Coming Back to Training (Turramurra Dojo)

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STUDENTS & INSTRUCTORS AT TURRAMURRA DOJO:

Training resumes on Monday. We will be following our COVID-safe practices (including cleaning protocols) and following all NSW Government guidance and laws. We ask all students and parents to observe the following:

1) If you are unwell or have any cold-like symptoms DO NOT COME TO TRAINING until you have taken a COVID test. This is for all students and instructors, without exception.

2) Due to the 4-square-metre rule returning, class sizes are limited. Please attend the classes you were enrolled in last year. If you would like to change classes, or be reminded which classes you are scheduled for, message this page.

3) We are setting up a NSW Government QR code. We will ask all students (or parent/guardian, in the case of children) to scan the QR code upon arrival. 

4) If you need to bring a bag to training to bring gear/other clothes, do so, but do not loiter before and after training. To help with social distancing, the dojo office is strictly for black belts only.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to training and starting the year in a strong manner. We will be diligent with everyone’s safety, while also keeping focused on continuing to foster and develop all students’ martial arts skills, fitness and personal growth. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.

KIMAA Senior Grading – December 12, 2020

After a challenging year, it was a great pleasure for karateka from all six KIMAA dojos to gather in Sydney for the end-of-year grading.

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The KIMAA senior grading was conducted on Saturday 12 December at Annangrove Dojo. It was a 6-hour event, finishing with the famous 40 fights for Kyokushin Shodan. Select younger students from Sydney and a range of adult students from all dojos participated, with grade levels varying from 7th Kyu to 4th Dan.

Hanshi Howard & Shihan Idir assess the students.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Rick Cunningham and Shihan Idir Bahamid assessed those attempting the grading, while Shihan Peter Olive, Sensei Jon Ellis, Sempai Jason Lambe and Sempai Josh Darley led various components of the grading test. During the grading was a Kobudo demonstration by Sensei Mark Shelmerdine (Bo), Sensei James Sidwell (Eku), Sensei Alex Lloyd (Sai) and Sempai Patricia Tan (Bo).

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Hanshi Howard was pleased with the standard displayed by all attempting to grade, especially given to the disruption in training earlier in the year.

It was a memorable, long afternoon of fights. All the kids did their fights first…

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… followed by the adults.

Thirteen Black Belt grades were awarded. Congratulations go to Shihan Mark Shelmerdine (5th Dan), Shihan James Sidwell (5th Dan), Sensei Ben Ng (4th Dan), Sensei Don Cheong (4th Dan), Sempai Patricia Tan (2nd Dan), Sempai Tony Kuo (1st Dan), Sempai Larissa Watson (1st Dan), Sempai Blayne Gayle (1st Dan), Sempai Mick Calnan (1st Dan), Sempai Nalin Alwis (1st Dan), Sempai Eric Wright (1st Dan), Sempai Sean Stevens (1st Dan) and Sempai Annika Allen (1st Dan).

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Thanks go to all instructors and students who travelled intrastate and interstate to Sydney for the occasion to Sensei Alex Lloyd and Sempai Jessica Den for the photos and videos of the day, and to Shihan Rick Cunningham for use of his dojo.

Turramurra Announcement

Due to the unfolding situation in Sydney, ALL TRAINING sessions next week (Monday & Wednesday, Kids & Adults classes) are CANCELLED, including the final class.

The Dinner in Gordon scheduled on Monday is POSTPONED. We will aim for the dinner in the second half of January. This will be confirmed in the New Year.

GRADING RESULTS will be given out in the first week of January.

TRAINING 2021 is still set to resume on Monday January 4th. We will provide further updates closer to the time.

I sincerely apologise for any disruption or disappointment, but in the interests of the safety of our students and their families, we believe this is the necessary course of action. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas to all.

Hanshi Howard Lipman

Turramurra Grading – September 23, 2020

2020 has been a year of surprises, challenges and recalibration of goals for us all. After getting back into in-Dojo training post-lockdown, it was a great pleasure for Kyokushin gradings for both Kids and Adult Junior Kyu grades to take place on Wednesday September 23rd at Turramurra Dojo.

Hanshi Howard Lipman assessed students while Sensei Mark Shelmerdine and Sensei James Sidwell conducted the gradings. Across both classes, twelve students were tested for new grades. The Sydney students enjoyed participating in contact activities, as per NSW Health guidelines, during the grading.

Congratulations to all who participated. The senior grading for the year will be held in December.

Quarantine Karate – May 2020

KIMAA instructors hope all students and their families remain in good health, physical and mental, during this challenging year.

For KIMAA, the COVID-19 global pandemic meant a cancelling of the March Japan group tour (including a tournament), and of course all dojos closing down in-person training for a time, in adherence with the NSW and QLD Health guidelines.

Sensei Ben Ng leading basics over Zoom.

Turramurra, Lismore and Ballina dojos offered remote learning opportunities. Broadcasting once a week from Sydney, Hanshi Howard Lipman encouraged all KIMAA students to engage in the online Zoom classes open to the whole organisation, from the North Coast to Brisbane and Young dojos. Sensei Ben Ng did an outstanding job leading training each week. Some of these classes focused on kata and technical precision, while others were a mix of basics, kata and fitness.

Sensei Ben Ng and Hanshi Howard Lipman at Turramurra Dojo. Sensei Ben led techniques while Hanshi Howard watched students over Zoom, adhering to the social distancing rule where ‘personal training’ was allowed.

All students displayed great adaptation and flexibility in the unusual circumstances.

As regulations changed allowing for group outdoor training in varying sizes, Shihan Rick Cunningham offered outdoor Karate and Kobudo training at the park adjacent to Annangrove Dojo. These classes proved a popular return to in-person training for many students, regardless of the winter weather.

All dojos have been reopened for training since June, following appropriate COVID safety protocols. For further questions on these protocols, please contact the head instructor of your particular dojo.

We encourage all students to return to training, and to feel safe and confident in doing so. Let’s punch our way through the rest of 2020 together. Osu!

KIKO Tournament – November 3rd, 2019

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:

The competitors and senior grades after the tournament

  • 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.

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My Congratulations to all the fighters and thank you to my students, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Sensei James Sidwell and Sempai Stephen Runge. Thank you to Kancho Doug for hosting.