July School Holidays Update

I hope you all had a great weekend. Fresh week, new attitude. It’s so easy to drag all of our “stuff” from one day to the next … two great words to use as a mantra are “let go”. We can’t change the past but we can slowly reduce the effect that the thoughts about the past have on us, just by letting them go.

Before you get too far into the week, reaffirm your commitment to living a better life everyday. Make conscious changes to your physical being by training hard with purpose and focus. Make changes to your mental well being by accepting stillness into your life. You do not have to be the slave to your thoughts.

Martial Arts is a process of continual improvement, no matter what colour your belt is. Striving for excellence in everything you do, inside and outside of the dojo, should be everybody’s goal. Always walk with your head held high and be the excellence you’d like to see in others. Resist the urge to comment or criticise and lead by example.


A reminder that our kid’s classes continue throughout the school holidays. As we transition back from the shutdown period these classes will run at the usual times on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the upcoming holidays from July 4-19.

Children can attend classes for their age group as often as they wish during the school holidays.


We’re taking expressions of interest for a kid’s live-stream class during the school holidays for all ages each Tuesday (July 7 and 14) from 4:30-5:10 p.m. If you would like to participate please email me directly for the invite link.


Just a reminder to everyone of the following conditions regarding our resumption of classes at the Subiaco PCYC.
  • Students with any cold or flu-like symptoms are requested to please stay home – you will not be able to train if you or your child exhibit any such symptoms and you will be asked to return home
  • All students are required to wash hands before and after class (alcohol based hand sanitiser will be available at the desk)
  • Mats and hard surfaces (touch points etc) will be disinfected before and after class
  • All equipment (focus pads if used) will be cleaned/disinfected before and after each use

For now, the PCYC change rooms are open for use of the toilets only, so we still ask that you please arrive at class in full uniform ready to train. Parents also please note there will be restrictions on the number of people sitting outside the dojo to watch the class – we still need to adhere to the 2sq metre rule in that corridor.

The PCYC is following the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport and as such are asking all users to adopt the approach to training and activities as  ‘get in, train, get out’, thus minimising unnecessary contact in change rooms, bathrooms, and communal areas.


Your opponent will formulate an opinion about you in a micro second. How you look, how you talk, walk, and generally hold yourself. Your ability and excellence as a martial artist will be how well you remain neutral under pressure and your ability to respond clearly to what is needed. Every situation that presents itself is totally neutral. All emotions including fear, panic, anger etc arise out of your interpretation of what is happening at that time. Unless you are still, neutral, and in control, your reaction/response may not be in accordance with what is clearly happening.

Your ability as a martial artist is how well you then apply this to daily life. There is no use being a great martial artist in the dojo if you get impatient standing in a line or get angry at the first person that cuts you off in traffic.


Great news – there is now a full Northstar Ju Jitsu interactive workout available on the Northstar online Academy. Not only is this course a great resource for adult NSJJ members, this is also a great opportunity for parents to see how the basic techniques are done correctly and then enjoy a workout at home with your children. Great for adults and children, you can now train and improve the basics wherever you are.