Senior Grading – June 29, 2019

Written by Sensei James Sidwell

The KIMAA Kyokushin Karate senior grading was in held in Sydney’s Turramurra Dojo on Saturday 29th June. It was a gruelling five hour session run by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Sempai Ben Brady receives his Shodan grade from Hanshi Howard Lipman

Congratulations to Ben Brady from Ballina Dojo, who successfully completed his Shodan grade!

Tony Kuo from Turramurra Dojo, and Eric Wright and Jurgen Bradatsch from Annangrove Dojo completed their 1st kyu grades.

Nalin and Nevin Alwis from Annangrove, Larissa Watson, Blayne Gale and Lauren King from Ballina, and Sean Stevens from Young Dojo also graded.

A special mention to kids Peter Zhu and Yue Leon Chia from Turramurra who participated in the senior grading, and performed with discipline and focus during the entire 5 hours.

Senior Grading June 2019

Congratulations to all participants! Osu.

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The following day, Kobudo practitioners from Sydney and Young trained together at Annangrove Dojo in a class taken by Shihan Rick Cunningham. Sensei David Craigie from Young remarked, “Thanks everyone for your patience and instruction once again, we always enjoy our morning Kobudo with all.”

Kobudo class the morning after the Senior Grading

North Coast KIMAA Seminar – June 15-16, 2019

The KIMAA Far North Coast NSW dojos at Ballina and Lismore hosted a winter seminar. The guest instructor for the weekend was Shihan Rick Cunningham from Sydney.

On Saturday June 15th, the seminar was at Ballina. The focus of the day was Kyokushin Karate, in particular self-defence applications and kata bunkai.

The seminar continued on the Sunday at Lismore Dojo, and included a special Little Lions class.

A Kobudo session for beginners and experienced students alike was also held on the Sunday.

Thanks go to all seniors for assisting, Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis for hosting, and to Shihan Rick Cunningham for making the trip.

Shihan Rick Cunningham with the Little Lions at the North Coast KIMAA Seminar 2019.

Autism Classes – Brisbane KIMAA

In 2018, Sensei Rob James began running Kyokushin Karate classes for children on the autism spectrum. Sensei Rob is a KIMAA accredited dojo operator based in Brisbane, Queensland, who first began training with Hanshi Howard Lipman almost three decades ago.

Sensei Rob commenced these classes as he believes in the power of martial arts to make a difference. He has had a few kids on the spectrum pass through his dojo over the years, and they were all stand outs. “Every single one of them.” Sensei Rob was inspired to promote and dedicate classes for these children. He ended up with 8 kids in the 8-week trial period at the Pine Rivers PCYC.

Some of the children in the classes would not even speak, yet every student was committing to a loud kiai after only one class. They were all enthusiastic and took to Sensei Rob without much effort. From there, everything flowed into a very relaxing atmosphere. They handled the etiquette and discipline with aplomb, as a clear structure often does for children on the spectrum.

The classes comprise everything from basic technique and fitness to studying the movements of the first forms (kata), and even some self-defence applications.

Sensei Rob will resume these classes in the very near future. All enquiries should be directed to Sensei at the contact details on the Brisbane Dojo page.

Sensei Rob James with students after one of the classes.

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.