|July 10||1 – 5pm||AMAA training day|
|July 16||Kudo QLD championships|
|Oct 1 – 3||5th anniversary of Sobukan and grading – please keep this weekend free!|
|Nov/Dec – TBC||Kudo competition in SA?|
One month has already passed since I returned from Japan, and Sobukan sessions have been a blast!
We have a new syllabus that formalises self-defence and sparring requirements, and reflects those goals. You may have noticed that classes are faster paced, with a stronger emphasis on consolidation of basic techniques, namely:
- Simple throws and sweeps
Jujutsu classes are now more dynamic, and focus on self-defence applications against habitual acts of physical violence (HAPVs) from standing and on the ground. There is even more sparring in Kumite classes.
While there are a few people that have not yet returned to classes since my trip to Japan, I have been very pleased with attendance and energy levels. Please keep it up!!
I have had a few questions about the next grading test. We have quite a few adults ready for their next grade, and our children are training hard for new belts too. It is only a couple of months until Sobukan’s 5th anniversary, so I plan to incorporate a grading into our celebrations. Start preparing now!!
Sobukan turns five in September! Our dojo is now older than some of its members!
I am considering options to celebrate this milestone at the end of September or the beginning of October, and your feedback is welcome. Some ideas include:
- Movie night and sleep over at the dojo
- Seminar/training day(s)
Kudo QLD will hold a competition on Sat July 16 in the Gold Coast. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this event. If you are keen to compete, please let me know.
I am planning to hold a Kudo SA tournament at the end of the year, or early next year at the latest. A lot of work goes into organisation, so volunteers are very welcome!
I am also looking into options for children to compete locally. Unfortunately quality karate competitions for children in SA are few and far between, but I will keep looking!
AMAA Training day
The Australian Martial Arts Association has invited me to teach at their interclub cross training day, and you are welcome too! This is a good opportunity to learn about martial arts as diverse as Kudo, BJJ, Taekwondo/Hapkido, Judo and knife defence techniques.
- When: Sunday 10 July, 1pm – 5pm
- Where: Hackham East Primary School Gym
- Cost: $20