Fig Tree Pocket Shito-Ryu Karate Dojo - Brisbane
First lesson free
- Personal Development primary focus
- Practical Self Defence
- Traditional & Competition
- Coordination Building & Non-contact
New students can join any time.
2020 Term 1 classes from: Tues 28th Jan
Join any time during term & 1st lesson FREE
2020 Sign-up towards bottom of this page
Belt rank test Term 1 is on Sat 21st of March and 28th Mar is the last day of training and end of term party.
Tuesdays (Adults and juniors orange belt or highers)
6pm to 7pm
Combined kids and adult classes are held at:
9am till 9:40 am for Little Tigers (4-6yr olds)
9am to 10am for white to orange belts (all ages)
9:40am to 11am Green to black belts (all ages)
Beginners don't need karate uniforms - we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term.
The primary instructor is Dr Jason Armstrong who is a 7th degree black belt who lived in Japan & his own 9yr old daughter & 10yr old son are two of the class members (pictured above in Japan 2018). Jason has been training karate for over 35 years and teaching since 1986, his key focus in karate over the years has been personal and character development derived from the traditions of the art. He has competed at international levels in his younger years and lived in Japan with a karate master (see Shihan Jason's karate bio page).
This is for Traditional Japanese Karate Network students only, who wish to purchase a Shito-ryu embroided karate uniform. Once purchased, you can pick up your uniform up at your dojo from your instructor. We will determine the required size at the dojo.
First lesson free
Beginners don't need karate uniforms
- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term
As with all our networked clubs cost is approx $11 per lesson - but fees are actually paid on a full term basis.
(plus a one off fee each year of $25 to cover insurance)
About the Style we Practice
We are a member of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network which is an international organization stemming from Japan based-training. The specific style we practice is Shito-Ryu Karate which was founded by Kenwa Mabuni. Shito-Ryu possess the kata of both Goju and Shotokan and offers a good balance of “linear and fast/hard” with “round and soft”, therefore, these three major traditional karate styles are innately connected via their Okinawan origins hundreds of years ago. We honour this age-old tradition and so enjoy training and welcome students from the many forms of martial arts & beginners, to come into our dojo and train with other like minded people. See Shihan Jason Armstrong's karate bio page (he is a 7th degree black belt & the primary instructor for Australia).
We have a great support network with 7th & 8th degree black belts in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading panels, run seminars and attend our camps.
Kata: The first kata in our shito-ryu style is called Shihozuki . Shihouzuki translates to the method/way of 4 punches. Following the shihozuki kata, the kids move onto Juni no kata (also known as Taikyoku) for late orange belt to green belt. Below is Shihouzuki kata.
To see a video of our first basic kata in a slow pattern walk through click here...
Belts & Ranks:
At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:
- no rank change if not quite ready
- a change in level
- for kids, the addition of a stripe (Kyu level changes)
- belt colour change
The traditional martial arts as passed to us from Japan is aimed at life learning lessons. Therefore belt testing is always a competency & effort based test, with age & size factored in (i.e. people are not simply promoted for participating).
Shihan Jason in his 50s doing kata
in Japan in 2018
2020 Term 1 Karate Registration & Payment:
We kick off on Tuesday 28th January. The last Saturday class will then be 28th of March. You can pay via credit card or PAYPAL via the paypal interface.
The below rates for more than 1 student incorporate the discounts described in the footnote of this section.
Each student in the club must have paid the once/year $25 insurance fee in addition to term fees.
Please choose 1 of 3 options for class on top of annual insurance:
In all sai classes, even for solo training, kids will be required to wear safety glasses.
2020 Term 1 Weapons Training - Sai
For green belt and above only we kick off weapons training in 2020.
Students under 13 years of age will use rubber sai in the beginning and only be allowed to handle metal sai once they are a 1st Kyu Brown belt (regardless of rank, no partner work will ever be done with metal sai, only rubber; metal sai are for kihon/kata). Rubber/plastic sai must be ordered from here to be sure we all have the same type for safety standards. Lessons are $5 per 30min lesson (held each Saturday at 9:15-9:45am & led by Hugh senpai).
Given these are weapon lessons, strict behaviour patterns are required to prevent being disqualified from these lessons.
Note: Students must purchase sai by the 23rd of December 2019 to be included for the Term 1 2020 supply order.
Belt Test registration Term 4
Belt rank test Term 3 is on Sat 30th of Nov; End of term karate games day, new rank awards & party is 7th of Dec.
Please complete the registration by paying via the below link. Given the FTP club size, your dojo instructor will receive information that lets them distinguish who/how many in your family is testing.
Within 24 hours you will see the name you have registered in the below table for confirmation.
Note times on the day: Little tigers arrive 8:50 and test 9am to 9:30 for little tigers, 9:30 to 11am for all others.
List of students signed up for the test for Term 4:
In the 5-8yr age group we like all students to participate in tests and given their age, walk away with something. These younger kids can receive 3 types of awards on a belt test day.
- term participation & completion certificate (no fee charged to participate in the "test')
- a rank advancement (certificate; test fees of A$25)
- a Kyu level advancement (either a new black strip or belt color is issued; test fees of A$25)
Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
- filmed mid-1990s with an adult focused teaching style
6. Introduction to kick (knee/ankle lift variant 1)...
Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant (even in our style of shito-ryu, we teach different approaches to a technique depending on your rank)