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Our first grading

The big news this month was our first grading, which saw Dawn receive her 9th Kyu grade in the traditional way.  Some clubs organise periodic grading events where students are tested on their syllabus and either pass or fail. Chidokan take the view that students should be constantly assessed and promoted when they are ready, …

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More students

The size of Tuesday classes are growing but Thursday’s don’t seem to have the same appeal. No doubt that will change given time as Dawn San has been spreading word of the dojo.  She gained some interest from an old friend who used to practice Budokan a few decades ago and who was keen to …

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New student

July saw the arrival of the dojo’s first ever regular student. Dawn San had her first lesson around the middle of the month and enjoyed it enough to want to sign up and come back the following week.  She had never tried a Martial Art before so the experience of her first Chidokan lesson was unique. …

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The Winter Months

They say the Winter months are slow and dull but the Sydney dojo must have missed the memo. Regular attendance from Sensei Halliday and Terry san left us with no alternative than to train ‘like cut snakes’. It would only be a matter of time before we had an innocent bystander venture into the dojo …

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The Dojo Reopens

Chidokan began its life in Australia in 1969 at the North Sydney Police Boys Club, now the North Sydney PCYC.  The PCYC became the Hombu dojo for Chidokan with countless thousands of students entering its doors over the decades.  Numerous Chidokan events were held there including the huge celebrations of the 20th and 30th anniversaries …

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