Another eventful year for Hughes – and we’ve a trophy
or two to show for it! But we’ll get to that a bit later. Hughes
is about more than trophies – we’re about teaching eager
minds how to protect and defend themselves, and 2005 has definitely
been a success. This year has been particularly different with Renshi
Tuck running the branch without Renshi Maca for most of year
The Junior Class has been moving in leaps and bounds with more
than 25 kids on the books and roughly 20 showing up each week. We
currently have three levels of white belts, two levels of yellow
belts, a few orange belts and two green belts. The class is now
so large and dynamic that we’re looking at running 2 gradings
next year, rather than just the usual end of the year grading. There
will be a number of kids grading at the end of the year, but unfortunately
some kids have been away for a number of training sessions, or have
just started too late into this year which means they will not be
quite ready. They shouldn’t despair as we will be holding
another grading sometime in the first or second term of next year,
depending on how hard they work in that first term. It was very
difficult to decided on who got which awards this year, as there
are some very close contenders.
Junior awards handed out this year.
Excellence in Tsuki & Geri Zoe Tuckfield
Excellence in Basic Steps Mickayla DeLaRue
Excellence in Breakfalls Jack Bartlett
Excellence in Techniques Alex McAlister
Most Improved Alexander Fenton
Best Overall Performance Matthew Zeitlhofer
A highlight this year has been the number of dedicated Senior students
who have been coming along to the Junior class and helping out with
instructing. Thank you very much to Nat, Skye, Chris, Craig, Erin,
Dante, Ingrid, Sam and Kris. Tuck really appreciates the help, particularly
given he's been running both the Seniors & Juniors on his own
for most of year.
Unfortunately we didn’t have many kids make it to the Kaleen
Junior Seminar, mainly due to other winter sporting commitments
on the Saturday. Zoe, William, and Matthew flew the Hughes banner,
and had a great time as usual. They weren’t lucky in the way
of being in the winning teams, but they learnt some things whilst
having fun, which is the most important thing. Congratulations to
Kaleen for running yet another successful seminar. Unfortunately
we didn’t have any kids make it to the Junior seminar in Batemans
Bay. Hopefully at least one of the Junior seminars next year will
be held on a Sunday, and we’ll see more Hughes juniors able
William, Matthew, Zoe
This year, for the first time, Hughes nominated a worthy, dedicated
student for the Leonie Corey Trophy. This has been a conscious choice,
due to the significance of the award, and the caliber of nominees.
This year there were four nominations from clubs all around the
country, congratulations to all the nominees. Matthew Zeitlhofer,
a Hughes Junior Green belt, was our inaugural nominee, and also
fortunate enough to win this coveted award. Matthew has been with
Hughes for 4 years, and has always been an exceptional student,
continually giving his best and trying hard with his techniques.
An example of his commitment was seen when he wasn’t able
to come to training at Hughes on Wednesdays because of another commitment,
he went out to train at the Queanbean branch on Monday nights for
6 months. Matthew is happy to help others when asked, and played
a major role with helping his younger brother get ready for and
pass his yellow belt grading. Matthew has attended at least one
Junior seminar each year even though he may only make half the day
due to other sporting commitments on Saturdays. Every year he has
received an award for some aspect of his training. Congratulations
Shihan Eddie presenting award to Mattew
and Matthew with instructor Renshi Tuck
Renchi Maca, our CI for the Senior class, decided to take a well
deserved 9 month break and move up to Port Maquarie this year. Whilst
up there he’s been expanding his martial arts knowledge, including
learning a few Hapkido tricks each week, as well as doing some major
relaxing! Renchi Maca’s timing is also impeccable, due to
the large junior class now attending, we were having a problem with
mat space. The day after Tuck mentioned this to Maca, Maca came
across 20 extra second hand mats, which fitted in nicely, at a reduced
price. Good to be in the right place at the right time. The matts
were then transported back to Canberra by Natt & Carol, a big
thank you for that!
While Renchi Maca has been in Port Maquarie, he has made a few
trips to train with the Coffs Harbour branch, and also managed a
couple of cameo appearances back in Canberra. He also makes regular
trips to Sydney to train with the Hughes Branch North Shore Training
Group – a few of our Sydney-based Hughes students who get
together every week to maintain their skills. We’re hoping
students from ANY branch who move to Sydney will join the group
for weekly training in North Sydney, and perhaps traveling Black
belts may also drop in to offer some guidance.
Our Senior class is a rather nice size of about 15, with almost
half of them ring-ins from other clubs. We do appreciate our ring-ins
though, as most come to help out with the Junior class before staying
on to do the Senior training. The Hughes Students are all very dedicated
- we’ve picked up a few new students, seen the return of some
old ones, and also seen the commitment of our Sydney-based students!
Craig has returned to training as a blue belt, after an absence
of about 10 years - nice to see him back ?. The Blue belts Kris,
Sam, Skye and Nat are all starting to get in to the swing of things
in preparation for their attempt on the Brown belt. It has been
stressed that they must complete the entire grading to the highest
standard, and each is doing other training and fitness training
outside of normal lessons. Ingrid has been working on her focus
& breathing, and getting ready for her green belt grading. Andrew
and James have been working hard and are almost ready for the Orange
Belt Grading. Hopefully by the time this is published we will be
teaching them all their new syllabus.
This year we started including some dynamic movement into our techniques
as something different, with everyone enjoying those sessions. We
have also included some blocking techniques, Uki, which made us
think more about working in close. We will continue to work on this
as we move into next year, and with Maca’s return with new-found
knowledge, it should make for an interesting 2006.
Hughes branch has a history of losing our students to all parts
of the globe, and 2006 will be no exception! Two of our white belts
are moving to Sydney or Wollongong at the beginning of next year
for Uni – so hopefully we’ll manage to line them up
with our North Sydney Training Group. Ingrid and Claire will be
moving to somewhere in Europe, at different stages of next year...
perhaps time to set up a North Europe Training Group? ? Good Luck
to all our travelers in all their endeavors, and hopefully we’ll
see you back at Hughes sometime in the future.
We had 8 Hughes members attend the Senior Seminar this year in
Coffs Harbour: Renchi Maca from Port Macquarie, Sam, Kris, Ingrid
and Nat from our normal training sessions at Hughes, and Damon,
Jeffrey and Nigel from our North Shore Training Group. Did you know?
We WON the Basic Steps Competition! Why this year and not other
years? We don’t know - we do it the same way every year. This
year however was quite an exceptional feat, as due to the timing
of the Sydney moves, the entire team had never done the Basic Steps
together! Maca & Tuck reckon it’s the instructing the
individuals in the team received over the years that enabled them
to be focused, synchronized and technically correct. Just goes to
show that when Hughes train someone, they stay trained! ? The real
reason they won was that each member of the team are exceptionally
dedicated students, who understand the Basic Steps, and also the
cooperation required when working as part of a team. Congratulations
L-R : Natt, Damon, Kris , Nigel, Sam(hidden),
Maca, Jeffrey, Ingrid
Finally, we’d like to thank Shihans Roles & Eddie for
their leadership and support this year. We also wish to thank the
Committee and people who keep the club running, without their dedication
to the club we would all be rather bored on a Wednesday night.
All in all a rewarding, successful year for the Hughes Branch.
Hope to see familiar faces (and some new ones) in the new year.
We won We won ? !!!!
Renshi David Tuckfield, Yondan
CI - Hughes Branch
Renshi Simon MacNab, Yondan
CI in absentia - Hughes Branch
If you want a printed copy please let your instructor
Another year has rolled on by, much like the others,
and week-in week-out on a Wednesday night the Hughes Primary School
transformed into the Hughes Dojo. The exercises have changed a little,
but not the Suki. The faces have changed a little, but not the Geri.
The Basic Steps have been called for the millionth time, and the
mats slapped for the billionth! The techniques have been taught,
and learnt, as originally set down by Master Sugita all those years
ago, and respectfully recounted by Soke Morton. Eyes gleamed in
wonderment as they learnt new moves, brows furrowed in confusion
when disharmony appeared within the Club, and tears welled when
we heard the saddest of news.
The Hughes Branch of the Academy was deeply saddened by a number
of events in 2002. The departure of Shihan Sue Reid, Shihan Rob
Toll and Shihan Barry Wilford, and the associated disaffiliation
of the Port MacQuarie, Sawtell and Brisbane Branches, is one that
had us wondering where the Club was headed. How could three great
people, who have contributed so much for so many years, find themselves
on such a different path to that of Soke Morton? We can only assume
that distance and inherent problems with communication caused the
rift, and as a Club we need to ensure this does not re-occur. Shihan
Reid and Shihan Wilford were both life members of the Academy. Later
in the year the Club experienced an immensely sad loss, with the
passing of Shihan James O’Malley. James was a very good friend
of the Hughes Branch over many years, and holds a special place
in the hearts of our Senior members, and particularly our Instructors.
It was James who, in a ceremony at Hughes Branch many years ago,
presented Maca with his Shodan (Black Belt). Our thoughts are with
Peggy, and with James’ family.
This year saw a continuation of the transformation within the Junior
class. A number of the graded players moved on, however we had an
influx of beginners at the beginning of the year, and yet more new
starters as the year progressed. The kids must have had a great
time – they just kept coming back – and bringing their
friends! Early in the year a few of the crew went along to the Junior
Seminar, again superbly hosted by the Kaleen Branch, and they had
a ball! As the year progressed Tuck found himself up to his ears
with eager kids. To lend a hand a few of our Seniors began helping
out with the Juniors – a valuable experience for the kids
AND for Toy, K and Nat!
The result of the year’s hard training was seeing roughly
half of the class being graded in our last session for the year,
held in December. Shihan Dave Rowlie and Shihan Eddie Scharrer (the
Club’s Principle and Deputy Principle) presided, and the whole
Class did us proud. Mathew Z, Thomas, Mathew T, Josh, Meghan, Samantha,
Mathew F and Marissa all showed what some hard work, careful listening,
and focussed practice can achieve. There were various standards
of techniques displayed, however all Players excelled in the two-man
attack – doing their techniques precisely, and demonstrating
true “feeling”. Well done kids – keep up the top
work! With a bit more work we expect to see more students graded
early in the year, and the Club begin to fill in the Kyu ranks.
The Senior Class fluctuated throughout the year, with a number of
new starters coming along for a few weeks at various stages and
a few of our Kyu belts doing some “interval” training.
We even had an appearance from one of our Brown Belts who has left
Canberra, Damon dropping in for a much-missed work-out. Our stretching
reached a new level this year with two of our students being involved
in a pilot Stretching and Flexibility for Martial Artists course
being run by Kit and Greg Laughlan at the ANU. K and Toy managed
to rope Tuck and Maca in for the follow-up course – something
muttered about pay-backs?
We hosted the first of the Club Gradings in 2002, with only one
Player from a visiting Branch to be Graded. This meant we had an
opportunity to train for almost an hour with an assortment of visitors,
including a range of Black Belts & Black Belt Candidates (Brown
Belts training for their Black Belts). A valuable experience for
all concerned, the following week we workshopped some of the variations
that appeared the previous week. Later in the year we attended the
joint Grading at Kaleen, where we had two Players being Graded.
Toy and K impressed in their attention to technique, and their Suki
and Geri was outstanding – despite Toy collecting a careless
kick to the head during Geri!
Late in the year we sent a small delegation to the Annual Seminar,
superbly organised by the Evatt Branch. Our delegation included
one of our interstate Brown Belts, Damon returning for the weekend,
showing he hasn’t lost too much in his time away. There were
many highlights throughout the weekend, with everybody taking some
value from the experience. Early on the first day Toy injured her
shoulder, requiring a visit to the hospital, and unfortunately impairing
her participation for the rest of the Seminar. K was exceptional
in the two-man attack competition, demonstrating the benefits of
retaining composure whilst under pressure. Our Basic Steps were
technically accurate, according to the demonstration that Shihan
Rowlie and Shihan Scharrer gave, with very few minor alterations
required to our form. Our coordinated timing was a little off –
something that will be addressed with suitable attention in the
new year. Early in the weekend we adopted Don Burow from Sydney,
and it didn’t take too long for he and Damon to forge plans
to commence training in Sydney. Hughes 2 will be further filled
out when the other two Sydney-based Hughes Brown Belts join the
training, which is currently run on Monday nights at Blacktown.
The 40th Anniversary dinner on the Saturday night was a truly exceptional
evening, with so many old friends and respected members of the Club
in attendance, including Hans who surprised us by arriving at our
table – having not seen him in some years! The passing of
the mantle from Soke Morton to Shihan Rowlie was completed on the
night, in an emotional ceremony. The other highlight was Tuck being
awarded his Yondan (4th Dan) – a well deserved reward for
the many, many hours of patient teaching over many years –
All in all a rewarding, successful year for the Hughes Branch.
Be Masters of Yourselves!
Renshi Simon MacNab, Yondan
CI - Seniors
Renshi David Tuckfield, Yondan
CI - Juniors
It was a quiet beginning
to the year for Hughes, not a great number of students passing through
our doors. Averaging six seniors and six juniors each week. However
late this year we have seen a good increase in our numbers, and
in the last month have grown to twelve juniors and sixteen seniors.
They just seem to be coming out of the woodwork. We are hoping they
all manage to get through the Christmas break and continue coming.
Our Junior class is very much a family affair
with two sisters & a brother, another brother & sister and
their friends - a brother and sister, making up most of the class,
so if one family doesn't show up, it greatly reduces the size of
the class. We have had four new starters late this year and hopefully
we will continue to grow. We had one Junior grading this year and
all passed well. It can be difficult to get the kids ready for a
grading, as every time they are almost ready, another holiday comes
up. When they get back from holidays we seem to have to start again.
We had five students go to the Junior Seminar
at Kaleen this year, and they all seemed to enjoy it, & learned
a lot. These Seminars also test the instructors' knowledge, as they
come back to class the following week with so many questions,
but they still can't master the shoulder roll.
Senior Class has been somewhat quiet this year.
Once again very much a family & friends affair, until about
mid year, when we have started growing, increasing our numbers to
Twelve which has been quite a pleasant change. Hopefully the Christmas
break won't be too much of a strain on them and they will continue
to come next year.
We only attended one combined grading at Kaleen
this year. We had five people grading of the eight attending. Two
grading to yellow and three to orange, all passed well, however
nerves on the day preventing some of them from showing their full
potential. I am sure they will be out to show off in the next grading.
We were also honoured this year with Simon obtaining his Yondan
(4th Dan). We greatly appreciates his time and efforts, and believe
this is reflects upon the Branch.
We were unfortunate to miss the Seminar this year.
Most of our class being made up of Students on a tight budget, and
myself and Simon with work commitments, made it impossible to attend.
However we are looking forward to attending next year.
Hughes is the branch of no return
If you want to leave the country or just Canberra, come train at
Hughes. We lost our two Brown Belts at the beginning of the year
to Sydney and Adelaide. We have had students go to China, Japan,
and England, other students, although not going far, have moved
to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. So if you are feeling
a bit like a trip, just come and visit us for a few months. It can
be frustrating at times, we train them up to brown belt, thinking
we have a black belt potential, and they leave town. We currently
have two blue belts that will soon be grading to brown, so they
are looking forward to their trips soon.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all
our people behind the scenes of the Peter Morton Academy of Self
Defence, the people who put the effort in to make the school what
it is. The people involved in such things as sorting out the insurances,
the incorporation, the Web page to name a few. The effort of not
only to bringing things to our attention, but to co-ordinate it
nation wide is very much appreciated.
Have a great year next year!
David Tuckfield, Sandan (3rd Dan)
CI - Juniors
Simon Macnab, Yondan (4th Dan)
CI - Seniors