|USKFI 14th National Championships April 2014 by ecoates|
The USKFI held its 14th National Championships over the weekend at our Phibblestown Dojo. With each year that passes we go from strength to strength and this was our most successful championships to date with close to 200 USKFI members competing on the day. The atmosphere on the day was fantastic and the solidarity of our members was evident. There was a great sense of camaraderie from the top down, from our Chief Instructor to our youngest competitor each member supported one another and cheered for their team mates throughout the day. Click title for full report.....
(James Doran on his way to the Kata Final)
(Leeanne Royle Best overall female competitor)
(Ray Foysal Best overall male competitor)
|Certificate presentation by ecoates|
In the midst of a very busy day at the USKF National Championships there was a moment of recognition for two of recently qualified referee and judges. Sensei Pat Keegan was presented with his cert after passing a very challenging referee qualification, alongside him was Kim Maguire who also passed a very tough judges exam. For both members their hard work and study along with the extra courses each member attended with the USKFI's Referee and Judges technical committee has clearly paid off. The dedication shown ensures that our refereeing and judging is kept to the highest level. Well done to both.
(USKFI Chief instructor presents Sensei Pat Keegan for successfully attaining his referee qualification)
(USKFI Chief instructor presents Kim Maguire for successfully attaining her judges qualification)
There was also time to pay thanks to the recently formed USKFI fundraising committee. The committee consists of Chairwoman Rhonda Hoban, Secretary Eleanore Coates, Amanda Anderson, Jean Smithers, Gina Farrell, Liz Wynne, Neil Anderson and Samantha Keating. The committee plays a vital role in the organisation and has already this year raised a significant amount of much needed funds for the USKFI. The hard work put in at the beginning of the year from the FC allowed the USKFI invest in three mated areas for our championships. Without the sheer hard work and support from our members this would not have been possible. All funds raised go towards the everyday running of the USKFI. E.g. subsidized courses, grades, competitions etc. Without on-going fundraising it would be impossible to keep these fees low so on behalf of all USKFI members we would like to take this opportunity to thank the FC for all their hard work.
USKFI Fundraising Committee
(l-r Liz Wynne, Amanda Anderson, Rhonda Hoban Chairwoman, Eleanore Coates Secretary, Jean Smithers & Gina Farrell)
|Sensei Sherry Course & Dan Grading by ecoates|
(USKFI new Shodans pictured with Sensei Andy Sherry, Sensei M.Sherlock & Sensei D.Royle)
(USKFI newest Nidans and Sandan pictured with Sensei Sherry, Sherlock and Royle)
The USKFI held a very successful course and Dan grading with Sensei Andy Sherry over the weekend. We are delighted to announce that we now have an additional 15 Shodans, 5 Nidans and 1 Sandan in our ranks. Congratulations to all, well done.
P.O Connor Lucan SKC
C O Callahan Lucan SKC
W.Dawed Lucan SKC
C. O Connor Lucan SKC
S.Pirie Lucan SKC
R. Passas Greystones SKC
D.Walsh Greystones SKC
S. Passas Greystones SKC
S.Luby Palmerstown SKC
A.Murphy Palmerstown SKC
N.Murphy Palmerstown SKC
S. Connelly Corduff SKC
R. McMahon Corduff SKC
A.Hughes Nerbridge SKC
C.Brennan Huntstown SKC
Fran Hoban Navan SKC
Erica Henderson Huntstown SKC
Shauna Egan Hartstown SKC
William O Brien Greystones SKC
Peter O Brien Greystones SKC
|USKFI Grade Weekend by ecoates|
It was another marathon weekend of karate for the USKFI with two days of gradings for our members. Close to 250 very spirited and determined karateka graded from 9th Kyu right up to 1st Kyu over the two days. Click title for more details.
|Sensei Sherry & Sensei Brennan by ecoates|
It was another marathon day of training this weekend for USKFI members under the expert tuition of KUGB chief instructor Sensei Andy Sherry and former World and European champion Sensei Frank Brennan. Corduff SKC was the host for a full day of training under two of the best and most successful instructors in the world visited Dublin. Click title for more details.
|USKFI Pre Dan Course & Advanced Kata Class by ecoates|
It was another busy weekend for the USKFI with an Advanced Kata course for Dan grades followed by a Pre Dan grade class for members hoping to go for Dan grade in 2014. Click title for details.
|USKFI National Youth Championships by ecoates|
The USKFI competition season got off to a flying start this year with the National Youth Championships. The championships which was hosted by the Phibblestown Karate Club in Clonee had over 150 competitiors competing on the day. Click title for more details....
(Ray Foysal from Phibblestown SKC is presented with the best competitor trophy by Chief instructor M.Sherlock)
|USKFI Kyu grade courses by ecoates|
Lucan Shotokan Karate club was the host for this weekends Kyu grade courses. Click title for more details...
|USKFI off to a flying start in 2014 by ecoates|
(Sensei Sherlock goes through some kihons with the B&B belts)
(Sensei Royle explains some principles of kumite with the juniors)
After a very busy and successful year in 2013 the USKFI started off 2014 in a similar fashion. The first event of a very busy calendar was a brown & black belt kumite course hosted by the Corduff Karate Club. It was clear to see that everybody was eager to pick up where we left off in December with over 80 brown & black belts attending the event. Click title for more details....
|Final event of the year by ecoates|
The USKFI finished off a very successful year with a Brown & Black belt course in the Lucan Dojo this weekend. Even with the bad weather and of course it being the holiday season the course was very well supported as always with some students coming from as far as Newbridge and Navan.
The USKFI would like to thank all it's members, instructors and the executive committee for their continuous support and hard work on making our organisation so successful. We look forward to another busy and successful year in 2014!! Happy New year to all.