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TERM 4 News & Events 2019

September 24, 2019 | Sensei Smith

Classes for Term 4 are filling up fast. If you would like to do one of our free trial classes, there are only two dates left for 2019.
For the First week of Term 4, there are trial classes available on Monday 14th and Saturday 19th October.
After that we will not take any new students until Term 1 2020.

Term 4 is always a really special term for Philotimo.
Firstly we run our "SAFETY SKILLS" Program for our Minotaurs and Manticores. The Safety Skills Program covers all aspects of Child Protective Behaviours and Child Safeguarding skills just in time for the long Summer Holiday break.

It is so important to have a refresh of these skills as we lead into a period where children are out of school and sometimes out of direct parental supervision. Does your child know what to do if they are feeling unsafe, or find themselves in a situation where they are in need of adult assistance but don't know which adults to ask?
Over 8 weeks with games, play acting and rolling and break falling skills, children learn how to be safer and make good decisions.

For our older students - Hippogriffs and Arktoi (senior primary and high school girls) we run "Secret Ninja's Business"
It's important to teach girls the value of good friendships, good choices and kind and empathic behaviours. Listening skills, learning how to be a good friend and learning how to avoid destructive behaviours like gossip and sniping go hand in hand with valuable self defence. Not all the self defence skills we learn at Philotimo are physical ones and Secret Ninja's Business helps girls feel braver to speak out against bullying and mean behaviour.

Domestic / Family Violence Martial Art Support Group for WOMEN

Commencing September 30 there is a special program running at no cost for women affected by family / domestic violence. We are proud to be able to facilitate this program and support the outstanding young woman running it.
If you are interested bookings are still being taken, however once it commences it will be closed to new students.

Contact details on the flyer - don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information.


Term four is also when we hold our end of year concert and awards ceremony. Every student, even the new ones, take part in what is always a very entertaining evening of exciting martial arts, humorous skits and spectacular (and quick) demonstrations of the skills we have learned all year.

The end of year ends with a special camp for our senior girls where we spend a week swimming and camping and visiting the Christmas lights of Ryde together. It's a time for making new friends, visiting old friendships and creating a strong bond of sisterhood between all the young women present. Gingerbread house making competitions are always a highlight!

2019 has been an excellent year for our all - girls squad.
From absolute beginners our girls have achieved excellent results this year in their divisions, all of them qualifying for the National Titles in December, to be held in Port Macquarie.

For interested girls, Tournament is held on Tuesdays and these classes focus on sparring and kata and demonstration skills, our three main events in competition. Congratulations to all of our Squad for your outstanding results at the recent State Championships, with two State titles being taken by our squad.


















All throughout the year this Squad has done brilliantly. Four of the girls participating are complete beginners, having only started martial arts this year. That is a fantastic achievement for our Squad and for our instructors. Well done.

TERM 1 2020 commences on Wednesday 29th of January for all current students.
First Free Trial lesson for the year will be MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
Keep in mind we keep our class sizes small so classes do fill up and priority is given to current students.

We look forward to seeing you in class.

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