Northern Beaches Shito-ryu Karate - Mackay Region

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Personal Development primary focus

           Practical Self Defence                                 Traditional & Competition                  
Coordination Building       

The Instructors

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Helle Jorgensen 
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. 

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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.
      Other costs:
           - 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.

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

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4. Introduction to Lower Block...

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

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6. Introduction to Kiai...

7. Upper Block...

8. Punching Harder & Faster...

9. What is Kata...

10. Basic Karate Drills...

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

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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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
                            6-7pm  Seniors 

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Karate Dojo location  & Contact Details

Wallace St
Bucasia, Mackay Region
 QLD, Australia

Ph: Helle 0488146644 or Rob 0409833317   

Wallace St


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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 Junior 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 colour change

Orange belt Juni no kata (also called Taikyoku kata)
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