July update


Recently we have had Dinah sensei, a KU (karate) 2nd dan blackbelt from Germany training with us. Diminutive Dinah has been contributing greatly to the club in training and teaching with the children and adults.

Congratulations to our new yellow belts Greg Lake and Jayrell! Also welcome to new members, Hamid, Mustafa, Bill, Steve, Dave, Regan and more!

Grading The next grading will be 2pm Saturday 21st of July in the Mitcham Cultural Village Main Hall (not the upstairs Mezzanine). For those who are interested in grading, please come and chat to me very soon. We have quite a few junior students and a few adults ready to grade to yellow belt. We also have a couple of adult students very close to orange belt.

Please print the grading passports attached to this email and bring to classes and gradings.

Anniversary dinner

Sobukan opened on 27 September 2011 – meaning it is soon our first anniversary! It would be great if we can all get together and celebrate at a dinner at a Japanese restaurant. I am open to other ideas if you have suggestions for a celebration. Awards will also be given out on the night.

Photographs/social media

I have added an option to the membership application form where students can elect whether they permit to their photograph being taken in class and posted on sobukan.com.au or social media such as the Sobukan facebook page. If you would not like your photo (or your child’s photo) to be taken, please let me know.

Nana korobi ya oki


Fall down seven times, get up eight.

You may have seen this expression written on our white board this month. It is quite easy to interpret – do not give up! Persist and you will succeed.

Saturday classes

We have had a couple of weeks off Saturday classes, but these start up again on 14th July, from 3pm in the main hall. The classes will now be split into two groups running concurrently

1.    Traditional Jujutsu; and

2.    Wheelchair/special needs.

To be fair, both sections of the class will focus on the same content, Hakkoryu Jujutsu (traditional arresting) techniques and newaza (ground grappling). However, I want to make it clear that all adult students are welcome to join the traditional jujutsu class, and special needs, particularly wheelchair, students of any age are also welcome to join the class.

The Sunday Himeji classes will be a little less frequent, perhaps once a month. Details will be posted on FB at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Sobukan-martial-arts-%E7%B7%8F%E6%AD%A6%E9%A4%A8-/213486968682155

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