Age Uke

The first lesson back for the year started at 7am on a Monday morning and there was a great turn out.  The theme for January was Age Uke which we practised it in all the main exercise like Kihon Yon Dosa, Kihon Uke Kame San, Tai Sabaki, Kara Zuki and even Kihon Kata. During January …

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Christmas time

As Christmas approached I expected class sizes to get smaller but I was wrong. Students kept to their normal routine and some even came to additional classes throughout the weeks.  In response, and probably because its a time for giving, I ramped things up a lot.  For the last class of the year I introduced Kihon …

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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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