News and Black Belt Attitude: Courage


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain

Each week we discuss a Black Belt Attitude topic with the kids in our Warrior Talk. The focus of this week is Courage. Please pass this on to as many people as you can. Like dropping a pebble in a pond, the ripples can have a significant effect on someone else’s life.

Courage can take so many forms, and can be displayed in so many different ways. When we talk to the kids about courage, it’s about doing what’s right even if you’re a little scared to do it, telling the truth even though you might get into trouble for it. It’s standing up for what you think is right even if it’s not the popular thing to do, confronting your fears even when you know it might hurt. Sounds like good advice for us adults too doesn’t it?

In Martial Arts, and in life, courage is getting back up one more time than you’ve been knocked down, going the extra mile when all seems lost. It’s something as simple as reaching out your hand to help a total stranger, daring not just to dream but to follow your path no matter what anyone else says. Having courage is being brave enough to face up to what we fear and moving forward into the unknown.

Ultimately the greatest expression of courage is recognising your biggest opponent in life – you.

Take a few minutes out of your day and watch this video of some ordinary people doing some extraordinary things in the name of courage.

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We’ve welcomed quite a few members (adults and kids) thanks to word-of-mouth referrals from their friends who already enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and great benefits of martial arts at WestStar.

So, for a limited time, refer a friend and if they become a WestStar member (minimum 6 months) you’ll both receive a FREE month of membership.

Our Bright Stars program has 2 groups: 5-6 and 7-8, and Super Stars is from 9-14. When your child is old enough to go up a class please email us and notify us that you would like to go up an age group.

A reminder to both adults and kids that all classes start and finish on time. For your own safety, if you arrive at class after the initial stretch you will not be able to train. Unless there are extreme circumstances there will be no exceptions. I know sometimes things can just get in the way, particularly for parents, but part of being a martial artist is having that black belt attitude and keeping your commitments, so try to make it to class on time.


Andy Sensei (the founder of Northstar Ju Jitsu) has just released the first ever online instructional course for the white belt syllabus in Northstar Ju Jitsu. It is a fantastic opportunity to go that extra mile in providing white belt adults detailed explanations with photo displays and video presentations as well as information on grading, sparring and self defence. There is also a great module on the history of Northstar Ju Jitsu. It is designed to be used in conjunction with your class attendance.
The course is available at:
Future belt levels will be coming online in due course.

Remember you can stay up to date with all the latest dates and events at WestStar on the new Events section of our website. We’ll be constantly updating the events page with all the latest happenings and important dates.