|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on July 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
July was a big month at the Honbu Dojo with 5 members being promoted to Shodan. Congratulations to Mal, Brad, Fleur, Steve and Matt on completing a rigorous grading which tested their knowledge, skill and spirit. They have all expressed an interest in attempting their Nidan grading in Osaka when we attend the 9th International Taikai in 2 years time so it's back into training now for the next challenge!
|Posted by Colin Phillips on April 27, 2011 at 3:23 AM||comments (0)|
It was a great experience training at the Sohonbu, the intensive training undertaken and knowledge gained during my stay in Perth will greatly benifit the students in NSW for the months and years ahead.
We are very privleged to have Mike Shihan guiding us on our journey in Karate Do and it is obvious of the special connection that the Australian Shito Ryu Karate Do Kai has with Japan; we are truly blessed.
A big thank you to Mike Shihan and Ingrid for their hospitality during my visit, it was great meeting our fellow students and black belts in Western Australia and training with you all, I hope to meet and train with you again in the future.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on April 18, 2011 at 3:14 AM||comments (0)|
Colin Sensei with some of our Black Belts after completing his final training session before returning home.
Last week Colin Sensei, the head instructor from Seito-Shito Ryu Phillips Dojo in NSW came to train with us. It was a busy week which involved intensive training one on one with Mike Shihan as well as attending all of our scheduled classes from Monday to Saturday. It was a great opportunity for everyone to meet Colin Sensei who has been an affiliate member of Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai for the past 18 months and who has established Dojos' in Bathurst, Lithgow and Portland. It was also a good opportunity for Colin Sensei to work through the official curriculum and kata of Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai in person with Mike Shihan. With the help of Colin Sensei, Seito Shito-Ryu is continuing to grow and spread in Australia and this year we hope to have 250 members.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on April 17, 2011 at 11:43 PM||comments (0)|
Steve with Mike Shihan after completing the final requirements for Assistant Instructor
Congratulations to Steve who was recently completed the requirements for Assistant Instructor with Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai Steve was awarded the rank of Shodan-Ho (provisional Black Belt). For members over the age of 15 this rank can only be awarded if the member has successfully completed the requirements for Registered Assistant Instructor and had their log book signed off by Mike Shihan. The final stage is to provide a demonstration of all Kata up to and including 1st kyu and to have a satisfactory knowledge of the curriculum up to and including 1st kyu. Well done Steve, great effort!
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on March 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to Jason, Sally, Haiden and Taiga our newest Black Belts
Our new Black Belts with Mike Shihan after the grading
On Saturday March 26 a Black Belt Grading was held at Williams Family Karate Academy with 3 candidates attempting the rigorous grading for Shodan and one junior candidate attempting the grading for Shodan-Ho.The grading was challenging both physically and mentally and all candidates showed excellent focus and spirit. Jason was awarded Shodan-Ho (provisional Black Belt), Sally, Taiga and Haiden were awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) by Mike Williams Shihan.
Jason joined the Academy at aged 5 and has trained hard for 8 years to achive his current rank which is a fantastic effort! Haiden was also a young starter and trained for 7 years to reach his goal of Shodan which is another great example of dedicated training. Sally and Taiga trained for 5 and 4 years respectively to reach the Shodan level. Well done to you all!
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on February 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Brad with Mike Shihan
Congratulations to Brad who completed the final requirements of the Registered Instructors course at a special training session today. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai Brad was awarded the rank of Shodan-Ho (provisional Black Belt). For members over the age of 15 this rank can only be awarded if the member has successfully completed the requirements for Registered Assistant Instructor and had their log book signed off by Mike Shihan. The final stage is to provide a demonstration of all Kata up to and including 1st kyu and to have a satisfactory knowledge of the curriculum up to and including 1st kyu. Well done Brad!
|Posted by Andrew on July 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM||comments (2)|
I hope that you’re all doing well and enjoying training through the winter months.
Time is absolutely flying by and a lot has happened since I did my first post. My sister got married and had the wedding in Thailand, I found out that snow/ice is sometimes extremely hard and broke my wrist snowboarding near the end of the season (not as good as Michael Barlow unfortunately did his leg mind you), saw the beauty of the cherry blossoms and I signed on to stay in Japan for another year after my Dad retracted his comment that he’d freeze my pet parrots and send them over to me if I stayed in Japan longer than one year.
I’m very glad I've got another year to go because it's been too fast and I'd be really sad if I had to leave Japan now with still so more I want to do and learn. Also, I need to get my revenge on snowboarding after my time was cut short this year as well as participate in next year's White Battle (a snowball fighting tournament) and improve our team’s 50% winning record from this year.
The last couple of weeks have been particularly stressful. Last Saturday I celebrated my 28th birthday. It was so stressful that I only had time to do fireworks on the beach, go to an onsen (Japanese public hot baths), eat delicious sushi, go to a japanese pub where the owner is a funny, singing, psycho 50-something year old man, and do karaoke. I didn’t realise at the time but a friend back in Oz pointed out that it was a very Japanese day with onsen, sushi and karaoke. I guess Japan has had more of an impact on me than I thought.
It doesn’t end there. This weekend looks like it’s going to be as stressful as the last with a few of us teachers going on a bit of a roadtrip to a really famous onsen/hotel in Aomori prefecture where you sit right on the edge of a beach in an onsen (a wall separates you from the ocean) and can watch the sunset in 35-40 degree water comfort. Here's hoping for clear weather, good times and nudey fun (yes you only get to hold a modesty towel when you go into these places).
A funny story I’d like to share with you happened a couple of weeks ago when I was helping four of my students to study for an upcoming standardised English test and I was trying to explain a practice question to do with the human brain to one of my really good final year students. And when I say ‘really good’ I mean really good. She’s smart, friendly and butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth… or so I thought. She couldn't understand what I was saying so I started drawing pictures.
At this point it is important for you to note that my students still seem to think I can’t speak any Japanese at all. Admittedly I’m still at a very low level but I can understand some things as this student found out.
I know I am no Van Gogh but apparently I am worse than I thought. At one point she said in Japanese to her 3 classmates, who all kept perfectly straight faces, my picture looked like a set of breasts. There was a bit of embarrassment for her and a lot of laughter from the rest of us when I replied to her ‘Is that true?’. Ahhh, what will they say next?
Another story was that I went to another local high school with three foreign female teachers from other local schools to help out with a big science presentation project their students were doing. After we had finished and were walking through the building towards the exit we passed a group of 15-16 year old girls and when one of them saw me she staggered back against the wall, sunk down a little and said 'Wow!'. Hahahaha it was classic. Unfortunately for me I do not seem to have this effect over women around my own age.
Until next time
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on April 16, 2010 at 1:49 AM||comments (0)|
Mike Williams Shihan, Chief Instructor of Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai is one of the featured instructors in the Blitz 2010 annual Instructors Fighting Techniques Special Edition. To find out more about Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do in Australia get yourself a copy of the magazine, we still have some copies left at the Dojo for $9.95, just post a reply and order a copy.
If you have read the article please let us know what you thought.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM||comments (0)|
The Seito Shito-Ryu Phillips Dojo is off to a great start in NSW with new members registering at Bathurst, Lithgow PCYC and Portland. According to Colin Phillips Sensei Seito Shito-Ryu is being well received and everyone is enjoying their training.
Follow the link to see the newspaper article about the classes held at the Lithgow PCYC.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on February 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM||comments (0)|
The Seito Shito-Ryu Phillips Dojo in New South Wales is officially affiliated to Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai and we take this opportunity to welcome all members to the Seito Shito-Ryu family.
Under the guidance of Colin Phillips Sensei who has over 30 years experience in Karate training, the new Dojo held its first training session at the Uniting Church Hall in Bathurst on Thursday February 4th. The first class at the PCYC Lithgow Dojo was held on Friday February 5th and Colin Sensei will also be teaching classes at Portland Central school hall commencing on February 16th.
Colin Sensei has worked very hard to get his new Dojo and training venues organised and he is committed to teaching the Seito Shito-Ryu of the late Kenzo Mabuni Soke. Congratulations on a great effort , the members of Seito Shito-Ryu Phillips Dojo are very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated Sensei and I am sure that the Dojo will be very successful.
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