Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan course & Dan grading April 2019.
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.
The event started bright & early Saturday morning with the first session for brown & black belts. As always when Sensei Sherry visits the primary focus is on the development of an excellent technical standard. Sensei began the course with an introduction to correct hip rotation and Kime (focus). The important technical points Sensei made were then encouraged to be reproduced in the Kihon section (basics). Sensei proceeded through the entire grading syllabus continuing with the same attention to detail on how to recreate those solid foundations. Keeping similar principles in mind Sensei then moved on to Kata with all members working on Bassai Dai. There was some excellent points made on the technical development of the Kata. Sensei continued with a similar mind-set of the Kihons delivering each technique with precision, dynamism accompanied with a ferocious martial attitude. To finish up the first session Sensei moved onto Kumite (sparring). Sensei Sherry delivered a master-class on deft footwork coordinated with the deliverance of precise technique with the emphasis always to finish your opponent with one perfectly executed decisive blow. The atmosphere in the dojo was almost electric with each member putting everything they had into each attack.
Although a very quiet and unassuming man Sensei Sherry's ability & passion for what he does is inspiring to say the least. The power and speed he generates in each of his techniques leaves an ineffable imprint in your mind. Karateka who have the privilege of training under his tutelage are usually left in awe of what an amazing Karateka he is.
After a short break it was time for the Dan grade hopefuls to take on the daunting task ahead of going through the Dan grading process in front of one of the world's greatest Shotokan practitioners. A very fair grading examiner Sensei Sherry expects a high standard and understanding of each section of the grading. After the rigorous examination the USKFI are delighted to welcome a further seventeen Dan grades to our ranks; thirteen new Shodans (1st Dan) & four new Nidans (2nd Dan).
Overall it was a fantastic day for the USKFI; the camaraderie between each member was admirable. The atmosphere in the dojo was tremendous with each member sharing the same goal; to study and develop a high level of Shotokan Karate whilst sharing the dojo floor all part of one close nit dedicated group. The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their continued support and congratulate all those who were successful in attaining their Dan grade.
Successful Dan Grade Candidates:
Cian O Flaherty, Aaron Saju,
Peter O Reilly, Zuzanna Kolodzejska,
James Reid, Rhys Kearns,
Ben O Keefe, Ronan Hynes,
Rian Brennan, Patrick Cavanagh,
Brendan Ward, Peter Thompson Broughall
& Shane Kearns
Lisa Meagher, Liz Maher,
David Farrell & Valeri Nolan