December news

End of year dates
The last day of training will be Monday 22 December and we will resume classes on Monday 5 January. Please enjoy a safe, healthy, happy Christmas and New Years break with family and friends.

Christmas party
This year, we will have a joint Christmas party with the Judo club, who will provide a BBQ and bouncy castle. Please RSVP by Sunday December 7.
When: 11am Sunday 14 December
Where: Oaklands Estate Reserve, just behind the old driver training centre on Oaklands Rd, Warradale. Enter from Oaklands Road at the lights opposite Hendrie Street    
Bring: Party food, drinks, sunscreen, games – BBQ and salads will be provided
Activities: Bouncy castle, suika wari (watermelon smashing) for the kids. Food, drinks and company for the adults.

T-shirts for summer
Summer is here! Feel free to wear Sobukan t-shirts to training when it is too hot to wear a dogi, or when we have beach or outdoor training sessions.

I have removed the camoflauge kids t-shirts due to quality issues. If you have experience any issues with Cafepress items, please contact them for replacement or refund.



Kudo seminar and grading
Cale sensei holds black belts in Kudo / Daidojuku, Judo, Kyokushin karate, Aikido and a brown belt in BJJ. He heads the combat sports program (judo and boxing) for the AIS Olympic teams. He is a former special forces soldier who trains US and Australian military units. Further details to follow soon. You don’t want to miss training with him!

Unfortunately due to other commitments, Kudo Australia head Paul Cale had to postpone his visit.
The new dates are:
Saturday 28 February – Kudo / Daidojuku seminar
Sunday 1 March – Kudo / Daidojuku grading

Training camp
I would like to hold gasshuku training camp for all members, children, adults and families, at Aldinga Beach Holiday Park. We would start Saturday morning and stay until Sunday afternoon with training sessions throughout the days. We would hold multiple sessions throughout the day in kata, kumite, tegumi, jujutsu etc and also requestimages-8 Kensei to teach Iaijutsu (sword art) and ask Umehara sensei and Takumi to teach various aspects of Japanese culture, such as Japanese calligraphy, dance, games, language etc. There would also be beach, pool, and play time. There has been some interest in watching the Miyamoto Musashi movie, perhaps we could do that on the Saturday night. The camp would likely cost in the vicinity of $75 – 100 for the weekend per participant (might be able to find family discounts), depending on numbers and activities.

Are you interested?


Nigeru ga kachi
‘Escape is a win’

This kotowaza reminds us that it is in everyone’s interests to avoid unnecessary violence. This is reflected in the Hakkoryu Jujutsu philosophy of ‘do not challenge, do not resist, do not injure’.

It is reasserted in Sobukan’s self defence stages of:

  1. Avoid
  2. Escape
  3. Negotiate
  4. Fight (physical defence)

If you avoid violence, you do not need to escape. If you escape, you do not need to negotiate. If you negotiate successfully, you do not need to fight. If you fail in stages 1 – 3, then you should take the initiative and respond to the threat with a level of violence appropriate to the situation.

This lesson is reflected in Sobukan’s fight exit strategy. Again escape is the first choice:

  1. Get out
  2. Knock out
  3. Choke out
  4. Arrest (depending on occupational or situational requirements, skill level, and level of violence faced)

There is no shame in choosing not to fight. Possessing fighting skills does not mandate you to use them. There are no winners in using unnecessary violence. Even if you emerge unhurt, often the legal, moral and financial battle has just begun. If you truly have no choice, fight hard. If you have a choice, choose to avoid violence.

teishou uchi Demura

Technical lesson – palm heel strikes 賞底当て
Martial artists often practice punches, but open-handed strikes are often preferable for self-defence, especially when striking the head. Punches can damage your opponent, but your fist is also vulnerable to the impact. If you break your fist before you have escaped the violent situation, you are in trouble! Open-handed strikes blend well with trapping, clinching and grappling techniques.

The palm heel strike is one example of an effective open-handed strike. Power generation and deliver is very similar to punches, but lock the hand back to the wrist and strike with the heel of the palm, which should be aligned with the strong bones in the arm. When striking the face with a straight-line attack, keep the fingers raised vertically. This keeps the fingertips close to the opponent’s eyes for additional damage if necessitated. When striking the body the fingers should be horizontal. The risk of striking the body with vertical fingers is that if the opponent slumps forward from the impact, they may unintentionally wrist lock your striking hand. A punch is often a safer weapon when striking the body.

640px-Palm_Heel_StrikeNaruto demonstrates the wrong way to palm heel strike the body.

Please find additional resources for learning more about palm heel strikes:

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