Participants included karateka from Turramurra, Annangrove and Ballina dojos. Also coming down to support those grading were instructors and students from Lismore and Young.
Sempai Mark Long, Sempai Ben Brady and Sempai Blayne Gale were attempting higher level black belt grades, while Rientz, Brad, Jurgen and Nevin attempted their Shodan (1st) Dan grading, including the Kyokushin 40 fights.
Congratulations to all those who graded successfully, including KIMAA’s newest Yudansha (black belts). After the grading, Hanshi Howard awarded the new black belt grades. This included grading Shihan Peter Olive to Rokudan, 6th Dan.
The new Kyokushin black belt grades are:
Shihan Peter Olive (6th Dan)
Sensei Mark Long (3rd Dan)
Sempai Ben Brady (2nd Dan)
Sempai Blayne Gale (2nd Dan)
Sempai Rientz Inglis (1st Dan)
Sempai Bradley Chisholm (1st Dan)
Sempai Jurgen Bradatsch (1st Dan)
Sempai Nevin Alwis (1st Dan)
New Kobudo grades were also announced, with certificates from Sensei Hokama soon to be awarded. These were graded by Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick. The new grades include:
On the afternoon of Saturday May 28th, Hanshi Howard Lipman led a Black Belt training class at Turramurra Dojo (KIMAA Honbu). Karateka from 1st Dan to 5th Dan, from Turramurra and Annangrove dojos, participated in the session.
The class spent several hours revising most senior Kyokushin kata, refining technique, and checking details and consistency.
These black belt sessions are important not just for the technical work, but the sense of community and collegiality across dojos within the organisation. Good, strong karate starts from the top, and KIMAA instructors are dedicated to continuing to improve their own martial arts for the benefit of KIMAA students.
The class ended by practising some break-fall techniques and rolls with Sempai Tony Kuo.
After two years of great disruption to the normal KIMAA calendar, it is great to be able to train together at opportunities like this, and we will continue to run these sessions and encourage all our black belts to attend. Thanks to everyone who trained and to Hanshi for his instruction.
On Sunday May 15th, karateka from Turramurra Dojo competed in Kancho Doug Turnbull’s KIKO Kata & Kobudo Tournament in Tempe, Sydney.
Competitors ranged from the young to not-so-young, with entries in Kyokushin individual and group kata of various ages and belt levels, as well as Kobudo.
The day began with a Bo staff demonstration by Shihan Mark Shelmerdine and Sensei Alex Lloyd, performing Kihon and Ufugusuku. They had to adapt their 3-man drill to a 2-man performance last minute when the third practitioner was unwell on the day.
This was followed by a special demonstration by Sempai Tony Kuo and his sons, Ethan and Ryan. The three performed Naihanchi kata, showing how Karate is a discipline that reaches across the years in spirit and appeal.
After the weapons, the individual and group Karate kata followed. Each student performed admirably in their category, displaying outstanding technique, excellent focus and calm under pressure. In the adults, Shihan James Sidwell, Sensei Alex Lloyd and Sempai Tony Kuo performed Kyokushin kata, and in the kids were Maia Brown, Ethan Kuo, Ryan Kuo, Sophie Shi, Aaron Goh and Ashlee Kim. The following video is a brief highlights reel of each entry, as well as the opening demo.
From the various categories, Turramurra Dojo (Honbu KIMAA) students scored the following placements:
Kyokushin Adult Black Belt Group Kata 1st place Shihan James Sidwell, Sensei Alex Lloyd, Sempai Tony Kuo (Seienchin)
Kyokushin 11-12 years Group Kata 1st place Maia Brown, Ethan Kuo, Ryan Kuo (Naihanchi) 2nd place Sophie Shi, Aaron Goh, Ashlee Kim (Tsukino)
Kyokushin Adult Black Belt Individual Kata 3rd Place Sempai Tony Kuo (Okinawan Seipai)
Kyokushin Intermediate Individual Kata 1st place Ryan Kuo (Gekusai Dai) 2nd place Maia Brown (Yantsu) 3rd place Ethan Kuo (Yantsu)
Congratulations to all who competed, and again to those who achieved placements. Thanks go to all instructors who helped students prepare for the day, with special acknowledgement to Shihan Idir Bahamid. It must be said that the most rewarding part of the tournament was not the day itself, but the lead up to it, for the Budo spirit in which each competitor prepared themselves week after week displayed true dedication to pursuing the martial way. The collegiality and camaraderie within the dojo is second-to-none, and head instructor and KIMAA Chairman Hanshi Howard Lipman could not be prouder of all his students.
The four KIMAA karateka represented our organisation in Kyokushin Karate. Sensei Ben Ng, Sempai Angus Sweeney and Alireza Miri competed in the Full Contact Kumite, Adults All Grades, Male Middleweight division. Sempai Josh Darley competed in both the Freestyle Kumite, 16-17 years (Colts), Blue to Black Belt, Male division, and in the Full Contact Kumite, 16-17 years (Colts), All Grades, Male Lightweight Division.
All students admirably represented KIMAA, facing strong opponents and displayed great budo and fighting spirit.
Congratulations go to Sempai Josh, for placing Third in his Freestyle Colts Kumite division and Second in his Full Contact Colts division. Due to luck of the draw, Sempai Josh ended up having four fights in a row, drawing the praise of Kancho Mylonas and other senior instructors for his fierce fighting attitude and never backing down.
Congratulations also go to Sensei Ben and Ali, both fighting their way to the Final of the day’s main event: the Male Middleweight for Full Contact Kumite. After one extension, Ali’s persuasive kicks won the bout, leading KIMAA to take the top two spots of the division.
After having a notable period without tournament events due to the Covid situation, it was gratifying for all involved to be at a large event and compete against other martial artists. Hanshi Howard expresses his warm pride in all his students and coaches efforts.
Turramurra Dojo will open for training on Wednesday 13 October.
All students 16 years and over will be required to bring proof of double vaccination status. We request vaccination in students age 12-15 years. Students under 12 may also return to training. Masks are to be worn. We are complying with all NSW Health guidelines, including the use of a QR code when entering and leaving the dojo.
All students who entered the competition placed or won their division.
These included a team kata demonstration of Tsuki No by Maia Brown, Ethan Kuo and Ryan Kuo, who won their division.
Maia also won her individual division, for Pinan Sono Yon.
Sempai Tony Kuo won his division with his demonstration of Seienchin.
Aaron Goh won his division, Peter Tsu placed in his division and Yue Leong Chia placed in his division.
In his division, Ethan Kuo came second.
And in his division, Ethan’s brother Ryan came first.
Congratulations to all for participating, and showcasing strong Kyokushin Karate kata in the tradition of Sosai Mas Oyama. They were coached by Hanshi Howard, Shihan Idir Bahamid and Shihan James Sidwell on the day.