|USKFI Spring Course & Dan Grading with Sensei Andy Sherry by ecoates|
This weekend the USKFI welcomed legendary instructor Sensei Andy Sherry back to Dublin for our Spring Seminar and Dan grading; this is the first of two Dan grading events scheduled for 2019 for the USKFI. Sensei Andy Sherry who holds a 9th Dan in Shotokan Karate is a regular visitor to Ireland with this being his second seminar in a packed calendar of International instructors scheduled to visit the USKFI in the forthcoming year. Click link for full report....
(Sensei Sherlock, Sensei Sherry & Sensei Royle)
(Successful Dan Grade Candidates pictured with Sensei Sherry)
|KUGB Liverpool Youth Championships by ecoates|
USKFI Team Shot
In early April the USKFI International squad travelled to Liverpool in the UK to participate in the Karate Union of Great Britain’s Liverpool Youth Championships. This particular tournament which is now in its 16th year is the first on the International calendar for the USKFI. It is a perfect opportunity for squad members to kick start the international competition season. As with all KUGB competitions there’s always a guarantee of high standard Shotokan Karate and a fantastic competition atmosphere. Click link for full report....
Leon Hoban 2019 Liverpool Youth's Kata Champion
Joshua Smyth 2019 Liverpool Youth's Kumite champion
|USKFI Combined Squad & Referee's Course by ecoates|
(Sensei bernard Gaffney of the USKFI's Refereeing Technical Committee explaining some keys points in refereeing)
(USKFI Squad members are put through their paces)
Well done to USKFI members who attended the combined squad training and referee's course that was held in the Corduff Karate Club yesterday. The event consisted of an hour theory with the USKFI Referee's Technical committee for our judges and referees while USKFI squad coaches Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle put the squad members through their paces with an hour intensive squad session.
After a short break both groups came together and proceeded with an additional hour practical session. This was a perfect opportunity for both groups to gets some hands on practice for the upcoming competition season.
Well done all!!
|USKFI Kildare Region Grading by ecoates|
Congratulations to all our Kildare region members who graded at our first grading of 2019 that was held in Monasterevin Karate Club earlier today. Over 80 members took their next step on their karate journey.
A big thank you to Monasterevin Karate Club Instructors Sensei Liz Maher, Pat Maher and assistant instructor Tori Maher for all their hard in organising the event ensuring it's smooth running.
Both grading examiners Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle were really impressed by the standard on show and were very proud to see the Kildare area developing so well.
Keep up the good work all!!
|USKFI's Inclusive Karate European Champion by ecoates|
(The USKFI's Elizabeth Fagan becomes the I-Karate European Champion)
The USKFI would like to congratulate our very own Elizabeth Fagan of Kildare SKC who was crowned European Champion at the Inclusive Karate Championships over the weekend. Gold in Kata & Gold in Kumite. The USKFI would also like to congratulate the rest of the I-Karate squad who travelled to compete in this event. You have done your country proud!!
|USKFI March Kyu Grading by ecoates|
Congratulations to all USKFI members who graded at our first grading of 2019 that was held in the Corduff Dojo earlier today. Close to 150 members took their next step on their karate journey. There was a very high standard on show from the brown belts right down to the white belts just starting out on their journey.
A big thank you to all the parents who week in week out, hail rain or shine bring their children to training to ensure the preparation for these events is correct. A special thank you to all our instructors and the students for all their hard work to get to this point and giving their best on their classes each week.
Both grading examiners Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle were really impressed by the standard on show and were very proud to see the USKFI evolving and developing so well.
Keep up the good work all!!
|USKFI Kata Championships by ecoates|
Well done to all USKFI members who participated in first championships of 2019. The Kata competition which was held in the Phibblestown Dojo saw over 120 members in attendance.
Thank you to all members who attended and supported the event and the team behind the smooth running of these events.
|Sensei Sherry & Brennan Spring Seminar by ecoates|
The USKFI welcomed legends of Shotokan Karate Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan back to Dublin for our first international instructors seminar of 2019. We had fantastic support from our members as always with close to one hundred dedicated Karateka in attendance. Click title for full report.....
|2019 off to a flying start!! by ecoates|
Big thank you to all our members who attended our first event of the year held in the Phibblestown Dojo. Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Keegan provided a two hour session for our Red to Black belts and it was great to see so many enthusiastic members eager to get back in action and dust the cobwebs off after the Christmas break. Next course coming up is our Black belt course on the 19th of January and we look forward to seeing you all back in action once again.
|Final Course of 2018 by ecoates|
Well done to all our members who attended the final event of 2018. Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle provided a free class for all USKFI brown and black belts. The class was very well supported like always with over fifty members in attendance.
The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their continuous support throughout 2018. It is due to the loyal support of our members these events are so successful. We look forward to another busy year ahead in 2019 with our first event scheduled for 5.1.19 in the Phibblestown Karate Club.