Japan Tour Pt 2: The Tournament – March 15, 2015

The following article continues the story of the 2015 KIMAA Group Tour to Japan. Click here to read Part 1.

The 22nd Okinawa Karate Tournament was held on March 15. This Kyokushin tournament was hosted by Shihan Yasuhiro Shichinohe (7th Dan Kyokushin). Shihan Howard Lipman’s friendship with Shihan Shichinohe goes back many years.

Representing KIMAA – and Australia – at the tournament this year were Sempai Don Cheong and Sempai James Campbell. Both competed at the Australian Nationals in 2014, and Sempai James also in the Queensland State Titles.

Sensei Mark McFadden and Sensei Jon Ellis were the coaches on the day. Sempai Alex Lloyd was the photographer. Trish Tan was the team physio and assisted Sempai Alex with filming the fights.

Shihan Shichinohe gave the group the great honour of all having seats at the Officials Table.

Sempai James Campbell won his first round with great strength.

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Sempai Don Cheong fought very well but unfortunately lost his fight.

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Sempai James approached his second fight with the same intensity as his first. He won, making it to the Quarter Finals.

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As a Quarter Finalist, the local press interviewed Sempai James – with help from Masumi!

After a lunch break, it was time for the quarter finalists to perform Tameshiwari (“trial by breaking”, or board breaking). Four breaks (minimum three boards per break) had to be made using forefist, knife hand, elbow and heel. Sempai James was one of the few entrants to complete each break on the first attempt.

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Sempai James’s Quarter Final round was hard-fought, but he lost the round. He finished in the top eight adult male competitors at the tournament.

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We congratulate both competitors on their excellent performance. They made their instructors and coaches very proud.

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We were invited to attend the Sayonara Party that night, where Sempai Don and Sempai James received further congratulations. Shihan Shichinohe expressed to James how impressed he was with his punch! We enjoyed socialising with old friends from Shihan Shichinohe’s dojo and new friends made on the day.

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Well done Don and James.

The third and final article on the 2015 Japan Tour can be read here.

IFKKA Tournament – November 9, 2014

This post has been updated with a new video that now includes footage of Angus Sweeney competing.

Shihan Doug Turnbull (6th Dan) of the International Federation of Karate Kyokushinkai Australia held a contact Karate tournament on Sunday November 9. The tournament was held at Tempe Public School.

Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan) entered three students from his Turramurra Dojo: Angus Sweeney (1st Kyu), Victor Sweeney (2nd Kyu) and Zac Zibaee (4th Kyu). The Sweeney brothers have been training with Shihan Lipman at Turramurra for many years. Zac began his Karate training at Knox Grammar Prep School Karate, under Shihan Lipman and Sempai Alex Lloyd (2nd Dan), and now trains with Shihan Lipman and Sensei James Sidwell (4th Dan) at the regular classes at Turramurra as well as Knox Karate.

The above shows footage of Victor competing, then Angus and then Zac.

None of these three young KIMAA karateka had competed in a tournament before, but all performed admirably. Angus placed Second in the Cadet Male Heavy Weight division, Victor placed Third in the Boys 14-15 years over 70kg, and Zac placed Second in the Boys 11-14 years 40-45kg. Some photos of the day are below.

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Congratulations to these students. A special mention goes to young Zac, who fought in the tournament after attempting the Knox Karate grading with the Senior School the day before. Thanks also go to Stephen Runge for coaching on the day, and Sempai Alex for filming and photographing the event for KIMAA. Angus, Victor and Zac represented KIMAA well and made their instructors proud.

The following article and photo was sent to Shihan Lipman and other entrants from Sensei Jenny Fuller, President of the IFKKA:

We had a great day today at the IFKKA Interclub Tournament Round 6 Full Contact Kumite Individuals and a special Clicker Kumite event for the Juniors. With 35 entries, we had students from three other Kyokushin organisations entered. It was a great day and we were treated to some excellent displays clicker and full contact fighting.


Thank you to Shihan Howard Lipman (Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia) Sensei Alicia Smith and Senpai Rob Smith (Young Tigers Dojo, Kyokushin World Federation), and Sensei Graeme Rose CCK Dojo (Kyokushin Union). Your support for our event is very much appreciated.

For full results from today click here. It will be interesting to see how the overall series Champions results pan out for 2014, as today’s event may have decided some of the final results. The results will be announced at the IFKKA End of Year dinner to be held on Saturday 22nd November at the Ottoman Turkish Restaurant. For details of THAT event click here.

A day such as today cannot be possible without our helpers and we need many. Thank you to :

  • those who transported and set up the venue yesterday (Saturday) and then again transported the mats back to Petersham after the event: Shihan Doug, Sensei Shah, Senpai André, Chris Spencer, Jack Britton, Ken Randhawa, Eddy Noujaim, Simon Allaway, Anthony Zamattia, and Robbie Simmons.
  • the ring officials: Shihan Doug, Sensei Shah, Sensei Graeme Rose, Senpai André, Senpai Ben, Senpai Shigemi, & Franc Pujono,.
  • the table officials: Diane Deller and Chris Spencer.
  • to Casey & Chris Mardoquio, Meagan Salmond, and of course Louie for setting up and running the sausage sizzle. Well done and we did sell out! Gross takings on the sausages and drinks were $333.
  • our raffle sellers Nisha Hewitt and Kris Parekh. We raised $137 from the raffle. Every little bit helps towards the fund raising for the international competition travel!

Once again thank you to all for helping. Without you we cannot give our students the opportunity to enter and demonstrate what they are learning in the dojo. I must say I always love watching how the students from all the dojo are developing in their karate.


Creative Weapons Win – October 11, 2014

Sensei Mark McFadden and Patricia Tan were placed First in the Creative Weapons division of the Queensland National All Styles Martial Arts Championships. Sensei Mark and Trish performed a combination of Kobudo exercises and kata, first Bo against Bo and then Bo against Sai.

In the Kata section, Trish placed Third in her division performing Seienchin kata. Wes did very well, coming fourth in his kata division.

Congratulations to all the participants, especially to Sensei Mark and Patricia for their success in the Creative Weapons division.


Australian Open Full Contact Karate Tournament – August 3, 2014

On Sunday August 3, four KIMAA students entered the 38th annual Australian Open Full Contact Karate Tournament. Sempai Ben Ng, Sempai Don Cheong and Sempai James Campbell from Shihan Howard Lipman‘s Turramurra Dojo and Daniel Williams from Shihan Rick Cunningham‘s Annangrove Dojo competed in the tournament.

The standard of the competition was very high, and KIMAA’s four entries did the organisation proud. Ben, Don and James all fought against opponents who ended up winning their respective divisions (medium, light and heavy), while Daniel won the 3rd and 4th Kyu Open Heavy Weight division.

Sempai Ben Ng

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Sempai Don Cheong

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Sempai James Campbell

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Daniel Williams

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Congratulations to all who competed and represented KIMAA, and again to Daniel on his excellent win.

Aspley Little Lions Open Kata Tournament – July 22, 2014

Little Lion kata champion Ruben with Sempai Rob and judges.
Little Lion kata champion Ruben with Sempai Rob and judges.

On Tuesday July 22, Sempai Rob James held the first Aspley Little Lions Open Kata Tournament. Jermaine, Josh and Gen served as judges and scorekeepers for the competition.

The standard of kata was very high, with all the Little Lions motivated and training extra hard in the preceding weeks to be ready for this tournament.

Congratulations go to Ruben Maizey for taking first place in the competition. Sidney Murphy came second and Lucas Cook came third.

NAS Competition – July 13, 2014

July 2014 NAS, Nerang, QLD Australia
July 2014 NAS, Nerang, QLD Australia
In the 13 July National All Styles competition, Lismore Dojo claimed two placements.

Trish Tan came first place in the advanced women’s kata. She also competed in the traditional weapons section performing the Eeku no Eeku kata. This was an open division and the other competitors were black belts. She came fourth.

Trish has enjoyed success in NAS competitions in October 2012, May 2013 and December 2013.

Wesley Snyder came third in the 14-years-old age group, in the 10th to 4th Kyu kata section. He performed Pinan Ni.

Congratulations to these two karateka of the KIMAA North Coast.


QLD Kyokushin State Titles – May 10, 2014

On Saturday May 10, KIMAA’s Sempai James Campbell competed in the Queensland Kyokushin State Titles (IKO Matsui).

Sempai James Campbell with Shihan Rick Cunningham
Sempai James Campbell with Shihan Rick Cunningham

Sempai James came runner up in his division. He fought exceptionally well. 2014MayTournament3

Shihan Rick Cunningham flew up with James from Sydney for the occasion. Sensei Mark McFadden, Sempai Jon Ellis, Sempai Rob James and others also came to support Sempai James.

Sempai James began Kyokushin in 2008, grading to 1st Dan in 2012. He has also been to Japan twice, as recently as last year, for training. This was his first tournament.

The following morning Shihan Cunningham led a class at Lismore Dojo. The North Coast seniors, Sempai Rob, Sempai James and Gen participated.

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KIMAA offers its congratulations to Sempai James on his achievement and for excellently representing our organisation.