The Peter Morton Academy of Judo Jujitsu Karate
is designed for people of all ages. It is a discipline that emphasises
mental, physical and emotional development.
Concentration, confidence and self control
are developed through the study of the art. Physical fitness, flexibility,
co-ordination, and endurance are improved through training. Negative
emotions such as fear, anger, and anxiety are controlled through
Translated, Jujitsu means 'gentle art'.
It was developed to meet the needs of a constantly warring feudal
society and to give warriors an unarmed system of fighting to combine
with, and complement their weapons based systems on the battlefield.
Jujitsu incorporates methods of offence
from Japanese Atemi, or striking techniques, as well as defensive
movements. It features an assorted mix of strikes, blocks, evasive
manoeuvres, grappling, imobilisation & joint locks, choking
and strangulation, application of pressure points, dislocation techniques,
throwing & breakfalls.
Emphasis is on defence. A majority of the
techniques taught uses the force of the attacker to the defenders
advantage. These defensive strategies aim to initially evade, then
to disable attackers and finally immobilise them.
Classed are conducted in a friendly semi-formal
environment. Instructors donate their time freely and only charge
fees to cover the running costs of the clubs. Students are encouraged
to develop themselves as individuals, not champions.
"Be Master of Yourself"
Renshi Kevin Barrie, Yondan (4th Dan) began
instructing in Yarralumla in 1974, before opening the Hughes Branch
in 1978. Renshi Barrie Began studying under Shihan Morton in 1963
in the Queanbeyan Branch, where he quickly gained respect. Renshi
Barrie gained his 1st Dan accreditation in 1977, and went on to
take up the position of Vice-Principal of the club, holding it until
his retirement in 1992.
We have had seven of our students go on
to gain their Black Belts: Simone Witchard, Caroline Webber, Simon
MacNab, David Tuckfield. Damon Taylor, Sam Arnold (originally Godwin)
and Kris Arnold have added to list of black belts successfully gaining
their Black Belts.
Sensei Simone Wichard, Shodan (1st Dan),
retired from training not long after gaining her black belt due
to family commitments.
Sensei Caroline Webber, Nidan (2nd Dan)
Started training in 1979 and gained her black belt along with Shihan
MacNab in 1989. She ran the Junior Classes at Hughes when Renchi
Barrie retired in 1992, untill she decided to move to England with
her family in 1994.
Shihan MacNab, Rokudan (6th Dan), started
training at the Hughes branch in 1981, started teaching as a blue
belt in 1983 and gained his black belt in 1989. Shihan MacNab is
the Current Chief Instructor of the Senior Classes.
Shihan Tuckfield, Rokudan (6th Dan), started
training at the Hughes branch, in 1984, started teaching as a blue
belt in 1986, and achieved his black belt in 1991. Renshi Tuckfield
took over the running of the Junior Classes in 1994, when Sensei
Webber left to go to England. He is the current Chief Instructor
of the Junior Classes.
Sensei Damon Taylor Nidan (2nd Dan), started
Training as a Junior at Hughes at the age of 8. He moved to Sydney
just after gaining his Senior Brown Belt in 2000. Unfortunately
there were no branches in Sydney, so he was unable to train for
his Black Belt. There were a few other students from Hughes that
had also moved to Sydney and they got together to continue their
training. He started up his own club Castlecove in Sydney with the
assistance of Jennifer Thomas who was a Black Belt from the Port
Macquarie branch. This lead to his long 18 months of travelling
down to Canberra 3 times a week for Black Belt training. A feat
not to be ignored. He has now successfully obtained his Black belt
in 2008, and is running the Lane Cove branch in Sydney. He is also
taken on the position of Academy Registrar for the Academy.
Sensei Sam Arnold (originally Godwin), Nidan
(2nd Dan), started her training in 1999 with one of her sisters.
Almost all of Sams family have gone through the Academy at different
stages before her, including her father, her older brothers and
an older sister, all achieving different grades, but not quite getting
to black belt. Her sister dropped out not long after gaining their
orange belts, but Sam continued with her future husband and training
partner, Kris and successfully gained her black belt in 2009. She
was the Academy's Secretary for 2009-2010. She has been taking a
break from training and teaching due to the birth of her first Child
Dean. We hope to see her back at training soon.
Sensei Kris Arnold Nidan (2nd Dan), started
training in 2000, and partnered his future wife, Sam for the following
8 years through all the Kyu belts. Their dedication and hard work
showed during their brown belt grading, proving to be the sharpest
and most efficient brown belt grading that had been seen for many
years. Towards the end of his black belt training, Kris sustained
a severe knee injury and was unable to grade with the rest of his
class. Just over twelve months of rehabilitation later he successfully
graded to his black belt in early 2010. His grading was so good
that he was asked to assist in training the next black belt class.
He has also been training in Brazilian JuJitsu, (a ground grappling
style) and is looking at how to incorporate some of the moves into
our current training sessions to help us with our grappling techniques.