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Term 2 Update

Posted by texperkin on 18 July, 2019 at 20:10

What a busy term at the karate and indeed a busy year so far! As usual, the end of term is a good opportunity to review how we all went, update you all on what’s going on and setting up for next term. In this post:

• Timetable over the next few weeks

• New instructors

• New system and direct debits

• Updated syllabus and student resource guide

• Programs

• Plans for our karate school

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Move to new Dojo

Posted by texperkin on 8 May, 2019 at 15:25

Exciting news - we've moved to a new location! We're busy putting the final touches on the new dojo at 2/1371 Botany Rd, Botany.

That's the new building - signs not up yet. Stay tuned.

Term 1 Wrap up

Posted by texperkin on 4 April, 2019 at 16:45

Just a couple of things as we head towards the end of term.

Firstly, I'm really proud of the progress everyone is making. Sometimes its hard to see it for yourself when you're training but I can definitely see improvements from everyone. Well done!

The last day of training will be next Friday for the grading and seminar which means we're into the last week of classes next week. First class back with be Tuesday 30 April after the Easter/school holiday break....

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Back to Training 2019

Posted by texperkin on 24 January, 2019 at 8:05

Hi all,

For all new and returning students classes for 2019 start next week with the first class for the year on Tuesday 29 January.

I hope you've all had a good break and looking forward to seeing everyone!


Posted by texperkin on 16 September, 2018 at 20:15

Thinking about kumite - for most of my karate career previous to my current iteration, kumite consisted of "mitts and pads on" followed by "hajime". There really wasn't much in the way of preparation or training for this and I think the idea was that through repetitious punching and "blocking" in the air you would become a good bout fighter. This is NOT the case.

At the AKA we train for specific circumstances and with kumite there are specific things we need to train for. Fo...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #5

Posted by texperkin on 7 June, 2018 at 1:05

Returning to Funakoshi's 20 precepts....

5: Spirit First, technique second

We have talked about this in the dojo in the guise of ‘attitude’. The correct mind-set is key to karate and if this is right, then good technique will follow. This is not to say that technique is not important of course, but one will lead to the other.

This can be illustrated through the example of kata.

As unbelievable as it, many mart...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #4

Posted by texperkin on 28 February, 2018 at 22:35

Continuing our investigation into Funakoshi's 20 precepts, here's my take on the fourth. Any comments more than welcome!

4: First know yourself before attempting to know others

When engaging in any challenge, it is a really good idea to understand what that challenge actually entails. Not knowing who your enemy is in any context means that you’re going in blind. You would likely not take a driving test without a thorough understanding of the road rule...

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First Class of 2018

Posted by texperkin on 4 February, 2018 at 23:05

A great day today for our first class of 2018. Lots of new students ranging from eight through to seventy(undisclosed) - still room for a few more though!


We worked on our basic technique and built that into some kata practice. We also focused right in on one wrist lock from Rohai kata and learnt one way to deal with someone grabbing our arm. Finally, we talked about when those techniques we looked at today might be useful in self defence vs in a tournament situation.

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Funakoshi's Precepts #3

Posted by texperkin on 4 February, 2018 at 23:05

Continuing our investigation into Funakoshi's 20 precepts, here's my take on the third. Any comments more than welcome!

3: Karate is an aide to justice

If you contextualise Funakoshi’s 20 precepts, you’ll realise that he laid them down at a time and place where society as he knew it was crossing over from the Feudal system to that of modern, European-style Japan. The Meiji Restoration of the late 19th century brought about many changes and a pro...

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Funakoshi's Precepts #2

Posted by texperkin on 30 January, 2018 at 22:40

It's been a couple of weeks so I'm getting back to Funakoshi's 20 precepts. Here is my take on the second one.

2: There is no first attack in karate (Karate ni sente nashi)

While not actually original to Funakoshi, this is perhaps the most controversial of his 20 precepts and is, perhaps not surprisingly, the most famous. I believe it is also the most misunderstood. This misunderstanding revolves around whether the instruction is moral or tactical.

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