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Competition Time

 Hey Everyone,     Competition time is nearly here in Canberra. I encourage you to try your hand or at least come support those that are. Teamwork is very important. Being there to support your team mates even if its grabbing a bottle of water, helping with warm ups etc. You would be surprised how much it means to the competitors. I have attached some links for you guys to check out! Represent the team and compete or support the crew... its all teamwork.

Hey Everyone,

 

Competition time is nearly here in Canberra. I encourage you to try your hand or at least come support those that are. Teamwork is very important. Being there to support your team mates even if its grabbing a bottle of water, helping with warm ups etc. You would be surprised how much it means to the competitors. I have attached some links for you guys to check out! Represent the team and compete or support the crew... its all teamwork.

https://www.bjjee.com/articles/10-reasons-compete-jiu-jitsu/

http://www.afbjj.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85&Itemid=33

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=act+afbjj&oq=act+afbjj&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.3213j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

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Pattern Tips

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Hey team,

 

here is a few tips on a link for you for patterns. Hope you like.

 

 http://www.doboksquawk.com/8-simple-strategies-to-make-your-taekwon-do-patterns-rock/

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Ahhhhhh too busy

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Hey Team,

Well we are coming up to Easter holidays and we will have a few moments to breath.

We all have that feeling that we are on the go all the time... its called life. Don't forget to take some time and spend it with family and friends, perhaps do some chores that you have been putting off, go watch a movie or a game of footy. 

 

Remember to recharge and connect with your loved ones. It is all a balance we are all juggling so many balls these days you will drop one occasionally, thats ok. pick it back up and keep going.

 

Enjoy the break, recharge your body, mind and family will thank you for it.

 

Craig   

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Nutritional tips

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Nutritional tips

Hey team,

 

just a quick one for you... here's a link for those that need some tips one sports nutrition from the experts at the AIS.  

 

https://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/sports_nutrition/fact_sheets

 

cheers

 

Craig

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Personal Goals and Team Work

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2018 is just around the corner!

Get your Pen, Paper and write down your Goals... stop.. don't keep reading go do it now...

Now you have done that... Lets tweak them...

Is Your Goal Specific? Measurable? Realistic? Timely?

A good goal could be to improve your AFBJJ Ranking points from last year. I placed 16th In Australia for my weight and Rank division with points of 57 . I competed in 2 AFBJJ events.

Specific= Yes

Measurable = Yes

Realistic = Yes

Timely= Yes

This will be within  a 12 month period. To be able to achieve this I need to at least compete in 2 events and place higher then I did this year. As I won two gold and a silver, that is possible.. If I double gold in two events. However in reality there are some I can't ensure Will happen I might not place at all in two events... So I should look to enter at least 6 AFBJJ to give myself the best prospects improve my points. More opportunity to compete translates to more points that I can possibly accumulate.  

This is just one example.... It could be weight loss, it could be to improve on sparring, rolling etc. what ever it is. write it down, plan it, commit to it. 

Although the goal setting is fairly easy.... 

 you must also be specific on a small goals... training, are the goals going to be met by your training? Training once a week won’t meet this goals, should some conditioning training be added.. etc etc... get your goals to me and let’s talk about how to implement them so we can achieve them!  

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Materialsm or life Experiences? Become rich in life and not things.

So how’s the motorbike sitting in the garage going? or the jet ski?  or the boat? Or perhaps the kids latest thing they HAD to have and now sitting in the corner not being used... 

life is about... well life... experiences... and the best ones can be shared with people and loved ones...  Sometimes the hardest experiences are the most valuable... Goulburn Martial Arts Academy has many people come through its doors coming together and experiencing some of the most valuable lessons in life. True team work, Everyone values what we all bring to the academy. Through the first day challenges of entering a martial arts academy, the nervousness of the unknown.. not knowing anyone... To gaining that Black belt... and cherishing every bump and bruise along the way... or overcoming anxiety to set upon the competition stage with team mates. The comradeship and support network that comes from competing. The emotion and adrenaline you feel stepping on the mats, the excitement and euphoria of winning or the despair of loss. All valuable life leggings and experiences that money can’t buy. After being in the martial arts for 20 years I value every experience far more than material things. And more importantly the relationships and network of friends and team mates. I would take experiences over material items any day, and more importantly wonderful people to share them with. 

Life is short let’s fill it up and make the most of it. 

see you on the mats  

craig

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Team TaeKwonDo Black Belts  

 The team with Master Rigan Machado 

The team with Master Rigan Machado 

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Anxiety?

Hey Team,

Working with young kids and adults I see so many people that deal with anxiety on a daily basis. Some so much it controls their lives. Anxiety, ADD,ADHD Depression or PTSD are real and can kill. I want help where I can. I will attach a link for some tips that may help.    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201503/50-strategies-beat-anxiety

Its from a site called psychology today. anything that can help I fully support.

Here is a link to Goulburn Headspace for 12-25 year olds.

Headspace Goulburn

https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/goulburn/

Learn about yourself team.. Might just be what you need to crack the code of breaking out of a rut.

 

Dont just survive team... Thrive!

 

Craig

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A Community To Raise A Child

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A Community To Raise A Child

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe it is an African proverb... The sentiment is great and one that I hold true. 

From parents and grandparents, teachers and sports coaches other friends and family. We all take a role when dealing with children... good or bad.

I take the role as mentor or martial arts coach very seriously. i know that people are walking through the academy door at times with anxiety, adhd, bullying issues etc.. regardless on why they are there, we are here to help.

My mission for martial arts is to assist people and develop them to become better human beings that our community can benefit from. I cant reach that goal unless everyone is on board.

I see great people at our academy and at times I burst with pride when I see others taking on the role as mentor to new or younger members. in fact sometimes the oldies need some mentoring too....

If everyone takes on the idea that we are here to help... and everyone is here to help you to.... It will be impossible to fail in your goals...  

I believe everyone at Goulburn Martial Arts Academy wants the best for each other and really that is the heart of our community. 

We are in a village,  we are raising children..... regardless of age.

 

Craig

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Team Sports Vs Martial Arts

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Team Sports Vs Martial Arts

Hi Team,

Is your child better suited for the traditional team sport or martial arts? Lets look at some of the Pros and Cons of both sports.

Team Sports   Pros                                                                

 Team Cooperation

Entering into a new season in sports, you might only know a few of the players on your team. Some of the players may actually be people you are not that fond of off the playing field. But when your team decides at the beginning of the year that it wants to be the team in the winner's circle holding the league championship trophy at the end of the season, personal differences are often set aside for the common good of the team. Many coaches like to say that the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back. This is saying that no one player is greater than the team. Sports such as football and ice hockey are physical sports and often require heavy commitment and dedication to be successful. By the end of the season, players who have been battered and bruised by the grind of the regular season and the playoffs may feel a strong connection, much like brothers, to their teammates.

  • Building Important Life Skills

Team work in sports can help give participants stronger communication skills and teach them to work better with others. Many projects at work and at school often require a group to work together to put together a strong presentation to be looked at by the employer or teacher. Every member of that team must be pulling in the same direction to complete the project successfully. Additional advantages to team work in sports include learning to deal with conflict and exposure to a variety of ideas within the team. 

(Above text from Livestrong.com) 

Team Sports Cons

The unfortunate thing about team sports is that all kids develop at different ages. motor skills, height and weight play a huge role in children sports and at times even for the most experienced coach it can be hard to juggle a team bests assets.  The unfortunate development in kids sports is that the most developed kids get more game time, More development as they spend more time on field and in key roles with in a team. This leaves the child that has less development and lower skill set less time to practice and develop and unfortunately can get left behind. If a child spends more time sitting on the bench then on the field... It would be better time spent looking for another sport in which their needs can be met.Along with frustrated parents and other social dynamics (why is that kid on the field and mine on the bench) can lead to an unhappy and negative experience of sports in general.

Martial Arts     Pros

No sitting on the bench, each members is as important  as the next. Your development is through hard work and dedication. Each member of an Academy or Dojo wants to feel as though their hardwork is appreciated. Though gradings they get feedback on how they are developing. Martial arts can be considered a a solo activity.. but in actual fact it is the ultimate team sport, it is true that if someone competes it is a one one one competition. But what most people forget is the following. Coaches have spent immeasurable time developing each member of the team. The less developed members need more attention and get it. All martial artists must work together with their team mates, pad work, sparring technique drilling. All members in turn assist in the development in each other. As such is the case when someone competes for their team they are taking all the help from their coaches, and training partners to the competition and then supporting others doing the same.  Each martial artist can develop at their own level, weight and age development, something that can't be done in a team sport. Effort and hard work is is measured through skill development and gradings. Competition success or failure is up to the martial artist. Win or lose they were either good enough or not. no blaming someone else for a dropped ball or missed goal.  This is where team work kicks back in and the team works wholes in development or game plans. always learning and progressing.     

Life Skills

Here are some life skills that can be developed 

  • Self Confidence
  • Goal Setting
  • Self Discipline
  • Concentration
  • Fairness
  • Responsibility
  • Conflict Avoidance
  • Teamwork
  • Kindness
  • Health
  • Positive Attitude
  • Trustworthiness (Integrity)
  • Grit
  • Humility (In Defeat)
  • Gracious (In Victory)  

Cons

Cons of training in martial arts! well it is hard, difficult and challenging (I see these as pros) but to most the hard slog can be difficult in the long term. that is when Character is displayed and all the life skills are shown. It is hard... but worth it.

Last point 

 The main point is if you or your child feel that perhaps team sports for you have passed their benefits (which are plenty) perhaps it is time to look at another challenge. Martial arts could be that challenge. come feel like part of another team where you get out what you put in

 

 

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Discipline and Desire

It's cold, winter in Goulburn can drain all the motivation out of you. It's  discipline that keeps you going. All too easy to sit on the couch and watch telly with a hot cup of milo or playing a play station. But nothing is accomplished by sitting on the sidelines. 

When your cold and tired, it's an opportunity to develop discipline and go to training any way. When your hungry and your trying to eat healthy the temptation is strong to snack, show discipline. When you want to quit because it's getting hard, show discipline and finish what you started. Challenge yourself and accomplish your goals and you will be proud. Remember discipline is like a muscle, you need to exercise it. Persevere now and be proud of yourself later! 

Good of luck with your goals

See you you during the week. 

 

 

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Some goals are to reach the black belt. But most will fail, Keep going. Mastery of the technique should be the goal. Once you have developed the ethic of mastery of oneself, you can apply that to everything you want to learn. " 

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Goals of learning a technique can be fulfilling once accomplished. Then realising there is a deeper knowledge to be had in the movement. Like all things, sometimes what is on the surface is just the beginning. 

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Goal! Goal! Goal!

Hi Team, 

firstly I hope the beginning of your year so far has been fantastic. I'm sure most of you. Like me, have seen off the return to school and work after holidays. Most of you will have turned to starting smashing some headway into some New Years resolution. It may have been, to organise your clothes or shed, or perhaps drop a few kilos or hit your first competition. Whatever it may be, be prepared to fail, and fail and fail. These are the necessary steps for you to succeed. To learn from our mistakes. To persevere through hardships and be tenacious.  I wish you luck in your goals for this year. I wish you all the success you desire. But remember failure is one step closer to success and at times it's a process that is inevitable. 

Being positive is easy when everything is going well but . But being positive when down and out is more important. 

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New centre gearing up

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Well we are well underway in getting the new centre up and running, I have to thank everyone that have pitched in over the last week or so. Especially Scott, Bruce, Deb, Whira, and my entire family. So many of you have gone above and beyond  for the set up and it doesn't go un noticed.  

So far we have fixed Roofs (Thanks Scotty! Life saver!) Picked up and transferred the stuff from the PCYC. Picked up new equipment from SMAI with the drive to Wollongong... sometimes the Truck only did 80klms... very slow!  unloaded (Too many helpers to name). Frame built for wall mats.. Thanks Scott, Bruce Whira and Bob. Wall Mats going up as we speak. Cleaned walls and toilets. Cleaned Kitchen .. Thanks Deb. Painted walls.. Deb and Bec as well as Hayden, Ryan , Matt with Tom and Henry. Huge clean up of general areas  from Bob and Bonnie.  Currently getting on top of some ancillary stuff. such as orders, new images walls, shop and display. carpets cleaned etc.... still so much to do... Just want to say thanks TEAM GMAA! Martial arts for everyone!

Commit Endure Achieve

 

Cheers

 

  

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Staring over again.

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So first week of term 3 is over and we have introduced our new lesson plans for Taekwondo and seems to be going very well. Would love the feedback from our members of course.

With a new term here and having new members enroll it inspires ne to not only look for better ways to teach for those members but also the members that have been training for years. To recreate our TKD syllabus is a big venture but one I am enjoying. In time I want to do this for all our programs. Can't wait.

But this reminds us every year, month, week and day we have an opportunity to recreate yourself. Everyday we wake up and have an opportunity to start over again. When the sun comes up tomorrow and your not happy with where you are right now. It is time to change. create a new you.

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Team Work

This term along with working our technical movements we are going to work something that I believe that is important to everyone. Team work!

During my years I have observed kids, teens and adults be great team mates and at times not so great team mates. 

I have seen kids sit on the side lines because they are not one of the best kids in the team. I have seen them physically and emotionally slump and lose self esteem. Eventually destined to quit the sport.

That is the exact opposite of what I want you and all the members to experience at our academy. I want everyone engaged for each other's development. Encourage each other. Because at the end of the day with out a training partner you don't get to train. 

An example of team work I want everyone to display is if your holding the pads be enthusiastic about the drill. Or of your a grappler don't be a dead body during the movement. Give feedback.

how to spar and be a good team mate? Be aware that some people are there just for exercise. To learn and have some time out from the daily stress of day to day life. They don't need some one going world championship level on them. So how can you tell? Ask how they want to spar, meet your partner energy level with the same out put. If you start low and slow you have somewhere else to go! If you start hard and fast likely is it will end up looking like the tassie devil in a whirl wind. Remember you are there to learn not to compete. Just ask your training partner they will tell you. 

Team work is built on trust. Trust is built on small promises being kept. Sparring a much smaller partner lightly to ensure not to injure them when you hit the mats   reaffirms that trust. Having a welcoming and friendly attitude and being greatful for having a training partner also helps. 

I want you to be engaged in the learning of the person your training with. If they have that attitude and so does all the other members at a class of 20 you have 19 others looking to assist your development. If we apply the selfish approach we only have our selves.  

Get on board and be a great team player. Team GMAA

 

craig

 

 

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Mistakes and Decisions!

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How many times have you left that arm in when passing the guard and get caught in that triangle? How many times do you throw that Jab and drop the right and then get countered? Well if its more than once its not a mistake... It is a decision.. or at least a subconscious one. How many times do you think it took you to stop putting your hand on the fire before you realized that was bad? I am guessing once!  The negative effect can be felt sharp yet is prolonged for a period with a burn. Most children learn with out too much thought that although the fire can warm the body, touching is a bad decision. I think we all make this mistake? after all, you don't know what you don't know! Many things in life are like this, but why do we at times keep making the same mistake over and over again? I believe it was Einstein that said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result".  One thing that I have learned is that humans are creatures of habit. Like it or not, we are. Fold your arms you will find that you tend to fold one arm over the other more often than not? Now fold your arms again the other way. how did that feel? Strange I am sure. How can we identify when we are making a mistake or a decision? Lets look at leaving the arm in and getting caught in the triangle. I am only a purple belt coach but lets assume you have learned that leaving your arm in when passing is bad. You may not have known why but when trying to pass the guard  against a higher belt you found out why. how many times did it take you to correct it? I am guessing if you were the only white belt in class or on the open mat you learnt pretty fast that leaving your arm in was bad. But you still do it? If you still do it its a decision you have decided to leave your arm there. the consequences end up the same. Why? I am guessing your so focused in the end result and not the process of the doing. So you get caught again! You have created a habit and you need to address it. Go through the process. step by step. remember the rule two arms in two arms out. Before you know it you have side control.   It is the same with the Jab after a few black eyes you weld that right hand up and catch the counter. great! Unfortunately we do this off the mats also, but it is not as easy or fast to get the feedback at times like getting triangle choked or socked in the eye.  How often do you check your phone? Did you miss something your child did that was fantastic? Did you check that text whilst driving? You didn't miss that truck you hit as you passed through the stop sign and now your in hospital.  Sometimes we get instant feedback on our decisions or mistakes, but ultimately we have to own them as we are the masters of our own destiny. I guess how fast we address them is the effect that it has on our lives, if we address them at all. Everyday we are given an opportunity to learn, the world is a ready to teach us and has provided us with an environment that is conducive for learning. Just find what mistakes you are doing and what decisions you make. Is the pay off negative or positive to your life?  Break it down. think about the process and not the end result.

I am off to learn a bit more.

Craig

  

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SBGI Trip Done

Joel Will be back next week in preparation for his upcoming MMA fight on SD8. Thanks  goes to his team mate and friend Henry who that went with him. Big Thanks to the Coaches, trainers, staff and members of SBGI that was so welcoming and helpful for our guys. I look forward to Joel telling us some stories and new movements for us to work on.   

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Return to training

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We are back to training today guys.

Just wanted to get some items covered. Can everyone please remember the following!

As we are back today we are kicking off the new you program. I want to be realistic in our teams goals and achieve the benchmarks we set. Martial arts provide a way of health and fitness and I want that to be measurable.

Family are more than welcome to join the fitness portion. 

We will be setting goals to achieve both with nutrition and fitness.

first nutrition goal this week  is to cut out soft drink and juices empty calories that are high in sugar. get rid of them out of the diet.

first fitness goal is to test everyone's basic level of..... Push ups, Sit ups and 2. km run (weather permitting)

Bring a pen, notebook, student handbook, drink, joggers, shorts.

lets make this year your year.

 

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Australia Day Demo

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Hi Team,

We have been asked to do a demo on Australia day.

I would love everyone to be involved. I want to set up a Marque and have some of our Pamphlets. Pull up banners on display with some equipment. I will have the laptop displaying videos etc.

But the most important thing for us is to have a demonstration team do a demo.. all members from the kids to the senior programs to display the best martial arts in town.. YOU!! Don't be shy you are what people want to see.

We will have students demonstrate the following....

Self defence. Sparring . fundamental movements, breaking, pad drills. patterns

bjj teams will demonstrate , Throws, takedowns, self defence .movements and rolling

kickboxing will do mainly pad drills and partner drills

MMA will run through drills and skills 

please email, call, text or facebook message me your intention so We can organise exactly what we are going to do, and some practice sessions.

 

Thanks Craig 

 

 

 

 

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2016 a new you?

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2016 is here team. I know that some of you have some goals.. getting to a comp, getting that next belt, perhaps lose a little bit of the Christmas bulge. Perhaps it is just to stay mobile enough to play with the kids. During the month of February we are going to dedicate part of our training to improving your conditioning, nutrition etc...  a more holistic approach to your training.

I want you all to succeed and achieve your goals this year! i want you to bring the following to training each night.

Pen- Writing pad-Joggers-water. 

this will start from 6:15 just  at the end of TKD training.. all members... TKD,BJJ and MMA are asked to come and do the training sessions. All members parents and family members are also invited to join at no extra charge for this period. just some fun and fitness activities for us all as a team.

  I also want to know your goals... and your plan on how to achieve them.. the difference between a goal and a dream is a plan. Don't be a dreamer, be an achiever.

lets make 2016 your bets, my best. Our best!

January will start with open practice sessions from 6-7pm as of Monday the 4th January and also Wednesday 6th January. these are open mat style and self directed learning suitable for ages 13 years and above. organize a training partner prior. There will be no instruction or supervision during these classes. You are being entrusted with the use of the facility so please remember to be respectful and be responsible at all times. Clean up after yourselves etc.

 

if you think any of your friends can benefit from the training. Please share the link and invite them to come and try out our class and fitness session.

 

regards

 

Craig 

 

 

 

 

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