Personal Development primary focus
Practical Self Defence Traditional & Competition
is a long term student of Japan trained Shihan Jason Armstrong (7th Dan). She began karate in early 2003 at the University of the Sunshine Coast Karate Dojo. Helle achieved the level of Black Belt (Shodan) in Shito Ryu, whilst training under Shihan Jason Armstrong and Sensei Nick Lukich. She later gained Shodan in Shotokan JKA karate before returning to Shito Ryu karate. Helle has visited dojos in Denmark and in the US and has competed nationally as well as internationally. Helle holds a Blue Card.
She also holds a B.Sci, B.Bus, B.Arts (Honours) and Post Grad Urban and Regional Planning.
Rob Macaskill has worked in the security industry and started Karate in 1991 in New Zealand. He was originally trained Shotokan but elected to move to Shito-ryu over time. He started his training in Chidokan Karate under the guidance of Kancho Jack Sims for 2 years (with a 4yr stint studying Kyokyshinkai after first moving to Australia). Rob has competed in New Zealand Open North Island Championships, Auckland Shotokan Championships and Australian Martial Arts All Styles Championships.
Beginners don't need karate uniforms
- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term
As with all our networked clubs cost is
$7 per lesson - but fees are actually paid on a full term basis.
- a one off fee each year of $20 to cover insurance
- $20 yearly each January covering on association membership which
contributes to rank certification, this website, lower cost access
to camps etc
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.
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.
Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
- filmed mid-1990s & adult focused teaching style
5. Introduction to kick (knee/ankle lift variant 1)...
Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant
A 5yr old orange belt (Kate Armstrong) doing Juni no kata in a tournament (RHS) when visiting the USA to compete.
First lesson free
New students can join any time during the term.
Training Times Tuesdays & Thursdays
5-6pm All Grade
Karate Dojo location & Contact Details
Bucasia, Mackay Region
Ph: Helle 0488146644 or Rob 0409833317
How our Junior 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:
Orange belt Juni no kata (also called Taikyoku kata)