Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo

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Personal Development primary focus

           Practical Self Defence                            Traditional & Competition                  

Coordination Building       

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Term 2 classes resume:  

Tuesday 18th April

Belt test term 2 is on Sat 17th of June

New students can join any time during the term.

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)

Kid's Training Times            

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

   5:15 to 6:15pm         10yrs & older (any rank) & 6yr+ olds who are orange belt or higher

- we train at Fig Tree Pocket School Assembly Hall (next to sports field)

   9am to 9:30am 
    4-6yrs old white & yellow belts    

   9:40 to 10:30am   beginners (over 7yrs) yellow belt 7yrs+ and 6yr olds who are
                                   orange belt or higher

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.
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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

 - sizes for ages 5-8yrs

2017 Jan-March Registration & Payment: 

We kick off on on Tuesday the 24th of January. The last Saturday class will then be Mar 25th  (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 1 is a 9 week karate term with training starting on Tuesday the 18th of April.

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

  Saturday only training 1 student US$54...
              - 8 sessions @ approx A$9  

  Saturday only training 2 students US$108...

  Saturday only training 3 or more students US$144...

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

  Tuesday only training 1 student US$54...
               - 8 sessions @ approx A$9 

  Tuesday only training 2 students US$108...

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

  Tues & Sat training 1 student US$108...
  Tues & Sat training 2 students US$216...

  Sat & Tues training 3 or more students US$288...

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 3rd Dec 2016 (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:

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Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo locations & Contact Details

Tuesday Location

Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo - Shito-ryu

Classes held inside community hall of Cerebral Palsy
17 Rosella Street
Fig Tree Pocket QLD, Australia    

also access & park on Fig Tree Pocket Rd
Ph: 040 9208143       

Saturday Location

Fig Tree Pocket State School

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

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  • Queensland competitors in Aust Champs
    Four of the Queensland kids competitors from the Fig Tree Pocket dojo who visited Adelaide for the Australian Traditional Karate Championships run by our organization. They all managed to pick up a few medals in their respective divisions.
    FTP kids Adelaide national champs 2017.JPG - Google Drive
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:03 AM by Jason Armstrong
  • Qld Junior Traditional Championships
    The Queensland Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017 - DownloadKarate - The Traditional Japanese Karate NetworkQld Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017
    - the webpage is now open for registrations

    We have finally decided to put a tournament together to cater from 4yrs to 11yrs of age. The web sign-up page & rules are a clone of our Australian Traditional Karate Championships but applied at the Qld level.

    We are creating a good diversity of events for kids, especially for younger ones a little like some JKA & Shito events I saw in in Japan (but with one novel addition of a "theory competition"). Regardless of kids rank/age, the idea is to get them warmed to the tournament scene. Many of the kids competing from our organisation will be white to orange, so it will cater to to low ranks also. Older kids will also be eligible for 5 event types. Events include:

    The event will be at Fig Tree Pocket State School (near Kenmore). There will be 3 rings and how long the day goes will depend on entrant numbers, but the youngest age group (4-6yrs) will likely be all done on rings 1 & 2 within an hour. Ring 3 will start the older kids cycling through divisions from 10am and once the Little Tigers are done older ages will then be on all 3 rings.

    The full webpage & rules (with videos showing event types) is at:
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 11:04 PM 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.

Note: The Traditional Japanese Karate Network is an international organization, hence all payment methods are in US$ (adjusted for exchange rate, the uniform price will therefore approximate $49 Australian).

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)