Kobudo Grading – May 5, 2019

On Sunday May 5th 2019, a Kobudo grading was held at Annangrove Dojo.

Hanshi Howard Lipman awarded two new grades:

Congratulations to Sensei Ben (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 1st Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Stephen Runge (1st Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Kyu Kobudo).

Special mention also goes to Sensei James Sidwell for breaking his Eku during the grading, in a display of raw power and great technique.

Osu!

Sydney KIMAA Seminar – March 23-24, 2019

Shihan Rick Cunningham demonstrates bunkai at the KIMAA seminar.

On the weekend of March 23-24, 2019, the first KIMAA seminar of the year was held at Sydney’s Annangrove Dojo, run by Hanshi Howard Lipman and Shihan Rick Cunningham. Karateka from across New South Wales and Queensland KIMAA dojos attended the weekend.

On the Saturday morning, Hanshi Howard led a basics and bunkai session. The focus was on correcting students’ technique, as Hanshi stressed the importance of maintaining Sosai’s legacy for perfection. This included blocking combinations, and moving backwards and forwards in stance.

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As the day continued, students were broken up by grade. Juniors focused on kata, both new forms and revision of existing patterns. The seniors were given a lesson in competition judging, specifically in tournament refereeing.

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Sunday saw a revision of Saturday’s lessons. Sempai Patricia Tan began the session with a Tai Chi muscle warm-up before the class got into basics again. This was followed by more kata and bunkai.

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Thank you to all who participated in the seminar. Photography and videography by Sempai Jonathan Lee.

North Coast Karate Grading – December 16, 2018

Sensei Rob James, Sensei Jon Ellis & Sensei Mark McFadden

Karateka of the North Coast dojos Lismore and Ballina came together for their annual end-of-year training and grading session.

Weather prevented the typical beach session, so Sensei Mark McFadden hosted all comers at his dojo in Lismore. Also in attendance was Sensei Jon Ellis and his students, and Sensei Rob James from Brisbane Dojo.

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After the training session and grading, Student of the Year awards were presented. Holly was the Lismore Student of the Year, and Akayla the Lismore Little Lion of the Year. Blayne was the Ballina Student of the Year, and Cooper the Ballina Little Lion of the Year.

Congratulations to the students who received special awards and to all those who graded.

Senior Grading – December 8, 2018

The second senior Kyokushin grading of 2018 was held at KIMAA‘s Honbu, Turramurra Dojo. Hanshi Howard Lipman assessed the students while Shihan Peter Olive conducted the grading.

Jermaine Downs arriving at Turramurra Dojo, from Brisbane, ahead of the grading.

Participants came from Turramurra, Annangrove Dojo, Young Dojo and Brisbane Dojo. Sensei David Craigie and Sensei Rob James shepherded their students from afar, and Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Patricia Tan of Lismore Dojo also came down to support those attempting new grades.

Four students were attempted their 1st Dan Black Belt, which led of course to the world-renowned Kyokushin 40 fights.

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Hearty efforts were put in by all students. Congratulations to all the senior kyu grades. Special recognition goes to the Yudansha:

  • Sempai Joshua Darley, Nidan
  • Sempai Stephen Runge, Shodan
  • Sempai Jermaine Downs, Shodan
  • Sempai Bernard Wilson, Shodan
  • Sempai Cody Choi, Shodan

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Sempai Jermaine Downs and Hanshi Howard Lipman after the grading.

Sempai Jermaine is a hard-working, strong, diligent student from Brisbane Dojo. He is the first to reach Shodan from Brisbane, under the tutelage of Sensei Rob James. Sempai Jermaine has balanced his Kyokushin training with work and family commitments, but always attended seminars when he is able, and has been a strong deputy to Sensei Rob. He is a highly a capable fighter, budding instructor and good martial artist, with a bright future ahead of him. Congratulations Sempai Jermaine, and Sensei Rob on bringing your first student to back belt.

Sempai Cody is one of a crop of promising young KIMAA karateka who have, after years of dedicated training under Hanshi Howard and Sensei James Sidwell, persisted and worked in the adult General Classes towards the goal of Shodan. He has previously competed in tournaments.

Sempai Bernard also has much tournament experience and trained with increasing intensity over the years, becoming a strong young man with many years of excellent Karate ahead of him.

Sempai Stephen has been training at Turramurra Dojo for a long time, despite persistent injuries. His dedicated attitude to training despite obstacles has not gone unnoticed. He has also become a regular assistant instructor in the Kids classes and to newcomers in the General classes. He is an invaluable presence at the dojo, and a good Karate man.

Sempai Josh Darley during the grading.

Sempai Josh began his Karate training in 2012 and has been an impressive young personality at Turramurra Dojo since the beginning. He has fought in tournaments, trained with Shihan Ken Ogura, done tameshiwari and regularly pushed himself to the next level of technical excellence. He has applied himself diligently in his training to Nidan, as he did for Shodan. While it is rare for one so young to be a Nidan, he has certainly earned the grade in the eyes of the seniors.

That night, everyone celebrated with the Turramurra Christmas Party – with all those out-of-town and grading invited along, of course.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sempai Cody Choi, Sempai Josh Darley, Sempai Bernard Wilson, Sempai Jermaine Downs & Sempai Stephen Runge

Congratulations to all who participated in the grading – a strong, fine way to end the year.

KIKO Tournament – November 4, 2018

After their success in the Griffith Riverina Tournament, Sensei David Craigie took his students Josh and Damon to the November KIKO Tournament. The Kyokushin International Karate Organisation is run by Kancho Doug Turnbull.

The KIMAA Young Dojo karateka were both competing in their first Kyokushin Sydney tournament.

Josh Galea, in the male adults beginners/intermediate 80kg & over, was the Australian Champion in his division.

Damon Townsend, male adults beginners under 70kg was the Australian Champion in his division.

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Congratulations to both Josh and Damon. Sensei David praised his students for their “efforts and tenacity”.

Griffith Riverina Tournament – September 30, 2018

Two Kyokushin karateka of Young Dojo entered the Griffith Riverina Tournament in the full contact division.

They were supported by other students from their dojo and coached by Sensei David Craigie.

Damon fought in the novice lightweight division and came First. Josh fought in the novice heavyweight division and took Second place.

For Damon’s fight for First place, it was taken to an extension. Damon won the bout by knocking his opponent out with jodan mawashi geri (head-high roundhouse kick).

Congratulations to both students and for representing KIMAA.