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 Howard Lipman spent time in the Far North Coast of New South Wales to instruct and train with students from Lismore Dojo and Ballina Dojo. The visit was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended training.
Training was focused on refining grabbing techniques and kata on the first night in Lismore. The focus turned to Kobudo at Ballina Dojo on the second night. Shihan Lipman also dedicated an entire Saturday to develop Sempai Mark McFadden and Sempai Jon Ellis, which in turn will further benefit KIMAA’s North Coast students.
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.