Read up on KIMAA’s senior Kyokushin instructors:
- 9th Dan: Hanshi Howard Lipman
- 6th Dan: Shihan Rick Cunningham
- 5th Dan: Shihan Peter Olive | Shihan Idir Bahamid | Shihan Mark Shelmerdine | Shihan James Sidwell
- 4th Dan: Sensei Paul Finnerty | Sensei Mark McFadden | Sensei David Craigie | Sensei Jon Ellis | Sensei Ben Ng | Sensei Don Cheong
- 3rd Dan: Sensei Ian Holdaway | Sensei Rob James | Sensei Alex Lloyd
- 2nd Dan: Sempai Wally Gray | Sempai Jason Lambe | Sempai Patricia Tan
Read up on KIMAA’s senior Kobudo instructors here.
Hanshi Howard Lipman
Hanshi Howard Lipman is 9th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 7th Dan in Kobudo. He commenced his karate training in Sydney in 1969. His Sensei was Shihan Bob Boulton, who trained with Sosai Mas Oyama at Honbu in Tokyo from 1959 to 1964. Returning to England as 3rd Dan to form the UK Kyokushin organisation, Shihan Boulton then travelled to Australia and was to be responsible for the martial arts training and development of Hanshi Howard.
Hanshi Howard progressed with time to the rank of 3rd Dan (Sensei) and has trained national champions both male and female in Kata and Kumite (fighting). He was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of Australia, which he held for many years and was also responsible for the organisation and running of national tournaments. In 1989, after being promoted to the rank of 4th Dan, he was invited to Tokyo by Sosai Oyama and was promoted by him to Branch Chief and was asked to form his own branch of Kyokushin in Australia. He travelled to Tokyo at least twice yearly to attend Branch Chief camps and also to referee at the All Japan and World Tournaments.
In May of 1992, Hanshi Howard was promoted to the rank of 5th Dan (Shihan, “Master”) by Sosai Oyama. In February of 1993, Hanshi Howard became the South Pacific Representative to the International Committee of Kyokushin, Honbu Tokyo.
Following the death of Sosai Mas Oyama, Hanshi Howard’s role was confirmed by the Branch Chief Committee in Japan, and he became a member of the World Board of Directors. Due to continuing political upheaval and instability which unfortunately followed the death of Sosai Oyama, Hanshi Howard resigned officially from the IKO on 1 August 2000, and has done so for a better future for his students and dojos who shall continue to be instructed in the art of Kyokushin and to follow the teachings and philosophies of Sosai Oyama as they have been taught to him. He was promoted to 8th Dan in 2007.
As KIMAA chairman and head instructor at the Turramurra Dojo (Honbu), Hanshi Howard has continued to push his students to broaden their knowledge of the martial arts while keeping on the Kyokushin path, through the study of bunkai, self-defence and Kobudo (of which Hanshi Howard is Australian Branch Chief). Hanshi Howard continues to travel with his students to Japan for Kyokushin training and to compete in tournaments.
The KIMAA formal grading committee presented Hanshi Howard with the rank of 9th Dan and title of Hanshi in August 2017, in recognition of his lifelong devotion to Kyokushin and his leadership of KIMAA. The year 2019 marked Hanshi’s 50th year of studying the martial arts.
Shihan Rick Cunningham
Shihan Rick Cunningham is 6th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 6th Dan in Kobudo. He has been training in Kyokushin Karate for over 40 years. He began teaching in 1986 and has taught at many seminars and camps around Australia. Shihan Rick has competed in local, state, national and international tournaments, and in 1988 represented Australia.
In 1993 Shihan Rick travelled to Japan with Hanshi Howard Lipman and received his 3rd Dan from Sosai Mas Oyama. In 2000 he was graded to 4th Dan by Hanshi Howard and in 2001 completed the 50 Man Kumite.
Shihan Rick is instrumental in the running of KIMAA, training its senior students and helping Hanshi Howard to oversee all the various branches. Shihan Rick regularly visits other KIMAA dojos to host seminars as well as organising seminars and special classes in Sydney at Annangrove Dojo.
Shihan Peter Olive
Shihan Peter Olive is 5th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 1st Dan in Kobudo. He began his training at the Honbu Dojo in Japan.
On his return to Australia, Shihan Peter continued his instruction under Shihan Rick Cunningham and shortly after this was graded to 1st Dan.
Shihan Peter has been with KIMAA for nearly twenty years and is a widely regarded instructor. Shihan Peter instructs at Annangrove Dojo with Shihan Rick and is always at the Friday night classes at Turramurra Dojo, either teaching with Hanshi Howard or taking the class himself.
Shihan Idir Bahamid
Shihan Idir Bahamid is 5th Dan in Kyokushin Karate, 5th Dan in Shotokan Karate and 1st Dan in Kobudo. He commenced his karate training in 1966. He trained in the style of Shotokan in Europe and North Africa with Sensei Taiji Kase, Sensei Hiroshi Shirai and Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda. He obtained his 1st Dan in Shotokan in 1971 and was graded to the rank of 5th Dan by Sensei Kasein 1988 at an international training camp in Paris.
Between 1977 and 1982, Shihan Idir was instrumental in the promotion and development of Karate in Romania. He established Dojos in different cities and conducted regular training camps. After moving to Australia in 1988, he continued his karate training in Shotokan in a number of Dojos across Sydney before beginning his training in Kyokushin Karate with Hanshi Howard Lipman in 2004 at the Turramurra Dojo. He was graded to 4th Dan in Kyokushin by Hanshi Howard in 2010 and to 5th Dan in Kyokushin in 2017.
Click here to see a photo gallery of Sensei Idir training in his youth, demonstrating the power of Karate.
Shihan Mark Shelmerdine
Shihan Mark Shelmerdine is 5th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 4th Dan in Kobudo. He began his Kyokushin Karate training with Hanshi Howard Lipman in 1986.
Shihan Mark first started teaching in 2000 at the Turramurra Dojo and was graded to 1st Dan in 2002, 2nd Dan in 2004 and 3rd Dan in 2008.
Shihan Mark teaches one of the weekly general classes at Turramurra Dojo. He is a regular instructor during KIMAA seminars, and has benefited from years of training with other elite martial artists locally and abroad, including Shihan Shichinohe in Kyokushin.
Shihan Mark has travelled to Okinawa five times with Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick since 2008 to train under Sensei Hokama in Karate bunkai. Shihan Mark was graded to 4th Dan in 2013 and to 5th Dan in 2020.
Shihan James Sidwell
Shihan James Sidwell is 5th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 2nd Dan in Kobudo. He commenced training in Kyokushin Karate as a Sydney University student in 1993.
In mid-1994, he came to train under Hanshi Howard Lipman. He continued his training and obtained his 1st Dan in 2003. He was graded to 3rd Dan in 2009 and 4th Dan in 2013.
Shihan James teaches many of the kids classes at Turramurra Dojo, and has previously taught Karate for Knox Grammar.
Sensei James has competed in full contact, non contact and kata tournaments and won several trophies in these events. Furthermore, he has travelled and trained in mainland Japan and Okinawa in 2008 and 2017. Shihan James was graded to 5th Dan in 2020.
Sensei Paul Finnerty
Sensei Paul Finnerty is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 3rd Dan in Kobudo. He started training in 1977 in the UK under Sam Horndl, Jeff Wybrow and Shihan Steve Arneil. Taking a break to play semi-professional football (soccer), he returned to the fold in 1988 when he joined Hanshi Howard Lipman and Shihan Rick Cunningham as a green belt, training, competing and teaching and eventually progressing to 4th Dan, awarded in 2008.
Sensei Paul has managed his own Dojos in Harbord and Mosman and has instructed at Lane Cove and Willoughby as well as deputising in the Sydney-based dojos when other senior instructors are in Japan. Sensei Paul undertook his first trip to Japan for martial arts training in 2017.
Sensei Paul has variously played an active part in the organisation of tournaments and aspects of Kyokushin organisations at a local and national level. He has benefitted from training with some of the world’s best karate exponents who have been invited to teach in Australia by Hanshi Howard.
Sensei Mark McFadden
Sensei Mark McFadden is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 3rd Dan in Kobudo. He commenced his Karate training in 1980. He participated in local, state and national tournaments from 1982 to 1990, gaining places at the local and state levels. He began teaching Karate in the mid 1980s.
After competing in the Australian Championships in 1990, Sensei Mark took time out to further his education, career and family. He returned to training in 1996, opening a dojo at the Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow NSW, and graded to 1st Dan in March 2000.
After relocating to the North Coast Sensei Mark opened Lismore Dojo in 2006, and in 2008 opened Ballina Dojo. Sensei Mark regularly travels to Sydney for black belt training with other KIMAA senior grades. He has gone to Japan four times for training in 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Sensei David Craigie
Sensei David Craigie is 4th Dan Kyokushin. Sensei David commenced training in 1971 under John McDonald in the Illawarra. He obtained his Shodan in 1976 from Richard Shumak and Jeff Barnes at Cronulla Dojo, who were with the Szlagowski Karate Association.
He began his own dojo with Syd Stevenson in 1974 in Illawarra, where David taught karate according to the philosophies and teachings of Sosai Mas Oyama.
Sensei David participated in local freestyle open tournaments in the Illawarra in 1975, gaining Third Place and in 1978 where he gained First Place in the lightweight division.
Sensei David taught at the Illawarra Kyokushin dojo as an independent club until 1990, when he moved to Young and established another dojo at the PCYC. In recognition of his contribution to the PCYC, he was awarded PCYC Life Instructor in 2014.
Sensei David is the KIMAA Dojo Operator of Young Dojo, having joined KIMAA in September 2017. Sensei David was graded to 4th Dan by Hanshi Howard in recognition of his decades of teaching Kyokushin Karate.
Sensei Jon Ellis
Sensei Jon Ellis is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 3rd Dan in Kobudo. He commenced training in 1989 with Sensei Ramon Bracamonte in Ballina, Northern Rivers. After just one year he started competing in semi-contact kumite tournaments and did so until 1996. In that time, Sensei Jon trained and competed with the Australian Team and won several titles.
These titles include:
- 5 x Queensland State Champion
- 2 x Australian Open Champion
- 2 x 3rd Place in Australian Championships
- Tasman Cup Champion
In 1995, Sensei Jon was graded to 1st Dan by Hanshi Howard Lipman in Sydney. He was graded to 2nd Dan in 2011, to 3rd Dan in 2014 and to 4th Dan in 2019.
Sensei Jon has travelled to Japan to train with international masters, including Sensei Hokama and Shihan Ogura in Okinawa on the 2010, 2015 and 2017 KIMAA trips. He has coached international fighters, including KIMAA competitors at the 2015 Okinawa Karate Tournament. Sensei Jon is one of KIMAA’s dojo operators and is the head instructor at Ballina Dojo.
Sensei Ben Ng
Sensei Ben Ng is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 1st Dan in Kobudo.
Sensei Ben became a regular instructor at Turramurra Dojo after his 2nd Dan grading in 2011, either assisting seniors with instruction or taking the general classes completely. He also has taught in groups at KIMAA seminars.
In 2015, Sensei Ben came second in the IFKKA Tournament and two months later was graded to 3rd Dan in Kyokushin by Hanshi Howard Lipman. He was the lead Zoom instructor during the COVID-19 quarantine classes of first-half 2020. Sensei Ben was graded to 4th Dan in 2020.
Sensei Don Cheong
Sensei Don Cheong is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate. He commenced his Kyokushin training in Cooma, New South Wales, in 2005. After reaching the rank of 1st Dan, Sensei Don moved to Sydney and began training with Hanshi Howard Lipman at Turramurra Dojo.
Sensei Don was graded to 2nd Dan in 2011. In 2013, Sensei Don participated in the KIMAA Japan Group Tour, which included training under Sensei Hokama and Shihan Shichinohe.
Sensei Don represented KIMAA in 2014 at the Australian Open Full Contact Karate Tournament. He followed this up by competing internationally in Okinawa during the March 2015 KIMAA Japan trip. Later that year, he fought in the September IFKKA Tournament, where he came first in the Men’s Open Middle Weight division.
Sensei Don regularly assists with teaching at Turramurra Dojo and at KIMAA seminars. He wrote an essay on visual focus in Karate and was graded to 3rd Dan in 2015. Sensei Don graded to 4th Dan in 2020.
Sensei Ian Holdaway
Sensei Ian Holdaway is 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 1st Dan in Kobudo.
Sensei Ian began his training in Kyokushin Karate under Shihan John Williams (then Sensei) in 1989 at Minchinbury Dojo. In 1991 he moved to Werrington Dojo under Sempai Sandy Ivanovic, before stopping training as a 5th Kyu in 1993 due to work commitments.
In 1999, Sensei Ian resumed his study of Karate under Shihan Rick Cunningham. He was graded to 1st Dan in 2004 and to 2nd Dan in 2007 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.
Sensei Ian partook in the third trip to Okinawa in 2008. He is one of the regular instructors at Annangrove Dojo for children and adults, as well as being master of the BBQ at all KIMAA weekend seminars.
Sensei Ian was promoted to 3rd Dan in 2014 by Hanshi Howard.
Sensei Rob James
Sensei Rob James is 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. Sensei Rob began his Martial Arts training in the late 80s in AFTA Freestyle Tae Kwon Do. Karate, being new to his home town of Inverell, soon took Sensei Rob’s interest and in time progressed to the rank of 1st Dan.
After opening a Dojo in 1992, Sensei Rob contacted Hanshi Howard Lipman in Sydney and after lengthy discussions as to what would be expected of him, joined the International Karate Organisation Kyokushinkaikan.
Sensei Rob, who holds Dan grades in both Shotokan and Kyokushin Karate, began teaching self defence to schools, nurses, police and community groups. Over the years Sensei Rob also studied Boxing as well as Seiyushin Karate under Sensei Nagayama, a former Kyokushin Uchi Deshi under Sosai Mas Oyama. He opened Aspley Dojo in 2012 and joined KIMAA, once again working with Hanshi Howard Lipman to spread the teachings of Kyokushin.
Sensei Rob was graded to 2nd Dan in 2014 by Hanshi Howard Lipman. In 2016, Aspley Dojo became North Brisbane Dojo. In the same year, Sensei Rob opened an additional Brisbane dojo, Nundah Dojo, which he ran for two years as well as North Brisbane, before consolidating his students into the one dojo. He was graded to 3rd Dan (Sensei) in 2017 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.
Sensei Alex Lloyd
Sensei Alex Lloyd is 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 3rd Dan in Kobudo. He began his Kyokushin training at Turramurra Dojo under Hanshi Howard Lipman through the Knox Grammar School Karate sports program in 2005.
Sensei Alex graduated from Knox in 2009 as a brown belt. He formally began taking classes in 2010, employed by the school as the Karate Master-in-Charge until 2012. Sensei Alex was graded to 1st Dan in 2011 and to 2nd Dan in 2014.
Sensei Alex has travelled to Japan on three occasions in KIMAA group tours (2013, 2015 and 2017), training with Sensei Hokama, Shihan Ken and Shihan Shichinohe in Okinawa. He has fought in tournaments, placing locally and competing at the state level.
Sensei Alex taught at the 2017 and 2018 North Coast KIMAA Seminars, teaches Karate and Kobudo at Sydney seminars, makes guest instructor appearances at Knox weekend classes and assists with the General Classes at Turramurra Dojo, as well as running the KIMAA website. He wrote an essay on the role of teaching in the development of a martial artist and was graded to 3rd Dan in 2018 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.
Sempai Wally Gray
Sempai Wally Gray is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate.
Sempai Wally began his Kyokushin training in 1983 under Sempai Sebastian Arcidiacono. He was graded to 1st Dan in 1986 by Hanshi John Taylor.
Sempai Wally is a well-known and highly regarded karate exponent. He has represented his town, state and country in Kyokushin full contact tournaments. He was State Champion for several years, fought in national tournaments and represented Australia in the IFK Kyokushin Full-Conatct Karate World Tournament held in Russia in 1997.
Sempai Wally is a regular instructor at Lismore Dojo under Sensei Mark McFadden. He was graded to 2nd Dan in 2015 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.
Sempai Jason Lambe
Sempai Jason Lambe is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. He began his Karate training under Shihan Rick Cunningham.
Sempai Jason is a role model for the younger students at Annangrove for his studious devotion to training, high level of fitness and excellent technical ability. He was graded to 1st Dan in 2014 and to 2nd Dan in 2016 by Hanshi Howard Lipman.
Sempai Patricia Tan
Sempai Patricia Tan is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. She began her Kyokushin journey under Sensei Mark McFadden at Lismore Dojo in 2008.
Sempai Trish has travelled twice to Okinawa for training in Karate bunkai under Sensei Hokama and Shihan Ken, in 2015 and 2017. She regularly assists with instructing at Lismore Dojo, and is also a widely regarded Tai Chi instructor.