|The Martial Arts Education Centre teaches three main styles, a Shotokan based Karate, Japanese Ju Jitsu and Matayoshi (Okinawan) Kobudo.
Karate originated in Oknawa and was later taken to the Japanese mainland. Karate means 'empty hand' and so does not usually have any weapons involved although some forms do. At the Martial Arts Education Centre the style of Karate taught is based on the Shotokan system and involves Kihon (basics - punches, blocks, kicks and combinations), Kata (patterns), Bunkai (application of the moves in Kata) and two person drills. All this is taught in a graduated way so that beginners can grasp the basics first and then progress as they become more proficient at the techniques.
Classes are available from ages 8 years and up. Classes are for 7 years of age to 12 years of age and teenagers and above. We even have morning classes specifically designed for the mums who can drop the kids off at school and then go and have some fun for themselves!
Jujitsu is a complete form of self defence involving joint locks, chokes, throws and takedowns, escapes and some weapons. Originally it would have been studied in feudal Japan and Okinawa by the Samurai and is many hundreds of years old. In addition to the old studies, modern day practices and self defence problems are now also incorporated (such as defences against guns) into our system and makes it a complete form of self defence for the individual.
Becasue throws, locks and chokes are involved classes for this style start at the age of 8 years. Classes are available for the 8 to 12 years of age bracket and teenagers and above. This is one of our more popular classes as we are the only Jujitsu school in Mandurah
Kobudo is the study of weapons. We teach the Matayoshi style from Okinawa. Initial weapons taught are the Bo (6 foot staff), the Sai (3 pronged metal truncheon), the Tunkua (or Tonfa - a wooden baton) and the Nun Chaku. There are a total of 13 weapons that can be learnt. We are the only group in Australia that are directly linked with the Matayoshi family and our Chief Instructor Dr Nigel Farrier travels to Okinawa and the USA regularly for ongoing study.
The classes for kobudo are for aged 12 years of age and up.
Brazilian Jujitsu is a martial art as well as a sport and concentrates on ground fighting/wrestling. The instructor, Cade Brown, is a fully qualified Black Belt and has been in training and teaching BJJ for over 14 years. He is the only Black Belt teaching in the area and his style of teaching is excellent and beginners and experienced people will always learn something from his classes
Tai Chi is often referred to as 'meditation in motion'. It is an excellent martial art especially for those people that has difficulties with movement, balance etc. Peter Balde has been teaching his form of Tai Chi at the Martial Arts Education Centre for many years. His classes are on a Tuesday morning