Bordertown BJC Martial Arts Club Celebrates 10 Years of Junior Classes

Friday 1st August 2014

This year, Bordertown Zen Do Kai Martial Arts Club will clock up an impressive 34 years since its inception in 1980. Kyoshi Terry Hutchings has trained with the club since mid 1980, when he began as a student under Sensei Chris Moresome, who had previously trained in Horsham. Kyoshi has trained continuously since this time, becoming an instructor in 1984.

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In 2004, following many requests from parents of under 12 year olds to be accepted into the senior class, club instructors decided to start a separate class for 6 to 12 year olds, following the excellent junior curriculum put together by top Zen Do Kai instructors from around Australia. The first class was held on the 21st of July 2004, with 39 keen new students. Instructors were Dai Sempai Nigel Fuss and now current Sensei’s Robyn Miles and Ann-Elisa Pickering. Over the 10 years, well over 200 students have been members of the junior club, with many moving up into the senior class when they reach 12 years old. With 35 junior members currently training, Bordertown Club has maintained its numbers and usually has a waiting list for new students wishing to join.

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Bordertown Club ran the inaugural SA State Junior BJC camp at Pendleton, Keith,  in 2007 and have run seven of the eight held in SA since.

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2009 Pendleton Camp Group

During class on the 2nd of July this year, a celebration for past and current members was held to acknowledge the tenth year and approximately the 400th junior class held in Bordertown by the club. Instructors searched out photographs and club members Trisha, Brodie and Gema Schulz put together an impressive display for the event and provided a cake and cupcakes, decorated with the club badge.

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After a short class led by Kyoshi Terry, those present were given a chance to take part in a small Senjo, a ceremony sometimes run at formal gradings showing the positions held by all members of a club and based on the traditional rankings held between a shogun and his followers.

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Following the Senjo, there was an opportunity for all those present to look at all the photographs and class lists on display, followed by a bbq.

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Sensei Robyn Miles

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