March News

26 March 2018, Monday

Dear Karate-ka and Parents,


Firstly on a personal note, a huge thank you to everyone for my birthday wishes, presents and get-together.  I had a great 40th Birthday.


A huge congratulation to all that competed in our Sunshine Coast Karate Challenge.  It was a well-supported day, from the students, parents to visiting dojo.  We are growing and getting better and better each year.


Good luck to all our students that will be competing in the QLD State Championships on the 17th & 18th March.  We know that you will represent our dojo with pride both on and off the mat.


Two of our students, young Dannica Starkey and Caitlin Corbett have been selected to represent Australia at the Oceanic Cup in New Zealand.  From all at SCMA, we would like to congratulate them and wish them all success.  Just being selected is a huge achievement and we are proud of these two girls.


Thanks to all the families and friends that supported our Fund Raiser, Barefoot Bowls.  It was a fun afternoon enjoyed by all.


Some events coming up are highlighted below:


10th March – Referee Seminar. Venue to be advised

17th and 18th March – QKA State Titles. Brisbane

22nd March – Kyu Grading. Noosa dojo. By invitation ONLY

20th, 21st and 22nd April – Australian Open Karate in Sydney


Just a short note about karate.  Of course, although much focus is placed on tournaments, this should not be the main goal of your karate training. We also need to remember that all people are different with different personalities and physical abilities. True karate training recognises this, which makes karate a way of life. Below I have listed a few basic benefits of karate training that we sometimes tend to forget or take for granted that are not always focused on in other sports.

  • Self-Defense
  • Focusing and Listening
  • Teamwork and Positive Social Interaction
  • Self-Control and Good Decision Making – Self-control refers to the training that one gives one’s self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one is unfocused or would rather be doing something else
  • Balance and Posture
  • Memorisation and Retention
  • Self-Discipline and Responsibility
  • Physical Fitness and Healthy Living
  • Coordination and Motor Skills
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence Building
  • Stranger Awareness and Personal Safety
  • Self-Confidence

“People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)

  • Respect – One of the most important words in martial arts is respect.
  • Discipline, Behavior in and out of School
  • Great Physical Fitness
  • Anti-Bullying Education
  • Social Skills and Friendships
  • Smile, Laugh and Having Fun

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Kind Regards,

Bryan sensei and team.