Committed to Excellence

In this post, we celebrate the following students who have been practicing karate for one year or more at Sunshine Coast Karate.  These students don’t just have an idea of what commitment is, but they practice commitment every time they enter the dojo.  With every session, every week, every month, every year, they continue to develop their understanding and application of commitment and what it means to them in their lives.

“Knowing  what commitment is”, and “practicing commitment” produce very different results in our lives.  One of our goals at Sunshine Coast Karate, is to provide opportunities for students to continually strengthen qualities such as commitment, self discipline, perseverance, patience and more through deliberately exercising these qualities throughout their training.

Committed to Excellence Recipients: Karate Kids Program
Congratulations to Joseph (1 yr), Nate (3 years) & Navi (3 years)

Committed to Excellence Recipients: Teens/Adults Program
Congratulations to Josh (3 years) & Jack (7 years)

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field or endeavour.”
~  Vince Lombardi

Congratulations Na’ila!

The winner of our “CONFIDENCE” Colouring Competition is Na’ila!

Na’ila is pictured below with her winning entry and prize. Well done Na’ila and thank you to all of our Little Champions and Karate kids who entered this competition.

A Time For Family & Fun – Easter Picnic & Family Training Day

This year’s Easter family picnic and training day was a great day.  After several weeks of rain, the weather was mostly fine and the rain held off.  It’s always great to see the dojo community come together for these special social events.  These events are organised by our local association as an opportunity for our members to come together outside of the dojo and enjoy the Sunshine Coast.

As the dojo membership has grown to over 200 members and training is spread across nearly 30 classes per week, a lot of our members just don’t get to even meet each other, let alone train together.  So, days like this are really important for us to celebrate the diversity of our members and it’s a great chance for us to get to spend some time with other family members and parents who may not get into the dojo themselves (yet).

The day started off with training in the park, with our young brown & black belts leading the groups for the first half of training:  Bailey, Sami, Savannah & Anthony.  Although Bailey the oldest amongst our young leaders is the only one who’s even a teenager yet.  They’re all talented martial artists who been training training for 5+ years.  Even more than showing a commitment to their own training, they continue to prove that they’re all great leaders and role models in the dojo, so it was great to see them leading the way during this special training session.

Normally in the dojo we split the classes by age in order to properly cater to everyone’s needs, but on these special training days it’s great to have everyone jump in together and share a common passion for karate.

After training it was time for a FREE sausage sizzle put on by the committee.  A special thank you in particular to Leanne & Gerard Baarslag who helped organise everything on this front.

After a bite to eat, it was time for the games:  tug-o-war, sack races, egg and spoon races, bobbing for apples and the famous egg catch game.

For us, karate is so much more than just kicking and punching, it’s a way of life.  And it’s wonderful to be able to share it like our dojo community on days like this.  There are a few opportunities throughout the year, the big ones being the Easter Family Day & the Christmas Family Day.  So if you didn’t make it this time, there will be more opportunities.  But until then, we’ll see you in the dojo.

March 2018 Newsletter

The latest newsletter (March 2018 edition) is now available for download.  Hard copies are available from the dojo or on the dojo noticeboard, or you can view it online – March 2018 Newsletter (PDF 4.3MB).

Latest News:

  • SCK is expanding
  • Easter Family Picnic & Training Day – Sunday, 25th March
  • Upcoming Events (Mar – April 2018, plus all 2018 gradings, tournaments & camps)

SCK Students:

  • Committed To Black Belt
  • Sign On Day Success
  • Attendance Recognition
    • Little Champions – Timothy Probert (17 lessons)
    • Karate Kids – William Baarslag (19 lessons)
    • Teens/Adult: Justin Otto (21 lessons)
  • Welcome New Students
  • Student Birthday’s
  • Quotes of the Month
  • Committed To Excellence
    • Tayah Thompson (Certificate – 2 years training at SCK)
    • Miguel & Faith Hardy (Bronze Medal – 3 years training at SCK) 
    • Matai Doughty (Silver Medal – 5 years training at SCK) 
    • Sami Phillips (Gold Medal – 7 years training at SCK)
  • – Website upgrade
  • Sunshine Coast Tournament – 18th March
  • Bodies By Design

Download the newsletter now:  March 2018 Newsletter (PDF 4.3MB).

Sunshine Coast Karate is Expanding!!

With the help of local builder, Stuart from Mack Builders, and the support from existing members, we are currently adding a second training space to our existing facility.

Below are a few photos that were taken a few weeks ago.  Things have progressed further since these photos were taken, and we’ll share more updates in upcoming weeks.

A big thank you to Stuart for giving so freely of your time and expertise. Without your advice and assistance we wouldn’t even be this far along. If anyone is looking for a builder on the Sunshine Coast, we’d highly recommend Stuart.

Mack Builders Website
Mack Builders Facebook


March Colouring Competition – Colour & Win

Enter the March 2018 colouring competition.

This competition is open to all kids of the Sunshine Coast aged 4-13 years.  Even if you aren’t a member of Sunshine Coast Karate we look forward to meeting you when you drop in to return your artwork. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

Winner(s) will receive a $30 gift voucher that can be redeemed at one of the following stores:

  • Smiggle
  • Event Cinemas
  • Toys R Us
  • Sunshine Coast Karate – Club shop

Here’s how you enter:

  1. Download the entry
  2. Do your best colouring
  3. Return by to Sunshine Coast Karate Saturday 17th March 2018 for your chance to WIN

The winning entry from last months competition came from Na’Ila.

Supporting International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018

“May all women be free to dream, express, create and live their deepest heart’s desires.”
~ Amethyst Wyldfyre

The following message is a gift from me to you.   As we continue to navigate our way through life individually and together, know that you have all that you will ever need within you, to live fully and inspire all who are fortunate enough to enjoy your company. 

You are special, you are of value, you are enough and you are here right now to add your special flavour to make this world a greater place to be.

So, together, let’s let go of “fear”, excuses and anything else that has been holding you back.  Let’s make this day, a day you will remember.  A day when you allowed yourself to feel “courage”, a day when you chose to stand tall, breathe deeply and step into a life filled with joy, love and hope.

It is my hope that every person I meet, will find joy and a spark in their life that leads them to great adventures filled with much love and laughter.  If you are reading this message now, that includes you.

I’ve come to appreciate that when we take steps forward into the unknown we can be met with challenges.  Challenges that can lead us to the darkest times.   Times of isolation and the burden of walking through life feeling crippled by mental health issues and harmful habits.  At these times it can seem that there is no other option other than to give up and let go of any hope or joy that may have existed in your life.  It can be a time when we look externaIly for relief, a “time out”.  But, there never seems to be anything that takes the pain away.

I wholeheartedly don’t believe these challenges are meant to keep us down or destroy us, but I do believe that our personal challenges will strengthen us and take us to greater places and greater experiences.  We just need to come to realise and appreciate who we are.  The power within us is great and can lead us to a life of stability and calm.  It may take effort to learn about yourself and strengthen from within, but in time when you combine your knowledge with your growing strength, you can and will change your life forever.

I also believe it is important to be patient with each other, practice forgiveness and the acceptance of others, although at times it can be difficult.  Above all, I believe life begins and ends with respect. In the presence of respect (self, others and surroundings) we can welcome greater harmony and abundance into our lives.  Although life is not always comfortable as we are stretched and expanded into a better version of ourselves, in my mind at least, it always seems to be worth it in the end.

I also believe that anyone with the “power of intention” can do great things. When you “think” about good intentions, you allow yourself to plant seeds of hope, love, joy and abundance.  When you “act” on those good intention, your life will feel warmer and you will put yourself to bed at night feeling more satisfied and accomplished.  When you “speak” of good intentions, you connect, inspire and lift others up. 

When you choose to live intentionally in all areas of your life, you will find yourself “leading by example”.  This is one of the most powerful and positive ways to influence others, especially those that you love and may want to help most.  When you lead by example, you create a mountain of good energy which propels you forward to not only achieving your dreams, but you will be equipped to gently guide others as they come to know the power that is within them.

Putting the Power of Intention to Work in Your Life
1. Choose to have the intention to strive to become your best version, no matter what challenges are presented. Some of the worlds greatest leaders and people, started out with “tough times” but their intention drove them to bring out their best.
2.  Choose to have the intention to care deeply about others.  Some of the worlds greatest leaders and people demonstrate great respect and have become responsible in inspiring and influencing so many others to live more fully each and every day.
3.  Choose to have the intention to make today a great day.  Some of the worlds greatest leaders and people plan out their day.   They fill it with all the things they see as being important in bringing our their best, bringing out the best in others and making this world a great place to be.
4.  Choose to have the intention to treasure each moment.  Some of the worlds greatest leaders and people develop a mindfulness which allows them to treasure each moment, activating all their senses and truly embracing the experience before them with much gratitude. 

Will you become one of the worlds greatest leaders? This I cannot answer, but you do have all the qualities within you to be a great person and a great leader in this world. It all comes back to the decisions that you make each moment of each day. 

What do you choose to think, do and be today? Some days, you will nail it and have the most perfect day and other days it will feel as though you have fallen off your horse. But, for as long as you keep getting back up on that horse you will experience progress.  

Crafting the most extraordinary person you will ever meet (YOU) takes time, effort and patience.  Avoid rushing, and instead learn to enjoy the journey, enjoy being a work in progress and SMILE LOTS EVERYDAY!




“Here is to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.”
~ Unknown


3 Years Training At SCK

Congratulations to both Faith and Miguel who have recently been awarded with their bronze medallions for training at SCK for 3 years.  A great achievement.  Well done Faith & Miguel!!!

SCK Sign on Day Success!!

Our 2018 Sign on Day may have come and gone, but the memories created will be remembered for a long time to come.  If we were to sum up this event in a few words we would have to include, “community”, “team work”, “friendship”, “fun”, “inspirational”, “family”.

A huge thank you to everyone that came along to support this event.  Without you here, it wouldn’t have been the same.

Reflecting on a Great Experience
Training started bright and early for our seniors on Saturday morning, followed by a BBQ breakfast, meetings and a little chill time before welcoming students to our Sign on Day.

Our seniors were instrumental throughout the morning leading by example, inspiring all students (members and guests) and sharing some spectacular demonstrations.

Gerard and Nikki came along bright and early to take care of breakfast for our seniors.  Gerard and Nikki were later joined by Leanne, Charlotte and Bec.  Our BBQ Team kept up with the morning rush in style.  Husband and wife team, Gerard and Leanne always do an amazing job organising BBQ’s and are great team leaders for those that step up to help out.

And then, we have our “ladies in red” at the front desk, Debbie, Rosemarie and Karren.  These ladies were run off their feet all morning welcoming members and guest to the dojo.   I can’t remember the dojo ever being so busy, but they took it in their stride and worked together beautifully to take care of everyone.

Little Champions Class
We kicked off our Little Champions with a belt presentation for Charlie.  Charlie is a hard working student who always gives 100%.  It was great that she was able to celebrate her achievement with a much bigger audience than normal and inspire our new students trialling classes for the first time.

Our Little Champions were lead by Sensei Martin for this session and every student had a senior student/leader to train along side of for the session.  We were extremely impressed by the manners and focus of all of students in this class and very grateful for the support of our seniors and leadership team members who allowed us to provide a more personalised training experience for everyone.

You can visit our SCK Facebook Page to view almost 100 Photos taken throughout this session, including photos taken with seniors and demonstration photos.

Karate Kids Class
Our karate kids class was jam packed and loaded with fun.  Our leaders did an amazing job in this class inspiring all of our young karate kids.  Leadership team members took the time to connect with students, train along side of them and offer a few pointers along the way.  And, some students received personalised attention from some of our leaders.

We have quite a few photos of this class as well shared on our SCK Facebook Page.  Not only do we have photos of the training session but there are also photos of:  seniors with new students, family group photos and demonstration photos.

Below is a picture of one of our new families.  Annie is an amazing mum being a great example for her kids, James and Lily.  Annie not only trains along side of her kids (both Little Champions Class and Karate Kids Class), she also backs it up with training for herself in the adult classes.  Way to go Annie!!!

And here is Peter with his son Ethan.  Peter has practiced martial arts previously but is enjoying the challenge of learning a new system, Chito-Ryu Karate-Do.  Peter trains with his son in the karate kids class.  I can’t wait to see them both challenging for their yellow belt in the near future.

Father and son teams who have been at their training for a little while now.  Ron & Jackson, David & Daniel.  Ron and David also have other children training but we didn’t get them all together this time.  Both Ron and David train with their children in the Little Champions and Karate Kids Classes from time to time and keep up with their own training in the adult classes.

Below we have brothers, Jamie and Robbie.  They have both come along way with their training since starting and it is great to see them come together supporting each other and growing together.  Robbie is currently preparing for his next belt and Jamie has been lifting the bar for everyone in our SCK Leadership Program.

Teens & Adults
Only a few people trialling this class at the Sign on Day but a highly productive training session.  Our senior belts shared some valuable insight for all of our new students and junior level students and helped us wrap up a very successful Sign on day.  They also inspired us with more great demonstrations.

Photos taken in this session are now available at SCK Facebook Page.

Below is a picture of Terry and Rika.  Both are nearing green belt/white stripe.  They both train consistently every week and are a great example of commitment, consistency and great effort.  Their training attitude is exceptional and lifts everyone who trains along side of them.

Below is a picture of Bailey and James.   James has moved to Brisbane to study at Uni, but does visit the dojo as he can to catch up.  Throughout this session we gave James a chance to train along side of Bailey.  Bailey is an inspirational and dedicated young man when it comes to his karate training and the perfect person to challenge James for a class.

Below is a moment captured of some of the senior belts performing for our teens/adult class.  In the background you can see Senpai Jack, Senpai Keanu and Senpai Matt. In the front we have our young adults Renae and Selina.  Both Renae and Selina have black belt in their sights in 2018.

At the end of a long day, Rosemarie and Debbie are able to share a smile with us as they stay back to wrap up their work at the front desk.  An amazing effort ladies!!!
The final wrap up for the day was select winner’s of our Sign on Day Competitions and present prizes for those who were there.

Members Prize: 
$100 Club shop Gift Voucher goes to Anthony Williams
Pum’s Kitchen (Homestyle Thai Food, at Big Top Shopping Centre) for 2 x Meal Vouchers go to Klaudia Caston and Ron Burgess (Alani)

Colouring in Competition:
And the winner is,  Tessa Nielsen  winning a $30 Gift Card.  Below is Tessa’s artwork.

Congratulations to all of our winner’s of our Sign on Day competitions and thank you to everyone entering these competitions.

Until next time, from the team at SCK we thank you for joining us for our 2018 Sign on Day.  It has been am amazing adventure these last couple of weeks and we look forward to welcoming all new members into the dojo next week to begin their training at SCK.

Introducing Our Dojo Leaders

It’s a day of celebration today as we enter our final day of our countdown for our 2018 Sign on Day.  We have had a lot of fun sharing this countdown with you all and we hope that you have also enjoyed it.

Below, are few photos of some of our team members that you will get to work along side of tomorrow.  They are all real people, just like you.  They all have their own ups and downs, but what makes them so inspiring to us is their ongoing commitment to grow themselves and have a positive impact on others.

A quality which many of them display ongoing – is the habit of “patience” and choosing to do “productive activities” whilst they wait for their break through moment.  There have been times when some of these people didn’t have the strength or know how when it came to helping themselves as they navigated through life’s storms (us included). We don’t always know what to do to push forward towards our goals.

So, what do you do when you feel stuck or you are not clear on your next step?  We keep it simple, “we do what we know we can do and let go of the rest”.  This varies for people, but a great way is to take the focus off yourself a little and focus on how you can help someone else with the skills and resources that you do have.  Helping others, helps you.  So many break through moments present themselves when you choose this path.

Another great way is to “keep turning up” and “ask for help”.  When you combine this with effort and time, you will bring about change in the perfect way and in the perfect time for you.

We know that you will be inspired by all of these people mentioned in this post when you meet them tomorrow.   You may even notice that you have similar qualities and experiences to some of these people.  Be sure to make an effort to connect with these people in the dojo.  To begin, it only takes a smile.


Sensei Helen O’Grady (Nidan, Jun-Shidoin) celebrating with some of our amazing karate kids.

Senpai Matthew Stevenson (Shodan, Trainee Instructor) enjoying beach training with Senpai Klaudia. You’ll find Senpai Matt helping out in the teen/adult classes.

Senpai Bailey Keefe (Jr Shodan, Trainee Instructor) helping our Little Champions get familiar with bogu training.

Senpai Klaudia Caston (Shodan, Level 2) helping our Little Champions get a little strategic with kumite tag.

Senpai Jack Graham (Shodan, Level 2) helping out some of our intermediate/advanced karate kids.

Senpai Sam Hunt (Shodan, Level 2) sharing a few tips in our teens/adults classes

Senpai Keanu Caston, (Shodan, Level 2) enjoying some team kata practice with Senpai Klaudia and Senpai Sam,

Selina Strazzari, (1st Kyu) enjoying beach training with Byron

James O’Grady (1st Kyu) show casing a few of the Australian Team Uniforms from over the years

Junior Leadership Team Members
All students have the opportunity to participate in our SCK leadership program from 9th Kyu (green, white stripe belt).  Pictured below are a few of our junior leaders “making a difference” in the dojo.  They are a great help and we hope that they continue on and become instructors in the near future.

At the Sign on day, you will get to see some of these leaders in action.  They always amaze us when it comes to balancing “Fun and Focus” in the dojo.  

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.