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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.

 

USKFI Kildare Region Course Jan 2017 by ecoates

 

A superb turn out for the USKFI's Kildare region seminar this weekend. We had approximately 70 dedicated karateka in attendance for a 2 hr intense technical session with the USKFI's leading instructors Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle. 

There was a fantastic attitude and effort from all members in attendance. 
After the seminar came to a close both Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle had very positive feedback for the students.
The USKFI would like to thank all members who supported the course and we look forward our next seminar with our friends in Kildare.


 

Sensei Sherlock demonstrates gyaku tsuki

Sensei Royle demonsstrates mawashi geri

 

Official Squad Announcement Jan 2017 by ecoates

 

Last weekend the USKFI held the first squad selection class of 2017. There was a fantastic turn out with many USKFI hopefuls showing up for trials. With the World and European Shotokan Karate Associations tournaments’ now opening the competitions to Karateka from 14yrs + it has created a lot of excitement among the USKFI's up and coming karate stars.

USKFI squad coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock 6th Dan and Sensei David Royle 6th Dan were on hand to put the enthusiastic aspirants through their paces. Each student on the floor tried their very best to impress the on looking expert eyes of both squad coaches. The key points Senseis look out for is ability, attitude, effort, enthusiasm, positivity and a willingness to learn & develop. One thing is for sure these candidates have all of the above in abundance. With so many eager Karateka putting their best foot forward made the atmosphere in the Corduff Dojo electric and impressive to watch.

Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle took some time to deliberate and afterwards selected a very strong squad to represent the USKFI and Ireland on the international competition circuit for 2017. Joining some of our more experienced competitors like Leeanne Royle, Sean O Connor, Yacine Ghanem and Leon Hoban we have some new recruits to welcome onto the team. From this group of athletes Senseis will select a team to represent the USKFI at international tournaments throughout the year. This is a fantastic opportunity for all candidates in particular our new fledglings who are just setting out on their international competition career. The USKFI is a self-sufficient organisation and those members who are selected to represent the USKFI are fully funded for all their trips. This includes all flights, food & accommodation, competitions fees, squad kits etc.

Congratulations to the following members & we wish them the very best of luck competing in 2017.

Dmitry Kavanagh 
 Conor Molloy
Sean O Connor
Lee Mc Carty
Sophie Farrell 
 Leeanne Royle
Lauren Royle
Nadia Nya
Amine Ghanem
Donnchadh Murray
Lisa Meagher Behan
Shay Kelly
Rachel McEneaney
Eva Thunder
Hannah Stewart
Leon Hoban
Joshua Smith
Tori Maher
Dylan Anderson
Christopher Bowes
Lucy Kennedy
Caoimhe Galligan Byrne
Alex Shortt
Malina Petrovshci
Ryan Cronin

USKFI Open Squad Selection 2017 by ecoates

 

USKFI hopefuls in action at the try outs

Corduff SKC's Nadia Nya attacks with Ura Mawashi as squad coach Sensei D. Royle looks on

Blacklion SKC's Dylan Anderson attacks with Ura Mawashi as squad coach Sensei M.Sherlock looks on

The USKFI held the first squad selection class of 2017 in the Corduff Karate Club yesterday. There was a fantastic response with many USKFI hopefuls turning up for the try outs. 
The atmosphere in the Corduff Dojo was almost electric with each member showcasing their skills to impress the onlooking squad coaches Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle.

Well done to everybody that participated and good luck to all. We look forward to following your international competition career over 2017 and beyond.

USKFI Special Christmas Course Dec 2016 by ecoates

 

USKFI members line up for action

The USKFI held a special course for our members today in the Corduff Dojo. The course was a special request from our dedicated members who were missing their training over the Christmas holidays.

The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their support and making the curse another successful event.


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4/8/2017 10:30 AM Executive meeting Corduff
4/23/2017 9:30 AM USKFI National Championships 2017
5/6/2017 10:30 PM KUGB National Championships
5/27/2017 10:30 PM Liverpool Youth Championships
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