Dojo temporary closure from 11 – 20 July

I regret to advise that the dojo will be closed from today, Monday 11 July until Wednesday 20 July due to illness. Sorry for the inconvenience but unfortunately the entire leadership team is currently unwell. Please cease your dojo fees for the next two weeks. See you on Monday 25 July! Keep healthy, happy and safe!

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Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival

Sobukan dojo will be demonstrating Japanese martial arts tomorrow, Sunday 1st May, at 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm. Come and enjoy the Japanese cultural experience and treats while leaking #adelaide’sbestsecret – Sobukan! See you at the Martial Arts marquee at the Thebarton Community Centre, near the old Brickworks Markets on South Rd in West Torrens.

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Change in safety measures

In accordance with a relaxation in SA COVID restrictions, temporary safety measures introduced on 11 February 2022 have now been removed.

Masks are no longer mandatory in the dojo, however members and families are welcome to continue to wear masks if they opt to do so.

Unvaccinated persons are welcome in the dojo.

Please continue to observe general safety policies and do not come to the dojo if unwell.

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Classes back Monday 11 April

Good news, we are almost over COVID. Classes are due to resume on Monday 11 April. I look forward to seeing you all then!

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COVID closedown

COVID has come to the Gillies household and classes are cancelled until we are all clear. I encourage you to get together for training in the meantime. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Close contact

I am currently in 7 days isolation as a non-symptomatic close contact, so kids classes are cancelled for Wednesday 9 March. Adults classes should proceed, but please check the Facebook page/chat for last minute changes.

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Return to the dojo Wednesday 16th February

I am pleased to advise that indoor classes at the dojo will resume each Monday and Wednesday from Wednesday 16th February. Please carefully observe all safety policies. Outdoor classes will also continue each Saturday, depending on weather. For ad hoc outdoor class times, please refer to the Sobukan facebook page.

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Temporary COVID safety measures – Outdoor classes – last updated 9 January 2022

On the basis of the rapidly worsening pandemic situation, and after consultation with some of our members, we will be holding classes outdoors temporarily commencing on Monday 10 January. No classes will be held at the dojo.

Mondays 6 – 7pm: Thalassa Park

Wednesdays 6 – 7pm: Thalassa Park

Saturdays 10 – 11am: Thalassa Park


  • Children and adults’ classes will be combined to make best use of daylight.
  • Training in exercise clothes (no gi or belts) and sneakers (hats encouraged)
  • Masks required.

Times and locations may change at short notice, so please regularly check for updates on the news section of this website, the Sobukan Facebook page, Messenger Sobuchat, or call Chris on 0451 488 655.

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Temporary COVID safety measures

Sobukan’s mission has not changed for the past decade: we help people to be healthier, happier and safer. I am confident that Sobukan helps our members to improve their physical and mental health and fitness, and provides a strong foundation for self-defence.

We are in the midst of a pandemic, with more COVID cases and hospitalisations than ever before. It would be remiss not to provide as safe and healthy environment as possible for our members.

I remind members of our safety policies and particularly the COVID-19 and infectious disease policy listed below. We are currently in a ‘time of higher risk of infectious disease’, and therefore the relevant measures below apply at all Sobukan training sessions.

In order to minimise risk of transmission of infectious diseases, instructors and students must:

  • observe all COVID-19 rules established by the dojo, venue, and state and federal governments
  • keep the training environment, equipment, facilities and personal attire clean
  • observe physical distancing rules, including 1.5 metres between participants during solo exercises
  • not share gloves, masks, shin-guards and other safety equipment
  • regularly wash hands and observe cough/sneeze hygiene protocols
  • not attend training when unwell or if any close contacts or household members are unwell
  • avoid contact with anyone unwell without appropriate protective equipment.

In times of higher risk of infectious diseases (for example local community transmission is evident), instructors and students should minimise unnecessary contact with others in the training environment, by:

  • working with no more than 2 partners per training session
  • washing and/or using alcohol disinfectant between and after partner-based exercises
  • wearing masks as appropriate
  • have a clear COVID test result before returning to training after experiencing COVID symptoms or having contact with someone experiencing COVID symptoms.

In the event that a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or a similar infectious disease has been associated with the dojo, training will be suspended immediately until deemed safe to resume.

In addition, I hereby implement the following safety measures, effective immediately and until further notice. These measures apply to everyone in the dojo/training environment without exception, including children, parents and adult members.  Continued consideration will be given to safety measures as developments occur. I appreciate that some of these measures may be inconvenient or uncomfortable, and your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

  • Masks must be worn over the nose and mount at all times at the dojo, including during training, except when drinking water.
  • During indoor sparring/grappling, Kudo/Koshiki helmets will be worn in addition to masks.
  • During outdoor partner drills, including sparring, masks will be worn.
  • During outdoor solo drills, masks may be removed as long as 1.5 metres distancing is maintained.
  • Limited (fist-bumps) or non-contact (bows) greetings will replace hugs and handshakes.
  • Limit of 30 people in the dojo. Junior members are to leave the dojo by 6:50 and adult members are to enter the dojo after 6:50 to minimise contact between classes. A parent or guardian is able to enter during the junior class.
  • Anyone exposed to a higher risk environment* in the 7 days prior is not to attend the dojo unless a negative COVID RAT or PCR test result has been returned. 

*A higher risk environment is defined as any situation in which social distancing was not possible, unless masks were worn over mouth and nose by all parties. This includes social, work and external martial art training environments, but does not include contact with close family members.

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Grading 10am Sunday 25 July

See you on Sunday!

$25 payable in advance.

Good luck with your preparation – if you have any questions, ask before the grading.

Detailed syllabus available in the FB Sobuchat, and grading syllabus summary available here:

Kata videos available on the Facebook page:総武館–213486968682155

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