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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Taira Bunkai Gold Coast 2017

    Taira Bunkai Gold Coast 2017

    Taira sensei has come and gone in a whirlwind visit to the Gold Coast to run a seminar at Southern Cross Martial Arts on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of June 2017. Congratulations to everyone who graded successfully on Sunday. Our own sensei Damien graded to 6th dan renshi in Okinawan Goju Ryu. Congratulations to sensei Bryson Keenan for 8th dan kyoshi , and to Paul Tomassini, Steve Nedelkos, Pete Keogh and Sinn Chew to 6th dan renshi as well. A fabulous weekend of training and camaraderie. Thanks to everyone who came and made it that way. We had our biggest turnout yet with 40 participants coming from all over Australia; and one from Indonesia too. All of the ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - What does the Australian Government have to do with martial arts?

    What does the Australian Government have to do with martial arts?

    In Queensland there is no Government regulation of the martial arts and combat sports sector. Unlike other States, where there is some sort of combat sports body which regulates promotions, fighters and titles, such is not the case in Queensland. Likewise, there is no central licensing body or authority. Quite often you will see people advertise that they are fully ' authorised ' or 'accredited' by some Government body or association. This usually means they have done a coaching course, such as the free online coaching courses run by the Australian Institute of Sport. These courses in no way confer any authority or authorisation to do much at all. As for the associations, they ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Masaji Taira sensei, 9th dan Hanshi, Okinawan Goju Ryu to visit the Gold Coast again

    Masaji Taira sensei, 9th dan Hanshi, Okinawan Goju Ryu to visit the Gold Coast again

    The revised 2017 dates for Masaji Taira Sensei's Gold Coast seminars. The seminars principle instructor will be Taira Masaji Sensei, chairman of the Goju-Ryu Kenkyukai organization of Okinawa, Japan Taira Sensei is a 9th dan and a direct student of the famous Okinawan Goju-Ryu KarateSensei Miyazato Eiichi. He will be teaching the seminar using his unique training methods focusing on kata and applications. This seminar will benefit all regardless of style. To quote martial arts author, historian and pioneer Patrick McCarthy Hanshi, "Taira Sensei's material transcends style". Open to all members of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai and guests from any Goju Ryu derived system. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - 2017 Okinawa Bujutsu Tour

    2017 Okinawa Bujutsu Tour

    It was a bit of a rocky start this year as despite my specifically asking my travel agent about visa's for Taiwan I couldn't get in to the country as my passport expires in five months (not the mandatory six). End result, no Kung Fu training and I had to transit on to Okinawa early and without Hannah, who was in Taiwan with Paul and Anne for a couple of days. We were supposed to be training with shifu Liu Chang I in the Feeding Cane system of boxing; a close relative of our own Goju Ryu system. I am researching the origins of the different kata and drills to further my own raining and this trip was supposed to be an exciting stepping stone. Sadly it was not to be. The end result; out of ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The martial arts industry of today is vastly different from what it was over 35 years ago when Kaicho Damien started training. For a start, now there’s Sensei Google to ask all of your questions and do your research. That being said, there is a lot of myths and misinformation floating around in cyberspace, as well as a lot of martial arts schools on the Gold Coast. This can make things a little confusing. We hope the following FAQ’s helps you decide what you want to do.
    Do you have beginner’s classes?
    Yes, and no; it depends on the program. We maintain high instructor/student ratios and make sure beginners are partnered up with a more experienced student to help them ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - How Young is Too Young for Martial Arts?

    How Young is Too Young for Martial Arts?

    So how young should you enrol your child in martial arts classes? Well, that depends…….it depends on what you want to get out of it, what the developmental stage of your child is, is there an instructor or a school that is a good fit for your child’s age (and specifically, your child). You see, there are a lot of variables. We now see classes aimed at kids aged between 18-36 months. Is that too young? Well again, that depends. It depends on all of the variables above. It is my opinion that these classes are not ‘martial’ at all – that is to say they are very far removed from the original intentions of the fighting arts, staying alive on ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - In Karate There Is No Bench

    In Karate There Is No Bench

    The benefits of sports for boys and girls are very well documented, but there’s debate of how good team sports are for children; and that debate is heating up now that the traditional models of physical education at school, and of course how kids spend their recreation time, is leading to an increasing number of kids who are not as physically ‘literate’ as others. I am among the first to say that if a team sport is something your child wants to do, is engaged in, happy with, and enthusiastic about, then by all means continue. However, the experience that many children have in team sports can be frustrating and somewhat harrowing, turning what should be an experience with ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Virtuosity and Martial Arts

    Virtuosity and Martial Arts

    Virtuosity Virtuosity means simply “to perform the common uncommonly well”. In my 30+ years of martial arts training I have the pleasure of training with a number of people who have displayed this quality admirably – some were teachers, some were combat sports athletes and some were simply students like me. In sports like gymnastics and diving, the perfect 10 is a rare achievement as it requires more than perfect technical ability. It requires risk. Completing a routine without error will only get you a maximum 9.7. To achieve the last three tenths of a point, you must demonstrate “risk, originality, and virtuosity” in addition to making no mistakes in ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Southern Cross Martial Arts Association Inc - what does that mean anyway?

    Southern Cross Martial Arts Association Inc - what does that mean anyway?

    Southern Cross Martial Arts is an incorporated not for profit association registered with the Office of Fair Trading in Queensland. Our incorporated association number is IA41386. An incorporated association is a non-profit body set up for the benefit of its members and there are no profits distributed to any Directors or Shareholders as would be the case in a business. Southern Cross Martial Arts Association Inc was set up to (1)promote, develop and deliver martial arts, self defence and combat sports training using a community focussed, evidence based methodology in ways consistent with: (a) the objects, rules and policies of the relevant combat sport peak bodies; (b) the anti-doping ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Child Protection at Southern Cross Martial Arts

    Child Protection at Southern Cross Martial Arts

    Southern Cross Martial Arts Association Inc is committed to providing an environment that is safe for children and young people to participate in martial arts and self defence training and activities and to provide ongoing education and training to all members, parents, volunteers and staff regarding child safety and ‘duty of care’ responsibilities. The following policy document details our Child Safety Policy and Procedures. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Southern Cross Martial Arts Codes of Practice

    Southern Cross Martial Arts Codes of Practice

    At Southern Cross Martial Arts we have strong child protection and member protection policies in order to make training at our schools as safe as it can possibly be, and to ensure that everyone knows what standards of behaviour are required of them. Part of these policies cover mandatory codes of practice for instructors, students and parents. We take these codes of practice very seriously. The student code of conduct can be found here: http://bit.ly/28TixdY The instructor code of conduct can be found here: http://bit.ly/28OakDM The parents code of conduct can be found here: http://bit.ly/28SYqMZ ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Sparring at Southern Cross Martial Arts

    Sparring at Southern Cross Martial Arts

    Sparring in martial arts training at Southern Cross Martial Arts is seen as an inherent training practice necessary to student development. Sparring is also recognised as having an increased risk of injury potential. As such we have developed a comprehensive safe sparring policy for our members. See below for details. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - 2016 Gasshuku

    2016 Gasshuku

    Masaji Taira Sensei, the 9th dan chairman of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai, returned to the Gold Coast for his 6th visit in as many years in March and spent week on the Gold Coast with us before the seminar. Taira sensei taught classes at our Helensvale Honbu as well as at the Robina dojo, working everyone on the links between the traditional Goju Ryu warm-up and the practice of kata and self defence applications. He made numerous positive comments about the progress of students over the past 12 months since his last visit. The camp itself was once more held at the PCYC owned and operated Camp Bornhoffen in the Numinbah Valley. This picturesque location has proved to be very ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Martial Arts School

    10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Martial Arts School

    With the huge growth of Mixed Martial Arts over the last decade, more and more Australians are joining martial arts schools and becoming part of this virtual explosion. With the global success of the UFC it is not uncommon for UFC veterans and UFC champions to be household names. Rising from obscurity and almost total banning just ten years ago, mixed martial arts is now the fastest growing professional sport in the world! To add to this global UFC/MMA phenomenon the martial arts in general now have a proven track record of helping people to improve their lives over a variety of key areas. The positive psychosocial benefits of martial arts have been demonstrated time and time ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Suspending or Cancelling your Membership

    Suspending or Cancelling your Membership

    The process of cancelling or suspending memberships was/is all covered in the signup and induction process which everyone goes through upon enrolment – remember the PowerPoint presentation and discussion with the admin staff when you enrolled? The purpose of this little section is to remind everyone of our membership structure and how they work, and how to cancel with minimum fuss if that is what you really want to do. As you will recall, all of our Direct Debit training fees are calculated on a 48 week year , averaged over the week/fortnight/month. Training fees include in class activities and do not cover belt test examinations (gradings or graduations), tournaments or any ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - 2016 Okinawan Training Tour a Success

    2016 Okinawan Training Tour a Success

    The 5th Southern Cross Martial Arts Association training tour to Okinawa has concluded successfully with our members returning home on the 12 th , and our Melbourne friends moving on to Tokyo for another week. The trip commenced with Kobudo training straight up on the Monday morning, working on the bo kata Ufugushuku no kon. Some of us had a bit of an idea but for some it was a first time experience. Training was led by Satoshi Kinjo Sensei (7 th dan) of the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozonkai and held at the Kubogawa Dojo in Shuri. It was fun and educational and Kinjo Sensei was very patient J After training we went upstairs to Masakazu Kinjo Sensei’s private Kobudo ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - New Fitness Kickboxing classes commencing in February

    New Fitness Kickboxing classes commencing in February

    Our Fitness Kickboxing classes have been developed by professional martial artists, fitness professionals and strength & conditioning coaches to enable participants of all fitness levels to maximise their results and reach their fitness goals. The best part is that no experience or fitness is needed to get started. Even if you have never done an exercise class before, or never thrown a punch or a kick, our qualified instructors will guide you through every step of the way. In each class you will learn practical kickboxing combinations that you will get to practice on your own boxing bag at your own pace. Then you can pick up the pace and get the most awesome cardio ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Helensvale - Southern Cross Martial Arts - Annual Okinawa Training Tour Underway

    Annual Okinawa Training Tour Underway

    The senior instructors and some black belts and friends from the Southern Cross Martial Arts Association have just departed for the annual pilgrimage to train in Okinawa, the birth place of Karate. The group will spend time training in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate with Hanshi Masaji Taira (9 th dan) and in ancient Okinawan weapons with the Kinjo family at their Kubagawa dojo. Keep your eyes on our Facebook feed for details and pics. #KarateForLife ....

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