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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.

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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.