|KUGB National Youth Championships July 2017 by ecoates|
In early July the USKFI International Squad flew to the Chesterfield in the UK to participate in the Karate Union of Great Britain National Youth Championships. The KUGB Youth Nationals welcomes competitors from across the UK and Ireland and boasts a very high standard of Shotokan Karate. With the World & European Championships on the horizon this particular competition is a perfect opportunity for Karateka to showcase their skills and hope to impress on looking coaches enough to secure their position for the International team. With this in mind it raises the level of the competition even higher. Click title for full report.....
|Brennan Brothers Summer Seminar June 2017 by ecoates|
In June the USKFI welcomed legendary instructors Sensei James & Frank Brennan back to Dublin for our annual summer seminar. Phibblestown dojo was the host for what is rapidly becoming one of the most popular events on the USKFI calendar.
On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far the temperature in the dojo must've been over 30 degrees but this did not hinder the many enthusiastic Karateka on the dojo floor. The weekend consisted of five and a half hours of top class Shotokan training with two of the finest instructors in the world of Shotokan Karate. Senseis covered a wide variety of challenging Kihon drills, taxing kumite drills and advanced katas such as Meikyo and Chinte. After the seminar concluded it was time for the USKFI's Green - Brown belts to be put through their paces as they graded under the expert eyes of the Brennan brothers.
This brought to a close another very successful event for the USKFI and once again the USKFI received very positive feedback from Sensei James & Frank. They were impressed by the support, dedication and enthusiasm of each and every member that took to the floor and especially those that completed each session.
The USKFI would like to thank all our members who supported the event and made it as successful as it was. We would also like to congratulate all our members who successfully graded and progressed to their next belt.
Well done all, we look forward to seeing you all again soon at our next event.
|USKFI Development Course May 2017 by ecoates|
Well done to all USKFI members who attended the Free Development Course today held in the Corduff Karate Club. Sensei's Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle assisted by Sensei Pat Keegan put the green to black belts through their paces with a range of Kihon and Kumite drills finishing up with Kata performance. The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their support and dedication. Our next event is our summer seminar with Senseis James & Frank Brennan; we look forward to seeing you all there.
|USKFI Kata Standardization Course May 2017 by ecoates|
Well done to all members who attended the USKFI Kata Standardization course that was held in the Phibblestown Karate club yesterday. Great to see such fantastic support as always from our members. There was a superb atmosphere in the dojo with so many enthusiastic Karateka eager to perfect their Katas under the expert guidance of Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle. Well done all and we look forward to seeing you all on the next USKFI event.
|USKFI Kata Standardization Course May 2017 by ecoates|
Well done to all members who attended the USKFI Kata Standardization course that was held in the Phibblestown Karate club yesterday. Great to see such fantastic support as always from our members. There was a superb atmosphere in the dojo with so many enthusiastic Karateka eager to perfect their Katas under the expert guidance of Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle. Well done all and we look forward to seeing you all on the next USKFI event which will be our FREE course for Green - Black belts held in the Corduff Dojo.
|KUGB 51st National Championships May 2017 by ecoates|
This weekend the USKFI International squad traveled to the Birmingham to take part in the 51st KUGB National Championships. The championships which is the most prestigious home competition on the KUGB calendar sees karateka coming from the length and breadth of Britain & Ireland to participate in this spectacular event. Click title for full report.....
USKFI Team Shot at the KUGB National Championships
Leon Hoban KUGB National Champion
|USKFI 16th National Championships April 2017 by ecoates|
Over the weekend the USKFI held the 16th National Championships at the Phibblestown Karate Club. The tournament would be considered one of the most prestigious home competitions on the USKFI calendar which attracts members from the length and breadth of Ireland. With each year that passes the USKFI continues to go from strength to strength; this was evident with the large volume of competitors in attendance and the high standard of Shotokan karate they brought to the tournament. Click title for full report......
Chief Instructor Sensei Michael Sherlock presents Leon Hoban with Best Competitor Trophy
(Nadir Ghanem on way to Gold)
(Men's Team Kumite Medalists)
|USKFI Course & Dan Grade with Sensei Andy Sherry by ecoates|
The USKFI welcomed the KUGB's leading instructor Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan back to Dublin for our first Dan grading of 2017. The course was very well supported as always with over 70 very dedicated Karateka in attendance. After the course Sensei Sherry put the Dan grade hopefuls through their paces with a Dan grade specific course giving the some priceless pointers to aid them in their quest for Dan grade.
After a short lunch break it was time for the eager bunch to take on the daunting task ahead.....Dan grade. Each member performed superbly with the exceptional standard the USKFI strives for. We are delighted to welcome 14 new Dan grades to our ranks. Congratulations to the following successful candidates.
|USKFI B&B belt Course & PreDan by ecoates|
Well done to all USKFI members who participated in the USKFI brown & black belt development seminar which took part over the weekend. A fantastic atmosphere in the dojo as always. We had a Predan course to follow for all the Dan grade candidates and once again there was a very high standard of Karate on display. Congratulations all and the very best of luck with your upcoming Dan grade.
|USKFI Spring Seminar with Sensei Sherlock & Royle by ecoates|
(Sensei Royle demonstrates Gyaku Tsuki)
The USKFI continued the flying start to 2017 this weekend with another superb seminar with Sensei Sherlock & Royle in our Corduff Dojo. We had over 70 very enthusiastic karateka in attendance to train for a two hour seminar with the USKFI's leading instructors.
Classes were separated into two sections with Sensei Royle taking the Kyu grades for Kata development while Sensei Sherlock taught the Dan grades Kata Meikyo.
After a quick break Senseis switched with Sensei Sherlock taking the Kyu grades for kick development and various other drills while Sensei Royle took the Dan grades for Kumite. Sensei's focus was on correct footwork, distance & timing.
The reception from our members was fantastic with each member as always giving their very best when on the floor.
The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all again for our next event with Sensei Sherry & Brennan visiting in 2 weeks time.