The much awaited Karate & Kobudo Seminar was held on the last weekend of August. On Friday the 26th at Turramurra Dojo, participants came to revise bunkai techniques and takedowns as well as learn some new ones. It was a successful night with a lot of the work revolving around the Pinan Katas and other throws, followed by a group dinner.
The next morning started promptly at Annangrove Dojo at 8am. Shihan Lipman, Shihan Cunningham, Sensei Mark and Sensei Paul took turns instructing the beginners in the basics of the Bo staff and Sai. Despite a few “mishandlings” of the Sai, the new students picked up the techniques well. Those already learning Kobudo progressed onto new kata and bunkai, as well as helping the beginners with partner work. Training went for nine hours followed by a barbeque dinner at Shihan Cunningham’s.
The next morning was the same early start. After a couple of hours of revision, younger students from the Kids and Knox classes arrived to learn the basics of the Bo.
By mid-afternoon a Grading was held. The adult beginners went through the Bo and Sai, whereas the Kids and Knox groups just concentrated on the Bo. Ian Holdaway, James Campbell, Jessica Den and Todd Murphy also graded with the Bo, Sai and Eeku, giving a fine demonstration to the newer students of how their Kata should look with a bit more practice!
It was a well-run, highly successful weekend that covered a lot of ground and generated significant interest in Kobudo within KIMAA. Many thanks to the Shihans for the wonderful weekend. This is some footage from the seminar:
Four young KIMAA students attempted a grueling six-hour Black Belt Grading: James Lenton and Ben Ng were promoted to 2nd Dan, and Rebecca Humphries and Alex Lloyd to 1st Dan. Many other senior non-black belts participated in the grading as well. The grading took place on March 26, and the grades were awarded on April 15.
Shihan Rick Cunningham and I left Sydney on the 23rd of September for another trip to Sensei Hokama’s Dojo in Okinawa.
We spent four days with Sensei. The time was spent training with Bo and Sai and also applications of the two against one another. In addition to this was some Tonfa training and a considerable amount of time was devoted to the Bunkai of some senior kata, specifically Seipai, Seiunchin and Saiha.
As always there were more joint lock techniques and pressure points; the latter is a favourite of Sensei’s and always brings a smile to his face when he watches his victims’ reactions.
On our last day we visited the Peace Memorial Park and an incredible tunnel system that was the Japanese Navy Headquarters towards the end of World War II. Both were extremely interesting and gave us yet another insight into the history of Okinawa.
Training with Sensei is always an amazing experience as he is a true master of the Martial Arts and we are most fortunate to have him as a mentor and friend.
Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Peter Olive and Sensei Idir Bahamid were graded by Shihan Howard Lipman at a demonstration session event on 7 May 2010. Shihan Cunningham received his 6th Dan, while Senseis Peter and Idir received their 4th Dans. The evening was attended by several special guests. Read more about these instructors and their backgrounds in Karate here.
A number of demonstrations were provided by seniors on Kata and Ippon Kumite, videos of which are featured below. Bo, Sai and Eeku were also demonstrated – clips of these are available on the About Kobudo page. The evening concluded with a celebration dinner in Gordon.
Shihan Bob Boulton has been Shihan Howard Lipman’s mentor and friend for many years. Shihan Boulton came to Turramurra Dojo at Shihan Lipman’s invitation in late November and did a class on throws, choke holds, and locks.
All students that attended the special classes agree that it was a valuable learning experience and an honour to be taught by Shihan Lipman’s own instructor.
Shihan Bob Boulton – Background
Kyokushin Karate was first seen in Great Britain in 1965, thanks to Sensei Bob Boulton. Sensei Boulton had studied in Japan at the Honbu (HQ) Dojo of Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. On his return to the UK he founded the first Kyokushin Dojo, the London Karate Kai in Kennington, South London. The fame of this Sensei and the Kyokushin style of Karate soon spread.
Sensei Boulton was later joined by Sensei Steve Arneil and it was not long before members of the Dojo were competing and winning tournaments. After some travelling between Tokyo and the UK, Sensei Boulton emigrated to Australia, where he later became Shihan Lipman’s mentor.