Read up on KIMAA’s senior Kyokushin instructors:
- 8th Dan: Shihan Howard Lipman
- 6th Dan: Shihan Rick Cunningham
- 5th Dan: Shihan Peter Olive
- 4th Dan: Sensei Paul Finnerty | Sensei Idir Bahamid | Sensei Mark Shelmerdine | Sensei James Sidwell
- 3rd Dan: Sensei Mark McFadden | Sensei Jon Ellis | Sensei Ian Holdaway | Sensei Ben Ng | Sensei Don Cheong
- 2nd Dan: Sempai Rob James | Sempai Alex Lloyd | Sempai Wally Gray | Sempai Jason Lambe
- 1st Dan: Sempai Patricia Tan
Read up on KIMAA’s senior Kobudo instructors here.
Shihan Howard Lipman
Shihan Howard Lipman is 8th 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 Shihan Howard.
Shihan 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, Shihan Howard was promoted to the rank of 5th Dan (Shihan, “Master”) by Sosai Oyama. In February of 1993, Shihan Howard became the South Pacific Representative to the International Committee of Kyokushin, Honbu Tokyo.
Following the death of Sosai Mas Oyama, Shihan 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, Shihan 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), Shihan 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 Shihan Howard is Australian Branch Chief). Shihan Howard continues to travel with his students to travel to Japan for Kyokushin training and competing in tournaments.
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 Shihan Howard and received his 3rd Dan from Sosai Mas Oyama. In 2000 he was graded to 4th Dan by Shihan Howard and in 2001 completed the 50 Man Kumite.
Shihan Rick is instrumental in the running of KIMAA, training its senior students and helping Shihan 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 Shihan Howard or taking the class himself.
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 Shihan 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 Shihan Howard.
Sensei Idir Bahamid
Sensei Idir Bahamid is 4th Dan in Kyokushin 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, Sensei 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 Shihan Howard Lipman in 2004 at the Turramurra Dojo. He was graded to 4th Dan in Kyokushin by Shihan Howard in 2010.
Click here to see a photo gallery of Sensei Idir training in his youth, demonstrating the power of Karate.
Sensei Mark Shelmerdine
Sensei Mark Shelmerdine is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 4th Dan in Kobudo. He began his Kyokushin Karate training with Shihan Howard Lipman in 1986.
Sensei 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.
Sensei 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.
Sensei James Sidwell
Sensei James Sidwell is 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 1st Dan in Kobudo. He commenced training in Kyokushin Karate as a Sydney University student in 1993.
In mid-1994, he came to train under Shihan 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.
Sensei 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.
Sensei Mark McFadden
Sensei Mark McFadden is 3rd 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 Jon Ellis
Sensei Jon Ellis is 3rd 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 Shihan Howard Lipman in Sydney. He was graded to 2nd Dan in 2011 and to 3rd Dan in 2014.
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 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 Shihan 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 Shihan Howard.
Sensei Ben Ng
Sensei Ben Ng is 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate.
Sensei Ben commenced his Karate training at twelve years old. He has participated in a number of tournaments, including the Australian championship. He was graded to 1st Dan in 2009.
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.
Sensei Don Cheong
Sensei Don Cheong is 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. He commenced his Kyokushin training in Cooma, New South Wales. After reaching the rank of 1st Dan, Sensei Don moved to Sydney and began training with Shihan 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.
Sempai Rob James
Sempai Rob James is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. Sempai 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 Sempai Rob’s interest and in time progressed to the rank of 1st Dan.
After opening a Dojo in 1992, Sempai Rob contacted Shihan Howard Lipman in Sydney and after lengthy discussions as to what would be expected of him, joined the International Karate Organisation Kyokushinkaikan.
Sempai 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 Sempai 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 Shihan Howard Lipman to spread the teachings of Kyokushin.
Sempai Alex Lloyd
Sempai Alex Lloyd is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate and 2nd Dan in Kobudo. He began his Kyokushin training at Turramurra Dojo under Shihan Howard Lipman through the Knox Grammar School Karate sports program in 2005.
Sempai 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. Sempai Alex was graded to 1st Dan in 2011 and to 2nd Dan in 2014.
Sempai 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 also competed in the IFKKA Tournament in 2015, where he came third in the Men’s Open Middle Weight division.
Sempai Alex now makes guest instructor appearances at Knox weekend classes and helps teach the General Classes at Turramurra Dojo, as well as running the KIMAA website.
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 Shihan Howard Lipman.
Sempai Jason Lambe
Sempai Jason Lambe is 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. He began his Karate training under Shihan Rick Cunningham.
Sempai Patricia Tan
Sempai Patricia Tan is 1st 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.
Sempai Trish was graded to 1st Dan in 2016.