Merry christmas and a huge thank you to all that have been associated with Northstar martial arts. We try our best to ensure that every class is an empowering experience for every student. The trainers, most of whom are actually not paid, work tirelessly each week to motivate each and every student. Sometimes the classes can be a little crowded and sometimes not every student is attended to as much as they or we would like. We teach out of public facilities (Pcyc) and as such are really confined to certain conditions and time constraints.
Congratulations to all students that completed and passed grading over the weekend. It was an awesome day. I thank you for your unconditional support and patience especially in regards to the PCYC membership.
Gradings are a celebration of quiet achievement. They are quite unique as there is no winner or loser, the only opponent is oneself! Every student does their best based on their own individual attributes. Our job at Northstar is to help each student shine in their own way taking into account their strengths and limitations. We love that. Andy Dickinson
You can get all the update info on Northstar events and training by visiting this site weekly. We are in the process of setting up more resource information for you, but in the mean time you if you go the resource section you will be able to get information on Adults syllabus, you tube videos on technique and the history of Northstar and the martial art we teach called “Shinbudo”. There is also an events page on the homepage, just click on the tab and see the info. [Read more...]
The frenzy of the new year has well and truly settled and it is great to see so many students getting into a regular training routine. We have been quite busy in the office changing our data base from a simple access system to our newly developed “Business of Motion” Customer Management Hub. It enables us to give a much higher, quality service to you, but it has had it’s problems in it’s initial stages. So my apologies if you have been receiving “non attendance” emails or sms even though you have been to class….ugh. It has been 3.5 months since my shoulder operation and I have faced several barriers with rehab. [Read more...]
A huge welcome back to all the parents and children this week. We are primed and ready to carry on with your martial arts tuition and look forward to sharing the journey with you. We will be starting the school term off by talking about ?respect? in class this week. A good place to begin I think, respect for each other brings about patience and tolerance, a biggie with children starting new classes and new schools. The trainers have been teaching and training in preparation for taking your children to the next level. [Read more...]
New month, new day, new life. This day is a celebration of creation. Breath it, live it and love every second. You CAN create change NOW, each moment has never happened before and is waiting to be experienced in a new way. Take charge, how are you going to take this opportunity to a new level. [Read more...]
Men?s sparring went well on Friday night. We had 30 brave souls slugging it out on their way to enlightenment. A few bumps and bruises but nothing serious. Children are now on school holidays but Northstar classes continue regardless. The next ?Fighting Spirit? competition is on Friday 12th November. The next grading is on Sunday 5th December. [Read more...]
WEEK COMMENCING 20th September
Adults grading was great, Congrats to all students that passed, in particular Peter, Maree, and Gabriel, our new Black Belts. The next adults grading is on Sunday 5th December. The kids martial arts grading will be set over the next few days. We are heading to Japan with 3 fighters; Joe Bracks, Ken Ge and Andrew Mugeridge in October to fight in the International Budo-Ju Jitsu Championships. I am off to see my instuctor Kondo Sensei for a top up..(a painful top up). I am teaching the ?mens sparring workshop? on Friday at 6.30pm and SQUAD on Sunday 8am (all welcome). [Read more...]
Thanks to all that have visited by lastest blog posts: What if? and A master?s approach to streetfighting. The comments make for good reading. I try to post as much as I can to draw the relationship between everyday life and martial arts.
Grading is getting close so don?t forget to register your interest. All the trainers are excited and can?t wait to share the experience with your children. I know that it seems that we have only just had a grading, well that?s true?so with over 800 members training at Northstar we will be running grading more regularly. [Read more...]
It’s Monday morning and for most of us it’s back to work. Monday always seems to come around so quickly especially after a great weekend.
There is a way to slow time down, in fact, we can run our lives as if time does not exist. As simple as it sounds and as much as we need time to stay organised, rather than being a slave to time, we can practice being the master of how we use it! AND it is so simple. We just forget that we can tap into the most basic and at the same time most profound and enlightening “spiritual” practice; being present, here and now.
Being present simply means that you are aware of exactly what you are doing right now with out the dialogue of what you think is happening.
Try this simple awareness exercise whenever you think of it, it will help you to make friends with the present moment, enriching the quality of all action…even things you dislike..like working on a Monday…
1. Say to yourself…I breathe.
2. Then as you breathe in say Breathe in.
3. As you breathe out say Breathe out.
4. Do this for as little or as long as you want…no time limit.
Do this when ever you think of it.
Hope this helps you day. Let me know how you go.
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SPIRITUALITY AND MARTIAL ARTS
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Great session last Friday night. Keen to get your feedback on what you thought.
It’s time to start getting excited about the Grading Super Session on Sunday 28th March.
Check how many classes you are going to need and start planning your program to get where you want to be.
ADVANCED CLASS GRADING PREP
I am running an advanced Grading Prep class for brown belts and above on Tuesday mornings 7am at Balmain. The focus will be on conditioning and fitness.
Commencing Tuesday 16th March.
Email me and let me know if you can come along.