Annangrove Dojo: New Timetable

Sempai Jason Lambe during his Nidan grading.

Annangrove Dojo, Sydney, now offers a Saturday morning class.

The general class will run 9.00 – 10.30 am every Saturday and will be taken by Sempai Jason Lambe.

The class will begin on April 7th. An extra kids class will be added if required.

Sempai Jason Lambe

Sempai Jason Lambe
Sempai Jason Lambe

Sempai Jason Lambe is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. He began his Karate training under Shihan Rick Cunningham.

Sempai Jason regularly competes in tournaments, such as the NSW State Kyokushin Championship in 2015 and 2016.

Sempai Jason was graded to 1st Dan in 2014 and to 2nd Dan in 2016 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

We wish Jason all the best with this new class and the continued expansion of Annangrove Dojo.

KIMAA Sydney Seminar – March 10-11, 2018

The first KIMAA seminar of 2018 was held in Sydney, on the weekend of March 10-11, at Annangrove Dojo.

The focus of the seminar was Kyokushin Karate. Kihon and kata were practised at length, interspersed with fitness and sparring sessions. Tameshiwari (board breaking) and Kobudo (weapons) were also undertaken.

Instructors, adult students and Little Lions of all KIMAA dojos were in attendance. The North Coast dojos of Lismore and Ballina were in fine form as usual, led by Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Patricia Tan. Little Lions from the North Brisbane Dojo made the journey to Sydney. Students of Young Dojo, under Sensei David Craigie, returned to Sydney for their first seminar as fully fledged KIMAA Karateka.

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Saturday kicked off with an intense basics session with Shihan Rick Cunningham and Shihan Peter Olive. After everyone was suitably sweaty, the class turned its attention to partner work, Sanbon Kumite, leg blocks and defence, and bunkai from Pinan Ni.

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After lunch, the seminar broke up into groups. Students not attempting a board break were assigned to a particular group and instructor to revise kata pertinent to their grade level.

For everyone else, Hanshi Howard Lipman led the class through tameshiwari. Hanshi introduced first-timers to the basics of board breaking, while more experienced karateka got some pointers before attempting larger breaks and multi-board combinations.

The class then recombined for an intense bag session, where students rotated through pairings to practise their roundhouse kicks.

Next was the Naihanchi kata. Shihan Idir Bahamid took the seminar through the kata, emphasising the importance of a solid stance and correct focus in the execution of techniques.

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After studying the kata, the group loosened up for kumite. Kyu grades and the Little Lions had turns sparring the black belts. A few egos were bruised, but everyone enjoyed and learned from the experience.

The seminar group on the Saturday.

That evening, Shihan Rick hosted a dinner for the out-of-Sydney guests and senior grades.

The next morning began with a suitably tiring basics session, led by Hanshi Howard.

After the basics, the seminar spent the rest of the day on self-defence, fighting techniques and kata revision, often broken into smaller groups by grade level. The group also revisited Naihanchi kata. The Kyokushin focus was briefly interrupted for a Kobudo session. Students had the option of learning a Bo, Sai or Eku kata, dependent on their experience level.

The class finished up after a final group session. The KIMAA seminars continue to be an important feature on the calendar for students to interact with members from other parts of the organisation, and for the instructors to ensure unity in technical standards and Kyokushin spirit. Thanks go to all the organisers, and those who made the effort to travel to Sydney.

The next KIMAA seminar is at the North Coast in May.

Black Belt Training – February 10-11, 2018

The weekend of 10-11 February saw two senior classes take place in Sydney.

Hanshi Howard Lipman led a Black Belt class at Turramurra Dojo on the Saturday afternoon. Assisting with instruction were Shihan Peter Olive and Shihan Idir Bahamid. Some basic blocks, strikes and kicks were covered, along with most senior kata. The class finished with some partner drills.

It was a hot, sweaty afternoon of Kyokushin training, but everyone pushed themselves hard. Yudansha of Turramurra and Annangrove dojos trained, along with Sensei David Craigie of Young Dojo.

Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Don Cheong, Stephen Runge, Sensei Ben Ng, Sempai Jason Lambe, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sensei David Craigie, Bernard Wilson, Sensei Ian Holdaway, Sempai Josh Darley, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Shihan Peter Olive, Shihan Idir Bahamid and Sempai Alex Lloyd.

The next morning was the first Sydney Kobudo class of the year, held at Annangrove Dojo. Due to special guests Sensei Dave and Jeanette from Young Dojo, Shihan Rick Cunningham divided the class. Sensei Paul Finnerty and Sempai Alex Lloyd took Sensei Dave and Jeanette respectively for one-on-one tutoring through the first exercise and first kata of the Bo staff. Sensei Mark Shelmerdine and Sensei Ian Holdaway revised various Bo kata and the new Eku kata.

Learning basics of the Bo.

Both classes are gearing towards the March KIMAA Seminar in Sydney, and the next senior grading in June. Keep up to date with KIMAA events in the calendar.

Year In Review – December 21, 2017

Another enjoyable and successful year has passed for Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia. The year saw the expansion of the organisation, further refinement of technical ability and entry in various competitions.

JAPAN

Senior grades from various dojos partook in the KIMAA Japan Group Tour, January 7-24. These included Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Mark McFadden, Sensei Jon Ellis, Sempai Alex Lloyd and Sempai Patricia Tan.

A good portion of the trip was spent sightseeing in Tokyo, Yudanaka, Nagano and Kyoto, before heading to Okinawa. One of the destinations was the shrine to Sosai Mas Oyama at Mt Mitsumine, as well as his actual grave.

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Tony Kuo of Turramurra Dojo joined the group in Okinawa. The first highlight in Okinawa was training with Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama and Shihan Ken Ogura in Karate and Kobudo weapons. Sensei Hokama also graded Sensei Jon to 3rd Dan in Kobudo, and Sempai Alex to 2nd Dan.

The final event of the tour was the Kyokushin Union’s 4th World Tournament, a two-day event featuring Kyokushin fighters from a large range of countries. The trip was a memorable and enjoyable experience.

KIMAA at the Kyokushin World Tournament.

SYDNEY, NSW

The Sydney dojos were home to a variety of KIMAA events in 2017, from junior and senior gradings and a major seminar. The year began for some Sydney instructors with the Japan trip, including the World Tournament.

Students of Turramurra Dojo participated in the IFKKA full-contact Kyokushin Karate tournament in May. A number of placements were achieved in this tournament.

These competitive efforts were followed quickly by Turramurra and Annangrove Dojo members competing in the AKKA New South Wales State Championships in June, hosted by Hanshi John Taylor. A large group competed, led by senior grade Sensei Ben Ng. Special mention goes to Elia Parsanejad, Eric Wright and Sempai Josh Darley for their placements.

Annangrove Dojo continued its fitness program over the course of the year. Shihan Rick Cunningham and Sensei Paul Finnerty teach fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to the Karate classes on other weeknights and weapons on Sundays. Not all participants in the fitness classes train in karate, many coming along just to improve their wellbeing and cardio ability. The group has grown steadily.

The focus moved from competitive fighting to the wider level of training needed for a grading, in preparation for the Senior Kyokushin Grading in August. Participants included members from Turramurra and Annangrove, as well as karateka travelling down from the North Coast dojos. Hanshi Howard assessed students while the grading was led by Shihan Rick and Shihan Peter Olive.

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The day produced KIMAA’s newest black belt, Sempai Will Brook, of Ballina Dojo.

Sempai Will Brook, Hanshi Howard Lipman & Sensei Jon Ellis

At the conclusion of the grading, Shihan Rick announced a special surprise for the Chairman of KIMAA. The KIMAA Grading Committee – consisting of Shihan Rick, Shihan Peter, Shihan Idir Bahamid and Sensei Mark McFaddenpromoted Howard Lipman to the rank of 9th Dan and the title of Hanshi in Kyokushin Karate.

The KIMAA grading committee with Hanshi Howard Lipman. From left: Sensei Mark McFadden, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sensei Idir Bahamid & Shihan Peter Olive.

Following the success of the 2016 Shihan Ken seminar, Shihan Ken was warmly invited back to instruct in the KIMAA Shihan Ken Seminar of 2017. The seminar ran over three weeknights and a full weekend in September at Turramurra and Annangrove. Members from all KIMAA dojos participated, as well as Shihan Doug Turnbull of KIKO on one night, and guest members from Sensei David Craigie’s Kyokushin dojo in Young across most of the week.

The week focused heavily on bunkai (self-defence applications from kata), as well as conditioning, miscellaneous self-defence, technical training and weapons. All students look forward to future training with Shihan Ken.

KIMAA at the Shihan Ken Seminar, September 2017

One of Sydney’s senior instructors was promoted during the seminar – Idir Bahamid was awarded by Hanshi Howard his 5th Dan in Kyokushin and the title of “Shihan”. Shihan Idir is already a 5h Dan in Shotokan Karate.

Hanshi Howard Lipman & Shihan Idir Bahamid

Kobudo training continued throughout the year at Annangrove Dojo. The senior group focused in particular on new katas taught to them by Shihan Ken.

Final Sydney Kobudo training of 2017. From left: Sensei James Sidwell, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sempai Jessica Den, Shihan Peter Olive, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sempai James Campbell, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine & Sempai Alex Lloyd.

The start of the year also unveiled an ongoing series on this website, “From the Archive”. Hanshi Howard dug up his wealth of Kyokushin photos, documenting his training from white belt to training with Sosai Mas Oyama to the present day. After a lot of scanning by Sempai Alex, a new batch was posted to the website every month. The publishing program finished with the year 2010, posted this December:

1970s, Part 1 | 1970s, Part 2 | 1970s, Part 3 | 1980s, Part 1 | 1980s, Part 2 | 1990-1991 | 1992 | 1993-1999 | 2000s | 2010

Sensei Elaine Kwok, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sosai Mas Oyama, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Carl Syddall and Sensei Adrian Layton, Branch Chief Camp in Japan, 1993.

NORTH COAST, NSW

Head instructors of Lismore Dojo and Ballina Dojo, Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis, kicked off their year with the January trip to Japan, in which Sempai Patricia Tan also participated.

Sempai Trish, Hanshi Howard, Sensei Hokama, Sensei Mark & Sensei Jon in Okinawa, Japan, January 2017.

March saw the first 2017 KIMAA seminar hosted at the North Coast dojos, conducted by Hanshi Howard Liman. Members from Lismore and Ballina participated, as well as some students under Sensei Rob James of his two dojos.

The Sunday adults class at Lismore Dojo.

The seminar was a terrific weekend held at Ballina and Lismore across the two days, focusing on basics, fitness, kata, kumite and the finer points of stance and technique across the Little Lions, adults and senior grades.

The North Coast students continued their hard training, entering a number of competitions over the course of the year. This includes the Little Lions’ efforts in May, and young Isaac’s in October.

Lismore Dojo at the NAS

The North Coast enjoyed reminding the rest of KIMAA that Karate doesn’t always have to mean indoor training! Sensei Mark held a grading for Lismore Dojo in June, which students of Ballina also attended, at Evans Head beach. The class enjoyed the sunny teachings of Sensei Mark, Sensei Jon, Sempai Wally Gray and Sempai Trish.

North Coast Beach Grading

In August, Sempai Will Brook of Ballina Dojo was graded to 1st Dan (Shodan) in Sydney by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Kobudo training was a key focus in the lead up to the September seminar in Sydney.

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More members of the North Coast came down to Sydney the following month for the Shihan Ken seminar.

The KIMAA NSW Far North Coast crew with Shihan Ken Ogura.

During the seminar, Sensei Mark McFadden was promoted to 4th Dan by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sensei Mark McFadden & Shihan Rick Cunningham

The last major activity for the year was the combined North Coast dojos grading and Christmas Party.

BRISBANE, QLD

Sensei Rob James, head instructor at both North Brisbane and Nundah dojos, kept his students busy throughout the year! Some accompanied him to the North Coast seminar in March.

Later that month, North Brisbane’s Little Lions entered one of the National All Styles tournaments. Young Sean gained a placement, and all entrants were participating in their first tournament. Sean continued his efforts at the NAS in October.

Sensei Rob with some of his Little Lions at a tournament

The Queensland KIMAA students are a bit further way from the central action of KIMAA geographically, but they don’t let that stop them keep driving harder and harder to pursue greater martial arts skills. This was typified by the efforts in the June gradings.

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Sensei Rob represented Queensland at the Shihan Ken seminar in September. Like all seniors who participated, he honed his technique and took away insightful lessons of Karate’s hidden secrets. He was also greatly surprised when Hanshi Howard promoted him to the rank of 3rd Dan and title of Sensei.

Hanshi Howard Lipman & Sensei Rob James

YOUNG, NSW

Sensei David Craigie commenced his Kyokushin training in 1971, obtaining Shodan in 1976. He has also been teaching since the 1970s.

During the KIMAA Shihan Ken Seminar in September 2017, Sensei David was invited to attend and bring some of his students. Over the course of the seminar, Sensei David was greatly impressed by the quality of people and martial arts skills at KIMAA. He enthusiastically accepted when invited to join by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Young Dojo with Hanshi Howard & Shihan Rick

On September 10, Sensei David and his dojo formally joined KIMAA, and was welcomed by all. Sensei David is the dojo operator of KIMAA’s seventh dojo.

Young Dojo represented KIMAA for the first time at the Riverina Kyokushin Karate Country Championships, where Sean and Josh took Third Place in their divisions.

Sean and Josh with Sensei David Craigie

Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick Cunningham taught a day-long seminar at Young Dojo in November. The day focused on technique and kata. Improvement could be seen in all students as a result.

The students of Young Dojo with their instructors

While a newcomer to KIMAA, Sensei David has been teaching Kyokushin for over forty years. Hanshi Howard graded Sensei David to 4th Dan in recognition of his decades teaching Kyokushin.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sensei David Craigie & Shihan Rick Cunningham

The final training session of the year featured a guest appearance from Sensei Don Cheong, of Turramurra Dojo, and Sempai Mark Long, an old student of Hanshi Howard.

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CLOSING

This year saw KIMAA continue its efforts internally and externally, through seminars and gradings to Japan trips and tournaments, pushing its students and seniors to improve their Karate in every aspect. Strong and experienced leadership has seen the KIMAA students continually exposed to new opportunities, especially spending time with other great senior martial artists.

Warm thanks go to the dojo operators and other instructors for keeping the organisation running smoothly, especially Hanshi Howard, Shihan Rick, Shihan Peter, Sensei Mark, Sensei David, Sensei Jon and Sensei Rob.

Your instructor will advise you of holiday closure dates, or any combined classes and holiday training. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, and see you in 2018. Osu!

Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia, September 2017

North Coast Grading – December 16, 2017

Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis held a combined Kyokushin grading for the students of Lismore and Ballina dojos.

The grading was for adults and Little Lions. “Great effort today from all who graded,” was the praise of Sensei Mark.

Thanks also go to Sempai Wally GraySempai Patricia Tan, Sempai Will Brook and Wesley Snider for assistance with the grading, and to Sempai Trish, Larissa and Lauren for organising the catering.

After the grading, Students of the Year awards were handed out, followed by a Christmas party. Well done to all who participated in the grading, and the Students of the Year.

The karateka who graded with their instructors, 16 December 2017.

From the Archive: 2010

The final entry in KIMAA’s From the Archive series, diving into the photo collection of Hanshi Howard Lipman. For this month’s instalment, we see Hanshi Howard Lipman and Shihan Rick Cunningham teaching Kobudo. This follows the inaugural trips to Okinawa in May, August and October 2008 to study under Sensei Hokama, when Kobudo becomes a major part of KIMAA.

The rest of KIMAA’s journey in Kobudo continues in our students and their Kobudo instructors, seminars with Sensei Hokama and Shihan Ken, and more Okinawa trips.

This is the final post for the From the Archive series.