|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.
|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.