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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. 

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.


Nidan:
Niall Berwick
Nik Lebadoks
Dave Walsh
Dylan Anderson
Shodan:
Lisa Meagher
Lina Tumene
Ryan Cronin
Sean Quirke
Adam Donohue
Jimmy Kavanagh
Jake Farrell
Darcy Potts
Casey Walsh
Gerry Long

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. 

USKFI Grade Weekend March 2017 by ecoates

 

The USKFI held the first grading of 2017 at the Corduff Dojo over the weekend. We started off with the white to red belts with over 70 students grading. Following on from the junior grades it was time for the yellow & green belts to be put through their paces. There was a very good standard on display with over 100 students progressing to their next belt. The following day it was time for the purple to brown belts to take to the floor. Once again it was clear the high standard set from the top down within the USKFI is trickling down as there was a very high standard on display throughout the weekend. Congratulations all!!

(Sensei Sherlock takes White to Red belts through their Kihons) 

USKFI 4th National Youth Championships by ecoates

 

 On the 26th of February the USKFI kicked off the competition season with the 4th USKFI National Youth Championships. Although the Youth Championships is a relatively new event to the USKFI events calendar it's always a well-supported competition with over 130 junior athletes in attendance. With squad coaches Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle overseeing from the main table it's a perfect opportunity for the USKFI's up and coming stars to showcase their skills and impress the on looking spectators. Click title for full report......

(USKFI Chief Instructor Michael Sherlock presents Yacine Ghanem with the Best Competitor Trophy)

(Yacine scores with chudan mawashi geri followed by gyaku tsuki to win the match)

 
Sensei SHerry & Sensei Brennan Spring Seminar by ecoates

 

 

The USKFI were delighted to welcome leading instructors from the KUGB Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan back to Dublin this weekend for our Spring seminar. 
The focus within the USKFI and especially in our seminars is always the technical development of high level Shotokan Karate. This weekend was no different; Sensei Sherry and Brennan covered a wide range of Kihons, Kumite drills and advanced Katas such as Chinte & Tekki Sandan to help develop that high standard we are always striving for.


The atmosphere in the dojo was superb with many enthusiastic karateka on the floor and this was led by the USKFI's head instructors Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle. Sensei's always believe in setting the example from the top down, by consistently training hard and maintaining a high standard for the other USKFI's members to follow. 
We would like to thank all our members, instructors and parents for their support and continuing to make these events so successful. We look forward to welcoming Sensei Sherry and Sensei Brennan back to Dublin in the not so distant future. 

USKFI Spring Seminar with Sensei SHerlock & Sensei 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.

 


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