Sensei Jessica Graydon selected for the Australian Karate Federation National Team









Congratulations to Sensei Jessica Graydon who has been selected as part of the Australian Karate Federation National Team for 2018.


We know that Sensei Jessica will do Bujutsu Martial Arts and Australia proud we she represents Australia at the 2018 Oceania Karate Cup – May 2018 in Auckland New Zealand.


Champions are made here.

Bujutsu members selected for NSW Karate Federation State Team 2018


On Saturday the 17th of March 2018, the NSW Karate Federation held its annual Awards and Presentation Night at the Fontana Amorosa Function Centre in Liverpool.

It is customary for the NSW State Karate Team to be formally announced at this function.


I am very pleased to announce that the following members of Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre were selected as part of the NSW State Team.

Renshi Mark Szalajko

Sensei Jessica Graydon

Paolo Atas


Hard work and dedication pays off.


Champions are made here!


Blair Geraghty Macarthur Chronicle Local Sports Star

Congratulations to Coach Blair Geraghty who was this weeks Macarthur Chronicle Local Sports Star.

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre has had 4 successful nominations for this award now.


Back in 2016, Sensei Jessica Graydon won the major prize of $1000, and a $200 Rebel Sports Gift Voucher.


Champions are made here!


You can check out the Macarthur Chronicles full article and a really cool video on Blair at the following link:

Bujutsu Active Kids Provider $100 rebate

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre is an approved Active Kids Provider.


This means that we can accept your Active Kids $100 vouchers and put them towards your child’s training fees.


What is the Active Kids $100 voucher?

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.

From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.


You can obtain vouchers in less than 2 minutes! All you need to do is click on the below link and follow the prompts.

Your voucher will be emailed to you immediately. You just need to print it off and bring it into us and we will do the rest for you.


2018 March Quarter Gradings and Disruptions

Grading Dates:

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 Blue Belt Black Stripe Belt 6th Kyu – 5.15pm to 7.00pm

Purple Belt 5th 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



Unfortunately the following classes are cancelled in order to facilitate our gradings. Don’t forget that you can do make up lessons before or after the disruptions.



Monday 26th of March 4.00pm Kids Muay Thai and 4.30pm Kids Karate

Tuesday 27th of March 3.30pm Kids Karate, 4pm Kids Karate, 4.30pm Kids Muay Thai, 5pm Karate, 7pm Karate
6pm Muay Thai students are welcome to train with the Muay Thai students who are grading


Wednesday 28th of March 3.30pm Kids Muay Thai, 4pm Kids Muay Thai, 4.30pm Kids Karate, 5pm Karate, 7pm Muay Thai




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.


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