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USKFI 15th Shotokan Cup 2016 by ecoates



(Kingscourt's Eva Thunder battles it out with Corduff's Blaitnaid Murray in the final of the girl's kumite event)

The final quarter of the USKFI calendar is one of the busiest periods of the year with courses, grading and competitions coming thick and fast. This weekend it was time for the USKFI members to take to the mats for the Shotokan Cup. Click title for full report......

USKFI welcomes our newest judge by ecoates



Corduff Sports Complex was the venue for the second U.S.K.F.I. Referee & Judges Course and exam of 2016. A week ahead of the U.S.K.F.I. Shotokan Cup, the course was an excellent opportunity for officials to practice in a training environment. The course began with an overview of the rules, then took to the match area for the practical section. Joined by eleven volunteer competitors, the practical section covered Kata flagging & points systems, plus Kumite matches. Well done to all those that participated, and a special thanks to our competitors for all their help.
Finally our congratulations to Sensei Stephen Dunne who successfully passed the Judges exam on the day, and joins the group of U.S.K.F.I. qualified officials.

Senior Dan Grade Success!! by ecoates


USKFI members Sensei Jennifer Prendergast and Sensei Eleanore Coates accompanied by Sensei David Royle travelled to Bath in the UK in early October to participate in the Karate Union of Great Britain’s Special Dan Grade Course. The event took place at the fantastic facilities at the Sports Village in Bath University.

(Sensei Jennifer Prendergast pictured with the KUGB grading panel)

The course was led by KUGB Seniors Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Sensei Bob Poynton (8th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) and was very well attended with over 100 Black Belts ranging from 1st to 7th Dans who travelled from far and wide to attend this intensive seminar.

The two-hour in-depth course focused on developing Kihon, Kata and Kumite to the highest technical levels. Those in attendance pushed themselves to their physical and mental limits, studying and striving for perfection.

(Sensei Eleanore Coates with the KUGB grading panel)

After the seminar two USKFI hopefuls Sensei Prendergast & Sensei Coates were to take their Dan grade examinations under the watchful eye of the KUGB grading panel which consisted of KUGB Chief Instructor Andy Sherry 9th Dan, Sensei Bob Poynton 8th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan. After years of hard work the training intensified in the final months and weeks building up to this point for the USKFI ladies. Both ladies performed exceptionally well and attained their grades with a very high standard of karate. Sensei Prendergast attained the rank of Godan (5th Dan) and Sensei Coates attained the rank of Yondan (4th Dan). 

KUGB Shotokan Cup Success for the USKFI by ecoates


(Team shot, l-r Yacine Ghanem, Sophie Farrell, Donnachadh Murray and Leeanne Royle pictured with coach Sensei David Royle)

A massive congratulations to the USKFI team that travelled to Chesterfield to participate in the KUGB Shotokan Cup this weekend. The whole team performed superbly in their events. Although not all of our guys medalled on the day there was significant improvements all round. This is invaluable experience that they will bring with them as they progress in their competition we always say sometimes we win and sometimes we learn....never lose!!

(Leeanne Royle en route to final)

A special congratulations to Sophie Farrell who won a bronze medal in the girls kumite event after some fine performances. Sophie also reached the semi final of the girls kata event and was narrowly beaten for a place in the final. A great performance from Sophie! Leeanne Royle was on flying form also today taking bronze in a tough Kata event and taking the title of the junior ladies kumite event 16-20yrs. A really tough event where Leeanne came up against some of the KUGB'S top female fighters including European & World champions. Leeanne who has just recently made the transition into this event was one of the youngest competitors but she showed real courage, strength and determination to battle it out and was well worthy of the title she earned. Congratulations Leeanne and the rest of the squad on your superb performances and representing the USKFI with such a high standard as always.

(Our medalists Leeanne & Sophie)

A big thank you to our international referees Sensei Jennifer Predergast, James Bartley and Sensei Bernard for lending their expertise and officiating throughout the day. A big thank you to our coach Sensei David Royle for an excellent job coaching the team throughout the day and finally a big thank you to the parents who gave up their time to travel with the team and support & cheer them on. Well done all!

KUGB National Youth Championships by ecoates


The USKFI squad traveled to Chesterfield in the UK over the weekend to participate in the KUGB National Youth Championships. Although we had a small squad representing the USKFI at the championships the effort was mighty. All our guys performed superbly well and although not all the guys made it to the podium they certainly put their mark on the championships.

Team Shot

Both Leeanne and Leon had a tremendous tournament with Leon being crowned the KUGB National Youth Champion in the boy's kumite event. A well deserved title for Leon and a nice award to add to his ever expanding collection of trophies. Leeanne also had a superb tournament taking bronze in the Junior Ladies Kumite event narrowly missing out on a place in the final. Leeanne also took gold in the Junior ladies Kata event after performing a sharp Kanku Sho in the final.

(USKFI Medalists Leon Hoban & Leeanne Royle with coach Sensei David Royle)

It was once again a very successful tournament for the USKFI with lot and lots of vital competition experience gained. The USKFI would like to thank our supporters and the parents who traveled with the team over the weekend. Congratulations all and we look forward to seeing you take to the mats at our next International event the KUGB Shotokan Cup coming up in September.


USKFI White - Yellow Belts Grading June 2016 by ecoates


(Group shot white & orange belts)

(Sensei Royle pictured with some of our successful grading candidates)

Congratulations to all USKFI members who graded at our June grading under the watchful eyes of Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle. We saw close to 150 members from white to yellow belt took the next step on their karate journey. There was a fantastic attitude and standard on show from all our members which was well noted by the grading examiners. Congratulations and keep up the good work.


Sensei James & Frank Brennan Summer Seminar by ecoates


(Black Belt Class)

(Brown & Black Belt Class)

(Green - Black Belt Class)

The USKFI were delighted to welcome Sensei James & Frank Brennan back to Dublin for our summer seminar. Two days of training of the highest level from two of the most respected instructors in the world of Shotokan Karate.
We would like to thank each and every one of our members who attended and gave their all on the floor. The atmosphere in the dojo was as always tremendous & attitude from everybody was fantastic as always & well noted by both Senseis. A big congratulations to all our members who graded and took one step further on their karate journey.
Once again thank you to all of our members who supported over the weekend and made the event such a success.

Liverpool Youth Championships May 2016 by ecoates


Liverpool Youth Championships May 2016

Following on from their International duties earlier in May at the KUGB National Championships the USKFI team travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Youth Championships. Although on a slightly smaller scale than the National Championships the Liverpool Youth Championships attracts some of the UK's top karate athletes. With Liverpool being the home of some of the UK's most renowned instructors such as Sensei Andy Sherry, Bob Poynton,... Sensei Terry O Neill and of course legendary brothers James & Frank Brennan this competition always has a very special feel to it.....Click link for full details


Liverpool Youth Championships Squad 2016

Leeanne Royle presented with the Cathy Hutchinson memorial trophy for being the most outstanding youth competitor)

KUGB 50th National Championships May 2016 by ecoates


The USKFI squad travelled to the UK over the weekend to participate in the KUGB's 50th National Championships. This prestigious event attracts Karateka from all over the UK with hundreds competing for a spot on the podium and to go down in the history books along with other greats before them with the title of National Champion. Click title for full report......

(Team Shot)

USKFI Squad Coaches Sensei Sherlock & Royle with Medalists Leeanne Royle & Leon Hoban

Successful Dan Grades!! by ecoates



A massive congratulations to all USKFI members who successfully attained their Dan grades today under the KUGB's Chief Instructor Sensei Andy Sherry. A fantastic standard on show which in turn led to a high pass rate once again. Congratulations all!!

Nadia Nya
Ray Foysal
Akhil Pramod
Shay Kelly
Brendan Reyes
Aoife Reyes
Peter Bednarzak
Christopher Bowes
Amanda Anderson
Jean Smithers
Gina Farrell
David Farrell
Chris Molloy
Tomas Kairys
Reece Geoghegan

Kate Gaffney
Steven Kenny
James Doran

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