With Australia Day today, I got to thinking about community and how important it is for an enlightened martial arts studio or school.
These days almost anyone can watch few videos on YouTube and the UFC and then open up an MMA training centre. They seem to come and go, and then evolve into a Crossfit Gym, or disappear leaving a handful of dedicated students despondent.
We constantly get feedback from students and parents that the “sense of community” in Quantum Martial Arts and the Northstar Ju Jitsu system is one of the key things that set us apart from other schools and dojos.
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure that other schools and systems could claim the same, but for Quantum Martial Arts and our instructors, black belts and broader community I think we have something truly special.
Here’s a few thoughts on what sets Quantum and NSJJ apart:
- The leadership of Andy Sensei and the senior student trainers team (May-Lai, Darren, Joe, Matt, Mel, Rob & Corinne, Ben, Will, John, Stephen, Max, Rick, Vaughan, Jimmy, Harley, Angus and Ed) – these are powerful leaders who walk their talk
- Our awesome children’s trainers team who are committed to the development of children and their safety and growth as humans – that is critical work that needs to be honoured
- A martial arts suitable for Australian’s but which has deep roots in traditional systems from Japan, Korea, Europe and other parts of the world
- A martial art that is first and foremost a self defence system – developed and distilled over more than 30 years by Andy Sensei
- Over 70 current training black belts in the NSJJ network and many more who shared the martial arts journey to black belt but have now moved on. Many of these are still great friends of Quantum and NSJJ
- The friendship and support amongst the NSJJ network of schools – Northstar Headquarters, Quantum, Keystone, Arrow, Eureka, Espirit, Freelance, Weststar and Twin Tigers martial arts schools
- A philosophy and approach which is built around service. Our adult students help out with the children’s classes. When someone trials with Quantum they are assigned a senior belt to guide and assist. Senior belts mentor and assist junior belts
- A truly diverse student group which is a microcosm of modern Australia – we have students from every race, nationality, creed, persuasion and background – students who leave all that at the dojo door and share time on the mats as like minded people who love practicing our style of martial arts
So on Australia Day I am optimistic for our young, great country because, fundamentally, Australia is built of ‘communities’ like our own.
So whatever you do on Australia Day, we wish you the best and we give you the day off training! (only because KGV Centre is closed for the public holiday).
Have a great day, build a better you and build a better community.
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