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Sempai Rob was pleased with everybody’s efforts, including a new fourth kyu in the adults class. Thanks go to Jermaine Downs (senior student) for his assistance with the tests.
Sempai Rob remarked, “A solid effort from everybody! The level of knowledge, fitness and technical ability is impressive, as is their commitment.”
Well done to all.
The competitors included Sempai Angus and Sempai Victor Sweeney, Sempai Josh Darley, Jasper and Cody Choi, Ethan Bailey and Andrew Palmer.
Instructors, coaches and supporters included Shihan Howard Lipman and his wife Masumi, Shihan Peter Olive, Sensei Idir Bahamid, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei Don Cheong and Sempai Alex Lloyd.
All KIMAA fighters performed excellently, especially those for whom it was their first tournament.
Sempai Angus’s first round went to an extension in the adult heavy weight. It was an exhausting bout but he pushed through, using his strength and low kicks to win the extension. He came second after taking a roundhouse kick to the front of the head in the final. Sempai Josh and Cody fought off for first and second place in the boys 11-13 years under 40kg. Cody had taken an unfortunate hit to the throat but fought well despite the injury. Sempai Josh used his kicks to win the fight.
Sempai Victor, in the cadet heavy weight division, fought a competitor over 20kg heavier than him. He faced up and stood his ground valiantly despite the weight difference. Jasper’s first fight saw him take several illegal techniques to the throat, but he pushed on and displayed the spirit of Kyokushin throughout the bout.
It was Ethan and Andrew’s first tournament. Ethan fought Sempai Victor and displayed good control and confidence. Andrew stood bravely to his much heavier opponent, and gave it his all.
Everyone walked away with a placement. Congratulations to everyone for their efforts:
- Sempai Angus – Adult Heavy Weight (Open) – Second
- Sempai Josh – Boys 11-13 Years under 40kg – First
- Sempai Victor – Cadet Heavy Weight – Second
- Jasper – Boys 13-16 Years over 58kg – Second
- Cody – Boys 11-13 Years under 40kg – Second
- Ethan – Cadet Heavy Weight – Third
- Andrew – Adult Heavy Weight (Intermediate) – Third
Congratulations to all.
In this entry, Shihan Howard reaches 2nd Dan and competes in a number of tournaments, as well as refereeing them. Hover your mouse cursor over the photos and if a caption pops up, click the photo to read the full caption.
Next month, the 1980s, and some more familiar faces from KIMAA.
In the above photos, then-Sempai Howard was training with Sempai Stephen Penny. He was 16 here and the two did Shodan together. Shihan Howard recalls he was an amazing young man, and his karate and strength was quite incredible. Both trained under Shihan Bob Boulton at West Pymble Dojo and spent every spare minute training together.
Shihan Howard Lipman assessed the students during the gradings of both the Kids and Adults. During the Adults, he was assisted by Sensei Idir Bahamid and Sensei Ben Ng. Sempai Alex Lloyd conducted the grading while Sempai Josh Darley was responsible for photography.
Alice, Andrew and Tony led the nine students attempting the grading. They went through basics, moving through stance, terminology, combinations, kata and some sparring.
Well done to everyone who participated.