The new IFK Licences have arrived for everyone that paid their IFK fee last year. They are credit card type cards as can be seen in the picture.
They will be distributed to all dojos over the weekend coming.
Please ensure that once you receive yours that you store it somewhere carefully as there will be a cost to replace them.
Saturday the 7th of March saw the first kata practice session of 2015 for the IKK. It was held in Mullingar dojo and run by Sensei Jon Maher. It was a three hour session that seemed like only 1 hour for the seniors and perhaps an eternity for the juniors. However they kept their spirits up, soldiered on and in true Kyokushin spirit never gave up.
Everybody had a chance to learn new kata's and practice their learned ones. It was a good manageable turnout with members from Minamigawa Dojo, Mullingar dojo, Galway Dojo and Westport Dojo. It was great to see the return to training of Ciara Heneghan from Westport Dojo. The juniors were given a opportunity to learn Saiha Kata at the end of the session. Naturals!!
The format of the session was to work on 10th Kyu all the way to Shodan kata's with emphasis on hip movement, head movement and transition of stances. It was extremely productive to everyone and it is always great to see smiles during and after a session. Before we knew it the time had run out and we really only scratched the surface. None the less, progress was made and every victory adds purpose to the goal.
Many thanks to the parents of the students who travelled to Mullingar and waited patiently while their child was training. Without this dedication we cannot have these sessions and although some of the parents don't wear dogi's, they are considered Kyokushin by all our instructors. Many thanks to Sensei Ken for organising the dojo.
The IKK will have the next kata session in April. Date, venue and time will be given in due course.