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 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
9:40 to 10:30am beginners (over 7yrs) yellow belt 7yrs+ and 6yr olds who are
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)
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
Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
- filmed mid-1990s & adult focused teaching style
6. Introduction to kick
(knee/ankle lift variant 1)...
Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant
2015 Kids Fleece Training Jackets
- zip full length
- "shito-ryu" embroided
- logo embroided
- 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).
Please choose 1 of 3 options:
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...
Option 2: Tuesday only training (older kids/students only)
Tuesday only training 1 student US$54...
Option 3: Saturday & Tuesday sessions (older kids/students only)
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)
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:
Fig Tree Pocket Karate Dojo locations & Contact Details
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
Fig Tree Pocket School Assembly Hall
(next to sports field)
Ph: 040 9208143
"The Traditional Japanese Karate Network" on Facebook
How our kids (7 to 12yrs) ranking & belt system works
At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:
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).
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)
A 5yr old orange belt (Kate Armstrong) doing Juni no kata in a tournament (RHS)
a 202 page karate history, philosophy & technique textbook
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
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)