Karate Announcements

Queensland Traditional Juniors Championships

posted May 27, 2017, 4:54 PM by Jason Armstrong

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.

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Shito-ryu Fig Tree Pocket dojo visits UQ Okinawan dojo

posted May 11, 2017, 4:43 AM by Jason Armstrong

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!

Queensland competitors in Aust Champs

posted Apr 11, 2017, 2:36 AM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 4:03 AM ]

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

Qld Junior Traditional Championships

posted Feb 18, 2017, 11:04 PM by Jason Armstrong

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:

Pathway to Sensei - Session 3

posted Feb 18, 2017, 11:00 PM by Jason Armstrong

As a heads up prior to our first full day black belt gathering for the year, which is the Pathway to Sensei course - Session 3 on Apr 29th. We will be doing the typical theory/philosophy component up front, kihon drills, boxing comparison drills, work our way in depth through Chinto (Gankaku) & Pinan Sandan then to kumite & referring.

As a reminder, if you have time to brush up on your refereeing terminology & gestures as illustrated in our "Speaking Japanese for Martial Artists" book, please do so. Also a new video covering off on Chinto will provide fore learning for anyone motivated. It is at the below webpage.


FTP dojo vists Redlands with California instructor in town

posted Nov 3, 2016, 2:50 AM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 2:53 AM ]

It was good to have 6 members of the Fig Tree Pocket dojo visit the Redlands dojo for a kumite class while Ed Sensei was visiting from California.

Redlands visit by FTP karate sign.jpg

Redlands karate visit by FTP dojo.jpg

Student of the term - FTP dojo

posted Jun 18, 2016, 3:58 PM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 4:03 PM ]

Congratulations to Grace Mattner for "Student of the Term" at the Fig Tree Pocket Dojo. A great term for the 5 year old knowing kata and other things outside her Little Tigers curriculum (some thanks to her big brother Harrison) on top of excellent behaviour in the dojo and clean technique. Thanks to Ashleigh senpai for being our test panel and sparring with the kids as well!

Grace Student of term June 2016.jpg

Student of the term - FTP dojo

posted Dec 7, 2015, 7:32 PM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 7:33 PM ]

Congratulations to Ben Baker for "Student of the Term" at the Fig Tree Pocket Dojo. A great term for the 6 year old showing great strength in our preliminary fighting work & always eager to train hard.

Karate belt cupcakes

posted Nov 27, 2015, 6:08 PM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 6:09 PM ]

A big thanks to Catherine of the FTP dojo (mom of Luke) for bringing in cupcakes today for the Little Tigers group at the Fig Tree Pocket dojo. They tasted even better than the look. Happy birthday Luke!

2015 Australian Karate Camp

posted Nov 26, 2015, 4:34 PM by Jason Armstrong   [ updated Nov 26, 2015, 4:37 PM ]

A group photo from the 2015 Traditional Japanese Karate Network Camp in Queensland at the Sunshine Coast.

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