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WSKA Championships Poland Oct 2015 by ecoates



USKFI squad members travelled to Bielsko-Biala in Poland in early October to take part in the 12th World Shotokan Karate-Do Championships. The squad members were accompanied by USKFI squad coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock and Sensei David Royle along with the USKFI's International referees Sensei James Bartley & Sensei Bernard Gaffney.

The competition which is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of Shotokan Karate was held over two days and saw hundreds of elite athletes travel from all corners of the globe to compete for a place on the podium.


The USKFI quadruple that consisted of Sean O Connor, Lee Mc Carty, Leeanne Royle & Yacine Ghanem all competed in various events for Kata & Kumite. The squad performed really well with Yacine Ghanem making his first outing at World Championships level. Yacine made it through a couple of rounds but unfortunately was defeated by some tough opposition. Sean O Connor also did really well with very strong performances in both the junior and senior kumite events. Unfortunately Sean was a bit too strong and was disqualified for contact. Lee also made some very positive progress in his events with some real signs of improvement in his performances. Clearly the competition experiences gained for these guys over the past few months is paying off as we now see a significant improvement on all levels for these guys.  

Leeanne Royle who recently made the transition to the older category of cadets (16-17yrs) had a superb weekend on the mats. Once again we seen some very mature experienced performances from this very young lady. In the cadet events Leeanne came very close to a booking a place in the final in both her Kata & Kumite events. In the Kata event Leeanne narrowly missed out to her opponent with the judges split on their decision with Poland coming out on top with the vote coming out as 3-2 in favour of Poland. In the kumite event Leeanne had some excellent elimination rounds but once again narrowly missed out to her Swiss counterpart. With the match tied at 1-1 both ladies were pushing for the winning score, as both competitors launched their attack simultaneously the Swiss competitor was just that bit sharper and pipped Leeanne to get the score first. Once again a fantastic performance from Leeanne.

Leeanne also entered the older category for 18-20yrs to gain some extra competitive experience. Although only entering to gain some additional competition experience Leeanne as always performed very well and managed to storm through the Kata rounds beating some very tough opposition on the way. She managed to book herself a place in the final where she competed against some very strong competitors from Russia, Hungary and Sweden. After her performance of Kanku Sho Leeanne was delighted to be returning home with a bronze medal in what was a very tough event. Leeanne is the only ever Irish Karateka to medal in this event. A fantastic result for Leeanne and the USKFI.

We would like to congratulate all members on a fantastic weekend of competition. Sometimes we win and sometimes we learn (we never lose). Although not all our members medalled at the weekend the most important thing is the experience that is gained, win, lose or draw all experience stands to you in time. Keep working hard, keep improving and your time will come. 

Rokudan success for Sensei David Royle by ecoates


The USKFI are very proud to announce that co-founding member Sensei David Royle successfully attained his Rokudan (6th Dan) under the KUGB grading panel in late September. The KUGB grading panel which consists of Shotokan karate legends Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan, Sensei Bob Poynton 8th Dan & Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan kept a careful eye as Sensei Royle was put through his paces.

Sensei Royle who is well known throughout the Karate world was accompanied by USKFI Chief Instructor Sensei Michael Sherlock and USKFI Secretary Sensei Jennifer Prendergast to the Special Dan grade course that was held in Bath in the UK.
Sensei Royle’s years of hard work, commitment and dedication to the art of Shotokan Karate has brought him to this well-deserved point in what has been and continues to be a very successful Karate career.  Sensei Royle has dedicated most of his life to his karate and it is for this reason he is probably one of the youngest Karateka to be ranked at this level having gone through the rigorous grading system of the Karate Union of Great Britain.
Sensei Royle certainly sets a fine example for any Karateka to follow. His commitment and dedication to the USKFI and its members is forever present and that did not falter even in the preparation for such a tough examination. Congratulations Sensei Royle.
Sensei Brennan & Sensei Harford Autumn Seminar by ecoates


The USKFI were delighted to welcome Sensei Frank Brennan & Sensei Garry Harford back to Dublin for our annual Autumn seminar. We had close to 100 members in attendance for a fantastic day of training under the expert tuition of these two legends of Shotokan Karate. 

(Dan Grade Masterclass)

(Brown & Black Belt Course)

The course was separated into three 1.5hr sessions with Sensei Brennan and Sensei Harford taking our members through their paces with lots of different aspects of Kihon, Kata and Kumite. The attitude from our members was as always tremendous which in turn made the atmosphere in the dojo almost electric with each and every member giving 100% on the floor. A notable element in which both Sensei Brennan & Sensei Harford were really impressed by. 

Considering the fact there was no grading and members were there simply just to train and enjoy themselves is impressive in itself. Our members show true dedication and love for karate to stay and train for four and a half hours and put their heart into every movement. Within the USKFI the example is set from the top down with our senior instructors Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle leading the way never missing a session and giving there all when on the floor. It is a perfect example for our members to follow. 

Within the USKFI it is all about a high standard of karate and we are delighted to be in a position to welcome experts in their field such as Sensei Brennan and Sensei Harford numerous times throughout the year to pass down their vast knowledge to our members. We look forward to welcoming Sensei Brennan back in November where he will be accompanied by KUGB Chief Instructor Sensei Andy Sherry for another fantastic course.

KUGB Shotokan Cup by ecoates



Well done to USKFI squad members Leeanne Royle, Yacine Ghanem, Lee McCarthy and Sean O Connor who took part in the 40th KUGB Shotokan Cup last weekend.

Leeanne Royle picked up a bronze medal in the junior ladies kata final. After winning her opening matches in a decisive fashion Leeanne also picked up a bronze medal in junior ladies kumite after a very tight match with KUGB squad member Emily Hughes. An excellent result for Leeanne as she has just made the progression into the older category for 16-20year olds.

Sean, Lee and Yacine all performed very well also with some big improvements. Lots more experience gained to bring into the next competition.

Next event for the guys is the WSKA championships in Poland in October. Good luck all!!!

USKFI B&B Belt Kata Course by ecoates



Well done to all USKFI members who attended the USKFI's Autumn Kata Course with Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle. Just like it had been right through the summer months the course was once again very well supported from our members with attendance on our courses continuing to grow & grow. 

The class was separated into two groups. Sensei Royle took our brown belts through Kata Jion. Sensei Royle covered every intricate detail of the Kata incorporating different aspects of Bunkai so each member went away with a very good understanding of the Kata.


   Sensei Sherlock thought the Dan grades the advanced Kata Gojushiho Dai. Once again a new Kata for alot of our members but Sensei Sherlock's attention to detail left no stone uncovered and each of the Dan grades were able to perform this tough Kata with a very good standard by the end of the seminar.   

   Well done to all those in attendance and we look forward to another great USKFI seminar when Sensei Brennan and Sensei Harford visit in two weeks time.


USKFI Summer Kata Seminar by ecoates


The USKFI Summer Kata seminar was held in the Corduff Karate Club over the weekend and even though it is holiday season we still had a fantastic turnout from our members. Over 50 brown and black belts turned out to train with Sensei Sherlock & Royle for a 2hr Kata masterclass.

The class was seperated into 2 sections with Sensei Sherlock taking the 2nd Dans and above for Kata Gankaku whilst Sensei Royle took the junior black belts and brown belts through Kata Enpi. After a quick break Senseis switched and Sensei Sherlock thought the junior dan grades & brown belts kata Kanku Dai whilst Sensei Royle thought the seniors Kata Sochin.

There was as always a fantastic atmosphere in the dojo and each and every member gave 100% throughout the session. Whether members were only learning the kata for the first time or refining the intricate details by the end of the seminar each member could perform the Kata with a very good standard. Well done to all!!


USKFI White- Yellow belt Grade June 2015 by ecoates


Well done to all our Kyu grades who attended the grading at our Lucan Dojo this weekend . We had over 100 white to yellow belts grade under the watchfull eye of USKFI grading examiner Sensei David Royle. Some very promising members pushing their way through the ranks. Congratulations all, keep up the good work.

Sensei James & Frank Brennan Summer Weekend Seminar by ecoates


The USKFI were delighted to welcome both Brennan brothers back to Dublin for an action packed fantastic weekend of karate. The seminar which saw our members travel from far afield to train to these two legends was held at the Phibblestown Shotokan Karate Club. There was a tremendous atmosphere in the dojo and each and every member trained their hearts out.

After a master class marathon weekend of karate both Sensei James and Sensei Frank Brennan were presented with two bronze Samurai statues by USKFI Chief Instructor Sensei Michael Sherlock to congratulate them on attaining their 8th Dan in May.

A grading followed the fantastic classes and the USKFI hopefuls were put through their paces under the watchful eyes of two of the best instructors in the world of Shotokan karate.

Well done to all our members who participated in the course and showed their dedication and love for karate. Once again we thank each and every one of our members, parents and supporters for their continuous support. You guys make the organisation what it is.....the UNITED Shotokan Karate Federation of Ireland.


Liverpool Youth Championships May 2015 by ecoates


The USKFI traveled to the UK this weekend to take part in the City of Liverpool Youth Championships. The USKFI had a fantastic squad representing our organisation on the day who went on to bring a large haul of medals home. 
We had a mixture of experienced athletes like Leeanne, Sean and Lee to newcomers to the squad like Hannah, Ryan and Shay. In each event we had a very ambitious competitor representing the USKFI with a very high level of karate. It was unfortunate that some of our members met each other throughout the eliminations but we were very proud of how each and everybody performed on the day. We were also proud of the camaraderie shown from each of our members, they supported and encouraged each other throughout the day. The USKFI would like to thank our coaches Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle, our referees Jennifer Predergast, Jim Bartley and Bernard Gaffney, all our competitors, parents and supporters who made the trip over the weekend and made it such a success once again congratulations to all.

Results as follows:
Leeanne Royle Gold Children's Kata Event
Hannah Stewart Gold Girl's Ippon Kumite 
Ryan Cronin Gold Boy's Ippon Kumite 
Shay Kelly Silver Boy's Ippon Kumite 
Leeanne Royle Silver Girl's Kumite
Ray Foysal Bronze Boy's Ippon Kumite
Leon Hoban Bronze Children's Kata Event
Dmitry Kavanagh Bronze Boy's 10-11 Kumite 
James Doran Bronze 12-15yrs Kumite under 5"
Yacine Ghanem Bronze 12-15yrs Kumite over 5'5
Leeanne, Leon & Emma Gold Team Kata 

(Unfortunately Mapalo was unable to travel over the weekend so at the last minute Emma took his place on the team and done a fantastic job to help the team secure Gold).

USKFI Kumite Championships by ecoates


(Corduff SKC's Yacine Ghanem scores with jodan mawashi geri on way to final)

(Navan SKC's Leon Hoban scores with jodan gyaku tsuki)

Well done to all USKFI members who took part in the recent Kumite Championships. We saw some excellent performances on the day in particular from Corduff SKC's Yacine Ghanem finishing his matches in style scoring with jodan mawashi geri techniques. We saw Hartstown SKC's Emma Donoghue take home the girls title with some very strong displays. Another stand out performer on the day was Navan SKC's Leon Hoban, he fought superbly well in the boys kumite event dominating all his opponents to take home the title. Well done to Lucan's Dmitri Kavanagh who took home the boys 10-11yrs kumite title. Dmitry who just recently turned ten is a newcomer to the event performed very well throughout the day. Well done to all on the day, keep working hard and developing well. Squad coaches will be selecting a squad to represent the USKFI at the KUGB’s Shotokan cup later this year and watch out for members with potential in these particular events.


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