|USKFI Orange - Brown Belt Course by ecoates|
The USKFI took up where they left off last week with another brilliant three hour course for our orange to brown belts. There was great support as always from the USKFI members with so many braving the cold and the snow to make the course. It goes to show the dedication from our members with many travelling from as far as Wicklow, Kildare, and Meath and some even as far as Cavan to attend.
The course was separated into two groups with the first session for members over sixteen years and the second session for members under sixteen years. The focus of today’s course was on building very good fundamentals and the development of technique. Each member went away with a very good understanding of what is required to help them develop their technique and form. Whether it was in for Kihon, Kumite or Kata Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle didn’t leave a stone unturned and that was clearly evident as the class progressed each member was able to improve in all areas.
The USKFI would like to thank all our members who attended today and we look forward to seeing all our juniors compete in next week’s event National Youth Championships.
|January off to a flying start!! by ecoates|
(Sensei Royle explains some key points in the Kumite Class)
(USKFI Squad Class)
The USKFI got off to a flying start this weekend with our first event of the year. Over 80 brown & black members turned out for the USKFI's first Kumite course of 2015. It was great to see so many dedicated karateka in attendance after the holidays.
After the Kumite course the USKFI squad coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock and Sensei David Royle held an open squad training class for our members. Over 50 very enthusiastic karateka showed up for the first open squad training of the year. As always there was a fantastic attitude and effort on display from all our members.
With a very busy calendar in store for 2015 our members got off on the right foot today and showed their tremendous attitude and spirit throughout the whole course. Keep up the good work all. Our next event will be the Orange - Brown belt course in Lucan Karate Club on 17th of January.
|ESKA 2014 by ecoates|
(USKFI Squad members Lee McCarty, Sean O Connor, Leeanne Royle and Eleanore Coates)
(Leeanne Royle is crowned European Champion at the ESKA championships in Zurich Switzerland)
Members of the USKFI travelled to Zurich Switzerland in November to take part in the 29th ESKA Championships. Together with USKFI squad coach Sensei David Royle squad members Eleanore Coates, Sean O Connor, Lee Mc Carty and Leeanne Royle all travelled to take part in this prestigious event; the highest level of competition in Shotokan Karate. Click title for full report.....
|Dan Grade November 2014 by ecoates|
Well done to all USKFI members that graded under Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan today at the Corduff Karate Club. There was a very good standard on show today and we were proud to have so many successful candidates. As always we are proud to see the camaraderie between all members with each and everybody supporting one another throughout the day. Remember all being a black belt is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of life. Anyone can buy a black belt...but it takes years of learning, sweat, hard work and introspection to create one. Congratulations to all and we all look forward to seeing you progress further on your karate journey. OSS!!
|USKFI 14th Shotokan Cup by ecoates|
USKFI Referees & Judges
Best female competitor Leeanne Royle
Best male competitor Sean O Connor
The USKFI Shotokan Cup was held at the Phibblestown Dojo and what a superb event it was. The competition which is in its 14th year had over one hundred and fifty Karateka competing on the day. There was a fantastic standard seen throughout the day from each event with many stand out performers on show. Click title for full event details....
|USKFI Senior Dan Grade Success by ecoates|
(USKFI Senior instructor's pictured with KUGB grading panel)
(Sensei Keith Sherlock & Sensei Pat Keegan)
(Sensei Jim Bartley & Sensei Rhonda Hoban)
A contingent of USKFI senior members travelled to Bath, UK at the beginning of October to take part in the KUGB's Special Dan Grade Course. It takes alot of dedication to make so many trips abroad throughout the year but our senior members make sure to lead by example and ensure they are always training hard to keep the USKFI at a very high standard. After a very detailed two hour session under the expert tuition of the KUGB’s chief instructor Sensei Andy Sherry we had four of our members to take senior Dan grade examinations. Well done to USKFI members Keith Sherlock and Sensei Pat Keegan who attained their 5th Dans whilst Sensei Jim Bartley and Sensei Rhonda Balfe attained their 4th Dan. All members passed their grading with a very high standard. After months and months of rigorous training each member passed with flying colours. We are very proud and honoured to have such dedicated members in our ranks. Well done all!!
|USKFI Kyu Grading September by ecoates|
The USKFI continued their busy weekend on Sunday with a Kyu grading for white to green belts. The morning started out with a class for our white and orange belts where Sensei Sherlock brought our new beginners through their grading syllabus. Sensei Sherlock gave the students great pointers for their grading and they all left the class feeling confident for their grading. After a quick break it was time for the the newest USKFI recruits to show off their skills and that they did with each member passing with a very good standard. Following the junior grade it was time for the intermediate grades to be put through their paces by Sensei Royle. With close to 100 members grading at the weekend it shows the growth of the USKFI. It was also great to see so many enthusiastic members take one step closer to their black belt. Well done all and we look forward to seeing you all compete in the upcoming USKFI Shotokan Cup.
|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.