|USKFI Summer Kata Course by ecoates|
Well done to all USKFI members that attended our summer Kata course over the weekend at the Lucan Dojo. There was a fantastic turnout with over 50 of our brown & black belts in attendance. The course was split into various stages with each member having the chance to train with the USKFI's most senior instructors. Sensei Sherlock brought the brown belts to the next level and thought them the more advanced kata Kanku Dai whilst Sensei Royle thought Gojushiho Sho and Kanku Dai to the black belts.The second stage of the course Sensei Royle took the brown belts through kata Jion whilst Sensei Sherlock thought kata Jitte and Chinte with the Dan grades. Whether it was Kata for competition or grading our members received an in depth study into these more advanced katas and each member went away with a very good understanding on how to develop their katas. Our members had the added bonus of Sensei Jennifer Predergast assisting on the day and with her experience as our most senior international referee she was able to offer so much to our members on their kata performance.
The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their constant support and dedication. Each member trained very hard on the day and even after three hours of hard work they still wanted more. Well done to all. Keep up the good work. We look forward to seeing you all at the kumite course coming up in August.
|KUGB National Youth Championships by ecoates|
(l-r Leeanne Royle, Squad Coach Sensei David Royle & Lee McCarty)
The USKFI would like to congratulate our squad members Leeanne Royle and Lee Mc Carty who took part in the KUGB's National Youth Championships this weekend. As always both members represented the USKFI superbly with some fantastic performances on the day. Lee had some tough battles on his hands and gained some vital experience that will go along way. Well done Lee!! Leeanne Royle followed on from her winning streak in Liverpool with some fantastic performances in both Kata and Kumite. After some tough rounds Leeanne came home with Gold in the Dan Kata event and also Gold in the Girls Kumite over 5'5. Grand Champion once again Leeanne. The continuous dedication and hard work that these guys put in on a daily basis was clear to see and all that work clearly paid off. Well done to guys. Keep up the good work.
(Grand Champion Leeanne Royle pictured with Sensei Andy Sherry, Sensei Frank Brennan & Sensei James Brennan)
|USKFI White - Green Belt Grade June by ecoates|
Well done to all the USKFI junior grades that graded at the Lucan Dojo at the weekend under Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle. Close to one hundred members from white - green belt graded on the day moving one step closer to their Dan grade. Well done all, as always there was a fantastic attitude and standard from all on the day.
|Sensei James & Frank Brennan Weekend Course by ecoates|
(Sensei Brennan teaching Kata Hangetsu)
(Sensei James Brennan puts the purple belts through their paces)
(Purple & Brown belts with Sensei James & Frank Brennan)
The USKFI were delighted to welcome back two of the most senior instructors from the Karate Union of Great Britain Sensei James Brennan 7th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 7th Dan for our annual summer seminar. Click title for full course details....
|Liverpool Youth Championships May 2014 by ecoates|
The USKFI would like to say congratulations to our junior squad members who competed in the Liverpool Youth Championships over the weekend. As always the team performed very well and as a result came home with a large haul of prizes.
Results are as follows:
Leeanne Royle - Gold Girls Kumite over 5'5 & Silver Childrens Brown & Black Belt Kata
Aoife Salmon - Gold Girls Ippon Kumite
Ray Foysal - Silver Boys Ippon Kumite
Sean O Connor - Silver Cadets Kumite
Sophie Farrell - Bronze Childrens Kata Novice - 4th Kyu
Brendan Reys - Bronze Childrens Kata Novice - 4th Kyu
Lee Mc Carty Bronze Cadets Kumite
USKFI Team Kata A Gold (Captain Leeanne Royle, Mapalo & Karl Rennicks)
USKFI Team Kata B Bronze (Captain James Doran, Evan Wynne & Ciaran O Connor)
The USKFI would like to thank our squad coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock and Sensei David Royle for their constant hard work with the USKFI squad members and of course within the USKFI. We would like to thank our international referees Sensei Jennifer Prendergast, Sensei Bernard Gaffney & Sensei Jim Bartley for constantly striving for a higher level in their field. We would also like to send a special thank you to USKFI secretary Jennifer Prendergast for all her hard work organising a brilliant weekend. We would finally like to thank our instructors, members and parents for their continued support. As always hard work pays off and this is a clear example of it. Well done all!!
The United Shotokan Karate Federation of Ireland fully fund all trips away for our squad members, from flights, accommodation, meals to their squad kit. Without the very good structure we have in place & the constant support from our members this would not be a possibility therefore we would like take this opportunity to thank each and every member for their support over the years.
|USKFI Kumite Championships by ecoates|
USKFI Kumite Championships were held in the Phibblestown Dojo over the weekend. Over 150 members took part in this free event which began with an intense kumite course with Sensei David Royle. Click title for more details....
|KUGB National Championships by ecoates|
Well done to the USKFI squad members that competed in the prestigious KUGB National Championships over the weekend. Click details for more info.....
(USKFI Team Kata)
(Ray Foysal bronze Ippon Kumite & Karl Rennicks silver Children's Kata)
|Free Kyu Grade Kata Course April 2014 by ecoates|
There was a great turnout for the USKFI's Free Kyu grade Kata course that was held in I.T.B over the Easter Holidays. It shows the level of dedication from our members when they take time over the holidays to still show up and support the events on a regular basis. Well done all.
(Farrell family from Leixlip SKC ready for action)
|USKFI 14th National Championships April 2014 by ecoates|
The USKFI held its 14th National Championships over the weekend at our Phibblestown Dojo. With each year that passes we go from strength to strength and this was our most successful championships to date with close to 200 USKFI members competing on the day. The atmosphere on the day was fantastic and the solidarity of our members was evident. There was a great sense of camaraderie from the top down, from our Chief Instructor to our youngest competitor each member supported one another and cheered for their team mates throughout the day. Click title for full report.....
(James Doran on his way to the Kata Final)
(Leeanne Royle Best overall female competitor)
(Ray Foysal Best overall male competitor)
|Certificate presentation by ecoates|
In the midst of a very busy day at the USKF National Championships there was a moment of recognition for two of recently qualified referee and judges. Sensei Pat Keegan was presented with his cert after passing a very challenging referee qualification, alongside him was Kim Maguire who also passed a very tough judges exam. For both members their hard work and study along with the extra courses each member attended with the USKFI's Referee and Judges technical committee has clearly paid off. The dedication shown ensures that our refereeing and judging is kept to the highest level. Well done to both.
(USKFI Chief instructor presents Sensei Pat Keegan for successfully attaining his referee qualification)
(USKFI Chief instructor presents Kim Maguire for successfully attaining her judges qualification)
There was also time to pay thanks to the recently formed USKFI fundraising committee. The committee consists of Chairwoman Rhonda Hoban, Secretary Eleanore Coates, Amanda Anderson, Jean Smithers, Gina Farrell, Liz Wynne, Neil Anderson and Samantha Keating. The committee plays a vital role in the organisation and has already this year raised a significant amount of much needed funds for the USKFI. The hard work put in at the beginning of the year from the FC allowed the USKFI invest in three mated areas for our championships. Without the sheer hard work and support from our members this would not have been possible. All funds raised go towards the everyday running of the USKFI. E.g. subsidized courses, grades, competitions etc. Without on-going fundraising it would be impossible to keep these fees low so on behalf of all USKFI members we would like to take this opportunity to thank the FC for all their hard work.
USKFI Fundraising Committee
(l-r Liz Wynne, Amanda Anderson, Rhonda Hoban Chairwoman, Eleanore Coates Secretary, Jean Smithers & Gina Farrell)