Coming Back to Training (Turramurra Dojo)

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STUDENTS & INSTRUCTORS AT TURRAMURRA DOJO:

Training resumes on Monday. We will be following our COVID-safe practices (including cleaning protocols) and following all NSW Government guidance and laws. We ask all students and parents to observe the following:

1) If you are unwell or have any cold-like symptoms DO NOT COME TO TRAINING until you have taken a COVID test. This is for all students and instructors, without exception.

2) Due to the 4-square-metre rule returning, class sizes are limited. Please attend the classes you were enrolled in last year. If you would like to change classes, or be reminded which classes you are scheduled for, message this page.

3) We are setting up a NSW Government QR code. We will ask all students (or parent/guardian, in the case of children) to scan the QR code upon arrival. 

4) If you need to bring a bag to training to bring gear/other clothes, do so, but do not loiter before and after training. To help with social distancing, the dojo office is strictly for black belts only.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to training and starting the year in a strong manner. We will be diligent with everyone’s safety, while also keeping focused on continuing to foster and develop all students’ martial arts skills, fitness and personal growth. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.

KIMAA Senior Grading – December 12, 2020

After a challenging year, it was a great pleasure for karateka from all six KIMAA dojos to gather in Sydney for the end-of-year grading.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The KIMAA senior grading was conducted on Saturday 12 December at Annangrove Dojo. It was a 6-hour event, finishing with the famous 40 fights for Kyokushin Shodan. Select younger students from Sydney and a range of adult students from all dojos participated, with grade levels varying from 7th Kyu to 4th Dan.

Hanshi Howard & Shihan Idir assess the students.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Rick Cunningham and Shihan Idir Bahamid assessed those attempting the grading, while Shihan Peter Olive, Sensei Jon Ellis, Sempai Jason Lambe and Sempai Josh Darley led various components of the grading test. During the grading was a Kobudo demonstration by Sensei Mark Shelmerdine (Bo), Sensei James Sidwell (Eku), Sensei Alex Lloyd (Sai) and Sempai Patricia Tan (Bo).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Hanshi Howard was pleased with the standard displayed by all attempting to grade, especially given to the disruption in training earlier in the year.

It was a memorable, long afternoon of fights. All the kids did their fights first…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

… followed by the adults.

Thirteen Black Belt grades were awarded. Congratulations go to Shihan Mark Shelmerdine (5th Dan), Shihan James Sidwell (5th Dan), Sensei Ben Ng (4th Dan), Sensei Don Cheong (4th Dan), Sempai Patricia Tan (2nd Dan), Sempai Tony Kuo (1st Dan), Sempai Larissa Watson (1st Dan), Sempai Blayne Gayle (1st Dan), Sempai Mick Calnan (1st Dan), Sempai Nalin Alwis (1st Dan), Sempai Eric Wright (1st Dan), Sempai Sean Stevens (1st Dan) and Sempai Annika Allen (1st Dan).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thanks go to all instructors and students who travelled intrastate and interstate to Sydney for the occasion to Sensei Alex Lloyd and Sempai Jessica Den for the photos and videos of the day, and to Shihan Rick Cunningham for use of his dojo.

Turramurra Announcement

Due to the unfolding situation in Sydney, ALL TRAINING sessions next week (Monday & Wednesday, Kids & Adults classes) are CANCELLED, including the final class.

The Dinner in Gordon scheduled on Monday is POSTPONED. We will aim for the dinner in the second half of January. This will be confirmed in the New Year.

GRADING RESULTS will be given out in the first week of January.

TRAINING 2021 is still set to resume on Monday January 4th. We will provide further updates closer to the time.

I sincerely apologise for any disruption or disappointment, but in the interests of the safety of our students and their families, we believe this is the necessary course of action. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas to all.

Hanshi Howard Lipman

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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