Choosing to train alone.

Learning is a very personal thing, and we all have our preferred ways of learning. Some prefer a visual approach, and some prefer reading. The key is working out what suits you. In these times it pays to see if you can use an online platform to continue your education. Or whether you just prefer…

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Are martial arts good for children?

There is no doubt that we have a huge responsibility in making sure we teach the children to the best of our ability. I have always been a stickler in ensuring that even the youngest children learn effective personal protection skills. So many martial arts for children programs are game heavy and just because the…

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Captain of your own ship

By choosing to train online, you get an element of flexibility to be able to create your own martial arts experience that you do not get if you attend a physical studio. All the belt information is set and for many there is a grading if you want to progress to the next belt. You…

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Martial Arts near me.

For quite some time I have wondered how I am going to write a blog post on martial arts near me. When I get the google analytics each month for the Northstar website, by far “martial arts near me” is hands down the most used search term in looking for martial arts schools. I have…

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Are you a Mc Dojo.

Just for a minute, let go of everything that you believe about martial arts tuition. Just take your blinkers off and ask yourself. Who wrote the rule book on how martial arts should be presented? It takes courage to step outside of the norm in anything you do. But it is we few pioneers that…

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But you can’t learn Ju Jitsu on the internet.

Learning just about anything online has been around for years. Now is the time to act. Why should martial arts be so different? Since Taebo swept the world with Taebo educational DVD’s, and now the myriad of yoga, meditation  and Pilates studios now teaching online. This is nothing new for me. I first offered an…

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Start the year with a push.

Live a disciplined life. We all love our habits but the problem is, are they good for us? We as adults all understand the negative effects of eating too much sugar, smoking and drinking too much. But what about the habit of procrastination or laziness. The habit of time wasting, just watching year after year…

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Ju Jitsu Lessons Online

Ju Jitsu Lessons Online. The idea of learning such a detailed skill such as Ju Jitsu on line may be a completely new concept for you. Especially as a beginner. What you may be thinking is; “doesn’t Ju Jitsu rely on throwing and other moves that require a partner?” Well the answer is yes and…

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Learn Martial Arts Online.

For the last 40 years I have spent my time learning, seeking, developing and refining my interpretation of martial arts. The term “martial arts” was first used as a western concept in recent history. I first began to notice martial arts in the early 70’s, watching Bruce Lee movies. Once I started watching the ground…

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Qualities of a modern martial arts school.

To make your dojo look and feel special, the following qualities will help. These are unique to Northstar Ju Jitsu. Every dojo is different. Zanshin is an intense awareness. It includes awareness that you exist, you exist in a space around you, that you can control, awareness of the other, and their space, all at…

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MMA in Korea

Kyeok Too Ki. I visited this school in 1993. A country which has seen its fair share of conflict. Mortal enemies of the Japanese up until they finally left the Korean shores only then to be pitted up against their own kind , families separated by the forward progression of the Red peril of Communism.…

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If you can’t you must

I kind of get your thinking. It may be that you are telling yourself that competitions are just not your thing. You have been a part of a dojo for a while and you are only interested in the self-defence and fitness. You may not like the confrontation of sparring, so you have avoided it.…

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Ju Jitsu v’s Judo

Both of these martial arts systems are great forms of martial arts and yes, they are related. Ju Jitsu originated in Japan.  The traditional martial arts of Ju Jitsu evolved in japan along 2 main lines. That which was designed and used on the battle fields, the empty hand techniques were a supplement to the…

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Martial Arts near me.

martial arts near me

As parents we definitely want what is the best for our children. As adults we race from pillar to post, juggling work, family, friends and we want to stay fit and healthy. The time that we have allocated for ourselves tends to be the last priority. I try to have my time each morning from…

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The good samaritan and the milk crate.

Defend yourself

The Good Samaritan. In Sydney last week, we all had a bird’s eye view of a man blatantly wielding a long knife as he stalked people on the street. The scene unfolded in what could have easily been a scene from a movie shoot. The attacker appeared onto the street after he killed a woman…

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Ju Jitsu Mums.

The modern-day mum has a lot to take on. The days of the stay at home mum is an out dated model as more and more mothers are continuing to contribute to and remain in the work force as best as they can. Supported by their partners and a healthy dose of sheer will, mums…

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What are the qualities of a traditional Martial Arts Dojo?

The qualities of a traditional martial arts studio are those that bring with it, the soul of the martial art’s eastern origin, reflecting the history of peace and non-violence,connecting the old tradition with new and creating a space with full zanshin. The qualities of a traditional marital arts dojo include a space that creates a…

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Why is Northstar Ju Jitsu referred to the art of peace

Northstar Ju Jitsu the art of peace

Why is Northstar Ju Jitsu referred to the art of peace when the techniques you learn are designed to hurt some one? My perception of martial arts prior to joining Northstar Ju Jitsu had been that it contained a lot of aggression and violence. This was very different from my character and therefore I had…

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Is my child learning enough?

Is my child learning enough? From time to time we get enquiries from recently joined members that are concerned that their child is not getting their technique corrected as much as they think is necessary. In order to address those concerns, I have written the following blog post. We have a system that I like…

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What’s missing from modern Ju Jitsu.

What’s missing from modern Ju Jitsu? Off the bat, I use the Ju Jitsu spelling for modern Ju Jitsu because it is easier for people to read and say. The correct translation from the Japanese calligraphy is in fact “Ju Jutsu”. It is not Jiu Jitsu or any other interpretation that people use. Modern Ju…

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Martial Arts for kids

The after school activity that will empower, install confidence and teach tolerance. Let’s face it, the most that a child really knows about martial arts for kids is from watching Kung Fu Panda or the latest version of Karate Kid. Even parents just have a vague understanding of martial arts for kids and especially what…

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MMA competition report.

I am not normally drawn to martial arts competitions, but Tom my son and a couple of the other kids trainers were keen to compete. They chose a submission grappling MMA competition and I knew immediately that their spirit would be tested as the day would be long, hot and niggling injuries would test their…

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Getting a Black Belt

Before I commenced my current dojo; Northstar, I was employed full time and also ran a dojo called Fight Club, and you probably guessed right as it seemed to attract only fit men between the ages of 17 and 25. It was a fighting dojo and reflected the stage that I was at with my…

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The best style for self defence. Judo, Boxing or MMA?

The best style for self defence Over the weekend, I kind of over dosed on fighting sports. I watched the incredible destructive power of the current world champion heavy weight boxers. Apparently, the heavy weight competition is the best that it has been in years. The ruthless knock outs that I watched by these destructive…

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Becoming a spiritual warrior 

spiritual warrior

Becoming a spiritual warrior Take me to Meditation pure and simple. We as humans, reflect our inner world onto our outer world. How we run our lives is in direct association with what we think. The world will never change whilst we as individuals continue to think, act and desire what’s in it for me.…

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Martial Arts and Ego

martial arts and ego

Martial arts and ego Right from the get go, it must be said that we all have an ego. It is part of what makes us who we are. The ego is only one facet of the mind but it rules the roost when out of control. An ego is out of control when there…

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Martial Arts and Fighting.

Martial arts and fighting

Martial arts and fighting I remember starting martial Arts because I believed it was the answer to my fear of fighting and being bullied. It did not matter that I was 17, 183cm and 90kg, I was still very insecure. Learning martial arts did give me so much confidence, in fact probably too much. Back…

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Martial Arts in Sydney

Martial arts sydney

Martial arts in Sydney I was in the US a couple of weeks ago and I was invited to attend one of the premier American Martial Arts competitions, The Battle of Atlanta. This was an honour as it was the 50th anniversary of the event, so it was attended by American Martial Arts so called…

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Northstar JuJitsu On Line

Are you getting the most out of your time in class? If I could show you a cost effective way to really enhance the quality of your martial arts experience would you be interested? Now, for the first time you can go behind the scenes at Northstar Ju Jitsu  and learn the essence of this…

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