|Sensei Brennan & Sensei Harford Course by ecoates|
The USKFI were happy to welcome two of the KUGB's senior instructors back to Dublin at the weekend. Sensei Frank Brennan who was on his third visit of the year to the USKFI was accompanied by special guest instructor Sensei Gary Harford. Two of the most decorated and accomplished competitors to come out the KUGB shared some of their expertise with our members in a full day of training at our Corduff Dojo.
As always our members were out in force to support the course with close to 100 of our brown & black belts in attendance. The classes were separated so each and every member got the full benefit of training with these giants of Shotokan Karate.
Well done to all our members who attended on the day and in particular to those who participated in the full days training. Keep up the good work.
The USKFI will welcome Sensei Brennan along with Sensei Sherry for another course & grading in November. We look forward to seeing all our members participate and take the next step in their karate journey.
|KUGB Shotokan Cup by ecoates|
(USKFI Team Photo )
(USKFI medal winners)
The KUGB's 39th Shotokan Cup took place on Saturday at the Queens Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield. This event which is only open to Black and Brown Belts always attracts a large entry of competitors from across the UK with this year in particular numbers being up. The USKFI had a strong squad of twelve representing Ireland on the day. Our competitors showed tremendous fighting spirit and sportsmanship and produced karate of the highest order on the day. Click title for full event report....
|USKFI Brown & Black belt Course by ecoates|
(Sensei Sherlock explains the importance of correct hip rotation)
(Sensei Royle watches on as squad member Leon Hoban performs kata Empi)
(Sensei Royle demonstrates kata Empi)
(Sensei Sherlock demonstrating Kata Bassai Dai)
Although the USKFI were kept very busy throughout the summer months with many events held over the holiday period we now head into a very busy couple of months. We kickstarted another busy term off this weekend with a Kata course for brown and black belts in our Corduff Dojo. Over seventy of our more senior grades took part in a three hour Kata Course with Sensei Sherlock and Sensei David Royle. Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle covered so much detail in each of their lessons that each member went away with a very good understanding of how to apply these techniques and details to their own Kata performances. The level of dedication from our members is clearly evident with so many devot karateka spending hours to train under the expert tuition of Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle. The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their continuous support, we would also like to thank Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle for giving up so much of their free time to put on these events. They set a fine example for our members to follow.
|KUGB Grandslam by ecoates|
Well done to USKFI members who travelled to the UK at the weekend to take part in the KUGB's Grand Slam. There are no medals to be won at the Grand Slam, only the pride of winning for our Country and the final chance to impress before the teams are selected for the ESKA, which will be held in Zurich at the end of November. The Grandslam is always a very tough competition and lets our competitors feel the pressure of European & World level competition. Our squad members perrformed very well on the day and gained some more vital experience for their international karate careers. We look forward to hearing more positive results when the squad travel to the UK in two weeks time to take part in the KUGB's Shotokan Cup. Good luck all.
|USKFI Summer Kumite Course by ecoates|
There was a fantastic turn out this morning for the USKFI's summer kumite course that was held in the Corduff Dojo. Considering it is holiday season there was still great support from our members as always.
The classes were split into two sections with Sensei Royle taking the junior members that were under sixteen whilst Sensei Sherlock took the senior members. At the half way mark Senseis switched with Sensei Sherlock taking the juniors whilst Sensei Royle took the seniors.
Both Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle were in their element with their years of experience shining through showing the many aspects of kumite.
There was a tremendous atmosphere in the Dojo with everybody putting in 100% effort. There was very positive feedback from Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle after the course and both were very impressed that regardless of age or grade everybody worked very hard and gave their all.
The USKFI would like to thank each and every member for their support today and over the years, without the continued support from our members we would not be able to hold so many free events throughout the year so once again thank you all.
Remember all our next event is the black belt kata course that will be held on the 6th of September . Hope to see you all there. OSS!!
|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.