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.

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Black Belt Grading – June 7, 2014

KIMAA held a Senior Kyokushin Grading on Saturday June 7. Black belts and senior kyu grades from Annangrove, Aspley, Lismore and Ballina dojos came to Shihan Howard Lipman’s Turramurra Dojo to participate.

Shihan Lipman graded Sempai James Campbell to 2nd Dan (Nidan), and Azaan Vohra and Jason Lambe to 1st Dan (Shodan). The full list of results is available below:

Senior Grading Results June 2014

Grading photos

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After the grading

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Some video highlights from the day

Congratulations to KIMAA’s newest black belts and to the other students who graded.

Knox Karate Gradings – May 31, 2014

Knox Karate gradings for the winter sports season were held on Saturday May 31st. The Senior School grading ran 8 – 11 am and the Prep School grading 11.30 am – 1 pm.

Senior School grading photos

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Shihan Howard Lipman assessed the students while former Knox coach Sempai Alex Lloyd took the grading. Assisting on the day were Sempai Gavin Humphries, Sempai Rebecca Humphries, Stephen Runge and Knox Karate coaches Simon Emmerson and Nick Cheng.

Senior School grading kumite

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Shihan Lipman was impressed by the students on the day, especially their endurance during the kumite rounds.

Prep School grading photos

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Standout mentions go to Clayton Ho, Vince Su, Brian Ding and Jared Nipatchroen, who double-graded. The full list of results are available below:

KNOX HIGH SCHOOL KARATE GRADING RESULTS MAY 2014

KNOX PREP SCHOOL KARATE GRADING RESULTS MAY 2014

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Aspley Dojo Special Class – May 31, 2014

Sensei Mark McFadden assisting a Little Lion with their technique.
Sensei Mark McFadden assisting a Little Lion with her technique.

On Saturday 31 May, Sempai Rob James hosted a special class at Aspley Dojo for his students, with some special guests in attendance.

Sensei Mark McFadden, Sempai Jon Ellis, Sempai Wally Gray and Jeremy Gray from the North Coast dojos came to train with Sempai Rob and his students at Aspley Dojo.

A Little Lions class ran 9-10 am and an Adults class ran from 10 am. The Balina, Lismore and Aspley karateka covered basics, flow drills, break falls, self defence, kata and bunkai.

The highlight of the day’s training was an intense kumite session. Sempai Rob remarked that the juniors excellently displayed the Kyokushin spirit.

The day ended with a group lunch. It was Sempai Rob’s pleasure to host members from the North Coast, as previous combined training sessions have been held at Lismore Dojo.

The seniors from the North Coast and Queensland look forward to these continued combined classes.

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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.

Yudansha Training Day – April 21, 2014

Over the long weekend on Monday April 21, the North Coast NSW and Brisbane yudansha (black belts) got together for a training session at Lismore Dojo. This session included Sensei Mark McFadden, Sempai Jon Ellis, Sempai Wally Gray and Sempai Rob James.

Kata, bunkai and exchanging training ideas were the focus of the day. The katas looked at were Tensho, Saiha and Garyu.