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The Gathering Wrap up

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The Gathering Wrap up

The annual “Gathering” of Will/Machado affiliates came together on the weekend of 8th & 9th September 2019. Our members left on the Friday morning for the long drive (8 hours of Craig singing) . After a small hiccup with accommodation and a great lunch at the “Wang” pub we arrived at Melbourne at about 5pm. after a small rest the team went and had dinner and watched a movie “Once upon a time in Hollywood” The crew then headed back to get some rest.

Saturday brought on the competition with the white belt men hitting the mats. James, Liam and Michael all performed well with Liam and Michael losing narrowly by just two points. James was able to get more matches in securing a win with a nice kimura and headed on through to the next match in his brackets just losing by two points.

Michael Weaver and Craig Harmer took to the coloured belt division in their respective divisions Blue and Brown belts masters. Michael performed well earning two gold medals. This is a super impressive feat as it is his first competition. Mike was able to enjoy a number of matches winning via points. Craig took to the mats and was able to secure double gold also on the day. This was Craig’s first comp as brown belt and was pleased he was able to get his game working with subs via armbar, forearm choke and kimura from top position.

Craig also took to the mats in the Super Fights for no-gi that he lost via guillotine. (Still so much to learn)

Great result for Goulburn coming away with four gold medals from five competitors at the Will-Machado Australasian Championships .

Saturday night meant it was time to let your hair down after weight cutting and the days events. Munich Brouhaus with a huge feed and re-hydration from the steins “Prost” after dinner the young ones went out on the town and enjoyed some pub hopping. The more responsible ones went home to get some rest for the next day.

Sunday brought some amazing insights from Master Rigan Machado on coaching and processes as well as skills and drills. Rigan is one of the most successful competitors of all time with an unbroken record of wins of over 350 and as coral belt in BJJ. Thanks so much Rigan for sharing your time knowledge with us again. It was a great opportunity for all the Black Belts, school owners and coloured belts to share the mats together, and have some fun in a non- competitive environment. This session allowed a special team photo of all the black belts and then a school owners photo.

To top the day off we were present to see our association head instructor John B Will be presented his 6th Degree. Congratulations to John for all his hard work and dedication in the art that allows us to follow in your footsteps. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Our success can be marked down in a huge part to the path your have forged. We were also able to see many other ranks being presented one of those was our good friend and mentor Danny Weir becoming a second degree. Massive congratulations to all those that ranked up!

Special thanks goes to Brianna for coming and being the teams photographer. Thanks goes to John and his wife Mel for organising the event. Thanks to all the staff that assisted in running the event that is so smooth and easy going.

Congratulations to all competitors and thanks for everyone at home that let us follow our passions

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Working Together

Rigan Machado and Danny Weir

Rigan Machado and Danny Weir

Hey guys we were able to head across to Canberra and visit our friend and BJJ Black belt coach Danny Weir a visit at Epic BJJ.

We covered some guard work material based on open guard, Dela Riva!.

Staring with an entry into the position from stand up then and working on some sweeps from a strong position and entering into deep half guard when opponent passes to one side of the DLR guard.

We then worked some positional sparring.

I was able to work with Danny and my fellow brown belt Scott Cunningham on some tips for the upcoming Gathering competition. Sharpening the attacks.

Thanks to Danny and his team for hosting us and those from my team that supported the session.

Craig

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Instructor, Coach, Leader or boss?

So which one are you?

When I was younger, and I started Instructing I made all the mistakes (still do make plenty by the way). I thought it was my job to be strict and be an authoritative figure head. As at the time I was a manager of a retail store, that’s what I learned or modeled from the owner and other managers. Even though I knew I hated that style of management, I thought it was what I was expected to do to please senior management. That style of management does not inspire people, it makes people shut down and resentful and apathetic and no goal will be met. It is the same in martial arts. leadership in martial arts can be lacking. With little to know education in leadership or management, it is up to the individual to seek out if they want to develop this skill set.


Coaching the Australian team. (making plenty of mistakes)

Coaching the Australian team. (making plenty of mistakes)


Leadership is about leadership, leading! it is not about being the boss. We need to lead our students to succeed and get the best out of them. Our role is to guide, motivate and develop. It is not about do as I say, we need to educate and motivate for them to achieve. At the end of the day we want what our students want. Our goal is there goal, with our experiences we can hopefully guide them in achieving those outcomes be it achieving the next rank, losing a little weight or winning a medal at an upcoming championship. remember to lead and not rule, motivate and engage. Together I am sure we can all achieve wonderful things after all leadership can be successful unless we have someone to lead. It is a partnership together focused on the same goal, improvement!

Merrin, leading some of our Little Ninjas

Merrin, leading some of our Little Ninjas


















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AAGHH! Grading is coming

So, grading is coming? How can I make myself ready?

The best way to be successful for grading is know what the criteria is, then work a strategy how to achieve it. If your grading syllabus requires you to have a list of movements,concepts or theory, attend tournaments, know the rules set of the tournaments, assist in class etc. etc.. We need to take some ownership in our own development, our learning is 100% on our shoulders. If we are starting out on a new rank, we need to set out a structure that allows us to learn all the requirements prior to testing at the next level. Breaking up movements in chunks can help, such as in a 12 week program if you have say 1 self defence movement, sparring drill, breaks, patterns, attend a demo and a tournament that is required, I need to find out when the demo and tournament is being held so I can attend. I need to ensure I learn my self defence movement in week 1, so I have time to practice it over 12 weeks. Study the concepts and theories over the course of the 12 weeks as with the patterns as they take time to remember. Do not attempt to learn everything in the last 2 weeks or your doomed for a poor performance. Ideally you should know all the criteria at approx 6 weeks or half way through the time that is required for the test, If you have been able to do this, you will then be able to spend time revising the requirements up to grading.

Role of the instructor.

Your instructor should give you access to the criteria and spend spend time demonstrating and explaining the movements, concepts etc. Your instructor should give you opportunity to have free practice to learn your patterns, movements etc with and without guidance. Practice with peers and seniors. Ask questions to draw information and freely give you information when they see you do not know the answer.

Ultimately the success of the student relies on both the instructor and the student. The instructor is the car on the road, but the student has to do the driving. It is a partnership that without each other doing their share, it is impossible to reach the destination.

All the best in your grading!

Craig

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Is It Mastery Or The Belt?

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The rank is the measurement of time dedicated to the art, and your movement is a reflection of your understanding.  

 

When most people start martial arts they may have a goal of getting a black belt. But hopefully over time they understand the essence of training is understanding the movement, development of oneself and helping others. Rank is a byproduct of training not the reason we should train. 

Throughout our journey through the martial arts our goals or motivation can change. If competition enters our goal set, that title or gold medal can be a long way off. Our motivation is an extrinsic goal or motivation. but in reality we need something more internal to maintained our motivation and engagement. Strategies and working new game plans can allow creativity and keeps the motivation in each class. It allows the students to engage with short term tasks and works on mastery of skill. This will allow students to develop new physical skills but also maintains interest.

In martial arts we understand that repetition or drilling down on a technique can be imperative, it allows the mastery of skill to develop, but keeping students engaged through that process untill they can grasp the concept can be challenging.

Good luck in your training!

Craig

focusing on the task of mastery can ensure longevity in the art!

focusing on the task of mastery can ensure longevity in the art!

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CHITF 2019 World Championships

So, It’s over! the world championships have come and gone. Medals were won, friends made and learning to be had.

The first weekend of March 2019 in Melbourne saw the best exponents from around the globe compete in the “True Spirit Of Taekwon-Do” . For our club it was an opportunity for some to compete at the international stage for the first time. Our club was able to bring home a swag of medals and a number of world champions! I would like to congratulate all competitors that took to the mats that learned so much about themselves and their art of Taekwon-Do. Special mention to all the medalist as well as the newly crowned world champions.

The championship was completed in just a few days. But the organising took almost two years from the organising committee from RMIT lead by GM Robert Lai and Master Lai with the assistance from Sabum Chattaraj and Boosabums Siatabusan and Comperatore. Congratulations on a successful event!

Like the event, competitors also took time to prepare, some as six months preparation for this competition. I would actually say that every time you have stepped on the mats you were preparing. From the first day you tied that belt around your waist, to the day of the championships. It was all part of the process that got you to that moment. Every day you ran, lifted weights or even had a physio session. It was all part of the process.

For some this may be the only championships that they attend. I feel sad for them. The championship is really not the reason we go. its really a neat disguise for the real reason. The real reason is simply to exchange ideas, spend time with people that spend so much time dedicating to the same art as we do. Understanding the same sacrifices that we have all made. The injuries, the travel, costs, the arduous training regime. these are our people, regardless of affiliation, as GM Robert Lai said “ We are many, but we are one”.

Over time that shiny medal may lose its luster, but the memories and shared experiences with friends new and old will remain with you forever. life is about living and sharing moments with people not about shiny things. for those that were unable to pick up a medal. remember this, if your nothing without the medal, your nothing with it. What should drive you is the process, not the end goal! life is a process, we are born, we live and we die. I am in no rush to get to the end goal of life. and hopefully It is far away. As like me, I hope your still enjoying the process!

Thanks to OwenKc for his amazing images! 

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Sometimes it is the small things that matter.

Taking that first step, we can have some trepidation. After a number of them. we don’t even notice the steps anymore. That can be at times, both enjoyable and frustrating.

Taking that first step, we can have some trepidation. After a number of them. we don’t even notice the steps anymore. That can be at times, both enjoyable and frustrating.

Every day we get an opportunity to fix our mistakes from yesterday! We all have our reasons for training martial arts. Over the course of training it can be difficult to recognise if we are improving. It can be the small things we do not notice. When we first start something new, such as martial arts training. It can be intimidating that anxious feeling can become overwhelming. After a while that sense of anxiousness wanes and you begin to turn up to train, and enjoy the entire process. WIN! it is a small one but very important.

Making that kick easy. takes little incremental changes, of stretching development.

Making that kick easy. takes little incremental changes, of stretching development.

Stretching can be one of the most painful/enjoyable parts of an exercise program, and indispensable to martial arts for increased range of motion and recovery. When some begin training, touching your toes may be a challenge! over time students then look to get there head to touch their knee. a small increase in performance has a huge overall effect.

These are small details that sometimes students don’t realise they are achieving. students need to be encouraged and realise that some improvements are small, and frustratingly so, can take along time.

If you compete regularly and you begin to medal when previously you have not been, It is a big green light that shows your development. Or at least you think so! sometimes your style matches with them, you got a good bracket etc. sometimes this feedback can be not a total truism. it is better to monitor your progress in the details of your own movement and technique. am I able to use this kick when sparring? can i hit this sweep on all the team in the gym?

having a training journal will help you realise your progress. as some of this progression can be small. sometimes having it i black and white, and writing it can allow the process to sink in.


Best of luck in your journey!


Craig

Winning in competitions needs to framed in an understanding of learning and progression. Not just victories.

Winning in competitions needs to framed in an understanding of learning and progression. Not just victories.

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Culture Is King

We all have different reasons for being on the mats.  Regardless of an aspiring MMA Fighter or just getting to your first grading. each goal is as important to that person. As a team mate we must support that dream. As a coach… for me, all goals are on the same level.

We all have different reasons for being on the mats. Regardless of an aspiring MMA Fighter or just getting to your first grading. each goal is as important to that person. As a team mate we must support that dream. As a coach… for me, all goals are on the same level.

From home, school, work or social environment. Culture is king! People generally like to go with the status quo. there may be a number of reasons this is, fitting in to the social circle is important to everyone. Being accepted by our peers. This is why it is important to select our peers carefully. It has been said that we are the sum average of the four people that we spend most time with. If you spend time with people that are highly motivated, maintains a fit and healthy life style it is more then likely that you will mirror that lifestyle.

Think about it! Is there anything you would love to do but don’t. Lose weight, get fit or even study? perhaps it is simply that what you do or who you spend time with is shaping your thoughts and in turn your life. Let’s just look at losing weight for instance, You eat well all week, your friends ring up for a session down the pub, all your hard work is undone on Friday night with a few beers, and some nibbles. It is very easy to do.

Mat culture is the same at any Martial Arts Academy. I like to think that everyone at the academy where I train we all have the same outlook. But of course there will always be a small percentage that don’t share the vision of the group. It is important to keep them on task and get on board with the vision of the academy.

What should that vision be? for me, I want every person to be welcoming, friendly and helpful for all members to reach their goals. I do not want knuckle draggers who just want to prove how tough they are, or selfish people in it for themselves. I want members who are engaged in trying their best, reaching their goals and genuinely wanting to help others do the same. As a club member be willing to help out. Instead of leaving empty bottles lying around, clean up, assist in demonstrations and support the club when we have comps and seminars. The coach notices’s who does and who doesn’t, more importantly so does your team mates. If your team mates think you don’t support the team as a whole you will quickly find that you will lose support of the team. How can you change this? accept the culture, be the leader of the culture, be the first to help out, be the first to volunteer at Demo’s, Assist in running and organising comps, attend team hosted seminars, clean up days( you mess it, you clean it), recruit new members, It is the lifeblood of the academy. Culture is king! people will follow your example good and bad, If all members come to training with the goal to help others, you cant fail as you would have 50 people sharing your goal, and working towards that goal. The important thing to remember that means you also must be engaged work towards the goals of 50 other members. It is like that golden rule! treat others how you want to be treated, don’t ask people to do things that you wouldn’t do for them. Give as much as you take!

Add to the mat culture, bring some positive energy to who you spend time with. It will pay dividends in the long run.

Craig

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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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Photo by Topphotoengineer/iStock / Getty Images

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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Photo by BsWei/iStock / Getty Images

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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