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

Kobudo Grading – May 5, 2019

On Sunday May 5th 2019, a Kobudo grading was held at Annangrove Dojo.

Hanshi Howard Lipman awarded two new grades:

Congratulations to Sensei Ben (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 1st Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Stephen Runge (1st Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Kyu Kobudo).

Special mention also goes to Sensei James Sidwell for breaking his Eku during the grading, in a display of raw power and great technique.

Osu!

Senior Grading – December 8, 2018

The second senior Kyokushin grading of 2018 was held at KIMAA‘s Honbu, Turramurra Dojo. Hanshi Howard Lipman assessed the students while Shihan Peter Olive conducted the grading.

Jermaine Downs arriving at Turramurra Dojo, from Brisbane, ahead of the grading.

Participants came from Turramurra, Annangrove Dojo, Young Dojo and Brisbane Dojo. Sensei David Craigie and Sensei Rob James shepherded their students from afar, and Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Patricia Tan of Lismore Dojo also came down to support those attempting new grades.

Four students were attempted their 1st Dan Black Belt, which led of course to the world-renowned Kyokushin 40 fights.

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Hearty efforts were put in by all students. Congratulations to all the senior kyu grades. Special recognition goes to the Yudansha:

  • Sempai Joshua Darley, Nidan
  • Sempai Stephen Runge, Shodan
  • Sempai Jermaine Downs, Shodan
  • Sempai Bernard Wilson, Shodan
  • Sempai Cody Choi, Shodan

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Sempai Jermaine Downs and Hanshi Howard Lipman after the grading.

Sempai Jermaine is a hard-working, strong, diligent student from Brisbane Dojo. He is the first to reach Shodan from Brisbane, under the tutelage of Sensei Rob James. Sempai Jermaine has balanced his Kyokushin training with work and family commitments, but always attended seminars when he is able, and has been a strong deputy to Sensei Rob. He is a highly a capable fighter, budding instructor and good martial artist, with a bright future ahead of him. Congratulations Sempai Jermaine, and Sensei Rob on bringing your first student to back belt.

Sempai Cody is one of a crop of promising young KIMAA karateka who have, after years of dedicated training under Hanshi Howard and Sensei James Sidwell, persisted and worked in the adult General Classes towards the goal of Shodan. He has previously competed in tournaments.

Sempai Bernard also has much tournament experience and trained with increasing intensity over the years, becoming a strong young man with many years of excellent Karate ahead of him.

Sempai Stephen has been training at Turramurra Dojo for a long time, despite persistent injuries. His dedicated attitude to training despite obstacles has not gone unnoticed. He has also become a regular assistant instructor in the Kids classes and to newcomers in the General classes. He is an invaluable presence at the dojo, and a good Karate man.

Sempai Josh Darley during the grading.

Sempai Josh began his Karate training in 2012 and has been an impressive young personality at Turramurra Dojo since the beginning. He has fought in tournaments, trained with Shihan Ken Ogura, done tameshiwari and regularly pushed himself to the next level of technical excellence. He has applied himself diligently in his training to Nidan, as he did for Shodan. While it is rare for one so young to be a Nidan, he has certainly earned the grade in the eyes of the seniors.

That night, everyone celebrated with the Turramurra Christmas Party – with all those out-of-town and grading invited along, of course.

Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sempai Cody Choi, Sempai Josh Darley, Sempai Bernard Wilson, Sempai Jermaine Downs & Sempai Stephen Runge

Congratulations to all who participated in the grading – a strong, fine way to end the year.

Ballina Dojo Relocation – August 20, 2018

Ballina Dojo now has a new home – St Francis Xavier School Hall.

Training at the new location began on Monday August 20th with dojo operator Sensei Jon Ellis. A grading was held there for junior grades soon after moving in.

The new space is an expansive upgrade, greatly needed due to the increasing class sizes in Ballina.

The address and new timetable are listed below. If you’re not sure what class you should attend, please contact Sensei Jon at the number below.

Jon Ellis
Sensei Jon Ellis

Head Instructor: Sensei Jon Ellis – 3rd Dan Kyokushin & 3rd Dan Kobudo

Address: St Francis Xavier School Hall, Cherry & Crane Streets, Ballina 2478 NSW.

Contact No.: 0404 862 624

Email: ellisj7@gmail.com

Facebook (Kyokushin): Ballina Dojo (Facebook)

Facebook (Kyokushin Little Lions): Ballina Dojo Little Lions (Facebook)

Facebook (Kobudo): Hokama Kobudo – North Coast Dojos (Facebook)

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Yudansha Training and Kobudo Grading – August 11-12, 2018

A Kyokushin Karate Black Belt training session was held on the afternoon of Saturday August 11th at Turramurra Dojo.

Over a long afternoon, Hanshi Howard Lipman took the KIMAA Yudansha through kihon, partner drills and fighting technique, advanced techniques and various senior kata.

A Kobudo class was held at Annangrove Dojo on the Sunday morning. The class was divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups. The session was conducted by Shihan Rick Cunningham, while Hanshi Howard Lipman assessed the cohort for grading.

Two students were promoted by Hanshi Howard: Sensei Alex Lloyd received his 3rd Dan and Sensei James Sidwell his 2nd Dan.

Special recognition go to Sensei David Craigie and Jeanette for travelling from Young Dojo to make the weekend sessions. And congratulations to the two promoted Kobudo yudansha.

Senior Grading – June 9, 2018

A senior grading in Kyokushin Karate was held at Turramurra Dojo on Saturday June 9th. The grading was chaired by Hanshi Howard Lipman, with Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei David Craigie also assessing participants. Taking students through the techniques for the grading was Shihan Peter Olive. Photography  and videography was by Sempai Jonathan Lee, and a shots few by Sensei Mark Shelmerdine.

KIMAA karateka from Turramurra, Annangrove, Lismore and Young dojos converged on Sydney to attempt various senior kyu grades.

The grading was the usual gruelling six-hour Kyokushin text of technique, stance, knowledge, fitness, focus and commitment.

Students were tested thoroughly on kihon (basics), ido geiko (movements through stance), advanced techniques, bunkai (application), kata (form), terminology and other surprises Hanshi Lipman threw at the students.

The day ended with kumite (sparring). Most notable was Jasper Choi, attempting his first black belt grade, who endured the legendary 40 fights.

All students passed their grading. Among the grades, two black belt grades were awarded: Sensei Alex Lloyd was promoted to Sandan (3rd Dan), and Sempai Jasper Choi attained his Shodan (1st Dan).

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For their grading, Sensei Alex and Sempai Jasper each wrote an essay. Both are now on the website:

Congratulations to all students who participated. Thanks go to the KIMAA Yudansha who attended the grading to support and fight those being tested.

Group shot after the grading.

KIMAA North Coast Seminar – May 5-6, 2018

On the weekend of May 5-6, the second KIMAA seminar of the year was held at the Far North Coast NSW dojos.

Students from the North Coast dojos led by Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis attended in large numbers. A small contingent from Queensland, led by Sensei Rob James, travelled down for the weekend, too. Leading the seminar was Hanshi Howard Lipman, who flew up from Sydney on the Friday for the event with Sempai Alex Lloyd.

Seminar black belts: Sempai Wally Gray, Sensei Jon Ellis, Hanshi Howard Lipman, Sempai Alex Lloyd, Sempai Patricia Tan and Sensei Rob James.

Saturday morning kicked off at Sensei Jon’s Ballina Dojo. Adults and Little Lions came together to for the general class in kihon (basics) and kata (pattern) under Hanshi. Strikes, blocks and kicks were practised at length, examining the finer points of each technique. The students gained a new appreciation for how much goes into every aspect of Karate. They next applied these tips for technical precision into fighting drills. The class also performed some kata, and learned new partner-stretching moves.

The Saturday morning session.

That afternoon, a class for senior grades and a select couple of juniors was held at Sensei Mark’s Lismore Dojo. Hanshi continued the fighting drills lesson from the morning before Sempai Alex led the group through various kata: Yantsu, Pinan sono Go, Naihanchi and various kata in Ura. A few senior basic techniques were revised before the session finished.

The Saturday afternoon session.

Sensei Jon and his wife Tabby generously held a group dinner at their home in Ballina.

Sunday featured a three-hour Kyokushin grading for junior adult kyu grades and the Little Lions. Hanshi Howard, Sensei Mark, Sensei Jon and Sensei Rob assessed the students while Sempai Alex led the grading. It was an intense morning, technically focused, fast and entailed a large number of push-ups.

Hanshi was delighted to pass everyone who attempted the grading. Students were awarded their belts that day. Special congratulations go to Blayne and Anthony, who were double-graded to senior yellow belt (5th Kyu). Special mention also must go to 1st kyu Jermaine Downs of North Brisbane Dojo, who exhibited excellent form over the weekend.

The karate class after the grading on Sunday.

A Kobudo class was conducted after the grading for interested students. Sempai Alex took the group through the finer technical points of the Bo staff, focusing on basic strikes as well as the first exercise and Kihon kata.

Sempai Trish and Wesley lead the Kobudo class.
Sensei Jon Ellis and Sensei Mark McFadden during the grading.

It was an outstanding weekend organised by Sensei Jon and Sensei Mark. Thanks go to the North Coast dojo operators for use of their facilities, and to Sempai Wally Gray, Sempai Patricia Tan and Larissa Watson for their assistance as well. The North Coast students who don’t normally get to make the trips to Sydney enjoyed the opportunity to train with the head of the organisation, Hanshi Howard Lipman, which made it a memorable experience for all.

Dojo operators Sensei Jon Ellis, Sensei Rob James and Sensei Mark McFadden with KIMAA Chairman Hanshi Howard Lipman.