Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th @ 4pm
Wednesday 27th @ 5.15pm
Kids Muay Thai
Tuesday 26th @ 4pm
Tuesday 26th 5.15pm
The following classes are cancelled in order to facilitate our quarterly gradings.
Monday 25th September 2017
4.30pm Kids Karate
Tuesday 26th September 2017
4pm Kids Karate
4.30pm Kids Muay Thai
Wednesday 27th September 2017
4.30pm Kids Karate
7pm Muay Thai
Well it’s official!
I have now affiliated with the Japanese Karate Association through the JKA/WF Australia. Thank you Jason Naylor Sensei for welcoming me. I look forward to a very long relationship.
I first started karate in 1988 in my high school hall, back then my school was affiliated with JKA. I left that school when I had to move to Goulburn to join the NSW Police Force.
For those that don’t know, JKA is the LARGEST and OLDEST karate association in the WORLD! They set and maintain the standard of real Shotokan Karate.
This means that in the very near future, as well as offering our Bujutsu Shotokan grades, we will also be able to offer JKA grades.
JKA grades are internationally recognised grades. Nobody can question them. They are accepted right around the world.
For those who want to know more about JKA please refer to their website.
I pride my organisation Bujutsu on providing our members with the best there is to offer in the martial arts world. As far as traditional Shotokan Karate goes, JKA is widely accepted right around the world as the leading body.
Remember, martial arts is not something we dabble in. For the real martial artist, it is a way of life.
See you on the mats.
Kancho Mark Szalajko
Bullying is a significant problem within our society. Recently, an Australian study reported that 1 in 4 kids ageted between 8 and 14 years reported being bullied every few weeks or more, with the highest prevalence rates being reported by children in Year 5 (age 10-11 years).
This means that 25% of children admitted to being bullied, not just once but regularly. It is unknown how many more kids were bullied but were not confident enough to report being bullied in the study.
Many parents rightly turn to martial arts when trying to help their children to cope with bullying. However, most parents do not realise the full benefits that their children will receive from martial arts training. Furthermore, they have no idea what to look for in a martial arts school. Many parents blindly join the nearest martial arts school to them in the hope that the school owner knows what he/she is doing.
You can a really good insight into the benefits of your children will receive from martial arts training by reading 24 reason why your child should train martial arts.
A significant problem for parents who are seeking help for their children is that many martial arts schools will tell parents, “Yes, we can help your child who is being bullied at school” and “We have an anti bullying progam that will help”.
The reality is most martial arts schools owners, have no formal training in this area, no real life experience in this area and despite their claims they do not have an anti bullying program. They think that just teaching a child how to kick and punch as well as say, “Stop I don’t like it”, is an anti bullying program. An anti bullying program needs to contain much more than that.
Many parents are being tricked into paying for martial arts lessons by some schools who really have no idea what they are doing.
Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre has an established Anti Bullying and Chid Safety Program that I personally developed. The program is run through our Karate for Toddlers, Kids Karate, Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing and our Kids BJJ programs. Our program gives kids the skills they need to live a successful and happy life.
In terms of my own professional experience, I was a member of the NSW Police Force for 23 years, and held the rank of Detective Superintendent, and performed the role of Local Area Commander. As a police officer, I investigated many forms of bullying and assaults, from cyber bullying, to minor physical assaults, to sexual assaults of children and adults, as well as homicides.
I started training martial arts in 1988. I have helped dozens of children who have been the victim of bullying. I have many success stories, including one child who could not look me in the eyes, let a lone talk to me when he first started training Karate with me. Six years later, that child has developed into a confident teenager who holds a black belt in Karate.
What is Bullying?
- Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, or innuendo.
- Excluding or isolating someone socially.
- Intimidating a person.
- Physically assaulting or threatening abuse.
- Making jokes that are ‘obviously offensive’ by spoken word or e-mail.
- Intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking.
- Yelling or using profanity.
- Criticising a person persistently or constantly.
- Belittling a person’s opinions.
Effects of Bullying
Within New South Wales, there is criminal legislation that can be used to stop bullying. Some of the relevant legislation includes:
Section 474.17 Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence – Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person uses a carriage service; and
(b) the person does so in a way (whether by the method of use or the content of a communication, or both) that reasonable persons would regard as being, in all the circumstances, menacing, harassing or offensive.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.
Section 61 Common Assault – Crimes Act (NSW) 1900
Whosoever assaults any person, although not occasioning actual bodily harm, shall be liable to imprisonment for two years.
Some examples of common assault include, pushing, punching, kicking, throwing an object at a person or spitting on them. It can also include threateing to do these things.
Section 545B Intimidation or annoyance by violence or otherwise – Crimes Act (NSW) 1900
(b) in consequence of such other person having done any act which he had a legal right to do, or of his having abstained from doing any act which he had a legal right to abstain from doing,
wrongfully and without legal authority:
(ii) follows such other person about from place to place, or
is liable, on conviction before the Local Court, to imprisonment for 2 years, or to a fine of 50 penalty units, or both.
(2) In this section:
“Intimidation” means the causing of a reasonable apprehension of injury to a person or to any member of his family or to any of his dependants, or of violence or damage to any person or property, and
“intimidate” has a corresponding meaning.
Anti Bullying and Child Safety Program
Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre does have a formal anti bullying and child safety program that takes a holelistic approach to tackling the problem of bullying.
Our Karate for Toddlers, Kids Karate, Kids Muay Thai Kickboxing and Kids BJJ classes teach children the following:
- What bullying is
- The effects bullying has on people
- It is okay to say no
- To use the phrase stop I don’t like it
- To walk away
- To tell a teacher
- To tell your parents
- To step in when they see a friend being bullied
- We encourage parents to talk to their children about what bullying is and what to do if it happens to them
- We encourage parents to be good role models
- To stay calm and always be polite
- Not to be afraid to defend yourself if you have no choice
- To only ever use the minimal amount of force necessary to save yourself from harm
- To recognise that just because someone is bullying you, you do not have the right to physically harm them
- Not to fall victim to peer pressure and get involved in the bullying of others
- And of course, how to control and restrain people who attack them
- We also teach children simple things like making sure they know mum and dad’s mobile phone number
- Stranger Danger
- What to do if they are being followed home from school
- What to do if they are approached by a stranger
- Fire Safety issues are also covered, such as what to do if your house is on fire, what to do if your clothes catch on fire
Our martial arts programs are based on my many years of experience as a police officer and martial artist. Our program covers so much more than just how to kick and punch.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel that we can assist your family.
Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre
Smeaton Grange H.Q.
Ph: 02 4647 1776
Don’t miss out on this event. Book your spot now!!!!!!!
2017 Bujutsu Annual Presentation Day
This years Annual Presentation Day will be held at the, Mount Annan Australian Botanic Gardens at the Lakeside Pavillion.
Sunday 10th December 2017 10am to 1pm
We received so much positive feedback on last years presentation that we are going to follow the same format this year.
Once again it will be a B.Y.O picnic.
There will be limited under cover seating available and 3 BBQ’s for cooking.
There will be a large grassed area that can seat several hundred people.
We recommend that you bring the following, a cold picnic lunch, or take your chances on using the BBQ, but you could be waiting a while to get hold of one. Remember, it will be 3 BBQ’s for 500 people.
In addition to your normal beverages, you are able to bring your own alcohol to this event, if you so desire.
A picnic blanket is a must to sit on.
Please note that the area will be patrolled by Council Rangers who have informed us that if anyone sticks anything into the ground, such as tent poles, or table poles, they will be fined. Apparently, it is a prohibited act in the Gardens.
Cost: $22 per student
All other family members will be free.
See reception to book a spot.
Every student who attends will receive a trophy.
Additionally, 16 major awards will be presented.
The $22 per student will be used to purchase trophies.
In order to assist with paying for the use of the venue and entertainment of the kids, we will run a Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser.
Please support this fundraiser if you can. Boxes of chocolates will be available from this Friday. All proceeds will be used to pay for venue hire, entertainment and trophies.
Don’t forget to pop this into your calender. This is the same date that advised everyone of back in December 2016. So long term students have had 12 months notice of this date.
RSVP and payment will be due by: Thursday the 23rd of November 2017.
Please note that we will need to know the number of family members who are attending as numbers are limited.
We hope these arrangements are in line with your expectations.
Please note that we do not issue trophies to students who do not attend the presentation day, so please do not ask.
Also, please be aware that if you miss the RSVP, you will not be able to attend this function.
In view of my son’s and my impending travel to Japan for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Master Kawanabe Kenjiro’s dojo in Tokyo, I thought I would briefly discuss a topic that is generally not properly understood in Shotokan circles.
Master Kawanabe, now in his 86th year, is a 10th Dan Shotokai Karate who still teaches budo (martial arts) at his Atsugi dojo. His approach is based on study directly under Master Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan-ryu and widely acknowledged as the father of modern karate, and other luminaries in the arts of Shin’eiTaido (Jujitsu) and Kendo. From 1950 to 1954 Master Kawanabe studied English Literature at Waseda University, joining the University Karate Club where he first met Master Funakoshi. In 1953, Master Kawanabe became captain of the Waseda University Karate Club. His studies under, and association with, Master Funakoshi were to have a significant impact on his martial development, and the posture and direction he adopted later in life.
The roots of Japanese karate are to be found in Okinawan-Te – Naha-Te, Shuri-Te and Tomari-Te; styles that were based on a confluence of socio-cultural values, and close-quarter battle methods developed under Chinese influence and in accordance with Chinese fighting methods. Okinawa-Te did not develop the massive following that karate would later acquire. Te was centred exclusively in the school education system and training was restricted to the performance of kata.
Shotokan (松濤館), or more particularly Shotokan-ryu, is a style of karate developed from various martial arts by Master Funakoshi Gichin (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Master Funakoshi was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularising Karate-Do through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei. However, Shotokan is not a karate style; it is actually the name of the first official dojo built by Master Funakoshi; a dojo that was destroyed in 1945 as a result of allied bombing during World War II.
Shotokai (松濤會) is the organisation formed in 1930 by Master Funakoshi to teach and spread the art of Karate-Do. The association promotes a style of karate that adheres to Funakoshi’s teachings, in particular the notion that competition is contrary to the essence of karate.
Shotokai, Shotokan and JKA
In the early 20th century Master Funakoshi Gichin re-located from Okinawa to ‘mainland’ Japan, where he conducted karate exhibitions. The first was in 1916 at the Butoku-Den in Kyoto. In 1924 he established the first University Karate club at Keio University, and eventually went on to establish Clubs at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei universities.
In 1938, at the age of 70 years, Master Funakoshi’s first dojo was inaugurated in Tokyo. While reference is made to Shotokan-ryu (ryu meaning ‘school’), Master Funakoshi never gave his system a name; he just called it Karate. However, in honour of their Sensei, his students created a sign reading shōtō-kan which they placed above the entrance to the hall where Master Funakoshi taught. The name ‘Shotokan’ is composed of ‘Shoto’, Master Funakoshi’s pen name which literally means ‘the sound that the wind produces when it goes through pine needles’, and ‘Kan’, which means house or meeting place.
Master Funakoshi also founded the ‘Shotokai Association’, the suffix ‘kai’ meaning group, meeting or method. The original name was Dai Nihon Karate-do Kenkyukai, but since 1936 it has been known in Japan as Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai. Although Shotokai is not an official style of karate, the students who trained at the Shotokan were members of this association.
In 1949, a student and friend of Master Funakoshi, Isao Obata, founded the Japanese Karate Association (Kyokai), appointing Master Funakoshi in an honorific post as chief instructor, although he remained director of the Shotokan Dojo and the Shotokai group.
Unlike other Masters, dissension among his various groups commenced during Master Funakoshi’s lifetime. Differences not only included technical aspects but also the way the martial art was being focused. In 1950 the Kyokai began to develop the rules for competition, and in 1951 began the practice of Jiyu Kumite (free sparring). Master Funakoshi, who favoured kata practice and paired practice (Yakusoku kumite, Kihon kumite) was opposed to this new approach. The Kyokai’s inclusion of free sparring was intended to further popularise the art beyond Japan’s borders, and to establish a competitive (sports) element within karate.
On the very day of Master Funakoshi’s passing on 26 April 1957, his students split into two dominant factions: the Nihon Karate Kyokai (Japan Karate Association, JKA – headed by Masatoshi Nakayama) and the Shotokai (headed by Shigeru Egami). While there were other contributing factors, it appears that one of the primary reasons for the split was Shotokai’s notion, in accordance with Master Funakoshi’s philosophy, that competition is contrary to the essence of karate.
In 1957, following Master Funakoshi’s death, the first Japanese Karate championship was held. Master Funakoshi, who was opposed to tournaments, also maintained an opposition to the differentiation of schools. In his words:
“There is no place in Modern Karate for different schools. I know that there are instructors that claim the right to call themselves founders of ‘schools’. I myself have heard people talk about our schools as Shotokan but I firmly oppose this type of differentiation.”
Shotokai continues to refrain from competition because its founder, Master Funakoshi, was also a Confucianist philosopher and scholar, who taught that there are ‘no contests in karate’.
The Shotokan (Nihon Shotokai Headquarters), while fundamentally maintaining the style taught by Master Funakoshi, now encompasses more fluid and elastic movements, using low stances and positions, together with long and interconnected attacks with a long influence radius. This evolution required each attack or defence to extend to its maximum; a positional exaggeration intended to accumulate maximum energy.
Shotokai Karate differs much from other Shotokan branches (JKA, SKI, ITKF, SKA) in that it also emphasises spiritual practice over competitive tournaments. The traditional 15 kata proposed by Master Funakoshi are practiced in the same way as in other forms of karate, although Shotokai emphasises smooth, flowing movements rather than the sharp, snappy, rigid movements of other styles. This does not mean that the style is gentle, but rather it emphasises ‘decontraction’ for effective hand and foot strikes. Master Egami found that executing movements in a relaxed state of mind and body, focusing on suppleness and relaxation, was superior to an approach that focuses on tenseness to generate force.
While competition (sports karate) is shunned, kumite practice certainly exists in Shotokai schools; although it does not form the basis for karate practice. Shotokai kumite often emphasises full strength / full contact attacks; activities that are tightly controlled in order to reduce the chance of injury.
However, the essence of Shotokai is found in the tactic of ‘sen no sen’ – ‘irimi – the ability to predict an opponent’s intent. A seasoned practitioner should be able to predict, anticipate and, if necessary, respond to a threat often before there is any visible movement. This is the ultimate representation of Master Funakoshi’s statement: ‘there is no first attack in karate’.
Hanshi, 8th Dan
On Sunday the 12th of March 2007, Team Bujutsu attended the ISKA Australia NSW Open which was held at the Whitlam Centre – Liverpool.
The team included, Karate fighters, Muay Thai fighters and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters. I am very proud to report that Team Bujutsu dominated the tournament across a wide range of categories.
Team Bujutsu ended up with 23 State Titles, 9 second places and 5 third places.
These results are testament to the quality of training Bujutsu students receive, along with hours and hours of dedicated training put in by our competitors.
I could not be happier with the results our students have obtained.
Results as follows:
Kancho Mark Szalajko
1st place: Synchronized Kata and Self Defence
2nd place: Traditional Forms
Senpei Jessica Graydon
1st place: Synchronized Kata, Traditional Forms, Sumo
2nd place: Points Sparring
3rd place: Traditional Weapons, Clash Sparring and Sword Combat
1st place: Synchronized Kata and Traditional Forms
2nd place: Points Sparring
3rd place: Traditional Forms
1st place: Extreme Forms, Extreme Weapons and Showmanship
1st place: Traditional Forms and Traditional Weapons
2nd place: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1st place: Point Sparring, Clash Sparring, BJJ, Koshiki and Light Kick
2nd Light Kick one age bracket up, Sword Combat
1st place: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1st place: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1st place: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2nd place: No Gi Jiu Jitsu
1st place: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2nd place: Continuous Sparring
1st place: Continuous Sparring
1st place: Continuous Sparring
2nd place: Point Sparring
3rd place: Point Sparring
3rd Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Kancho Mark Szalajko
Today we received formal advice that Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre has been admitted into the Australian Karate Federation.
The Australian Karate Federation:
is the national governing body of karate in Australia recognised and endorsed by the federal government, the Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission. The AKF is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF). The WKF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as representing the sport of Karate.
The AKF is the Australian Government recognised body to conduct NCAS (coaching) and NOAS (officiating) accreditation courses for karate.
Furthermore, that Kancho Mark Szalajko has been recognised as the Head of Style at the rank of 4th Dan.
Our members will be aware that Bujutsu was already a member of the NSW Karate Federation.
This is a significant achievement for Bujutsu. Bujutsu is the only school in our area that can now offer its karate students the ability to make the NSW Karate Team, the Australian Karate Team and a pathway to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For those that don’t know, the 2020 Olympics will be hosting Karate at the Olympic games for the very first time. Both Kumite and Kata will be on display.
Bujutsu students are currently competing in an attempt to make both the NSW Karate Team and the Australian Karate Team.
You can learn more about our karate at: http://bujutsumartialarts.com.au/karate/
From little things, big things grow.
Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre is the largest martial arts faciltiy in Australia.
Located in Smeaton Grange the facility is open 6 days a week and is a one stop shop for the whole family.
The facility is enormous and decked out with high quality equipment. There is nothing else like this faciltiy in Australia.
The centre has a large gym, 3 training floors, a large bag rack, olympic size boxing ring and an octagon.
But it is the little things that matter and help make this facility a family freindly safe environment. For example, the car park is massive, no body wants to go to the gym and have to struggle to find parking. There are ample toilets and change rooms. Our reception area by itself, is bigger than some martial arts facilities training areas.
There is no joining fee for people who wish to undertake fitness classes and or our gym!
Try a FREE martial arts class and receive a FREE uniform. That will save you up to $155.00
Contact us now for more information: http://bujutsumartialarts.com.au/contact/
Kids Martial Arts:
Kids Karate, Kids Muay Thai, Kids BJJ
Adults Martial Arts:
Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ, MMA, Iaido (sword), Jodo (short stick) and Kobudo (Okinawan Traditional Weapons)
Boot Camp, Boxing for Fitness, Tabata and Cage Fitness
Our gym includes: cardio machines, pin loaded machines and free weights.
If you are looking for a one stop shop for yourself or your family, check out this 60 second video.
The founder of Shotokan Karate Gichin Funakoshi wrote twenty guiding principles of Karate.
These principles are essential reading for all karate students regardless of style trained.
Unfortunately, not all of these principles are interpreted the same way by everyone who reads them.
Let’s look at the principle of: “There is no first attack in karate”.
What does this principle mean to you?
Back in the 80’s when I first started Shotokan in my high school hall, this principal meant that I could never attack first. I could never be the one to use physical force first. We were told many times by our Sensei, “that’s why our kata’s start with a block”.
I agree with the principle that the karateka should not be the one who attacks first. Karate should only be used for self defence.
But that does not mean that we must not be the one to use physical force first.
For example, it is late at night and I am walking from a function to my car. As I approach my car, three guys approach me, one of them moves into my personal space and states, “Give me your car keys, wallet and phone before we beat the hell out of you”. (Put aside the argument of well its only property, do you or do you not just hand it over).
If I form the belief that I am going to be assaulted by these three guys, and can not talk them down or walk away to safety, I can and will launch an attack, rather than wait to be attacked by the three men. In my mind, it is better to take out the closest guy to me, before the three of them attack me at once.
In this scenario, I would not have been the one who actually made the first attack. The first attack was made by the three men who approached me and threatened me with violence. Karate was used for self defence.
This to me is the real meaning of:
“There is no first attack in karate”.
As karateka, we should never assault another person, but that does not mean that we cannot strike out first in order to save ourselves if assault is imminent and we have no other means of defending ourselves.
The guiding principle of “There is no first attack in karate” is a sound one when viewed from this perspective.
Kancho Mark Szalajko
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