Returning to Training After Taking a Break

It can be difficult to find the will power to return to training after taking some time off. Not only that, once returning it can be physically demanding on our bodies to gain back our strength and fitness and train at the level we were stopped at.

When asked about his students returning to training Master Lincoln said “Just get yourself here and we will look after the rest.” Planning your first session back is as simple as that. Find some time, commit yourself and get here and we will look after the rest. Once back in class, ease yourself back into it. One of the biggest mistakes we see is our students going from 0 – 100. Take it easy on your body with your first few sessions back. Try to focus on good form and technique as well as a good warm up and warm down. On your days off, do some stretching at home and come back ready for more!

We are a community of friends and family all with a common interest in martial arts and discipline. Try to focus on reconnecting, feel good about your first week back seeing your friends and training partners. This reconnection is important for good mental health. Connecting the mind, body and spirit for overall well-being and good health. Welcome back to Toodokan!

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Do you offer classes for beginners?
Yes, we offer beginners classes for all ages. No experience required.

I have previous martial arts experience, which class should I attend?
As each individual is different, we recommend you contacting us and speaking to an instructor to ensure the best way to get you back on track with your training.

How many classes per week do I attend?
We strongly recommend two classes per week. However we have a wide range of options to fit any personal schedule. We have many students who train 3-4 times a week or more.

What times are classes?
We have a range of class times for your convenience. Please click the link to see our full printable timetable

What age can children start?
We have a Karate Cubs Program for 3-4 year olds. Our Junior martial arts classes are for ages 5 and up.

What do I wear for my first class?
For your first lesson, you can just wear something you are comfortable working out in. A tshirt and shorts or tights. We don't wear any shoes or socks on the mats. (And don't forget your water bottle!)

How long are classes?
Karate Cubs classes are 30 minutes
Junior martial arts classes are 45 minutes
Fitness circuit classes are 45 minutes
Teens and adult martial arts classes are 60 minutes

Do you offer discounts?
We have a family discount available where the 3rd member of your family, and anyone thereafter, will receive a 50% discount.

How long has Toodokan been in operation?
Established in 1993, Toodokan has been servicing Macarthur for 27 years this year.

How many calories will an adult burn in class?
While we estimate you will burn about 800 – 1000 calories in a class, many of our students have measured over 1200 calories burned in just one class using their own fitness bands.

How fit do I need to be to start Toodokan classes?
If you have never worked out a day in your life you can still do Toodokan classes! Our instructors will tailor your work out to suit YOU. Every student is able to work at their own pace in each class and gradually increase their intensity as their fitness improves.

I'm a parent, am I able to watch my child's classes?
We have a large seating area so that parents can watch their children train. We also have weight gym facilities available that parents are welcome to use which also has a view of the training area.

Do you offer private lessons?
We do offer private lessons! You are able to book one-on-one lessons with a professional instructor outside of our regular timetable times. Please contact us for further information.

Do I have to compete?
Competing in tournaments is completely optional - we are not a competition oriented style. Toodokan hosts one members only in-house Tournament a year and entry is optional. We also have a small team of students who compete in outside tournaments. If competition is something you're interested in, be sure to speak to one of our instructors for more information.

I have an injury or condition which limits me from certain movements or exercises. Can I still do martial arts?
Yes. No matter your individual situation, our instructors can adapt your training to suit you. We will work with you to ensure you are comfortable, and getting the most of our your martial arts training.

My child has a social or learning difficulty. Are they able to join your classes?
Our instructors have plenty of experience with children with varying challenges. Whether your child has autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, they are more than welcome to train with us. Though it may take some people longer, depending on the individual, we always see eventual success, and even improvement in concentration, confidence and communication!

Where are you located?
We are located on McPherson Rd, just after the Lifeline building on the left. If you are turning into Smeaton Grange from Narellan Road, turn left at the first roundabout and you should see us soon!

What now?
Now it's time to book your trial lesson! All you need to do is contact us on (02) 4647 2530 or or simply fill out the contact box on our site and we will contact you.

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13 Benefits of Toodokan Martial Arts Training for Children

Today, there are countless after-school activities for children to participate in. From swimming to soccer, musical instruments to languages, social clubs to tutoring. While all have their benefits, it's important to know exactly what those benefits are and how they are actually serving your child. We all want what is best for our children. We all want to see them thrive. So, when choosing an after-school activity it is important to weigh the benefits. What is your child truly getting out of their activities? 
Here are just a few of the many ways children benefit from training at Toodokan Self Defence Academy, or any other reputable martial arts school. Many of which, we are happy to say, translate to the classroom. 
1. Self Defence Skills
You may think this goes without saying, but it's important to evaluate what this would truly mean for your child - the ability to defend themselves. Recent studies show that over 95% of children in Australia are taught to swim. Why? Clearly, so that they won't drown. We believe martial arts lessons are just as important as swimming lessons. There is no way of knowing whether your child will ever be in a situation where they will need to defend themselves, but if ever they were you'd be glad that you had the foresight to teach them to protect themselves.  

2. Bully Free Zone
Toodokan has zero tolerance for bullying and our students are taught kindness, acceptance and equality towards one and other. Many of our junior students come to us as they are facing the challenges of bullying at school. Our main goal with these children is to build their self-confidence and self-esteem, but also to give them place where they can socialise with other children their age in a safe environment and a bully-free zone. 

3. Build Self-Confidence 
Nothing builds self confidence like knowing that you could defend yourself if you absolutely had to. Not only that, our dedicated team of instructors constantly encourage your child with positive reinforcement, building their confidence with every improvement we see. Our students are able to clearly see the progress they are making, that sense of acknowledged achievement does wonders for a child's self confidence. 

4. Physical and Mental Health
Martial arts is a fantastic physical workout. Your child will improve their physical fitness as well as build strength with various techniques utilising the whole body. Not only that, but you will also see your child's mental health improve. People who practice martial arts are proven to experience lower levels of anxiety, and higher levels of patience, understanding and self-esteem than those who who have never trained in martial arts. 

5. Personal Attention
We have a dedicated team of adult instructors who are committed to your child's success. With a large number of instructors on the mats for every class, your child is guaranteed to get plenty of help and advice, and won't ever be left to fend for themselves.

6. Learn to Progress Independently in a Group Environment 
Our students are taught not to compare themselves to others, as martial arts is very much an independent journey. Each child is able to progress at their own pace without feeling as though they are falling behind. They are given clear sight of their goals and progress through belt levels and achievement badges, and more advanced students are able to set an example for lower belt levels through displays of discipline and capability. All while training in a group environment where everyone is treated with the same respect.
7. Safety Awareness when Approaching Adulthood
Martial arts is all about the long term benefit. No one can expect to master self defence overnight, instead, you will see improvement over weeks, months and years. This also goes for our lessons such as stranger awareness, resisting peer pressure, treating your body with respect and more. Parents often tell us, they want their children to be able to protect themselves against bullies, but what about beyond that? Parents who keep their children in martial arts in their younger years can feel more confident about their safety when their children get older and start going out with friends. They will have the confidence to say NO, they will be able to defend themselves if needed, they will have knowledge of safe vs unsafe situations and how to remove themselves from the latter. 

8. Focus and Listening Skills which Translates to the Classroom
We find a common challenge children face today is a limited attention span. For this reason, our lessons are structured in a way that improves the attention span given time. Students will be required to focus on the task at hand, build reaction times and switch up exercises frequently, all conditioning your child to focus their mind and improve their listening skills. 
9. Respect 
Respect is one of the most important traditions in any still of martial arts. Respect towards your instructors, your opponents, those around you, and perhaps most importantly, self-respect. Our instructors teach our students about the importance of, and strongly encourage, respect towards their parents and their teachers. Martial arts is not just a physical journey but also one of continual self-discovery and self-improvement. As students realise this, they feel the desire to both their martial arts values into practice outside of their martial arts school. 
10. Learn that Violence is NOT the Answer
While we teach self defence tactics, Toodokan advocates non-violent conflict resolution and a peaceful existence. We truly emphasise in our lessons that martial arts should only be used as a last resort in situations that you feel you are in real physical danger. Our students are in fact taught many other ways to diffuse confrontations in our lessons so that the martial arts skills they learn on the mats are never used for the wrong reasons.  
11. Memorisation and Retention Skills 
Each of our belt levels has a new comprehensive set of martial arts and self defence skills for our students to learn. This keeps them mentally as well as physically stimulated, as students are required to memorise and correctly execute all of these new forms in order to progress to higher levels.
12. Improved Behaviour 
Countless times over the past 27 years since Toodokan was established, parents have reported drastic improvements in their children's behaviour (both at home and at school) after just a few months of training at our academy. The lessons of discipline, respect, concentration constantly reinforced on the dojo mats inevitably bleeds into other aspects of your child's life.
13. Fun! 
While our instructors do a fantastic job of keeping your child focused as they learn, we also ensure your child is enjoying their training. Classes are fun and dynamic while remaining well structured. With game elements incorporated into our classes, we keep our students enthusiastic, happy and eager for their next lesson. 
If you have any questions regarding your child and martial arts, feel free to contact us on (02) 4647 2530 or 
Free trial lessons available. 
Active Kids Vouchers accepted. 

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A Brief Interview with Master John

What is the purpose of founding Toodokan? 

I wanted to train strong and accomplished karate ka to strengthen the body, mind and spirit of the practitioner. To develop people who will not give up. People who will become strong and kind, have empathy for others. All while developing the fighting and self-defence ability of every Toodokan student. 
To teach children to have and to show respect to their parents and become someone strong and good. For today's youth who tend to give up quickly, this is the spirit of Toodokan practice. 
Many schools push competitions in their schools. What are your thoughts on tournament competition? 

Competition is not the focus of Toodokan practice. Rather to train diligently and to develop the three elements (body, mind and spirit) so that they become winners in life.
Belt exams and competition can also be a method to strengthen their heart and soul if used correctly.
Why practice any form of martial arts?

I firmly believe that martial arts practice in a good school will develop students in all aspects of life. To help them have a safer, healthier and happier life. To have a superior understanding and empathy for others. To contribute in a positive way to their family and their community through better communication skills and total self belief. 
You began training in 1978. How long will you keep practicing and teaching? 

Karate has no end, and I love teaching and contributing to peoples lives in a positive way. I will continue to teach and practice every day for the rest of my life. 

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Join Us For the Best Adult Martial Arts in Smeaton Grange

Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve Smeaton Grange with Adult Martial Arts!
At Toodokan Self Defence Academy, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next!

We are offering Smeaton Grange a hands-on approach to Adult Martial Arts. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed!

Come visit us at Toodokan Self Defence Academy and see for yourself what makes us the best Adult Martial Arts facility in town.

Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today!

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