Black Belt Class – June 25, 2016

On the morning of Saturday June 25th, a Kyokushin Black Belt class was held at Turramurra Dojo.

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Instruction was led by KIMAA President, Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan Kyokushin, 7th Dan Kobudo). Yudansha from Turramurra, Annangrove, Lismore, Ballina and North Brisbane dojos were in attendance.

Shihan Howard Lipman corrects technique for Tensho kata.
Shihan Howard Lipman corrects technique for Tensho kata.

Basic techniques, breathing and teaching imperatives were revised, before moving onto partner work, bunkai and senior grade katas.

The KIMAA black belts always enjoy coming together for training, learning new skills, checking each others’ technique and pushing towards new goals. Thank you to all who came.

KIMAA Yudansha ready for the next kata.
KIMAA Yudansha ready for the next kata.

Nundah Dojo – New KIMAA Dojo in Queensland

Sempai Rob James has opened a second dojo in Queensland under the banner of Kyokushin International Martial Arts Australia (KIMAA). Nundah Dojo is KIMAA’s sixth dojo.

Sempai Rob James receives his official dojo operator license from Shihan Howard Lipman in 2013.

Sempai Rob is a KIMAA-accredited 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate and a licensed dojo operator under KIMAA Chairman, Shihan Howard Lipman (8th Dan Kyokushin, 7th Dan Kobudo). He offers training in Sosai Oyama’s Kyokushin Karate (full-contact karate) and Sensei Hokama’s International Hokama Kobudo (weapons).

Sempai Rob opened KIMAA’s first Queensland-based dojo (then Aspley Dojo) in 2012. He currently runs the recently relocated and renamed North Brisbane Dojo.

Classes at Nundah Dojo are 6.00-7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, for adults only.

Congratulations to Sempai Rob on opening another dojo. May all KIMAA karateka extend their support and encouragement to Sempai Rob on the exciting news. To all new students, welcome!

You can find more about KIMAA’s Nundah Dojo here and on Facebook.

North Brisbane Dojo

KIMAA’s first Queensland-based dojo, Aspley Dojo, has been renamed North Brisbane Dojo.

The Aspley Dojo venue will close down in early July, and training will resume at the new North Brisbane Dojo:

OES Project Hall
Corner of Kitchener Road & Bohland Street
Kedron QLD 4031

Instruction will continue under Sempai Rob James, and the timetable is unchanged. For more information or to contact Sempai Rob, click here. Follow North Brisbane Dojo on Facebook here.

 

AKKA NSW State Tournament – May 22, 2016

KIMAA karateka from Turramurra and Annangrove dojos competed in the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association NSW State Tournament on May 22.

Sempai Jason Lambe (1st Dan Kyokushin) and Christian Girdham competed from Annangrove Dojo, while Angus and Victor Sweeney represented Turramurra.

Christian Girdham and Sempai Jason Lambe with Shihan Rick Cunningham.
Christian Girdham and Sempai Jason Lambe with Shihan Rick Cunningham.

Acting as coaches and other support on the day were Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Sensei James Sidwell and Sensei Don Cheong.

Victor and Angus Sweeney with Sensei James Sidwell and Sensei Mark Shelmerdine.
Victor and Angus Sweeney with Sensei James Sidwell and Sensei Mark Shelmerdine.

Sempai Jason, Angus and Victor all fought in the COLTs heavy weight division while Christian fought in the COLTs light weight division.

Sempai Jason and Victor were up against each other for their first fight. Victor lost to Jason by a half-point due to a solid kick to the ribs, but the round still went to completion.

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Angus was up against a black belt in his first round. Angus lost by a half-point when he took a jodan mae geri to the face, but continued the fight to completion.

Sempai Jason then went up against the black belt who had bested Angus. Sempai Jason fought well but also lost by a half-point due to a head kick, yet he finished the round all the same.

These three had fought in the AKKA state titles last year and in others, but for Christian, it was his second tournament. He fought well for his second time, but ultimately lost his round due to an ushiro geri kick.

Well done to all competitors for turning up and representing KIMAA.

Sempai Jason Lambe, Victor Sweeney, Sensei James Sidwell, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Angus Sweeney, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine & Christian Girdham.
Sempai Jason Lambe, Victor Sweeney, Sensei James Sidwell, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Angus Sweeney, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine & Christian Girdham.

Queensland NAS – May 22, 2016

Sensei Mark McFadden and Patricia Tan with the Little Lions.
Sensei Mark McFadden and Patricia Tan with the KIMAA North Coast Little Lions team.

On Sunday May 22, four Little Lions from the KIMAA North Coast team competed in another round of the National All Styles. The tournament was held in Queensland.

Four Little Lions – Brad, Liam, Isaac and Loc – participated on the day. Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo) and Patricia Tan were the coaches.

Brad Chisolm of Ballina Dojo came second in point sparring, while Loc Ngyuen of Lismore Dojo came first in point sparring. Both boys fought in different divisions.

Well done to all who competed, and to Brad and Loc for their wins!

Sempai Rob James with Kancho Jim Casey at the NAS.
Sempai Rob James with Kancho Jim Casey at the NAS.

Sempai Rob James (2nd Dan Kyokushin) also competed in the NAS. He participated in the Open Black Belt and Veterans divisions.

Up against some very talented and skilled competitors, in the Open Black Belt division, Sempai Rob placed 4th. He performed the senior Kyokushin kata, Seienchin.

Sempai Rob participated in the NAS to inspire his Little Lions to do well in their own kata tournaments that are held at Aspley Dojo. “Seeing their Sempai compete in a kata tournament might inspire them in some small way.”

Black Belt & Kobudo Class – May 15, 2016

Sunday May 15 saw another KIMAA Black Belt Class held at Annangrove Dojo. The session was an extension of normal the normal Sydney Kobudo (weapons) training schedule.

Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo) held the class. A number of Turramurra and Annangrove black belts attended. Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo) and Patricia Tan from Lismore Dojo also came down for the weekend.

A number of katas were covered in the class to revise basics, finesse and correct timings. Some were kyu-grade katas, such as Sanchin or the Pinans, as well as dan-grade, such as Seienchin or Garyu. The Kyokushin Bo kata, Chion, was also practised.

Sempai Alex Lloyd, Patricia Tan, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Don Cheong, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Peter Olive, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Ian Holdaway, Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Jason Lambe.
The Black Belt class: Sempai Alex Lloyd, Patricia Tan, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Don Cheong, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Shihan Rick Cunningham, Sensei Peter Olive, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Ian Holdaway, Sensei Mark McFadden and Sempai Jason Lambe.

After the black belt session finished, the bulk of students participated in a Kobudo class.

Weapons revised included the Bo, Sai and Kama.

The Kobudo class: Sempai Alex, Sensei Mark, Patricia, Sensei James, Shihan Cunningham, Sensei Paul, Sensei Peter, Sensei Ian, Sensei Mark and Sensei Ben.
The Kobudo class: Sempai Alex, Sensei Mark, Patricia, Sensei James, Shihan Cunningham, Sensei Paul, Sensei Peter, Sensei Ian, Sensei Mark and Sensei Ben.

At the end of the class, Shihan Cunningham presented Trish Tan with her 3rd Kyu in Kobudo, having been graded in the April KIMAA Lismore Seminar.

Trish Tan receives her 3rd Kyu in Kobudo from Shihan Rick Cunningham.
Trish Tan receives her 3rd Kyu in Kobudo from Shihan Rick Cunningham.

 

KIMAA Lismore Seminar – April 16-17, 2016

The second KIMAA seminar of 2016 was held in Lismore, NSW Far North Coast, at Lismore Dojo on the weekend of April 16-17. The seminar was run by Shihan Rick Cunningham (6th Dan Kyokushin, 6th Dan Kobudo).

The seminar was hosted by Lismore Dojo’s head instructor, Sensei Mark McFadden (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 3rd Dan Kobudo). Other black belts in attendance were Sensei Jon Ellis (3rd Dan Kyokushin, 2nd Dan Kobudo) and Sempai Wally Gray (2nd Dan Kyokushin). KIMAA Karateka included adults and kids from local dojos Lismore and Ballina. Sensei Barry Potts from Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate brought along his students to participate in the seminar’s Saturday session.

The Saturday session of the seminar focused on Kyokushin Karate.

The primary focus of Saturday’s class was on bunkai (application) from kata (pattern or form). The applications were taken from various Pinan Kata and Naihanchi.

Everyone had a good time, and a lot of content was covered in the day.

Saturday participants in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.
Saturday participants in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.

Sunday began with Kobudo. A grading was held, and students were assessed by Shihan Cunningham. Trish Tan, Wally Gray, Jack Hannah and Wes Snyder were all graded to their next Kyu belt in Kobudo. Congratulations to all.

Kobudo students in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.
Kobudo students in the KIMAA Lismore Seminar.

After the Kobudo was a Little Lions session. This session included kihon (basics), pad/bag work and kata.

The Little Lions enjoyed themselves, especially having guest instructor Shihan Cunningham show them a few new tricks!

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Lunch was then served, expertly BBQ’d by Sensei Jon Ellis. Thanks go to Geoff from Wyrallah Rd Blue Ribbon Meats for supplying the snags to feed the hungry Little Lions after the morning session. Patricia Tan was also a great aid with the supply shopping and other little situations that arose. Of course thanks also go to the parents of the Little Lions who gave up their weekends to come and support their kids.

Shihan Rick Cunningham with the North Coast Little Lions.
Shihan Rick Cunningham with the North Coast Little Lions.