Camden Local Business Awards Finalist for 2020

We are very pleased to announce that Bujutsu is a finalist in the 2020 Camden Local Business Awards.

 

It has been a few years since we have entered this competition, but we thought we would enter for 2020. The winner of the 2020 awards will be announced in November 2020. Until then we will wait patiently.

 

Bujutsu has very good record with the Local Business Awards, every year we have entered the competition we have ended up a finalist or won the awards.

 

Our martial arts programs (Karate, Muay Thai Kick Boxing, BJJ, Boxing, Judo, Jodo, Iaido and Kobud0) are very well know throughout the Macarthur Regions Local Government Area’s including; Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido and Jodo Grading

On Sunday the 21st of June 2020, Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre held the June quarter Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido and Jodo Gradings for New South Wales.

 

 

 

The examination panel consisted of Robert Brown Sensei, Aden Steinke Sensei and Mark Szalajko Sensei.

 

2020 has been a tough year for martial artists, in order to prepare for these gradings these members undertook Zoom online training and as well as outdoor training until we were allowed to train in the dojo again.

 

Where there is a will there is a way.

 

Congratulations to the follow members who passed their gradings:

 

Jodo 4th Kyu
Jonathan Tilbury
Keith Adams
Stephen Whitehead
James Whitehead

Iaido 6th Kyu
Jonathan Tilbury
Stephen Whitehead
James Whitehead

Iaido 5th Kyu
Keith Adams

Iaido 4th Kyu
Sayuri Sakamoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Bujutsu Environmentally Friendly Annual Competition 2020

               

 

Want to win a $100 JB HI FI Gift Card?

 

All you need to do is email 3 environmentally friendly strategies that you think would help make Bujutsu a more Eco Friendly dojo.

 

If we implement one or more of your strategies you will receive a $100 JB HIFI Gift Card.

 

Competition closes the 4th of July 2020.

 

To enter email your eco friendly strategies to Sensei Mark: mark@bujutsumartialarts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bujutsu Briefing Note – Saturday 9th May 2020

Bujutsu Briefing Note

Saturday 9th May 2020

 

Hello everyone,

 

The Prime Minister has announced a road map to recovery in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

In short, there are 3 stages that Australia will pass through in order to get back to our normal way of life.

Stage one involves allowing groups of up to 10.

Step two involves allowing groups of up to 20.

Step three involves allowing groups of up to 100.

 

 

At this point in time the NSW State Government has been silent on this plan. This means we are not yet in a position to fully brief you.

There is still a lot of information missing. Some obvious questions are, does this apply to indoor facilities or outdoor or both?
Does the maximum of 20 people include staff and parents who wan to watch their children?

 

Despite the lack of information being provided in a timely manner, this is very positive news.

 

If the above does indeed apply to indoor sporting facilities we will commence classes asap.

 

Stay tuned for more briefing notes as more information becomes available.

 

We will make classes available from the very day we are allowed to. Monitor our Facebook page daily and our webpage daily for any updates that we are able to provide.

 

In the meantime, our online classes will continue as outlined below.

 

ONLINE TRAINING PATTERN WE ARE FOLLOWING:

 

Please note that we can only make these classes available to those whose accounts are still active.
If your account is on hold and you want to try these classes just let me know at: mark@bujutsumartialarts.com

You can get a FREE Zoom account at: https://us04web.zoom.us

 

The Meeting code is now the same code for all lessons.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING CODE HAS CHANGED. ZOOM NOW INSIST ON A PASSWORD AS WELL.

Meeting code: 238-166-070

Password 427715

URL Join Link: https://zoom.us/j/238166070?pwd=TmI3eDlYdWF3Nk40ZjdFRGFtSnU4QT09

 

Once you enter the meeting you will be asked to identify yourself. If you don’t respond we will have to remove you from the online session. I need to make sure no weirdos end up in our online training sessions.

 

Monday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Tuesday

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Wednesday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness  (Please note this class will not run on Wednesday the 12th May but will run every other Wednesday)

 

 

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Thursday

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Friday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Saturday

8.15am to 8.45am Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

8.50am to 9.20am Kids Karate

9.30am   Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

10.30am Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Sunday

10am Iaido and Jodo.

 

See you in online.

 

Get your family involved in these online lessons. We all need to keep active, burn calorie and stress off.

 

 

Regards,

Sensei Mark

Director/Chief Instructor

Mushin

 

 

 

Mushin is a mental state that is strived for by traditional meditators and high level martial artists.

 

Mushin has been around since the early 1600’s when the Zen Buddist Takuan Soho advised samurai clans to adopt this state of mind.

 

Despite the fact that mushin is very relevant to all martial arts styles, including to name a few: karate, muay thai kick boxing, mma, bjj, iaido, jodo and kyudo, it is a concept that most martial artists have never heard of.

 

But mushin is a concept understood and practiced by high level traditional Japanese martial artists who have moved beyond just the physical aspect of their art and who also work on the spiritual side of their art.

 

You are probably wondering what does mushin mean. I have to say that mushin is a very difficult concept to explain at a level that is able to be used and put into practice.

 

Mushin is a shortened form of the zen concept, mushin no shin, which means the mind without mind.

 

At its simplest level mushin is simply having an empty mind. At advanced levels of mushin it is much more.

 

Mushin is something that all martial artists, regardless of style should strive for. Mushin involves calming our minds to a state of mind where the mind is not fixed on or occupied by any thought or emotion. This leaves our mind free from distraction and able to maintain alertness of everything around us without fixating on one particular issue. This allows our mind to flow rather than fixate on one particular thing.

 

When we obtain mushin, our mind is without fear, anger or ego, as well as any other external distractions. In mushin, martial artists stop thinking about what needs to be done in combat and allow their bodies to take over.

 

If you put your mind on the enemy sword, your mind will be taken by the enemy sword.

 

If you put your mind on trying to cut your enemy, your mind will be taken by trying to cut.

 

If you put your mind on your sword, your mind will be taken by your sword.

 

These analogies could easily be worded to reflect a fight in a ring or cage, as well, as many law enforcement scenarios.

 

Mushin allows, the martial artist to be able to think without thinking and respond appropriately. This is why I say that this is a concept for highly skilled advanced martial artists. If the physical side of your art has not been repetitively trained over many years, your body will not be able to automatically respond to the threat.

 

For those who practice mushin, there is no place to put your mind on, your mind should be aware and free. The Japanese saying, mizu no kokoro is very relevant to mushin and means, mind like water.

 

Mushin is a difficult task that takes years and years of training to be able to achieve in a high stress situation.

 

Now that you have any idea of what mushin is, you can spend the next 10 years trying to perfect mushin in practice.

 

Mark Szalajko

Sensei

 

 

 

 

Hachiji Dachi

Hachiji Dachi is also known as natural stance, open leg stance and ready stance.

 

Hachiji Dachi is a very common stance used by the Japanese Karate Association and is a common stance in the Shotokan world.

In this stance your heels are at hip width with your toes pointed out at 45 degrees.

 

Weight distribution is 50/50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renoji Dachi

Renoji Dachi is also known as L stance.

 

Renoji Dachi is a stance used by the Japan Karate Association and is a common stance in the Shotokan world.

 

In this stance, if you pull your front foot back in a straight line it should touch the heel of your back foot.

 

Note that the hips are at 45 degrees, a position that is known as hanmi.

 

Weight distribution is 70% back foot and 30% front foot.

 

         

 

 

Bujutsu Briefing Note Saturday 18th April 2020 issued at 4.15pm.

Bujutsu Daily Briefing

Saturday 18th April 2020 issued at 4.15pm

 

Hello everyone,

 

Well I have to be honest. I was against online training to start with.

 

To be honest the classes are going really well and I am teaching 7 days a week.

If you have not tried an online class, jump in and give it ago.

 

We will continue with online lessons until we are allowed to reopen. When we have a date, we will advise everyone on of the date on our Webpage and on our Facebook Page.

 

 

ONLINE TRAINING PATTERN WE ARE FOLLOWING:

 

Please note that we can only make these classes available to those whose accounts are still active.
If your account is on hold and you want to try these classes just let me know at: mark@bujutsumartialarts.com

You can get a FREE Zoom account at: https://us04web.zoom.us

 

The Meeting code is now the same code for all lessons.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING CODE HAS CHANGED. ZOOM NOW INSIST ON A PASSWORD AS WELL.

Meeting code: 238-166-070

Password 427715

URL Join Link: https://zoom.us/j/238166070?pwd=TmI3eDlYdWF3Nk40ZjdFRGFtSnU4QT09

 

Once you enter the meeting you will be asked to identify yourself. If you don’t respond we will have to remove you from the online session. I need to make sure no weirdos end up in our online training sessions.

 

Monday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Tuesday

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Wednesday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

Thursday

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Friday

9am Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

3.45pm to 4.15pm Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

4.25pm to 4.55pm Kids Karate

5pm RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo

6pm Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Saturday

8.15am to 8.45am Kids Muay Thai Kick Boxing

8.50am to 9.20am Kids Karate

9.30am   Adults Muay Thai Kick Boxing Class and Fitness

10.30am Adults Japanese Karate Association

 

Sunday

10am Iaido and Jodo.

 

See you in online.

 

Get your family involved in these online lessons. We all need to keep active, burn calorie and stress off.

 

 

Regards,

Sensei Mark

Director/Chief Instructor

Masubi Dachi

Masubi Dachi is the informal attention stance used by the Japan Karate Association. It is a common stance in the Shotokan world.

 

It is from Masubi Dachi that rei (bow) is performed.

 

It is a 50/50 weight distribution stance.

 

Heels are together and toes are pointed out at 45 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heisoku Dachi

Heisoku Dachi is a stance used by the Japan Karate Association and is a very common stance in the Shotokan World.

Heisoku Dachi also known as informal attention stance and sometimes referred to as closed foot stance.

It can be found in many kata where the feet are placed together.

Not much needs to be said about this stance.

It is a 50/50 weight distribution stance.

Heels and toes are together.