QKA Invitational Tournament 2017 Debriefing

A hearty congratulations to all the members who competed in either the kata or kumite events at the QKA Invitational Tournament for 2017 on Saturday. It is pleasing to see such an improvement in the overall performances, both personally and as a club. Thanks are also extended to the coaches who have assisted our Academy’s students to progress in their skill development, to our new tournament manager, and to the parents, relatives and friends who came along to cheer our competitors along. Putting in a big effort for the entire weekend was our very own Sempai Vesa as one of the referees.

QKA Invitational Sempai Vesa

Sempai Vesa was one of the officials for the tournament

 

QKA Invitational partial team photo

Partial team photo taken on the Saturday

Competitors were debriefed at training this evening and asked to reflect on how they felt about their performance in the tournament and what they learned from the process.

Debriefing session after the tournament

QKA Invitational Tournament 2017

QKA Invitational Tournament 2017

Good luck to our kumite and kata competitors at the QKA Invitational Tournament for 2017. A loyal band of supporters were here early for the opening ceremony. We will be posting live from the event as our competitors progress through the various events of the day, so head on over to our Facebook page to follow along.

We also acknowledge the contribution to the administration of the tournament by one of our parents, Ms Lisa and Sempai Vesa as one of the hardworking referees.

 

QKA Invitational 2017 Ceremony

QKA Invitational 2017 Ceremony

 

QKA Invitational 2017 Competitors: Oliver, Zac, Evan and Findlay

Oliver, Zac, Evan and Findlay

Give us a boost – Google Reviews

Give us a boost – Google Reviews

Our website is one of the main forms of marketing for AAMA and we would love for our members to help us out.

Google offers the ability for members of the public to rate and review business. It is dead simple – either search for “Australian Academy of Martial Arts” in Google or Google Maps (or click here), and submit a review.

Thanks!

Is there such a thing as a hachi maki maker?

Is there such a thing as a hachi maki maker?

One incredibly amazing thing about AAMA is that it is run entirely on a volunteer basis. And like all volunteer-run organisations, the key to the success is having a band of enthusiastic people volunteer their time and expertise to help out in any way possible. The AGM of the AAMA was held on Saturday 6th May and the executive positions were filled as follows:

  • President: Lyndon Kurth
  • Vice President: Alan Burnett
  • Treasurer: Dan Muggeridge
  • Assistant Treasurer: Peter Handley
  • Secretary: Shona McKenzie
  • Assistant Secretary: Gabrielle Ingram

We have an incredibly busy year ahead of us this year, and as such, the sharing of a range of duties is required. At the general meeting held on Saturday afternoon, a range of duties were confirmed and include managing the administration of the tournaments, website and Facebook communications, organising of events including the children’s end-of-year celebration, Black Belt Dinner and adults end-of-year celebration, responding to phone and email enquiries, maintenance of member email lists, clothing and stock management including coordinating orders for same, managing graduations processing, fundraising, grants writing and of course, the very fancy role of hachi maki maker (say that 10 times in a row as fast as you can!). It was exhausting just writing out the list of things that need to be done, and yet they all appear to the casual onlooker to just happen!

We welcome some fresh faces to the committee this year, but of course, you do not need to be formally part the committee to help out. For example, if you have a special skill in persuasive writing we are always in need to someone to write grant applications.

The AAMA community also collectively thank Sempai Lyndon for his role over the last year as President. It has been a challenging and busy year, and he has done a fantastic job keeping everything ticking along whilst balancing this with his other community-related commitments.

Girl power!

Girl power!

Learning a martial art doesn’t have to be all about protecting yourself with a range of fancy moves. It’s a fantastic way to raise a sweat AND have fun with your friends! If you want to feel strong and confident, karate classes with the Australian Academy of Martial Arts might just be the exciting kick-start to fitness you have been looking for.

For more information about our training options for women and girls

Healthy ageing program

Healthy ageing program

The Healthy Ageing Program is based on traditional karate skills and exercises. The exercises promote coordinated movement, develop memorised sequential movements of various muscle groups that require right brain-left brain integration, and utilise stretching and balance exercises and promote joint movements especially in hips, shoulders and legs. Cardiovascular rate is raised to that of a brisk walk and some breathing techniques are taught.

There is no impact to hands or legs through punching or kicking hard objects or combative sparring. Impact to leg, knee and hip joints is minimised by the use of high density EVA rubber martial arts floor mats.