Seventh Okinawa Trip – September, 2010

Written by Shihan Lipman in 2010

Sensei Hokama and Shihan Lipman
Sensei Hokama and Shihan Lipman

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.

Visit to Far North Coast – July, 2010

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.

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Black Belt Presentation & Kata Demonstration – May 7, 2010

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.

Sensei James demonstrates Sushiho:

Sensei Paul demonstrates Seienchin:

Sensei Peter demonstrates Kanku-Dai:

Sensei Idir demonstrates ippon kumite with Sempai Ben Ng.

Shihan Bob Boulton Visit – November, 2009

Shihan Lipman, Shihan Boulton and Shihan Cunningham
Shihan Lipman, Shihan Boulton and Shihan Cunningham

Shihan Bob Boulton has been Shihan Howard Lipman’s mentor and friend for many years. Shihan Boulton came to Turramurra Dojo at Shihan Lipman’s invitation in late November and did a class on throws, choke holds, and locks.

Shihan Boulton was Shihan Lipman’s original instructor. You can read more about Shihan Boulton and Shihan Lipman here.

All students that attended the special classes agree that it was a valuable learning experience and an honour to be taught by Shihan Lipman’s own instructor.

Shihan Bob Boulton – Background

Kyokushin Karate was first seen in Great Britain in 1965, thanks to Sensei Bob Boulton. Sensei Boulton had studied in Japan at the Honbu (HQ) Dojo of Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. On his return to the UK he founded the first Kyokushin Dojo, the London Karate Kai in Kennington, South London. The fame of this Sensei and the Kyokushin style of Karate soon spread.

Sensei Boulton was later joined by Sensei Steve Arneil and it was not long before members of the Dojo were competing and winning tournaments. After some travelling between Tokyo and the UK, Sensei Boulton emigrated to Australia, where he later became Shihan Lipman’s mentor.

Sensei Hokama Visits Australia – February, 2009

Written by Shihan Lipman, 2009

Shihan Cunningham and I invited Sensei Hokama to come to Sydney in February of 2009.

He happily accepted the invitation, and came for eight days, during this time he stayed in my home and we had many long discussions.

The purpose of us inviting Sensei to Sydney was to show him our Dojos, introduce him to our students, and for him to see firsthand the progress they had made in their study of Kobudo.

During his stay Sensei attended one of the Knox Grammar School classes and as expected proved really popular with them.

He took three general classes at Turramurra Dojo based on Kata Bunkai, Gyaku Te and Kyusho techniques.

His last class was held at Annangrove Dojo and was devoted to Bo Jutsu, this class again proved very popular and the students’ knowledge went up a notch.

Everyone enjoyed being with Sensei as his instruction is always interesting and his manner towards everyone open and friendly…..as is the Okinawan way.