All KIMAA fighters performed excellently, especially those for whom it was their first tournament.
Sempai Angus’s first round went to an extension in the adult heavy weight. It was an exhausting bout but he pushed through, using his strength and low kicks to win the extension. He came second after taking a roundhouse kick to the front of the head in the final. Sempai Josh and Cody fought off for first and second place in the boys 11-13 years under 40kg. Cody had taken an unfortunate hit to the throat but fought well despite the injury. Sempai Josh used his kicks to win the fight.
Sempai Victor, in the cadet heavy weight division, fought a competitor over 20kg heavier than him. He faced up and stood his ground valiantly despite the weight difference. Jasper’s first fight saw him take several illegal techniques to the throat, but he pushed on and displayed the spirit of Kyokushin throughout the bout.
It was Ethan and Andrew’s first tournament. Ethan fought Sempai Victor and displayed good control and confidence. Andrew stood bravely to his much heavier opponent, and gave it his all.
Everyone walked away with a placement. Congratulations to everyone for their efforts:
Sempai Angus – Adult Heavy Weight (Open) – Second
Sempai Josh – Boys 11-13 Years under 40kg – First
Sempai Victor – Cadet Heavy Weight – Second
Jasper – Boys 13-16 Years over 58kg – Second
Cody – Boys 11-13 Years under 40kg – Second
Ethan – Cadet Heavy Weight – Third
Andrew – Adult Heavy Weight (Intermediate) – Third
In this entry, Shihan Howard reaches 2nd Dan and competes in a number of tournaments, as well as refereeing them. Hover your mouse cursor over the photos and if a caption pops up, click the photo to read the full caption.
Next month, the 1980s, and some more familiar faces from KIMAA.
Shihan Howard Lipman
Shihan Howard (far right) teaching outdoors
1st National Kyokushin Committee
Howard Lipman, Bobby Lowe & Bob Boulton
Shihan Howard breaks a bat
Shihan Howard (second from left) breaking in a tournament
Shihan Howard fighting in a tournament
Shihan Howard knocks down his opponent
Shihan Howard (far right) referees the Final of the first AKKA National Full Contact Tournament at Sydney Town Hall in 1977, Shihan Tony Bowden v Sensei Peter Wolfe.
In the above photos, then-Sempai Howard was training with Sempai Stephen Penny. He was 16 here and the two did Shodan together. Shihan Howard recalls he was an amazing young man, and his karate and strength was quite incredible. Both trained under Shihan Bob Boulton at West Pymble Dojo and spent every spare minute training together.