Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo

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Personal Development primary focus

Practical Self Defence                            Traditional & Competition

Coordination Building & Non-contact

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Term 4 classes resume:  

Tuesday 3rd October 

New students can join any time during the term.

Belt test Term 4 is on Sat 2nd of December

The Instructors

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The primary instructor is Dr Jason Armstrong who is a 7th degree black belt & his own 7yr old daughter & 8yr old son are two of the class members (pictured below). Jason has been training karate for over 30 years and  teaching since 1986, his key focus in karate over the years has been personal and character development derived from the traditions of the art. He has competed at international levels in his younger years and lived in Japan with a karate master (see Shihan Jason's karate bio page)

Adult & Kids Training Times            


   6pm-7pm                  Adults & kids who are orange belt or higher

Thursday  - we train at the community hall of the Cerebral Palsy association

   5:30pm-6:30pm                  Adults & invited high rank kids


   9am to 9:30am     4-6yrs olds    

    9:40 to 10:30am       Adults & kids over 7yrs

First lesson free

Beginners don't need karate uniforms 
- we stock for you to purchase if your child decides to
    sign up for a term

As with all our networked clubs cost is
  $9 per lesson - but fees are actually paid on a full term basis.
      (plus a one off fee each year of $20 to cover insurance)

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About the Style we Practice

We are a member of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network which is an international organization stemming from Japan based-training. The specific style we practice is Shito-Ryu Karate which was founded by Kenwa Mabuni & today is the most practised style of karate in the world (it surpassed Shotokan a few years ago). Shito-Ryu possess the kata of both Goju and Shotokan and offers a good balance of “linear and hard” with “round and soft”, therefore, these three major traditional karate styles are innately connected via their Okinawan origins hundreds of years ago. We honour this age-old tradition and so enjoy training and welcome students from the many forms of martial arts & beginners, to come into our dojo and train with other like minded people. See Shihan Jason Armstrong's karate bio page (he is a 7th degree black belt & the primary instructor for Australia).

We have a great support network with 7th & 8th degree black belts in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading panels, run seminars and attend our camps.

Curriculum & Belt Test Material

Kata: The first kata in our shito-ryu style is called Shihozuki Niban  also called Shihozuki Gedan (learnt at yellow belt & orange belt). Shihouzuki translates to the method/way of 4 punches. Below is a diagrammatic representation of the simple 4 directional "+" pattern kata. Below is also a video of this kata, which is standard  in our shito-ryu style & other closely related styles like Renbukan & Shukokai.  Following  the shihozuki kata, the kids move onto Juni no kata (also known as Taikyoku) for late orange belt to green belt. Below is Shihouzuki kata.
shihozuki kata shioski ichiban white belt kata shukokai renbukan

Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
 - filmed mid-1990s & adult focused teaching style

5. Introduction to Lower Block...

6. Introduction to kick
(knee/ankle lift variant 1)

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7. Introduction to Kiai...

8. Upper Block...

9. Punching Harder & Faster...

10. What is Kata...

11. Basic Karate Drills...

Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant

2015 Kids Fleece Training Jackets

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- zip full length

- "shito-ryu" embroided

- logo embroided

- fleece 

- name tag spot

2017 Oct-Dec Registration & Payment: 

We kick off on on Tuesday the 3rd of October. The last Saturday class will then be Dec 2nd (which is the belt test). 

You can pay via credit card or PAYPAL via the paypal interface. 

The below rates for more than 1 student incorporate the discounts described in the footnote of this section.

Please choose 1 of 3 options:

Note: The Traditional Japanese Karate Network is an international organization, hence all payment methods are in US$ (adjusted for exchange rate, classes prices will therefore approximate $9 Australian per class & include family discounts where applicable).

Term 4 is a 9 week karate term with training starting on Tuesday the 3rd of Oct.

Each new student to the club must pay a once/year US$25 insurance fee in January in addition to term fees.   Click here to pay insurance fee...

Option 1: Saturday only training

Option 2: Tuesday only training (older kids/students only)

Option 3: Saturday & Tuesday sessions (older kids/students only)

Thursday nite registration:
Family discounts:
The above rates for more than 1 student use our family/discount approach to multi-family members training. This model becomes more relevant as parents joining in to class may result in at least 3 members training in a few circumstances:

         Family member 1: $9 per class
Family member  2: $9 per class
Family member  3: $4.50 per class
Family member  4: $0 per class
Family member  5: $0 per class

Belt Test Registration for 2nd Dec 2017 (Term 4)

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Please click the below link to register one student at a time for the next Fig Tree Pocket belt rank test. If you have another person in your family also sitting the exam, please simply repeat the process.

Given the FTP club size, your dojo instructor will receive information that lets them distinguish who/how many in your family is testing.

Within 24 hours you will see the name you have registered in the below table for confirmation.

Note the timeline for the day:  for the adult/junior class students the test will begin at 9am. Little Tigers will begin their activities from 10:15am. All ranks announced and party at 11:15am.

Young kids showing great control & ability in non-contact tournament

Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo locations & Contact Details

Fig Tree Pocket State School

Fig Tree Pocket School Assembly Hall 
(next to sports field)
     Ph: 040 9208143     

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  • Queensland Traditional Juniors Championships
    Last Saturday's tournament seemed to get a great deal of positive feedback from the visiting clubs. Especially in relation to its design for the young and low rank kids to experience their "first event". On our Facebook page there are a variety of pictures from the day some people have sent me or uploaded themselves (with some good ones of the Taiko drum performance).

    As previously mentioned, these events are all about the experience and personal development that occurs. There was a very broad range of kids receiving medals on the day, which was good to see, but most importantly it was how well the kids conducted themselves. They all behaved so well with good sportsmanship, respect for others and were so very engaged. They represented their respective ranks and dojo at the highest standard.

    Photo Photo
    Posted May 27, 2017, 4:54 PM by Jason Armstrong
  • Shito-ryu Fig Tree Pocket dojo visits UQ Okinawan dojo
    A big thank you to the University of Queensland dojo and Sinn Chew sensei for allowing a group of 10 Shito-ryu Fig Tree Pocket students to visit tonight. Osu!
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:43 AM by Jason Armstrong
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How our kids (7 to 12yrs) ranking & belt system works

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At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:
  • no rank change if not quite ready
  • a change in level
  • the addition of a stripe (1 black stripe exists at each rank color)
  • belt color change
The traditional martial arts as passed to us from Japan and is a aimed at life learning lessons. Therefore belt testing is always a competency based test, with of course age and size factored in (i.e. people are not simply promoted for participating).

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Round house kick, face punch, body punch

Note: this is similar to how we teach kids the action, but for adults we do it differently

The 2 key points when learning round house kick (mawashi-geri) are:
   - knee up
   - turn on the ball of your foot for the support leg while throwing the kick

Round house kick training tip:
   - try handging ont the wall or a pole, lift your kneee and just practice extending the kick
      with toes pointed (slowly to develop muscle strength)

Orange belt Juni no kata (also called Taikyoku kata)
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A 5yr old orange belt (Kate Armstrong) doing Juni no kata in a tournament (RHS)

a 202 page karate history, philosophy & technique textbook

Uniform Payment: 

You can pay via credit card or PAYPAL via the paypal interface. 

This is for Traditional Japanese Karate Network students only, who wish to purchase a Shito-ryu embroided karate uniform. Once purchased, you can pick up your uniform up at your dojo from your instructor. We will determine the required size at the dojo.

How to tie your belt

- you need to be able to for your belt test if you are 6yrs old or older

Know how to tie your karate belt

In the 5-8yr age group we like all students to participate in tests and given their age, walk away with something. These younger kids can receive 3 types of awards on a belt test day.

- term participation & completion certificate (no fee charged to participate in the "test')

- a rank advancement (certificate; test fees of approx A$22)

- a Kyu level advancement (either a new black strip or belt color is issued; test fees of approx A$22)