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2022 Winter Karate Tournament – Results

Our 2022 Sunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Winter Karate Tournament is all over. As our first major tournament for nearly 3 years, it was great to see lots of people participating. Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to all volunteers. For a lot of competitors and volunteers it was their first ever karate tournament, so there were plenty of learning opportunities, but I think there were also a lot of people who are keen for more.

This was our only major Sunshine Coast tournament planned for this year, but for our locals looking for more tournament action, there is a Gold Coast tournament planned for end of October. As we head into 2023 there will be more tournament action as we help prepare Sunshine Coast athletes who are currently working towards representing Australia at the 2023 Soke Cup in Japan.

Before we get to the result, a big shout out to all the people who volunteered their time to help make the event a success: referees, table officials, marshals, first aid, canteen/BBQ, set up & pack up crews, and the committee.

Here’s a full listing of the tournament results.

And also a big thank you to Matt Craven, for all the great photos. View them all on the Sunshine Coast Karate facebook page. Or check out the small selection below.

Autumn Tournament Results (22 April 2022)

Congratulations to all competitors who participated in last weekend’s Sunshine Coast Autumn Tournament. After nearly 3 years since our last tournament, it was great to see so many enthusiastic competitors.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the event such a great success. Tournaments are always a lot of work to put on and it’s only possible with the support of parents & volunteers.

For those who enjoyed the tournament experience, be sure to speak with your friends and lets work together to get even more people involved next time around.

Please see below tournament results & a few photos.

Here’s a small selection of photos taken by Shane Smith. The full album is available on the Sunshine Coast Karate Facebook Page.

Photo Fundraiser

Professional photographer and member, Matt Craven has kindly offered his services for as a fundrasier for the association.

Register below to claim a studio photo session for an amazing price of just $39 for individual or $65 for family portraits. You can choose the style of your photos: karate action shot, portrait, even a family portrait. After the shoot you will receive high resolution digital images.

All funds raised will go directly to supporting the association.

Fees for the photo shoot can be paid by cash at the dojo or by bank transfer directly to the association’s bank account.

Account Name: ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc
Bank: Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633-000
ACCOUNT: 136535382

Please be sure to reference transaction with your name +photos, eg. “NAME-PHOTOS”.

Register Your Interest

Photo sessions will last approx 15 minutes. Complete the form below to register your interest. Matt will be in touch to a arrange a time on one of your preferred days.

There are currently no sessions available. Please check back for more possible session times in the future.

2021 AGM & Christmas Family Day

The 2021 AGM of the ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc will be held, Sun 5 Dec in conjunction with the Annual Christmas Family & Training Day at Cotton Tree Park.

All members and families are invited to attend the Family Training Day & the AGM. Please note, only voting members may vote at the AGM (additional information below).

  • 9am Training 
  • 11am AGM
  • 11am Games & organised activities for kids
  • 11.30am Annual Presentations
  • 12pm FREE sausage sizzle (provided by the association)

Please see below for additional information about the AGM.

Voting members who are unable to attend, please complete the proxy voting form.

If you would like to nominate a committee member, please use the nomination form.

2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Camp

Registration is now open for the 2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Camp.

The ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc will be hosting the 2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Annual Training Camp, Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May 2022. The camp will be at the Currimundi Active Recreation Centre, located on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, just a few minutes walk from Dicky Beach.

The camp facilities feature cabin style accommodation with 6-12 people per room. All main meals (Saturday & Sunday), plus morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are included.

All Chito-Ryu members are welcome to attend, regardless of age and level. There will be plenty of karate training and some free time for socialising and other organised activities. The training program will be tailored to the age and level of the attendees. Please note, outside of training times and organised activities, only limited supervision will be provided, parents of young members are encouraged to attend.

* Participants (4 yrs +): $160
* Non-Training (3 yrs+): $120
* Toddlers (U/3 yrs): FREE

To secure your place, please complete the form below and make payment by the final deadline, no later than Sat, 2nd April. No late bookings will be accepted.

A few photos from the 2021 QLD Chito-Ryu Camp on the Gold Coast.

T-Shirt Design Competition

In conjunction with the 2022 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Camp, the ICKFA (Sunshine Coast Branch) Inc is running a t-shirt design competition. T-shirts with the winning design will be available for purchase at a cost of $30. T-shirts must be ordered and paid by 31 Dec 2021, to allow for production and delivery by the 2022 QLD camp. Order your t-shirt below.

The winner of the t-shirt design competition will win a free t-shirt with their own design.

Entries close: Sat, 4 Dec 2021

Winner selected: Sun, 5 Dec 2021

A Few Design Requirements

How To Enter

Post your design on Facebook or Instagram and tag it with #2022QLDCamp
and #QLDCampshirtdesign


Submit your entry as either a high resolution JPG (300dpi) or SVG.


Want to buy a shirt with the winning design?

Orders close: Fri 31 Dec 2021

Delivery: At the QLD camp, Fri 29 Apr 2022 or from your dojo after that date.

Sunshine Coast 2019 Spring Tournament Results

Competitor numbers were a little lower than expected for our spring tournament (15 September). As a result the tournament venue was moved to the dojo as we could get away with running a 1 ring tournament.

This competition saw the introduction of the flag system for kata events same as was used at the recent Soke Cup in Canada. For most competitors and referees there was a bit of a learning curve, but the new competition format seemed to be well accepted.

Running tournaments is always a big task and we’d like to thank all of the competitors & supporters and of course all of the volunteers who supported the event by volunteering their time in their respective roles: referee, event marshals, table officials, canteen/BBQ, first aid, setup & pack up. Thank you everyone.

Although it was a small tournament, there were still quite a few first time competitors and we’d like to acknowledge their courage in stepping up and competing for the first time. Tournaments can be a daunting experience, but despite the high levels of nervous tension in the beginner devisions everyone did their best and some even surprised themselves at how well they did.

Official photos will be posted soon, but for now, here are a few photos that individuals have shared.

Tournament Results (28 Apr 2019)

It was wonderful to see such a good turn out for our first Sunshine Coast Tournament of the year. Lots of new competitors, lots of the old regulars, competitors from Gold Coast & Blue Mountains too.

Tournaments take a lot of work both behind the scenes and on the day: compiling entries, preparing event draws, setup, table officials, referees, event marshals, canteen/BBQ and lots more. As always we’re very grateful to everyone who steps in to give so freely of their time, without your help, these events would not be possible.

This tournament also coincided with a visit from Miyazaki Sensei (7th Dan, Kyoshi) from Japan. Miyazaki Sensei spent 4 hours on the Saturday before the tournament working with our seniors to help with our referee development. It was a great day of learning and a really good opportunity to learn from a very good referee. On the day of the tournament, Miyazaki Sensei also assisted by refereeing all day and continued to offer feedback and advice to both referees and competitors.

Supporting the small team of competitors from the Blue Mountains, Mark Snow Sensei (5th Dan, Shihan) & Adam Macdonald Sensei (3rd Dan) refereed all day. And supporting the Gold Coast team, Adam Higgins Sensei (3rd Dan, Shidoin) also refereed all day. Plus other seniors from all dojo many of who were also competing.

After the morning session of competition, everyone was treated to kata demonstrations from Miyazaki Sensei and Mark Snow Sensei.

It was great to see everyone competing with great enthusiasm and spirit, whilst still demonstrating good manners. It was a real testament to the hard work that everyone is putting in at their respective dojos.

L-R: Mark Snow Sensei, Fuzio Miyazaki Sensei, Adam Macdonald Sensei
Some of the referees (ring 2): Renae Saunders, Keanu Caston Sensei, Adam Macdonald Sensei, Helen O’Grady Sensei, Sam Lenton
Beginner Kobudo Event – Bo kata
Beginner Kobudo Event – Sai kata

Sunshine Coast Tournament – 28 April 2019 – Entries Open

Entries are now open for the upcoming Sunshine Coast Tournament.

When: Sun, 28 April 2019
Where: Kuluin State School, Sunshine Coast
Entry Fee: 1 event – $20, multiple events – $40, families – $100
Entries Close: Sat, 6 April 2019


  • Individual kata
  • Team kata
  • Individual kumite tag (Little Champions & beginner kids only)
  • Individual kumite
  • Kobudo (sai & bo)

2019 QLD Camp

This year we are proud to be hosting the 2019 QLD Chito-Ryu Karate Annual Training Camp.

When: Fri 10 – Sun 12 May 2019
Where: Currimundi Active Recreation Centre
Cost: $140 per person ($110 per person, non-participants)
Registrations close: Sat, 6th April 2019

The camp facilities feature cabin style accommodation with 6-12 people per room. All main meals, plus morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are included.

There will be plenty of karate training and some free time for socialising and other organised activities. This year the theme of the camp is about leadership, so all dojo leaders are encouraged to attend and help organise some of the team building activites.

All members are welcome to attend, regardless of age and level. The training program will be tailored to the age and level of the attendees. Please note, outside of training times and organised activies, only limited supervision will be provided, parents of young members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bonus Brown & Black Belt Training on Friday from 9am at Maroochydore dojo. To help set the tone for the camp, we have decided to have a full day of training just for seniors. If this applies to you, we highly encourage you to make it to this bonus training, subject to work and school commitments. This will only available to camp attendees.

To secure your place, return your form and full payment to your dojo instructor no later than, Sat, 6th April. No late bookings will be accepted.

Here are a few photos from last year’s QLD camp at the Gold Coast.