FREE Ladies Only Self Defence Seminar

 

FREE – Ladies Only Self Defence Seminar

 

Would you be able to defend yourself or a loved one?

 

Saturday the 27th of June 2020

12pm to 1.30pm

Location:

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre

Smeaton Grange H.Q.  21 Waler Street Smeaton Grange NSW 2567

 

RSVP by close of business: Monday 22nd June 2020

By email to Sensei Mark     mark@bujutsumartialarts.com

 

 

Suitable for 10 years and above

 

This seminar will provide you with numerous personal safety tips and strategies.What to do if someone is following you whilst you are alone and driving your car.

The seminar will also provide you with simple bu effective self defence techniques. For example, what to do if someone has their hands around your throat and is strangling you.

An overview of legislation relating to self defence will also be provided.

Sensei Mark

 

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre has an established a ladies only Self Defence Program. The program was developed by Sensei Mark and is taught by Kru Sandra every Thursday night.

This Seminar will expand on that program and give you a good insight into our program and how you can easily learn to protect yourself.

Sensei Mark 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, he 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. He was also trained as a close personal protection officer and protected international dignitaries that were visiting New South Wales. He has worked closely on missions with the Secret Service and FBI.

Sensei Mark started training martial arts in 1987. He has helped thousands of people learn how to protect themselves.

A few years back he was awarded the martial arts title of Renshi Mark Szalajko. However, he prefers to simply use the title Sensei. The term Renshi means expert instructor. A comprehensive list of his qualifications and background can be found at: https://bujutsumartialarts.com.au/instructors/sensei-mark/

 

 

FREE – Bujutsu Bully Proof Anti Bullying Seminar

Seminar Details:

Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre is providing a FREE Anti Bullying Seminar.

 

We provide this seminar once a year, we always get a really good turn out and we always get really good feed back.

Every child deserves to be happy.

This seminar will give children the skills they need to deal with bullies.

 

Date: Saturday 25th of July 2020

Time: 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Suitable for children 6 years and above.

Location: Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre – 21 Waler Crescent Smeaton Grange NSW 2567

RSVP essential and by: Close of Business Monday the 20th of July 2020

To book a spot please email Sensei Mark   mark@bujutsumartialarts.com

Some Fact About Bullying

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.

Sensei Mark

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 program 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 1987. 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.

A few years back I was awarded the martial arts title of Renshi, however I prefer to simply use the title Sensei. The term Renshi means expert instructor. My qualifications and background can be found at: https://bujutsumartialarts.com.au/instructors/sensei-mark/

 

Respect and Good Manners


Martial Arts and Self Defence is a lot more than just kicking and punching.
Learning respect for one’s self and others is a big part of traditional martial arts training.

We teach our members, especially our kids that respect and good manners will open doors. No respect and bad manners will close doors.
These are values we hope our members will apply to everyday life, whether it be at school or in the workplace. These skills will assist our members to be successful in life.
From a martial arts perspective, the use of good manners and assertive communication in tense situations with others who are being aggressive towards you can also assist in defusing a tense situation that may otherwise turn violent.

As a police officer, I have used these skills on many occasions and have been successful in resolving tense situations without the need to use physical force.

2020 Bujutsu Annual Presentation Day

This years annual Presentation Day will be held at our dojo.

 

 

 

Don’t miss out on this event. Bookings open 1st July 2020.

 

Sunday 13th of December 2020

 

Cost $23 per student. Family members are FREE.

 

We will be following the same format as last years presentation day. Our presentation days are always a fantastic day.

 

The presentation day will be held in our carpark. We have booked Hyper Foods who will be selling Popcorn, Fairy Floss and Snow Cones. We have also booked Gregory Hills Rotary Club, who will be selling sausage sandwiches and drinks.

For the kids we have booked a large jumping castle and a balloon artist.

 

This year we will be awarding trophies by surname.

If your surname commences with an A to F,  you will need to be at the dojo between 9 am and 10.00 am.

At 9am we will start to award trophies for these members.

 

If your surname commences with an G to L, you will need to be at the dojo between 10.00 am and 11.00 am.

At 10.00am we will start to award trophies for these members.

 

If your surname commences with an M to R,  you will need to be at the dojo between 11 am and 12.00 pm.

At 11am we will start to award trophies for these members.

 

If your surname commences with an S to Z,  you will need to be at the dojo between 12 pm and 1.00 pm.

At 12pm we will start to award trophies for these members.

You are welcome to come and collect your trophy and head off. But we are hopeful that you will hang around for a little while and spend some time with friends.

Chairs, esky’s, picnic’s are welcome. This is an alcohol FREE event.

 

It is your choice whether you bring a picnic or simply purchase from Hyper Foods and Gregory Hills Rotary, or do both.

 

Every student who attends will receive a trophy.
Additionally, 18 major awards will be presented.

The $23 per student will be used to purchase trophies.

 

R.S.V.P: Close of Business – Saturday 28th November 2020

If you miss the R.S.V.P date you miss the event.

 

 

Please note:

No refunds.

Remember if you can’t be there on the day we do understand. We hope that you will also understand that we do not award trophies unless you attend the Presentation Day.

If you don’t turn up on the day, we will not issue you a trophy.

April 2019 Tokyo and Okinawa Bujutsu Tour

JKA and Ryu Kon Kai Training Tour

From the 19th of April 2019 until the 27th of April 2019, I led a tour of Tokyo, Japan and Naha, Okinawa. The tour party consisted of Jessica Graydon, Zac Carl, Glen Carl, Amanda Morgan and Ray Morgan.

This tour was my 10th training trip to Japan.

We began the tour with a 3 night stop over in Tokyo where we attended the JKA Sohonbu for karate training.

 

 

We stayed at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel and visited numerous tourist sites. Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection), Tokyo Tower and several shrines, as well as Takeshita Street.

I also introduced the team to raw horse meat.

 

 

We then flew across to Naha, Okinawa where we spent 5 nights in a AirBnB house near the Ryu Kon Kai Karate and Kobudo honbu in Uruma, Okinawa. We had a fantastic time training karate and kobudo each night.

 

On the trip I graded Amanda Morgan to 5th Ky in Ryu Kon Kai. Whilst Iha Kotaro Sensei (10th Dan) graded Zac Carl to Shodan in Ryu Kon Kai.

 

 

Of course we also visited numerous historical sites on this visit.

 

 

 

 

2019 Bujutsu Annual Presentation Day

This years Annual Presentation Day will be held at our dojo.

Unfortunately, Mount Annan Australian Botanic Gardens have informed us that our presentation days have grown too big for them to be able to accomodate. The only affordable option for families is to hold the Presentation Day at our dojo.

 

 

Don’t miss out on this event. You can book your spot now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Sunday 15th of December 2019

 

Cost $23 per student. Family members are FREE.

 

We will be adopting a new format for this years presentation day.

 

This year we will be using our carpark to set up our presentation day. We have booked Hyper Foods who will be selling Popcorn, Fairy Floss and Snow Cones. We have also booked Gregory Hills Rotary Club, who will be selling sausage sandwiches and drinks.

For the kids we have booked a  large jumping castle. We are currently looking into further entertainment for them.

 

This year we will be awarding trophies by surname.

If your surname commences with an A to K,  you will need to be at the dojo between 9am and 10.30am.

At 9am we will start to award trophies for these members.

 

If your surname commences with an L to Z, you will need to be at the dojo between 10.30am and 12pm.

at 10.30am we will start to award trophies for these members.

 

You are welcome to come and collect your trophy and head off. But we are hopeful that you will hang around for a little while and spend some time with friends.

Chairs, esky’s, picnic’s and alochol are welcome.

 

It is your choice whether you bring a picnic or simply purchase from Hyper Foods and Gregory Hills Rotary, or do both.

 

Every student who attends will receive a trophy.
Additionally, 16 major awards will be presented.

The $23 per student will be used to purchase trophies.

In order to assist with paying for the major trophies, jumping castle and other costs that come up, we will run a Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser.
Please support this fundraiser if you can. Boxes of chocolates will be available in the near future.

 

R.S.V.P: Close of Business – Friday 22nd November 2019

If you miss the R.S.V.P date you miss the event.

 

 

Please note:

No refunds.

Remember if you can’t be there on the day we do understand. We hope that you will also understand that we do not award trophies unless you attend the Presentation Day.

If you don’t turn up on the day, we will not issue you a trophy.

 

 

 

The 20 Precepts of Karate according to Gichin Funakoshi

 

Niju kun or the twenty precepts of karate where formulated by the father of modern karate Gichin Funakoshi before he and his students founded the Nihon Karate Koyokai, or Japanese Karate Association in May of 1949.

 

Over the years there have been many attempts to translate the twenty precepts of karate into English, with many variations put forward as to what the literal translation actually is.

 

However, I like the translation put forward below which I obtained from the Japanese Karate Association, who after all, are the ones in the best position to speak on these principles.

 

I won’t go into any great detail on the precepts in this post as I could literally write a seperate post on each precept which is my intention in the future.

 

 

 

The 20 Precepts of Karate

  1. Karate begins and ends with courtesy
  2. There is no first attack in karate
  3. Karate supports righteousness
  4. First understand yourself, then understand others
  5. The art of developing the mind is more important than the art of applying technique
  6. The mind needs to be freed
  7. Trouble is born of negligence
  8. Do not think karate belongs only in the dojo
  9. Karate training requires a lifetime
  10. Transform everything into karate; therein lies its exquisiteness
  11. Genuine karate is like hot water; it cools down if you do not keep on heating it
  12. Do not think of winning; you must think of not losing
  13. Transform yourself according to the opponent
  14. The outcome of the fight depends on one’s control
  15. Imagine one’s arms and legs as swords
  16. Once you leave the shelter of home, there are a million enemies
  17. Postures are for the beginner; later they are natural positions
  18. Do the kata correctly; the real fight is a different matter
  19. Do not forget control of the dynamics of power, the elasticity of the body and the speed of the technique
  20. Always be good at the application of everything you have learned

 

Renshi Mark Szalajko
Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre

Bushido – Way of the Warrior

Bushido is a word that is widely used in the martial arts world. However, it is also a word that is not really understood by most.

I have provided a very basic summary of the word Bushido.

Bushido was the code of honour followed by samurai warriors throughout Japan. It is believed that the Bushido code of honour has been in existence since around the 8th century.

If we break down the word “Bushido”, “bushi” means warrior. While “do” means path or way. Hence, the literal translation of Bushido is “way of the warrior”.

In short, Bushido was a code of moral principles by which the samurai were required to live their lives by.

Bushido is based on seven principles:

  1. Seigi: The right decision and rectitude
  2. Yuki: Bravery and heroism
  3. Jin: Compasion and benevolence to all
  4. Reign: Courtesy and right action
  5. Makoto: Truthfulness and utter sincerity
  6. Meiyo: Honor and glory
  7. Chugi: Devotion and loyalty

I won’t go into depth about the 7 principles in this paper. I will leave that for another time.

Renshi Mark Szalajko