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Written by Hanshi Howard Lipman
On Sunday November 3rd, Kancho Doug Turnbull’s KIKO organisation ran a well organised tournament and a great day.
It is always nice to catch up with senior grades and old friends who still hold the ideals of Kyokushin and the memory of Sosai Mas Oyama close to their hearts.
What a great day for KIMAA and the Turramurra Honbu Dojo. We had 13 competitors including kids, adolescents and adults, 11 of which gained places. Everyone who represented KIMAA on the day fought valiantly and achieved the following excellent results:
- 1st place
- Sempai Josh Darley
- Ethan Kuo
- Rhoy Tarnate
- 2nd place
- Maia Brown
- Ryan Kuo
- Trent Lim
- Steyn Millard
- 3rd place
- Sempai Jonathan Lee
- Sempai Bernard Wilson
- Yue Leon Chia
- Oakley Shepherd
The most spirited fighter of the day was awarded to Sempai Jonathan Lee and we congratulate him on his first tournament.
Sempai Bernard Wilson was moved up to the Colts division as there was a lack of fighters willing to compete in his age group. Despite facing opponents 1-2 years older than himself, both of his fights went to a decision.
Sempai Josh Darley controlled a much more aggressive opponent and won his final by knockout, with a skilful jodan mawashi geri meaning the fight only lasted a decisive 45 seconds.
Steyn Millard, who is now 5th kyu, fought in the 1st kyu and above division due to a lack of fighters in the 5th kyu and below division. He acquitted himself well during his bouts.
Maia Brown demonstrated the versatility of her skills on the day in another closely contested fight.
Trent Lim lost half a point for “legally” hitting his opponent too hard in a dubious refereeing call.
On winning their respective bouts Ethan and Ryan Kuo faced off against each other in an all family final, as expected the bout was fought in the true spirit of Kyokushin with skill and precision being displayed by the brothers.
Oakley Shepherd fought through the largest pool of competitors winning 3 out of his 4 fights convincingly.
Rhoy controlled his fight well until the last 30 seconds, where his training since his last tournament helped him intensify his attack to win his division.
Shihan Rick Cunningham hosted the seminar at his Annangrove Dojo. Sensei Mark McFadden (Lismore Dojo) , Sensei Dave Craigie (Young Dojo), Sensei Jon Ellis (Ballina Dojo) and Sensei Rob James (Brisbane Dojo) attended and brought members of their teams.
The weekend focussed on standardisation of technique and instructing, Kata and Bunkai, Kumite and Kobudo in small groups, so all members could train appropriate to their grade level and other requirements.
Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick instructed over the entirety of the weekend. The smaller focus groups were also instructed by Shihan Peter Olive, Shihan Idir Bahamid, Sensei Paul Finnerty, Sensei Mark Shelmerdine, Sensei James Sidwell, Sensei Ben Ng, Sensei Rob James and Sempai James Campbell.
In the sparring component of the weekend, students came together to engage in kumite with students of varying grade and size, and from different dojos. The goal from the sparring session was to maintain movement and keep nimble. Guards were encouraged for this activity. Different grades were paired together from the various KIMAA dojos. The bouts were relatively short to enable the participants to experience kumite against a number of different people.
At the end of the first day training of the seminar, the KIMAA dojo operators made a presentation to Hanshi Howard Lipman. In recognition of the immense perseverance and determination Hanshi has demonstrated in maintaining his commitment to martial arts and Kyokushin over such a long period of 50 years, Hanshi was awarded a plaque as well as a book of memories.
All of the KIMAA students appreciate and thank Hanshi for the continual patience and support that he has shown them over those years.
Saturday night was spent at Shihan Rick’s for a roast dinner and drinks. A special mention to both Sempai Stephen Runge for contributing a delicious roast pork and Sensei Ian Holdaway, who cooked our BBQ lunches.
A lot was learned by all who attended and it is paramount that what was learned is continuously trained, embedded and refined.
It was a great weekend and another example of how well all the KIMAA dojos bond and support one another and we are looking forward to all catching up at the senior grading in December.
Congratulations to Rhoy Tarnate who achieved third place in the Men’s 5th kyu and below heavyweight division. It was his first experience of full contact tournament fighting. Hope to see him compete at many more.
Sempai Angus Sweeney also competed and lost to the eventual winner of the Men’s Open Heavyweight Division.
Students from Lismore Dojo competed Round 4 of the National All Styles on Sunday August 4th.
Congratulations to all for their efforts and Akayla for her placement.
Written by Sensei James Sidwell
Congratulations to Ben Brady from Ballina Dojo, who successfully completed his Shodan grade!
Tony Kuo from Turramurra Dojo, and Eric Wright and Jurgen Bradatsch from Annangrove Dojo completed their 1st kyu grades.
Nalin and Nevin Alwis from Annangrove, Larissa Watson, Blayne Gale and Lauren King from Ballina, and Sean Stevens from Young Dojo also graded.
A special mention to kids Peter Zhu and Yue Leon Chia from Turramurra who participated in the senior grading, and performed with discipline and focus during the entire 5 hours.
Congratulations to all participants! Osu.
The following day, Kobudo practitioners from Sydney and Young trained together at Annangrove Dojo in a class taken by Shihan Rick Cunningham. Sensei David Craigie from Young remarked, “Thanks everyone for your patience and instruction once again, we always enjoy our morning Kobudo with all.”
On Saturday June 15th, the seminar was at Ballina. The focus of the day was Kyokushin Karate, in particular self-defence applications and kata bunkai.
The seminar continued on the Sunday at Lismore Dojo, and included a special Little Lions class.
A Kobudo session for beginners and experienced students alike was also held on the Sunday.
In 2018, Sensei Rob James began running Kyokushin Karate classes for children on the autism spectrum. Sensei Rob is a KIMAA accredited dojo operator based in Brisbane, Queensland, who first began training with Hanshi Howard Lipman almost three decades ago.
Sensei Rob commenced these classes as he believes in the power of martial arts to make a difference. He has had a few kids on the spectrum pass through his dojo over the years, and they were all stand outs. “Every single one of them.” Sensei Rob was inspired to promote and dedicate classes for these children. He ended up with 8 kids in the 8-week trial period at the Pine Rivers PCYC.
Some of the children in the classes would not even speak, yet every student was committing to a loud kiai after only one class. They were all enthusiastic and took to Sensei Rob without much effort. From there, everything flowed into a very relaxing atmosphere. They handled the etiquette and discipline with aplomb, as a clear structure often does for children on the spectrum.
The classes comprise everything from basic technique and fitness to studying the movements of the first forms (kata), and even some self-defence applications.
Sensei Rob will resume these classes in the very near future. All enquiries should be directed to Sensei at the contact details on the Brisbane Dojo page.