Student Profile: Eliza Bolger

Written by Sempai Rob James

Eliza Bolger with Sempai Rob James
Eliza Bolger with Sempai Rob James
Eliza with her Little Lion karateka
Eliza with her Little Lion karateka

Eliza Bolger is 8th Kyu Level 2 in Kyokushin Karate.

Eliza started her Kyokushin journey in early 2013 at Aspley Dojo under Sempai Rob James. Ever since then she has been a solid member of the dojo and a pleasure to teach. Not only has she been awarded the Student of the Month in recent times but performed well in the Aspley Little Lions Open Kata Tournament in July 2014.

Eliza’s strengths are her commitment, determination and her ability to have a laugh at herself. In the past, Eliza has benefited from not only training with Sensei Mark and Sempai Jon from the North Coast Kyokushin dojos, but also Shihan Rick Cunningham who has taught at Lismore Dojo.

Eliza has a strong, healthy rivalry with her older brother Jack who also trains in the Aspley Little Lions. Eliza’s mum Amanda also trains in the adult class so it makes it very hard to find excuses not to train!

I look forward to watching Eliza grow not only as a student of Karate, but also as a person.

Student Profile: Josh Darley

Written by Shihan Howard Lipman

Josh Darley with Shihan Howard Lipman, June 2014
Josh Darley with Shihan Howard Lipman, June 2014
Josh (left) at the Kyokushin Seminar, October 2013
Josh (left) with Sensei James Sidwell (back right) at a Kyokushin Seminar, October 2013

Josh Darley is 3rd Kyu in Kyokushin Karate.

Josh began his Kyokushin training in 2012 at Turramurra Dojo under the instruction of Shihan Howard Lipman and Sensei James Sidwell.

Josh began when he was seven years old. In the last six months, at just nine years of age, Josh started attending the Adults classes as well as the Kids classes. Despite being half their height, his jodan mawashi geri (roundhouse face kick) techniques will still smack them in the jaw if they’re not careful!

Josh has exceptional ability, an affinity for Karate and an amazing amount of focus and dedication for his age.

Josh embodies what the KIMAA Little Lions program is all about. He is an energetic and talented young man who is using his Karate to improve his personal and physical development. Josh is a source of inspiration for all the kids at the Dojo and does not expect nor is given any special treatment.

Josh graded to 1st Dan during the December 2016 Black Belt Grading.