Turramurra Grading – September 23, 2020

2020 has been a year of surprises, challenges and recalibration of goals for us all. After getting back into in-Dojo training post-lockdown, it was a great pleasure for Kyokushin gradings for both Kids and Adult Junior Kyu grades to take place on Wednesday September 23rd at Turramurra Dojo.

Hanshi Howard Lipman assessed students while Sensei Mark Shelmerdine and Sensei James Sidwell conducted the gradings. Across both classes, twelve students were tested for new grades. The Sydney students enjoyed participating in contact activities, as per NSW Health guidelines, during the grading.

Congratulations to all who participated. The senior grading for the year will be held in December.

Quarantine Karate – May 2020

KIMAA instructors hope all students and their families remain in good health, physical and mental, during this challenging year.

For KIMAA, the COVID-19 global pandemic meant a cancelling of the March Japan group tour (including a tournament), and of course all dojos closing down in-person training for a time, in adherence with the NSW and QLD Health guidelines.

Sensei Ben Ng leading basics over Zoom.

Turramurra, Lismore and Ballina dojos offered remote learning opportunities. Broadcasting once a week from Sydney, Hanshi Howard Lipman encouraged all KIMAA students to engage in the online Zoom classes open to the whole organisation, from the North Coast to Brisbane and Young dojos. Sensei Ben Ng did an outstanding job leading training each week. Some of these classes focused on kata and technical precision, while others were a mix of basics, kata and fitness.

Sensei Ben Ng and Hanshi Howard Lipman at Turramurra Dojo. Sensei Ben led techniques while Hanshi Howard watched students over Zoom, adhering to the social distancing rule where ‘personal training’ was allowed.

All students displayed great adaptation and flexibility in the unusual circumstances.

As regulations changed allowing for group outdoor training in varying sizes, Shihan Rick Cunningham offered outdoor Karate and Kobudo training at the park adjacent to Annangrove Dojo. These classes proved a popular return to in-person training for many students, regardless of the winter weather.

All dojos have been reopened for training since June, following appropriate COVID safety protocols. For further questions on these protocols, please contact the head instructor of your particular dojo.

We encourage all students to return to training, and to feel safe and confident in doing so. Let’s punch our way through the rest of 2020 together. Osu!

KIMAA Sydney Seminar – September 14-15, 2019

On the weekend of Saturday 14-15 September, practitioners from Hanshi Howard Lipman’s KIMAA dojos across Australia spent Saturday and Sunday in a training seminar.

Shihan Rick Cunningham hosted the seminar at his Annangrove Dojo. Sensei Mark McFadden (Lismore Dojo) , Sensei Dave Craigie (Young Dojo), Sensei Jon Ellis (Ballina Dojo) and Sensei Rob James (Brisbane Dojo) attended and brought members of their teams.

The weekend focussed on standardisation of technique and instructing, Kata and Bunkai, Kumite and Kobudo in small groups, so all members could train appropriate to their grade level and other requirements.

Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick instructed over the entirety of the weekend. The smaller focus groups were also instructed by Shihan Peter Olive, Shihan Idir Bahamid, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei Rob James and Sempai James Campbell.

In the sparring component of the weekend, students came together to engage in kumite with students of varying grade and size, and from different dojos. The goal from the sparring session was to maintain movement and keep nimble. Guards were encouraged for this activity. Different grades were paired together from the various KIMAA dojos. The bouts were relatively short to enable the participants to experience kumite against a number of different people.

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At the end of the first day training of the seminar, the KIMAA dojo operators made a presentation to Hanshi Howard Lipman. In recognition of the immense perseverance and determination Hanshi has demonstrated in maintaining his commitment to martial arts and Kyokushin over such a long period of 50 years, Hanshi was awarded a plaque as well as a book of memories.

All of the KIMAA students appreciate and thank Hanshi for the continual patience and support that he has shown them over those years.

Saturday night was spent at Shihan Rick’s for a roast dinner and drinks. A special mention to both Sempai Stephen Runge for contributing a delicious roast pork and Sensei Ian Holdaway, who cooked our BBQ lunches.

A lot was learned by all who attended and it is paramount that what was learned is continuously trained, embedded and refined.

It was a great weekend and another example of how well all the KIMAA dojos bond and support one another and we are looking forward to all catching up at the senior grading in December.

National Full Contact Tournament – August 18, 2019

Hanshi Howard Lipman took his KIMAA team to the National Full Contact Tournament held at Sydney University today.

Congratulations to Rhoy Tarnate who achieved third place in the Men’s 5th kyu and below heavyweight division. It was his first experience of full contact tournament fighting. Hope to see him compete at many more.

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Sempai Angus Sweeney also competed and lost to the eventual winner of the Men’s Open Heavyweight Division.

National All Styles (Round 4) – August 4, 2019

Students from Lismore Dojo competed Round 4 of the National All Styles on Sunday August 4th.

Harry, Corey and Akayla all competed, coached by Sensei Mark McFadden, Sempai Wally Gray and Sempai Patricia Tan. Little Lion karateka Akayla took third place in point sparring.

Congratulations to all for their efforts and Akayla for her placement.

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