|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......
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!!
|USKFI National Championships by ecoates|
The USKFI held its 14th National Championships over the weekend at our Phibblestown Dojo. Once again we saw a rise in the volume of entries with almost 150 members take to the mats. Click title for full report……
(Arisha Foysal is awarded the best competitor trophy by chief instructor Sensei Sherlock)
(USKFI sqaud members Leon Hoban & Yacine Ghanem battle it out in the Boys Kumite)
(Ray Foysal takes flight en route to the Chidren's Kata Final)
|Referee & Judges Certificate Presentations by ecoates|
The USKFI would like to welcome and congratulate the newest members of our officiating staff; Sensei Peter O Brien, Sensei Jason Smyth and Sensei Fran Hoban. Sensei Peter O Brien having already received his qualification to be a USKFI judge continued with his studies and practice and took the stringent USKFI referees exam which he passed with flying colours. Sensei Jason Smyth & Sensei Fran Hoban also took the judges exam on the day and both received very good results. They were presented with their certificates by Chief Instructor Sensei Michal Sherlock at the recent USKFI Nationals.
(Sensei Peter O Brien presneted with his Referee Certificate)
(Sensei Jason Smyth presented with his Judges Certificate)
(Sensei Fran Hoban presented with his Judges Certificate)
The USKFI are always striving for perfection in every area and our referees and judges qualification process is just one of those areas. With regular educational courses both theory and practice it helps with the development of the USKFI in all aspects. These courses are open to all USKFI members 18yrs and above, if this is something members would be interested in getting involved in please contact USKFI referee and judges committee.
|Dan Grade Class & PreDan by ecoates|
The USKFI continued with our busy calendar of events this weekend with a Dan grade course followed by a PreDan grade. We had as always great support on both courses from our members.
The first course consisted of Sensei Sherlock putting the Dan grades through a number of kihon drills developing technique, dynamism and speed. This carried on into the partner work with a series of kicking drills. Sensei Royle took over at the half way mark and continued on with some dynamic partner work but concentrating on the basic principles of movement and scoring. To finish up with a superb course the Dan grades worked on their favorite Katas and this was a perfect opportunity for members to perfect their performances with the experienced eyes of Sensei Sherlock & Royle watching over.
After a short interval it was time for the Dan grade hopefuls to be put through their passes for the first Predan class of 2016.
Sensei Royle guided our members through each step of the Kihon section of the grade, elaborating on the finer detail whilst still maintaining the intense attitude and drive from each member. After the Kihon section was completed each member those hoping to attain Shodan right up to Godan went through their Katas; favorite kata and of course each of the compulsory Katas.
To finish up a tough but very informative session members were taken through the Kumite section of their grading. Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle gave some very important tips on where members needed to improve and what is required in their grading.
It was another fantastic day of training for our members and we wish them all the very best of luck for their upcoming grades.
The USKFI would like to thank each and every member for their continued support and Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle for putting on a fantastic course.
|Judges Success!! by ecoates|
The USKFI’s Referee Technical Committee continued with their educational programme in March with a theory & practical workshop for USKFI referee & judges. The course which was run in conjunction with the USKFI’s open squad training session saw both qualified officials and new participants in attendance. The workshop was run by the USKFI’s most experienced international referees Sensei James Bartley, Sensei Jennifer Prendergast and Sensei Bernard Gaffney. Each member of the technical committee had a vital role to ensure all basis were covered during the workshop; Sensei Bartley going through the USKFI competition rule book in great detail, Sensei Prendergast took the group through the referees and judges signals and finally Sensei Gaffney presented the group with a number of video clips of Kata & Kumite explaining the relevant points to watch out for while officiating.
With the theory part completed it was time to get some real time practice in. While the referee workshop was in process the USKFI’s squad coaches Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle were putting squad members through their paces in the main hall. This was a perfect opportunity for the USKFI officials to get a hand on approach to refereeing.
Within the USKFI the concentration is always about education and with a mixture of experienced officials to ones just starting their judging career this was the perfect learning environment for all members in attendance to benefit from. When the workshop had come to a close we had three members take the USKFI stringent judges examination where each member passed with a high pass rate. Congratulations to Sensei Jason Smyth, Susanne Passas and Sensei Fran Hoban.
|USKFI Grade Weekend March 2016 by ecoates|
The USKFI held the first grading of 2016 this weekend in the Corduff Dojo. We had over 180 kyu grades take the next step on their karate journey under the watchful eyes of USKFI's grading examiners Sensei Sherlock and Sensei David Royle.
(White - Red Belts)
The standard on show over the two days was quite impressive and once again proves the technical development and high standard set from the top down by the USKFI is certainly filtering through to our members. An excellent show from all on the day.
(Blackloin SKC's Lucy was certainly a stand out performer of the white belts)
(Aaron Smyth & Arisha Foysal also two members that stood out on the day)
The USKFI would like to thank our members and parents for their continuous support. We would also like to the USKFI grading examiners Sensei Sherlock and Royle for providing a firm but fair grading for all our members. Finally we would like to thank Sensei Bernard Gaffney, Sensei Jim Bartley & Sensei Pat Keegan for all their hard work and assistance on the day to ensure the smooth running of the event.
|USKFI Spring Seminar with Sensei Sherry & Brennan Feb 2016 by ecoates|
(Black belt course)
(Brown & Black Belt Course)
(Kyu grade course)
The USKFI would like to thank all our members who supported our Spring seminar with Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan from the KUGB. It was a fantastic day of training with two of the best instructors in Shotokan Karate. A full day of training which started with a course for our Dan grades followed by a course for our brown and black belts and then finished up with a course for our kyu grades. The seminar covered a wide range of techniques in the kihon section with both Senseis explaining some excellent points, some superb kumite drills with the concentration on footwork and dynamic counter attacks. Katas covered on the day were Jitte and Kanku Sho for the senior grades whilst the Kyu graded covered Bassai Dai and a selection of Heian Katas in preparation for their upcoming grades.
As always there was a tremendous atmosphere in the dojo with so many enthusiastic Karateka on the floor which was noted well by both Sensei Sherry and Brennan.
Once again the USKFI would like to thank all our members, instructors and parents for their constant support. Without your support these events would not be as successful.
We look forward to welcoming Sensei Sherry back to Dublin in April for our first Dan grading of the year.
|USKFI National Youth Championships Feb 2016 by ecoates|
USKFI National Youth Championships 2016
To kick start the 2016 competition season the Phibblestown Karate Club in Clonee were the hosts for USKFI National Youth Championships. We took up where we left off in 2015 with an action packed day of fantastic karate. This championships in particular sees a wide range of competitors from our very experienced international squad members to some very young members just starting out in their competition career all battling it out for the top spot on the podium. Click title for full event details.........
| USKFI Free Orange - Brown Belt Course Jan 2016 by ecoates|
The Lucan Dojo was the host of the USKFI's second course of 2016. We saw fantastic support once again with over 70 very enthusiastic Karateka from orange to brown belt brave the freezing weather with many travelling from as far as Wicklow and Cavan to attend what turned out to be another superb lesson from Sensei Sherlock, Sensei Royle and Sensei Pat Keegan. Well done all, keep up the good work!!
The USKFI would like to thank all members for their continued support.