Dojo at Turramurra, with considerable effort being put into his black belts to improve their knowledge and ability. He continued to travel to Japan during this time and attended tournaments and seminars to improve his own knowledge.

KIMAA expanded when Shihan Rick began teaching at Kellyville Scout Hall in 2003. In 2006, Shihan Rick moved his Dojo to Annangrove, where training continues today. Annangrove Dojo operates in a large scout hall surrounded by bush and parkland.

Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis have since expanded KIMAA into the North Coast, offering training in Lismore and Ballina.

KIMAA began operations in Brisbane, Queensland, at Aspley Dojo under then-Sempai Rob James in 2012. In 2016, Aspley Dojo was replaced by North Brisbane Dojo. KIMAA’s sixth dojo, Nundah Dojo, was also opened in Brisbane in 2016. Both North Brisbane and Nundah are run by Sensei Rob.

KIMAA extended to the South West Slopes of New South Wales in 2017, when Young Dojo joined KIMAA under Sensei David Craigie.

KIMAA Dojo Operators
KIMAA Dojo Operators in November 2015: Shihan Rick Cunningham (Annangrove), Sempai Rob James (North Brisbane & Nundah), Sensei Mark McFadden (Lismore), Sensei Jon Ellis (Ballina) and Shihan Howard Lipman (Turramurra).

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4. Sensei Hokama and Kobudo

Sensei Idir, Shihan Cunningham, Shihan Lipman, Sensei Hokama, Sensei Mark & Sensei James at Sensei Hokama’s Dojo in Okinawa, May 2008

In January 2008 Hanshi Howard met Sensei Hokama in Okinawa and knew at once that this Sensei was the man with whom he wished to continue his Martial Arts studies. Hanshi returned to Okinawa in May of 2008 with Shihan Rick and a group of black belts, and so began the three trips a year to Okinawa. The main purpose of these trips was to learn Kobudo so it could be taught to the KIMAA students as well as Kyokushin, and therefore broadening their martial arts knowledge.

The many years of experience Hanshi Howard has in Kyokushin has been added to by the instruction of Sensei Hokama.

KIMAA’s senior instructors have made a commitment  to continue to travel to Okinawa to learn from Sensei Hokama and thus enhance their knowledge further.

The most recent trip to Japan was in 2017.

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