The IFKKA Blackbelts with Hanshi and Shihan Victor Fomin at the recent Black Belt camp. Oh yes, and Senpai Rodney Ives too..
This tournament is now only 2 weeks off, and I hope you've been practicing while I was away. Entries are due in very soon, and the best way is to do it online. It's time to make up your teams yourself and start practicing!
We've just had a junior grading, but no reason why you shouldn't be preparing for the next one, especially if you missed the last one. All the more reason to start working on this one!
It's time to start training for Contact. If you haven't done it yet, it's a good opportunity to get started relatively easily, since you're not going to a big tournament. And it's good preparation for our big one at the 13th Championships in September.
In order to help with the training for this, Sensei Mark Mitchell, who came from Brisbane to our camp earlier this year, will be coming to conduct a couple of training seminars. He was formerly with the IFK in the UK under Hanshi and was well known for his contact fighting there. The two seminars will be held on 19th June and 24th July and will cost $20. More details to follow.
Senpai Shigemi went to the recent Black Belt in Holland, and successfully graded for her 2nd Dan! This makes the only Sydney based black belt in the IFKKA (apart from the retired Sensei Barry West) who has graded under Hanshi Steve Arneil. I'm sure you'll all take the time to congratulate her on her achievement. Now she needs to start planning her personal kata for her 3rd Dan!
Black Belt Camp
April 27th-May 1st
As you know, all the active Sydney IFKKA yudansha (black belts) went to the recent Black Belt Camp in Holland. It was awesome! Approximately 175 black belts were there, from 1st Dan to 7th Dan, under the aegis of 10th Dan Hanshi Steve Arneil. There were sessions on bunkai, kumite, kata, self-defense, and basics to attend, and between us we covered them all. I've got lots of new (and old but harder) things to teach you and improve your Kyokushin karate to help you on your way to Black Belt and beyond. Just make sure you come to class regularly so you can benefit from it.
The next one is planned for 3-4 years hence, and if you keep it up, some of you may well be eligible to go to this one by then.
The link to the photos below is just one of the many - but probably has the largest collection. There will be others on the Kuro Obi and/or IFK Australia FB pages too at some point.