Introduction to the Japanese Dojo for Women (Self-defence focus) Atwea College

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Introduction to the Japanese Dojo for Women (Self-defence focus)

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This beginner empowerment course is modeled on the syllabus of the Shikishimakan Dojo. The course offers an introduction to the basics of traditional Japanese martial arts and self-defense (including attacker psychology). Self-defense elements include escapes from hair-pulls, headlocks, and knife and stick scenarios. The course also introduces the student to the basics of meditation and philosophy as well as the Japanese language and culture. To be empowered is very much a matter of the heart and ultimate strength never resides in the hands or feet. The last session will be a grading (not compulsory), followed by a class award ceremony for those who pursue the optional grade.


An application form must be completed to participate in physical activities. Any medical or health condition (including asthma [no matter how mild] or recent injuries, hospitalization) mentioned on the form will require clearance by a medical practitioner. The practitioner must state the nature of the condition and that he/she, in his/her professional medical opinion, permits the applicant to train in martial arts.

Students will be performing hand strikes and kicks. The ability to perform these actions will be a pre-requisite.

The nature of this kind of martial arts training/self-defense activity will require a degree of physical contact with instructors, assistants, or practice partners.

Applicants must be beginners.

At Atwea College we offer a wide variety of Business, Lifestyle & Leisure courses at various locations throughout Newcastle, the Hunter Region, and the Mid-North Coast.
Course enrolment must be accompanied by a fee; we are unable to hold places for people or accept deposits on Lifestyle courses. Once enrolment is completed students will receive a course confirmation either in writing or by email. This course confirmation constitutes a receipt.

Please check your confirmation letter to ensure you have the correct time, date and location of your course as well as any necessary requirements. There is a room directory located at each venue directing you to your classroom. Parking fees may apply at some venues.

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