Introducing Our Dojo Leaders

It’s a day of celebration today as we continue our final day of our countdown for our upcoming 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 “refocus”,  “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, Trainee Instructor) helping our Little Champions get a little strategic with kumite tag.

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

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

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

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

Junior Leadership Team Members
All students have the opportunity to participate in our Sunshine Coast Karate 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.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Top 10 Things You’ll Experience During Your Free Class

Today we are going to share with you a little about what you may experience during your free class.  Although, we won’t cover everything, but it will give you a bit of an idea.

So, let’s jump straight into it.

1.  Entering and Leaving the training area
The picture to the left is the entrance to the main training area at Sunshine Coast Karate.  For some, these stairs are the most frightening part of their walk as they enter the training area.  For others, it’s a piece of cake and quite exciting.

If it’s all a bit scary, take a breathe with each step.  If it’s all a bit exciting, take a breathe with each step. You may be thinking, why the same advice for both?

Quality breathing practice will help you find “balance” and harmony within yourself.  It will help you enter a more optimal learning state and it will help you do the things that you know you really “should” do and not allow yourself to be overcome by fear and self doubt.

There are times when we need to cultivate and lift our energy, and there are times when we need to “calm” ourselves.  By deliberately breathing and allowing ourselves to feel and hear each breathe, with practice, we can alter our state relatively quickly.

At the top of the stairs, you’ll notice an A frame sign.  I’ve taken a photo of it for you so you can read what it says (see below).  Students will kneel down in a position known as “Seiza” and they will simply take a moment for themselves to slow down and once again pay attention to their breathing.

On the A frame poster there are 5 easy to follow steps for you to ponder on entering and leaving the dojo.  Once you have taken a moment for yourself, you’ll notice students doing a meaningful bow before standing up and moving into the dojo. It’s not uncommon to see students bow towards the front of the dojo and in the direction of the instructor before moving into the training space.


2.  You are in the dojo. What will you see?
Although we are unsure of how many people will be in attendance on the Sign on Day, we can give you a look at what the Sunshine Coast Karate training area looks like during one of our weekly karate kids classes.   There is a toilet and shower facility in the back corner of the dojo for students to use and a tap on the far side that you can refill your water bottles.

3.  Respect in the dojo
There is a good chance that you are going to see and do a lot of bowing, both seated and standing.  Our teaching team will do their best to support you, but if our team are occupied helping others, whilst you wait, see if you can follow along with a senior belt.  Senior students are usually positioned in the front line.

Two Japanese words you will hear often which express respect to others are as follows.
Please:  onegai shimasu
Thank you:  arigatou gozaimashita

You’ll also notice some of the following:

  • Students refer to the instructors as “Sensei” and senior students as “Senpai”.
  • If you need to capture the attention of instructors (you may need an additional water break etc), you can put your hand up or if you have a leader close by you can ask them for help.
  • After instructors have given instructions, if students understand what has been explained, you’ll often hear the students respond with “hai”.
  • When students line up at various times throughout the class, you’ll notice how students line up in order of level.

4.  What’s with all the yelling?
Throughout your study of karate, you’ll be encouraged to develop your kiai, which is a short, sharp yell.  Without going too much into what a “Kiai” is, it’s good to be aware that you will hear some shouts at various times of the class.  In the beginning you may choose to observe, but in time you’ll soon appreciate the power of developing Kiai as a part of your training.

5.  What are they saying?
It’s not uncommon to not understand all of what is being said in the dojo from day one, unless you have experience and knowledge of the Japanese language. You’ll hear a lot of counting from 1 to 10 in Japanese plus various one word commands.  We aim to use a mix of both English and Japanese in the dojo.  Be patient with all of us as we continue to polish our Japanese skills and of course be patient with yourself as you develop your skills.

6.  Dojo environment!!
It’s good to know that the training area is not air conditioned and can get a little warm.  Instructors will vary the teaching program accordingly, but it is also recommended that you stay well hydrated before, during and after classes.   Always have water with you and a hand towel is useful.

7.  Will everyone be looking at you?
One thing that is important to realise is that many people getting started, worry about what others are doing, and what others might be thinking of them.  Once you are on the floor, you will soon realise that everyone is just doing the best they can to grow themselves.  The only time you may experience people looking at you, is when we have asked our teaching team or students to assist you.

8.  Will I be training with people my own level?
Yes, you will have time to train with people at your own level, and you will have time to train with more senior ranking students.  There is so much that we can learn from everyone, so we aim to give students the opportunity to come together and learn from each other.  Instructors may give you a technique or a key theme to develop and you’ll work together to improve yourself and each other.

9.  What happens when the class finishes?
When it is time to wrap up the class, instructors will have everyone line up and sit in seiza together.  Everyone will participate in a brief meditation and  recite the “Showa”.  You can learn more about the Showa by clicking here.

10.  What next?
If you’ve have a great time and would like to learn more and join the Sunshine Coast Karate community, be sure to chat with one of our team before you leave after your trial lesson so that they can help you take advantage of any time sensitive offers available to you for being a part of the Sign on Day.

If it’s not your thing, we would like to thank you for coming along and having a go.  We are always grateful to meet new people and have the opportunity to help more people.   Please always feel welcome to return to Sunshine Coast Karate if your circumstances change.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

 

Getting Ready For Your Free Trial At SCK! Only 2 Days to Go…

Time has flown by and we are into the final days of our countdown. Only three days to go until many of us will come together for our Sunshine Coast Karate Sign on Day.  It is shaping up to be a lot of fun, all topped with a free sausage sizzle for you to enjoy.

It can be a little overwhelming for some of us when trialling new activities, where as others are quick to adjust and fit themselves in with ease.  No matter what your starting point, this blog post will cover some of the essentials when getting started at Sunshine Coast Karate.  Much of this information is based on the most common questions that have been asked previously by students getting started.  In sharing this information with you, it is our hope that we can give you a warm welcome to Sunshine Coast Karate and help you relax and focus on enjoying your time at Sunshine Coast Karate.

Let’s get started:

1.  When is a good time to arrive at Sunshine Coast Karate and is their any paperwork to complete?
We always advise that families arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their class.  This will give a chance to complete a new student interview sheet (one per person), ask any questions and and get a feel for the facility. If you are trialling one of our later classes, feel welcome to come in early and watch the earlier classes.

At our Sign on Day, you’ll be welcomed to Sunshine Coast Karate by Debbie and senior members of the dojo.  Debbie, with the help of seniors will be responsible for taking care of you before and after your class.

Pictured to the left is Debbie with a few of her biggest fans at SCK.   Not only does Debbie do a great job taking care of SCK’s administrative needs, she looks out for all of our karate kids and always has time for a smile and giggle with the kids

Debbie started out at Sunshine Coast Karate back in 2006 on the sidelines watching her karate kids (now young adults). She continues to support her family with their training goals whilst also extending her support to the wider Sunshine Coast Karate community as our head administrative team member.

REMINDER:  Bookings are required for the Sign on day.  Class sizes are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants.  Click on the following link to secure your place.

https://karate4life.com.au/sign-on-day/

2.  What should you wear?
Light, comfortable and loose clothing. Be mindful that you may be attempting kicking techniques and various seated stretches so take this into consideration when selecting clothes.
If you choose to join Sunshine Coast Karate, our admin team will be able to size you up with your very own white Pyjamas (karate gi).

3.  What about footwear?
We don’t train with footwear, so we encourage students to wear slip on style footwear to and from the dojo.  Before entering the dojo, you’ll be asked to take off all footwear and jewellery. There are storage shelves available to store your personal items.

3.  What else should you bring?
It is always a great idea to bring a hand towel and a water bottle to all classes that you attend.  You are welcome to take hand towels and water bottles into the training space with you.  Our teaching team will show you where you can store you water bottles when you come in.

If you have any further questions at this stage, send us through a quick message and we’ll do our best to help you.

Look forward to meeting you soon.

3 Days To Go… Improve Your Overall Health & Well Being

With only 3 days to go until our Sunshine Coast Karate Sign on Day, we would like to share with you a few life changing skills that can help you take control of your life.

A few years back we had a member who was a school teacher and he turned up in the dojo for one of our day-time classes.  We knew he wasn’t on holidays, because it was the middle of the school term, so we had to ask…

“What are you doing here at the dojo in the middle of the day?  Aren’t you supposed to be at school?”

He smiled and replied simply,

“I’m taking a mental health day!”

At the time, we didn’t think much more of it, but looking back we can really see wisdom in his approach.  In fact, we’ve come to realise that we have a lot of members who use karate as part of their strategy for managing their mental health.

Whether it’s:  stress, depression, anxiety, or social isolation.  Karate is a great way to help keep you balanced and connected.  Of course the exercise element of the training gives you a natural high through the release of endorphins, you get to do something just for yourself and you get to be a part of a positive, uplifting community of people who are serious about growing themselves.  When it comes to managing your mental health, training at Sunshine Coast Karate really does tick a lot of the boxes.

Getting started can be quite tricky for some people.  New students often feel quite self-conscious and they’re worried that they’re going to make a fool of themselves.  Thankfully the reality is quite different.  Nearly everyone is so focussed on what they’re doing themselves, that they don’t really get to see what anyone else is doing.  It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.

Recently, one of our karate mums has just started training with her son in the kids class as a way to connect more with her son and also increase her own training.  Before she joined the class, her son said it was “OK, as long as you don’t embarrass me”.

Part way through the class, mum tripped and fell.  She was feeling a little embarrassed and thought she’d made a fool of herself, until she asked her son at the end of the class, “did you see me fall over?”

And the answer… “No.”

We see this kind of thing happen all the time, students just get so caught up in what they’re doing they really don’t see much of anyone else in the class.  Of course there are exceptions, because students are encouraged to train with partners and small groups at times.  But even then, most people are still heavily focussed on themselves.

And if you’re ever feeling stressed out, sometimes simple advice is often the best.

Here’s something we say to students, quite a lot, “Just breathe”.  At least that’s the first step in regaining control of the emotions and releasing stress from the body.  By slowing down the breathing and deliberately working on your mind body connection you can allow yourself to get in the moment, but it all starts with taking time to breathe.

When we see someone getting anxious or stressed out, or when we see unnecessary physical tension, this is always the place to start.  Of course, there’s a bit more to it than just breathing.  Over time you learn how to breathe correctly, and in doing so, not only do you learn how to manage your stress levels, but you also take greater control of your emotional state.

Here is an interesting video, “How to Breathe” from psychologist and breathing expert Dr. Belisa Vranich that you may enjoy.

In the dojo you will also learn how to develop good posture by lifting your eyes up, opening your chest and standing tall, while at the same time staying centred and in control of yourself.  Posture is a powerful thing.

But even when when do everything else right, we can still be our own worst enemies by choosing to focus on thoughts and self talk that just breaks us down.  Again in the dojo, you will learn to change the inner dialogue and become your own cheer squad.

Every time you train in the dojo you are learning all the skills necessary to put yourself in a peak mental and emotional state.   When you take any one of these elements you can quickly make a change.  With a little practice, this can completely transform your life.

Here’s another great TED talk that covers many of these same topics.  When I first saw this video a few years ago, I thought to myself, “this is exactly what we do in the dojo all the time”.

Of course, we’d love to see you at the sign on day this Saturday.

And we could say, Don’t stress out, Don’t worry, Don’t be shy.

We know, if you are going through some challenges right now, it’s not always easy to do what you know you need to and make the necessary changes or try something different.

But…. if any of this sounds familiar or it sounds like you could do with a bit of this in your life.  Even if sounds scary or confronting.  We really hope you can dig deep and take a positive step forward.

We believe in YOU.

Hopefully we’ll see you at the sign on day this Saturday.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

4 Days To Go… Girls, Girls, Girls

Today we want to talk about the girls in the dojo.  Before we get too far into this blog post, I want to be upfront that I’m writing this post from a males perspective, based on 34 years of involvement in Chito-Ryu.

For a long time, most martial arts have been very male dominated.  It’s usually men that hold the highest ranking positions, men who make most of the decisions and men who set the culture for most dojos and martial arts organisations.

If you’re a woman or a girl, what I’ve said so far will probably make you want to run in the opposite direction, but hold on for just a minute, we’ve got some really good news for you.

The times are changing and Sunshine Coast Karate is leading the way.

My wife, Sandra & I co-founded the dojo and share many of the roles.  As a result I think our dojo culture is very inclusive and encourages girls and women of all ages to feel comfortable.

Although Sandra looks to me as her senior in the dojo (because I started training before her), we’re actually both the same rank, 5th Dan (5th degree black belt) & Shihan (master instructor).  Currently, Sandra is the 2nd highest ranked female worldwide in Chito-Ryu.  She’s a world champion and an exceptional martial artist.  And when I say that, I don’t mean she’s an exceptional martial artist for a woman.  She holds that status in anyone’s company, male or female.

Women’s Black Belt, Chito-Ryu, Kumite, World Champion – Sensei Sandra Phillips

As a result of Sandra’s strong influence, a large proportion of our dojo membership is female.  And this extends all the way through to the highest ranks.  In fact our most senior student who is also an assistant instructor at Sunshine Coast Karate is also female.

Sensei Helen

Sensei Helen O’Grady

With these strong female role models in the dojo, it’s not surprising that we have so many women and girls training.  It’s not uncommon for some classes to have almost no men/boys in them.

And it’s not just young girls joining in either, we have teenagers, young women and mums too.  Our oldest black belt, Debbie, didn’t even get started training until just before her 50th Birthday after watching her children training with us from the sidelines for a few years.

Last year, we were very privileged to have Minowa Sensei visit our dojo too.  Minowa Sensei is the most senior female in Chito-Ryu worldwide.  So it was a great opportunity for some of the women of our dojo to get inspired.

Minowa Sensei, with some of the SCK Ladies, November 2017. 

With the sign up day just 4 days away, I’d like to put the call out to the girls of the Sunshine Coast.  Karate is just as much for you as it is for men.  So, come along and have a go. You never know, you may just find karate to be a whole lot of fun.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

 

5 Days to Go…. Just for FUN!

As we continue to count down the days until our Sign on Day, we wanted to give you a chance to take a sneek peek at some of the fun we have at our social gatherings.  These social gatherings are a whole lot of fun for the whole family and a fantastic way to come together to celebrate and strengthen friendships that begin in the dojo.

Throughout the calendar year we lock in a few social events for members and families to enjoy together:

  • Summer Beach Training
  • Easter Family Day
  • Christmas Family Day
  • End of Year Water bomb fight

And, there are a few events that seem to just happen along the way.   Here are some of our favourite events that we’ve enjoyed over the years, “Kids Night Out, Parents Night Off”,  “SCK Turns Spooky” (Halloween event), Mario Kart challenge nights, sky diving, Mt Coolum walk, Laserzone battles, Trivia Nights and school holiday programs.

Although we have a results driven attitude when it comes to our learning, we love to encourage students to slow down and enjoy the journey along the way.  A balance of “Fun and Focus” and bringing families together has become a part of the SCK culture over the years as we all continue to grow ourselves as individuals and as a community.

At the upcoming Sign on Day, you can expect to see and experience a blend of “Fun and Focus.”  We can’t tell you what is going to happen, but we can tell you that you’ll have a lot of fun. With an open mind, you will find yourself not only learning some great karate, you’ll make new friends, you are sure to smile and possibly have a good belly laugh with your mates. And, this is all topped off with a free sausage sizzle.

We look forward to seeing you all real soon.  Not long now!  Until then, here are a few photos taken at previous social events.  If you have a few minutes you can browse the many memories captured at previous social events at SCK Facebook.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

6 Days To Go…. A Touch of Japanese Language & Culture

We can only speak of schools in our local area, but many schools seem to have the Japanese language as a part of their curriculum.  Kids who learn Japanese at school and then come to the dojo for the first time, will often catch our attention after class to share their excitement that they can already count to 10 in Japanese.

Seeing the joy and enthusiasm in their eyes is priceless.  Many of them instantly feel a sense of belonging and comfort in being at Sunshine Coast Karate. Even more recently, we have had students share their Japanese language learning with us at the dojo and we’ve been able to develop these words and phrases in the dojo environment with them.   It’s a WIN-WIN for everyone on many level as we all come together to learn and grow our skills.

Below is a picture of young Hayden in our Little Champions program having some fun with Soke from Japan (the world wide head instructor of Chito-Ryu Karate-Do), during his visit to the Sunshine Coast.   The kids absolutely love having Soke visit our dojo and always have a lot of fun.


Practicing the Japanese language in the dojo environment is fun, interactive and memorable for all of us.  It provides another layer of learning which encourages all of us to expand our minds, even if we all get a little tongue twisted at times.  
At first it can be quite difficult, but in time you don’t even notice that there is so much Japanese language being used.  

Just over 18 months ago, we welcomed Rika Tsuchida Sensei to the dojo.  Rika Sensei is currently teaching Japanese at the Sunshine Coast University and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of teaching Japanese.   As busy as Rika Sensei is, she always seems to find time to help us gain a greater appreciation of the Japanese culture and develop our spoken Japanese skills within the dojo.

Rika Sensei was instrumental preparing our Australian Team members before they set off to Japan last year for the world championships and of course helping us develop some basic skills prior to Soke’s 2017 Australian Tour.  Rika Sensei is also training at Sunshine Coast Karate and continues to raise the bar for all of us with her demonstration of commitment, self-discipline and enthusiasm to her learning.

Each year, our local association offers a training scholarship for a student to go to Japan and train at the International Chito-Ryu Headquarters in Kumamoto.  If you’re interested you can read lots of blogs posts on our association website from past scholarship winners.

So, when you come and try a free class at our Sign on Day, we want you to be aware that there is a good chance that you are going to hear quite a few Japanese words being thrown around in the dojo.  If you don’t understand everything straight away, that’s OK, but it is fun and it adds another element to the traditional aspect of the training.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to feel a little bit prepared, here’s a very short Japanese lesson right now.  These are some things that you’ll definitely hear and use every lesson.

Counting 1-10 in Japanese

  1. ichi
  2. ni
  3. san
  4. shi
  5. go
  6. roku
  7. shichi
  8. hachi
  9. kyuu
  10. juu

There’s a wealth of resources online to help.  Here’s a short video from youtube to help you practice your counting.

A few other really useful words that you’ll hear and use quite a lot throughout the class are:

Onegai shimasu = please

(Doumo) arigatou gozaimashita = thank you

Here’s another short video lesson that walks through pronunciation and usage.

With just 6 more days to go until the sign on day, we hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Japanese in our dojo.

Below is a poster sharing more details about our upcoming Sign on Day. We would love to meet you on Saturday 15th September and if you require further information, be sure to connect with us.

Join us as we count down the days leading up to our Sunshine Coast Karate Sign on Day.
Visit SCK Facebook 

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

7 Days To Go…. Let’s Get Competitive!

Although most people never start karate wanting to get into competition, tournaments can certainly be a lot of fun and a great way to put your skills to the test and develop mental and emotional strength under pressure. With just 7 days to go until our sign on day, we want to share a little bit about the tournament experience.

At Sunshine Coast Karate, we have been privileged to help students perform competitively at state, national and international levels.  The competitions that we participate in follow the ideals that O Sensei pursued with his strong fighting spirit.  Although he often put his own skills to the test in kakedameshi (field combat) and he had the scars to prove it, as a teacher he realised that it wasn’t realistic to expect all of his students to do this and in turn became an advocate for bogu kumite (fighting with protective equipment).

In practicing kumite and competing in this way, we develop a greater sense of commitment because you have to make contact, but we do it in a safe way.  Let’s face it, in the modern world, most of us need to get up and go to school or work the next day, and if you fight like O Sensei did without all of the protective equipment, there are going to be a lot of injuries.

As I mentioned earlier, we don’t just participate in local tournaments, last year we took a team of members from the Sunshine Coast to compete at the Soke Cup, International Chito-Ryu Karate Championships. Although it was a relatively small team, of just 11 competitors, we came away with some great results, including:  6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals and 2 overall tournament champions in their respective divisions.  For full details read the original blog post.

And here are a few video clips of our Sunshine Coast representatives from the 2017 International Chito-Ryu Soke Cup for you to enjoy too.

Sami Phillips (then aged 12 yrs), competing for the first time internationally.  A video of her individual kata performance.  No placing this time, but still a great performance.

Sensei Martin Phillips, overall tournament champion in the men’s black belt division.  Final round kata performance, winning the gold medal.

Sensei Sandra Phillips.  Ladies Black Belt, Kumite Champion.  This is her final round match, going through the entire tournament without any points being scored on her by any other opponent in either individual or team kumite.

Jack Graham, overall tournament champion in the Jr A (19-20 yrs), black belt division.  This was Jack’s 2nd Soke Cup.

Of course as a new student, tournaments are probably the very last thing on your mind, but it’s definitely worth knowing that there are plenty of opportunities to go down this path if it becomes your passion.

We are getting very excited now as we are just one week away from our Sign on Day.  Stay up to date as we continue our Sign on Day Countdown via our SCK Facebook Page.

We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Below is a poster sharing more details about our upcoming Sign on Day. We would love to meet you on Saturday 15th September and if you require further information, be sure to connect with us.

Join us as we count down the days leading up to our Sunshine Coast Karate Sign on Day.
Visit SCK Facebook 

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

September 2018 Newsletter

The latest newsletter (September 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 –September 2018 Newsletter (1.9MB PDF)

In this issue:

  • The Hidden Benefits of Karate – by Irena Sprey
  • Upcoming Events
  • More Tips & Belts for Little Champions
  • Archer Winning Big!!
  • Recent Video Uploads
  • Stay Up To Date Online
  • Attendance Recognition
    • Top Training Little Champion – Timothy Probert – 19 lessons
    • Top Training Karate Kid – Raiyan Khan – 19 lessons
    • Top Training Adult – Justin Otto – 20 lessons
  • Student Birthday’s
  • Quote of the Month
  • Friendship Teams Event at QLD Titles
  • Two Training Spaces and Over 40 Classes/week
  • Welcome To SCK (New Students)
  • Travelling Interstate
  • Celebrating 8 Years of Training at SCK
  • Little Champions on theMove
  • 3 Years of Training at SCK
  • Japanese with Rika Sensei
  • QLD Titles Success
  • SCK’s Computer Whizz
  • Subway Sports Award
  • Introducing SCK’s Assistant Coaching Team
  • Amelie Getting Momentum
  • Having a Great Year
  • What An Achievement!!

Download the newsletter now: September 2018 Newsletter (1.9MB PDF)

8 Days To Go…. Talk About Lucky!

With 8 days to go until the Sunshine Coast Karate Sign On Day, today we wanted to take a little bit of time to show some gratitude for our teachers and those who have come before us to pave the way for us and future generations.  Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today and sharing Chito-Ryu Karate-Do with the Sunshine Coast.

Back when we first started learning karate, it seemed like there was a new Bruce Lee movie coming out every second week and that was one of the big things that got so many people started on their journey in the martial arts.  But it didn’t stop there, over the years there have been so many pop culture icons who have flown the flag for the martial arts industry.  Here are a few that I’m sure you’ve heard of…

  • Jackie Chan
  • The Karate Kid Movies with Mr Miyagi and Daniel-San
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Power Rangers
  • And of course there are countless other Hollywood movies who have featured some amazing martial arts fight scenes.

1980’s martial arts icons: Mr Miyagi & Bruce Lee. Alongside our very own karate master, Sandra Phillips Sensei.

Although the movie industry has been responsible for getting so many people into the martial arts, the reality of martial arts is very different to what’s shown in the majority of movies.  And with the martial arts industry being so unregulated, even to this day, just about anyone can open up a dojo.  We could have walked into any old dojo and started, but we’re really grateful that we stumbled across Chito-Ryu.

As a side note, about the unregulated nature of the martial arts industry, we’d like to share something from Noonan Sensei, one of our teachers – Warning – We’re not all the same.  Noonan Sensei is currently the most senior ranked Chito-Ryu teacher in Australia and one of the most senior outside of Japan.  He visited our dojo last year to share his incredible knowledge with senior students from throughout Queensland.

The thing we like most about Chito-Ryu is that it’s so deep.  We’ve been studying Chito-Ryu for a combined 60+ years (34 years & 28 years), yet in the presence of the people that we’re proud to call our teachers, we still feel like white belts.  We’re not saying that we’re hopeless, but we do realise that there is still so much more to learn.

Our original teacher of Chito-Ryu, Brian Hayes Sensei is no longer studying Chito-Ryu, but we are very grateful for the foundation that his teachings have provided.  The thing that we’re most grateful for though is that he introduced us to our current teacher, Soke Chitose, the worldwide head of the International Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (ICKF).

Martin Phillips Sensei & Soke

Soke continues a long lineage passed onto him by his father, renowned Okinawan ‘Kake-Dameshi’ (Challenge Match) fighter, Dr Tsuyoshi Chitose (Snr), known to students of Chito-Ryu as O Sensei.  O Sensei became the Sixth Master of Tode, in a successive lineage that began with: the First Generation Beechin Chinen, who along with the Second Generation Beechin Matsumura, was a member of King Shokei’s Royal Guard, the Third Generation Uekata Awane was a member of King Shoiku’s Royal Guard, Fourth Generation was Beechin Hokama, and the Fifth Generation was Chitose’s teacher Sesho Aragaki. He was also under the tutelage of such luminaries as: Chotoku Kyan, and Kanryo Higaona.

O Sensei

We never had the pleasure of meeting or training with O Sensei.  We didn’t even start studying Chito-Ryu until after he had passed away, but throughout the years we have had the pleasure of training with a lot of his senior students who are now the current day masters of Chito-Ryu.

Every year, we make a point of going to Japan and other countries around the world to continue our studies of Chito-Ryu.  We have very close ties with Soke and his dojo in Kumamoto, Japan and he has introduced us to a lot of other senior Chito-Ryu instructors.

We have also been bringing world leading instructors here to the Sunshine Coast every year since around 2004.  Just last year we had a the pleasure of hosting Soke, Higuchi Sensei & Minowa Sensei (Soke’s sister).

Higuchi Sensei, Soke Sensei, Sandra Sensei & Martin Sensei

Noonan Sensei from Sydney got some great video footage of Soke and Higuchi Sensei’s visit to his dojo after they were on the Sunshine Coast last year.  This gives a great indication of the kind of training that we do at the higher levels.

Chito-Ryu Karate is a rich style, with incredible depth in the senior ranks and we are very fortunate to learn from them and in turn share with the Sunshine Coast community.

Here is another video from Noonan Sensei, an incredible demonstration by the 2nd generation Soke of Chito Ryu, Tsuyoshi Chitose, performing part of his family kata at the 2017 International Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Championships (also known as, Soke Cup).

Although, our teachers won’t be physically present at the upcoming Sign on Day, you can have comfort in knowing that you will still benefit greatly from their teachings.

Below is a poster sharing more details about our upcoming Sign on Day. We would love to meet you on Saturday 15th September and if you require further information, be sure to connect with us.

Join us as we count down the days leading up to our Sunshine Coast Karate Sign on Day.
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SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.

If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.