Karate & Kobudo Seminar – August 26-28, 2011

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.

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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:

Sensei Hokama Visits Australia – February, 2009

Written by Shihan Lipman, 2009

Shihan Cunningham and I invited Sensei Hokama to come to Sydney in February of 2009.

He happily accepted the invitation, and came for eight days, during this time he stayed in my home and we had many long discussions.

The purpose of us inviting Sensei to Sydney was to show him our Dojos, introduce him to our students, and for him to see firsthand the progress they had made in their study of Kobudo.

During his stay Sensei attended one of the Knox Grammar School classes and as expected proved really popular with them.

He took three general classes at Turramurra Dojo based on Kata Bunkai, Gyaku Te and Kyusho techniques.

His last class was held at Annangrove Dojo and was devoted to Bo Jutsu, this class again proved very popular and the students’ knowledge went up a notch.

Everyone enjoyed being with Sensei as his instruction is always interesting and his manner towards everyone open and friendly…..as is the Okinawan way.