Makion-Ha Bujutsu utilises relaxed, whole-body movement in the application of both unarmed and weapons techniques. Training is conducted in a traditional manner, generating a heightened awareness of self and others. This in turn creates a safe and respectful environment where men and women of all ages can become skilled in self-defence and work towards deeper personal understanding and spiritual growth. (For class times and locations, click here.)
Training in Makion-Ha Bujutsu encompasses the following:
- Rolling & Breakfalling
- Unarmed Combat / Self-Defence
- Weapons Training (traditional and modern)
- Disarming Techniques
- Stealth & Evasion Tactics
In the first month of training it is acceptable to wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes. Thereafter you will be required to purchase a uniform. Uniforms can be ordered through the school if that is most convenient – please ask your instructor for details and pricing.
No shoes other than tabi (Japanese working socks/boots) may be worn while training. Barefoot is acceptable. Training in socks is not recommended as slips can occur on the polished wooden floorboards.
Hierarchy in the dojo (training hall or school) forms a chain of progression where, like climbers ascending a mountain, students reach down to help those below and reach up for assistance from those above.
Rankings are indicated within the dojo by the colour of the belt that a student wears. There are four colour variants in Makion-Ha Bujutsu, they are as follows:
White belt signifies that the student is at the beginning of his or her learning in the art. It is incumbent upon a new student to follow directions given by the teacher and senior students in order to train safely and effectively. It is helpful to remember that ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
Green belt is an indication that the student has developed a foundation skill in ukemi (rolling, breakfalling), taijutsu (body movement) and kamae (body postures).
Brown belt means the student has demonstrated consistency in attendance as well as in the development of technique and personal conduct. The student carries more responsibility in the dojo – helping newer students to feel safe, to feel welcome and to learn.
Black belt is given to the student who has shown sincerity in training all aspects of the art and is marked by a formal test in randori (flowing application). For the yudansha (black belt student) of Makion-Ha Bujutsu, attaining black belt is not an end point – it means welcome to the dojo, now the real training may begin!
Camps & Seminars
Camps run for two or three days, usually at the end of the year as a conclusion to classes for the year.
Seminars are run throughout the year and are extended training sessions, usually hosted at the hombu (head) dojo in Shepparton. Seminars usually cover a particular theme, set of techniques or other specific aspect of training in depth.
Events are announced in the dojo.
Photographs of training in Makion-Ha Bujutsu, traditional Japanese martial arts.