March Quarter Gradings 2018

JKA Shotokan

Tuesday the 27th of February 2018 – 7pm to 9pm


Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo

Saturday the 10 March 2018 – 11am to 12pm



Wednesday the 28th of March 2018

Yellow Belt 9th Kyu to Purple Belt 5th Kyu – 5.15pm to 7.00pm

Purple Belt Black Stipe 4th Kyu to Brown Belt 1st Kyu – 7.00pm to 9pm


Kids Karate

Monday the 26th of March 2018 – 4pm to 5pm

Wednesday the 28th of March 2018 – 4pm to 5pm


Muay Thai

Tuesday the 27th of March 2018 – 5.15pm to 8.15pm


Kids Muay Thai

Tuesday the 27th of March 2018 – 4pm to 5pm





Fudō-dachi – classic Shotokan-ryū stance

Fudō-dachi – classic Shotokan-ryū stance

Concept of Fudō

The origins and concept of Fudō 不動 permeate all levels of Japanese culture and society. It is a term often used in Zen Buddhism to represent a mental state; one of immovability. It is not intended to be interpreted literally, but is intended to focus on a total and unobstructed awareness of everything, thus not moving with or fixed upon something. It is akin to the military concept of situational awareness.

In the martial arts the character Shin 心, meaning spirit or will, is often added to the characters for Fudō to become Fudō-shin 不動心, a term meaning calm or immovable spirit, even when faced with danger, without fear or confusion and one that does not dwell or become fixed on anything. This was the highest attainment of spiritual skill and is only achievable when the mind is totally focused on the totality of sensory input, and free from thought and emotion – detached but aware and present. This concept is closely related to the martial arts term Mushin, which is often used to mean ‘without mind’ – not pre-occupied by thought or emotion.

Many Japanese Samurai revered the deity Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王. They saw themselves as guardians of order at a time when the nation was besieged with disorder. Fudō Myō-ō also represented the highest attainment of the Samurai state of mind; the mind does not move and the body is not unsettled, even when surrounded by danger.

Fudō Myō-ō

Fudō Myō-ō is one of the important and venerated deities of Japanese Buddhism. His statue can be seen in so many places in Japan that it is not uncommon to find one near a waterfall or simply by a mountain path. His name literally means ’The Immovable Wisdom King’. He is the guardian of Buddhism and one of the five Wisdom kings along with Gōzanze, Gundari, Daiitoku and Kongōyasha. As such, he is the central figure and when the Five Wisdom Kings are represented together he usually is in the middle.

Fudō Myō-ō (The Immovable)


In Osaka, Japan, one of the most significant Fudō Myō-ō sites is tucked away not far from Dotombori Bridge. Hozen-ji 法善寺 temple, built in 1637 and a relic of the Edo era, pays homage to Fudō Myō-ō.

Hozen-ji Temple, Osaka, Japan


No coins are tossed in offering at Hozen-ji, as they are at other Japanese temples. Instead worshippers make their supplications and then splash some water on the statue of the deity that is the heart of this temple. Due to the frequent dousings, the statue is now blanketed by a soft, green carpet of moss.


The statue of Fudō Myō-ō at Hozen-ji Temple, Osaka, Japan

Myō-ō 明王 is the Japanese term for a group of warlike and wrathful deities known as the ‘Mantra Kings’, the ‘Wisdom Kings’, or the ‘Knowledge Kings’. Introduced to Japan in 9th century, Myō-ō statues appear ferocious and menacing, with threatening postures and faces designed to remove all obstacles to enlightenment and force evil to surrender.

Fudō Myō-ō carries a ‘kurikara’, or devil-subduing sword, in right hand (representing wisdom cutting through ignorance); holds a rope in left hand (to catch and bind up demons); often has third eye in forehead (all-seeing); and is often seated or standing on rock (because Fudō is ‘immovable’ in his faith). Fudō’s aureole is typically the flames of fire, which according to Buddhist lore, represent the purification of the mind by the burning away of all material desires. Fudō Myō-ō is reputed to convert anger into consideration, cutting through negative feelings and demons to liberate us from suffering through self-control, while battling evil with his immovable faith and compassion.

The Stance

Fudō-dachi 不動立, often referred to as the immovable or ‘rooted’ stance, is also called Sōchin-dachi 壯鎭立 in deference to the kata Sōchin, in which it features prominently.
In his book, ‘Dynamic Karate’, Master Nakayama suggested that “… Fudō-dachi … is a combination of the front stance and the straddle leg stance … [there is} a great similarity to the straddle leg stance except for the difference in the direction in which the feet point. The rooted stance is a firm and strong stance, giving the impression of a deeply rooted tree. Merely by changing the direction in which the feet point, this stance can be turned into the straddle leg stance (Kiba-dachi). To assume this stance, both knees must be bent to the same degree. The rooted stance is effective for blocking a strong attack and delivering an immediate counter-attack. In this stance exert force outward at the knees and distribute the body weight equally between both legs.”

Fudō-dachi is reputedly one of the oldest karate stances, pre-dating Zenkutsu-dachi. Fudō-dachi is certainly one of the most natural stances particularly for blocking, evasive techniques and tactics. It actually shares distinct characteristics with the narrower and more conventionally mobile ‘boxer’s’ stance. While there are three recognised variations on the same theme, the stance is generally based on a position similar to Kiba-dachi, turned 45 degrees to the side with the head looking forward. The three major variations are based on the angle of the feet, weight distribution and the width of the stance.

In his book ‘Karate – The Art of Empty Hand Fighting’, Master Nishiyama describes Fudō-dachi as a “… diagonal straddle leg stance with the straddle leg stance twisted forward. The front knee is over the big toe, while the rear knee is about one foot forward of the big toe. Body weight is evenly distributed on both legs and both knees are bent and tensed outward. Legs are about twice shoulder with apart, or as seen from the front, shoulder width apart. This is a strong stance both to the sides and front and to the rear and is effective both in attack and defence. As in the straddle leg stance, the bowing of the legs is very important.”

With the exception of the kata Sōchin, some of the more advanced Shotokan-ryū kata, such as Unsu, Chinte and Gankaku Sho, employ Fudō-dachi to transition to counter striking and other attacking techniques.


Laurie Gray


8th Degree Black Belt


Mark Szalajko awarded Renshi Title

Tonight at the Budoshinkai Karate Jitsu Presentation Day, I was awarded the title of Renshi by my long term teacher and mentor Hanshi George Adams who is the head of Budoshinkai.

I am honoured to have received this title.


What does Renshi mean?

Renshi was one of the three Shogo titles awarded by the Dai-Nippon Budoku-kai (greater Japan Budo Encouragement Federation established in 1895 in Kyoto), with the other two being Kyoshi and Hanshi.

The awarding of a shogo title is based on each individual’s knowledge, teaching ability and the outstanding development of character through the study of the martial arts. These titles are much more difficult to achieve than the grades and are not automatically assigned with rank or seniority. Before a shogo title is awarded, the candidate must have made significant contributions to the martial arts community at large.

Much has been written about the meaning of Renshi and there are some differing views about what Renshi means. In short, Renshi means a polished teacher, polished expert or polished master of a particular style of martial art.

You cannot simply give or take for yourself one of these titles. You must be awarded this title by an appropriately qualified senior in your style of martial arts.

It is important to note that Renshi is a title. It is not a rank and it is traditionally not dependent on rank. However, in modern times, some organisations require you to hold a specific rank before the title can be awarded.


FITT Principle for Flexibility/Stretching

Flexibility is the key.

Bujutsu is kicking off stretch classes for the very first time.

Our stretch classes will be led by Leah Meleng who as well as being a personal trainer is an experienced dancer, with over a decade of dance and stretch experience.

Our stretch classes are iedal for:

  • increasing flexibility
  • injury rehab
  • injury prevention
  • pain relief


Leah teaches the FITT Principle for Flexibility/Stretching.

The FITT principle is a great way to keep track of your exercise program. This principle can be applied to any manner of exercise. In this example, stretching/flexibility.


F- Frequency (How often to do)

– 2-3 times a week, daily is best.

I- Intensity (How hard you’re exercising/working)

– Stretch to the point of feeling tightness or to the point of slight discomfort but not pain.

T- Time (How long you exercise/work for)

– Hold a static stretch for 10-30 seconds, for most adults. You want to perform a total of 60 seconds stretching time for each flexibility exercise.

– Hold a static stretch for 30-60 seconds may be more suitable for older individuals.

T- Type (The style/variety of exercise)

– Best to incorporate a variety of flexibility exercises for each of the major muscle groups.

– Static flexibility (active or passive)

– Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching

– Dynamic flexibility

– Ballistic flexibility

– It is recommended to warm up the muscle through light to moderate intensity aerobic activity before commencing stretching.


Check out our timetable and jump in and try one of our stretch classes.

December 2017 Grading Dates and Class Disruptions

December 2017 Grading Dates:


Saturday 2nd December 2017

BJJ 10am to 12pm

Karate Black Belt Grading 12.30pm to 3.30pm


Monday 4th December 2017

Kids BJJ 5pm to 6pm

BJJ 7pm to 8pm


Saurday 16th December 2017

Kobudo 11am to 12.30pm


Monday 18th December 2017

Kids Karate 4pm to 5pm


Tuesday 19th December 2017

Kids Muay Thai 4pm to 5pm

Muay Thai 5.15pm to 8pm


Wednesday 20th December 2017

Kids Karate 4pm to 5pm

Karate 5.15pm to 8pm



The following classes are cancelled in order to facilitate our quarterly gradings.

Monday 18th December 2017

4.30pm Kids Karate


Tuesday 19th December 2017

4pm Kids Karate

4.30pm Kids Muay Thai

5pm Karate

7pm JKA Karate


Wednesday 20th December 2017

4.30pm Kids Karate

5pm Karate

7pm Muay Thai



Additional Kids Martial Arts Classes

Additional Kids Martial Arts Classes

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre has one of the largest and most successful kids martial arts programs in the southern hemisphere.

Now we are going to make it even bigger by adding further kids karate classes to our timetable.


Our Karate for Toddlers classes run every Monday, Thursday and Friday morning and are ideal for kids aged 2 years to kindergarten.

Our Kids Karate classes run Monday to Friday afternoons. Ideal for 3 years and up.

Commencing Saturday the 21st of October 2017, we are adding two kids karate classed to our program. The classes will run every Saturday morning at 10am and 10.30am.

Our Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing classes run Monday to Friday afternoons, as well as Saturday mornings at 9am and 9.30am. Ideal for 3 years and up.

Our Kids BJJ classes run every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Ideal for 7 years and up.


Not only will your kids have fun and get fit, we will bully proof them.


Try a FREE lesson and receive a FREE uniform.


For further information email:


Girls of Bujutsu

Bujutsu affiliates with Japanese Karate Association JKA

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

Bujutsu Anti Bullying and Child Safety Program

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?

Bullying includes acts or verbal comments that could ‘mentally’ hurt or isolate a person. Bullying can also involve negative physical contact. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people.
Some examples of bullying include:
  • 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.
In today’s environment bullying does not just happen in the school yard or work environment. Thanks to social media, our children can be bullied 24 hours a day, even whilst they sit in the lounge room or their bedroom.

Effects of Bullying

Bullying can have numerous effects on children including; depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, low self esteem, suicidal thoughts, anger, aggression, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.

Relevant Legislation

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

(1) Whosoever:

(a) with a view to compel any other person to abstain from doing or to do any act which such other person has a legal right to do or abstain from doing, or

(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:

(i) uses violence or intimidation to or toward such other person or his wife, child, or dependant, or does any injury to him or to his wife, child, or dependant, or

(ii) follows such other person about from place to place, or

(iii) hides any tools, clothes, or other property owned or used by such other person, or deprives him of or hinders him in the use thereof, or

(v) follows such other person with two or more other persons in a disorderly manner in or through any street, road, or public place,

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.

“Injury” includes any injury to a person in respect of his property, business, occupation, employment, or other source of income, and also includes any actionable wrong of any nature.


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.


Kancho Mark

Director/Chief Instructor

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre

Smeaton Grange H.Q.

Ph: 02 4647 1776



2017 Bujutsu Annual Presentation Day – Book your spot now!

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.