North Coast Little Lions Grading – April 13, 2014

On Sunday April 13 a Little Lions Karate grading was held at Lismore Dojo in Goonellabah.

 

Sensei Mark assesses his students.
Sensei Mark assesses his students.

Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Jon Ellis ran the grading. The students participating were all juniors from the Lismore and Ballina dojos, ranging from Year 9 down to Kindergarten.

A sausage sizzle was enjoyed after the grading.

Thanks to all the adult Karateka who came on the day to assist and congratulations to the following on their new ranks:

Elijah Fraser – 7th Kyu (Senior blue belt)
Wes Snyder – 7th Kyu (Senior blue belt)
Brad Chisolm – 10th Kyu (Orange belt)
Cooper Powell – 10th Kyu (Orange belt)
Isaac McAlphine-King – 10th Kyu (Orange belt)

Group after the grading
Group after the grading

Kyokushin Weekend Seminar – April 5-6, 2014

The first Kyokushin kata and bunkai seminar of 2014 was held on Sunday April 6. Students from Turramurra, Annangrove, Aspley, Ballina and Lismore dojos all attended, including members of the Little Lions and Knox Grammar School classes.

Saturday afternoon Kobudo group
Saturday afternoon Kobudo group

This seminar followed the one in October 2013. Shihan Howard Lipman introduced these seminars to be held twice a year as a compulsory component in senior gradings. They are to keep students across all five KIMAA dojos up to speed on kihon (basics), kata (pattern or form) and bunkai (application).

Basics training led by Shihan Howard Lipman
Basics training led by Shihan Howard Lipman

Sensei Mark McFadden, Sempai Jon Ellis, Patricia Tan and Little Lions Ben and Jack came down from the North Coast dojos.

Sempai Rob James, Gen Moller and Jermaine Downs travelled from Aspley Dojo. They all arrived on the Saturday.

That afternoon, a three hour Kobudo class was conducted by Shihan Rick Cunningham with the visiting KIMAA members and Sydney Kobudo students. The weapons focused on were the Bo, Eeku, Jō and Sai.

The class finished at 5pm and was followed by a group dinner, kindly hosted by Shihan Cunningham and his wife, Kirsti. Shihan Cunningham broke out a case of Orion beer imported from Okinawa, a fond favourite of those who have been there.

Shihan Rick Cunningham demonstrates bunkai on Sempai Don Cheong
Shihan Rick Cunningham demonstrates bunkai on Sempai Don Cheong

The main Kyokushin seminar began at 9am on the Sunday. Shihan Lipman led an opening session on basic techniques.

After this, the Taikyoku and Pinan sono Ichi, Ni and San katas were revised. Shihan Cunningham took the class through bunkai for these katas, with Sempai Jon Ellis and Sempai Don Cheong demonstrating throughout the day. Sensei Peter Olive provided some alternative bunkai techniques in Pinan sono San.

The bunkai covered all moves of the katas and were taught in great detail. Students practised their bunkai, throws, chokes and takedowns in pairs.

Learning bunkai is not just an important syllabus point in students’ gradings, but also to improve their depth of knowledge of the katas, the importance of each movement and to improve their understanding of what they are doing and why.

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As always, KIMAA students enjoyed the experience of training with members from all dojos.

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These seminars shall continue, with the next one on August 17. It will be focused on bunkai for Pinan sono Yon and Pinan sono Go, as well as tameshiwari (board breaking).

KIMAA students extend their thanks to Shihan Lipman and Shihan Cunningham for organising the weekend.

Sunday group shot
Sunday group shot

Aspley Dojo Karate Grading – March 15, 2014

On March 15, Aspley Dojo held its first Karate grading for 2014. The grading was conducted by Sempai Rob James.

The Little Lions kicked off the day at 8am.

The Adults class followed at 10am.

Sempai Rob was very happy with the technical ability displayed on the day. Everyone participated with the ‘Kyokushin spirit’. Particular congratulations go to Aspley’s senior student Jermaine on his 4th Kyu, earned after 8 kumite bouts, and Little Lion Sarah on her 5th Kyu after 5 kumite bouts. Sarah trains under Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Jon Ellis in Karate at the North Coast NSW dojos, but graded with the Brisbane students today.

Congratulations to all those who graded.

Aspley Little Lions after the grading
Aspley Little Lions after the grading
Aspley Adults after the grading
Aspley Adults after the grading

 

Kobudo Grading – March 16, 2014

On Sunday December 15, the final Sydney Kobudo class for 2013, a grading was held. Sempai Don Cheong, Sempai Alex Lloyd and Sempai Todd Murphy all successfully graded.

The grading was run by Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo) and Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 5th Dan Kobudo).

Sempai Todd and Sempai Alex were graded to 2nd Kyu brown belt and Sempai Don was graded to 6th Kyu green belt. This grading was off the back of the trip to Okinawa that Sempai Alex and Sempai Don attended in November and the KIMAA Kyokushin & Kobudo Seminar in October.

They were presented with their new grades in February 2014, when Kobudo classes resumed.

Shihan Lipman presented the students their certificates on March 16.


Congratulations to these three students on their new grades.

Senior First Aid Course – February 1, 2014

A Senior First Aid course was held on Saturday February 1 at Annangrove Dojo. The course was taken by Shihan Des Paroz (6th Dan Shorinjiryu Karate). Shihan Paroz has trained with KIMAA before at Sensei Hokama’s Australian 2012 seminar, as well as introducing KIMAA’s Kobudo students to the Jō last July. KIMAA students were fortunate to receive Shihan Paroz’s expertise on an area other than the martial arts. He also related some treatments in the first aid syllabus to common martial arts injuries.

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KIMAA extends its thanks to Shihan Paroz, and his assistant Kevin, for their time.