|ESKA by David Royle|
USKFIreland would like to congratulate our 2 squad members Sean O Connor & Eleanore Coates who were representing the USKFI at the European Championships in Portugal this weekend. Considering this was Sean's first time representing Ireland at ESKA he performed very well with some very mature performances. Well done Sean, lots of experienced gained for the future.
Eleanore Coates had some very strong performances on the day. Eleanore met Belgium in the first round which went to sudden death where Eleanore scored with a strong gyakuzuki to win the match. Eleanore then met Portugal in the second round, after a very intense match Eleanore came out on top with the decisive scores. In the quater finals Eleanore met Sweden to battle it out for a place in the final. After a very tough battle between the two competitors Sweden came out on top with Eleanore narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
Well done to both competitors who represented their country very well at the most prestigious Shotokan Championships in Europe
|Successful Dan grades for the USKFI by ecoates|
USKFI newest Dan grades pictured with Sensei Sherry, Sensei Brennan, Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle
The USKFI were happy to welcome Sensei Andy Sherry & Sensei Frank Brennan back to our Corduff Dojo this weekend for another successful course and Dan grading. AS always the course and grading were very well supported with over 100 Brown & Black belts in attendance. Click title for more details.....
|USKFI Shotokan Cup by ecoates|
The USKFI held the 13th Shotokan Cup over the weekend in our newest dojo in Phibblestown Community Centre. As always the event was very well supported with over 180 karateka competing on the day. Click title for more details......
(Best overall competitor Leeanne Royle)
(USKFI squad member Leon Hoban scores Ippon)
(One of the toughest events of the day boys 12-15yrs Kumite)
|USKFI Grade Weekend by ecoates|
The USKFI held a very successful grading this weekend in our Corduff Dojo. Over 100 students ranging from white to yellow graded over the 2 day event. As always the standard was very high with quite a few students showing lots of potential for the future. We look forward to seeing them all competing in the Shotokan Cup coming up later this month. Well done to all!!
|Dan Grade Course by ecoates|
Fresh off the back of a very successful weekend in the WSKA Championships last weekend the USKFI had another very busy weekend this week. Saturday morning started off with a Dan grade course in the Corduff Dojo. The course which was over a two hour period was divided into kumite for the first hour with Sensei Sherlock running through a number of kicking drills incorporating different footwork. Sensei Royle took the second half of the kumite class and worked on a number of different punching combinations with the emphasis on depth in the attacks. To finish up Sensei Royle took the Senior Dan grades through Kata Kanku Sho and Sensei Sherlock thought Kanku Dai to the junior Dan grades.
|World Shotokan Karate Championships Liverpool by ecoates|
USKFI take home Gold at the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Liverpool.
|Sensei Brennan Course Sept 2013 by |
The USKFI were delighted to welcome Sensei Frank Brennan back to Dublin this weekend. Click title for more details....
|KUGB Shotokan Cup 2013 by ecoates|
USKFI Team photo
USKFI's Leon Hoban scores with Gyaku tsuki
The USKFI squad travelled to Chesterfield in the UK this weekend to take part in the KUGB's Shotokan Cup. The squad performed superbly and were a fantastic representation of the USKFI. Click title for more details....
|USKFI Brown & Black Belt Course Sept 2013 by ecoates|
The USKFI held a brown and black belt course over the weekend in the Corduff Shotokan Karate Club. With over 70 Brown and Black belts in attendance the atmosphere was electric. As always there was a fantastic attitude from everybody on the day. The USKFI would like to thank everybody for their continued support in particular Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle for an excellent course. Well done all!!
|USKFI Kumite Course Lucan by ecoates|
Well done to all members who attended the USKFI's Kumite course in our Lucan Dojo this weekend. As always the standard and attitude was immense.