Evans Head Seminar – May 7-9, 2021

On the weekend of 7-9 May 2021, a KIMAA seminar was held on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. The seminar was to celebrate the 15th birthday of Sensei Mark McFadden‘s Lismore Dojo.

KIMAA instructors and students from all 6 dojos participated in the weekend, which was held at Evans Head. The group met on the Friday for dinner at the bowling club. Training began promptly on the Saturday morning, beginning with a basics session led by Hanshi Howard Lipman.

Later in the day, the 50+ students broke up into various groups for further training in Kyokushin kata as well as a Kobudo group.

Group shot at the end of Saturday training.

That night the group gathered for a meal and Kyokushin trivia competition at the Evans Head RSL. Unsurprisingly, Hanshi Howard’s team won the competition, judged by Shihan Peter Olive, Shihan Mark Shelmerdine and Shihan James Sidwell.

Training started bright and early on the Sunday morning at Evans Head Beach, where Shihan Rick Cunningham led a beach training session. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all, from basics to kumite in the water. To finish the session, all children ganged up on Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei Don Cheong and Sensei Alex Lloyd.

After a shower and change of dogi, the students went back to the hall for further training.

It was an outstanding weekend of training. The KIMAA cohort had not been able to unite in large numbers except briefly for the Senior Grading at the end of 2020, and after a substantial period of time apart it was enjoyable, practical and useful to gather the students from Turramurra, Annangrove, Lismore, Ballina, Young and Brisbane dojos to train together once again.

Thanks go to Sempai Patricia Tan for organising the weekend, and congratulations again to Sensei Mark for 15 years of Lismore Dojo.

Boxing Seminar – March 21, 2021

A boxing seminar was held at Turramurra Dojo on Sunday March 21st.

The class was held with the goal of introducing Kyokushin students to boxing techniques, footwork and fitness routines.

KIMAA remains a proud Kyokushin organisation, but introducing knowledge from other styles opens doors to becoming even more well-rounded martial artists.

At the invitation of Hanshi Howard Lipman, Boxing Coach Mario (a staff member with Knox Karate) led the class. Mario has a long history of boxing and impressed the students.

The class – made up of students from Turramurra, Annangrove and Young Dojos, all enjoyed the day with some great techniques being demonstrated by Mario. Thanks to all instructors and students for their participation.

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.

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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).

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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…

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… 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).

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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 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.

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.