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TERM 4 News & Events 2019

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.

Term Three Updates

Jujitsu grading June 2019, at Hunters Hill Community Hall. Photo: David Porter


There is so much happening this term, we are going to be really busy.  Term 2 saw our last two senior girls, Francesca and Iyla, grade to their black belts after six years of training. We are so proud of both of them. It was great to see all of our black belts together and Sensei organized new embroidered belts for everyone at long last. This group of young women are inspiring leaders for teenage girls everywhere who aspire to train for their black belts, no matter what style.

So for Term 3… coming up fast, on the 27th – 28th of July, we will be up in Medowie, outside Newcastle, for the 24 hour non stop sparring session, hosted by Imugi Martial Arts to raise funds for the Striking Distance Documentary.
If you can’t make it, you can still donate! Go to the menu and click on “Documentary” and you’ll be taken to our Documentary Australia fundraising page.

Next, we have one of our senior students, El, competing in the National Titles in Tasmania for the AKF. El will compete in Kata and Kumite, against black belts who are all highly experienced. El is only a yellow belt in karate, so we are very proud of her for giving it a shot. Mel, our tournament coach, is also competing in the same competition and we are super excited about that. Best of luck to both girls.

On the weekend of August 11 we have the Port Macquarie round of the Australian Martial Arts Competition. 11 of our girls are competing alongside our very good friends from Imugi Martial Arts. We also have a record number of our students volunteering at this event which is fantastic. Super proud of everyone committed to attending.


Every Saturday from 7.30 – 8.30am we have a grappling class for mums and daughters with Frances Bavaro. You can be a total beginner and join this class, or you can have some experience – it doesn’t matter, there is something appropriate for everyone.
This class is fun and friendly with emphasis on strong foundations in the basics. It will enhance your traditional jujitsu, as well as give you a great workout and build your strength and flexibility.

Come along for a free trial class and find out for yourself how much fun it is!
0444 577 608 for enquiries / bookings

young women are filmed for a promotional video for the LMA self defence program. Photo; Motion Mad Media

Women only classes in AUGUST at the Lebanese Muslim Association, Lakemba

During August, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, two of our most senior Philotimo instructors will teach classes for the LMA in Lakemba. These classes are strictly women only, and women and girls are encouraged to attend. You will learn practical self defence basics as well as developing flexibility, strength and confidence.
Sensei Rose is so excited to be offering this program thanks to the LMA and the wonderful Lauryn Eagle, who is working hard to bring women from all backgrounds and cultures into the empowering world of women’s self defence.


All classes remain the same this term, with some small changes to Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.
Please see the timetable below!
Saturday morning Grappling is open to all mums and their children as well as our teenage girls.
Monday evenings is Women’s only grappling – this is a new class for term 3 and will be taught by a female instructor.

Fees and Charges
We are open about our fees and charges. There are no fees for gradings or belt tests, and students are welcome to catch up missed classes by attending the very next class available without any fuss – just turn up.
Mothers train free at all our classes, for the lifetime of their children’s membership with Philotimo.
(Uniforms and insurance are a separate cost for all members)

Foundation Classes (“Minotaurs”)
3 – 6yo
$190 flat fee per term for 1 – 4 classes per week as suits.
 Children must be potty trained to attend this class

Children & Adults

1 x per week $26 per class / $260 per term
2 x per week $15 per class / $300 per term
3 x per week $12 per class /$360 per term

Tournament team
$80 per term (students must be training one Jujitsu class per week to attend Tournament team)

Club Fees 

Includes membership, uniform, first workbook for kids and training weapon for adults
Primary level 1+2 $160 first year $100 thereafter
Teens level 3+4 $220 first year $100 thereafter
Adults 18+ $250 first year $100 thereafter

Training Gear 

$80 Junior kit purchased at red belt (includes head guard)
$80 Adult kit purchased at red belt


As we approach the half way mark for Term 2, 2019, it’s time to take a quick inventory of what is happening this term!

First up, we have a number of senior and junior students completing our motivational programs “Winning the Homework War” and “Manners for the Modern Warrior”
Don’t forget to bring your sheets in each week!

June 15th is FORMAL GRADING. We have two senior girls going for their black belts and this is a very exciting event. This year we will run our grading a little differently from normal, but I think everyone will love it.
Students from ages 9 -12 Primary, High School and Adult students will arrive early from 8 – 9am for Syllabus testing.
Black belts and Blue belts – 7am – 9am syllabus testing
Parents and friends arrive 9am for a 9.15am start.
Minotaurs will go first, testing from 9.15 – 9.30am, followed by black belt testing for Iyla and Francesca. Senior grades will test throughout the morning until 10.30 when we will break for morning tea and any grades will be awarded.

We have a large group of beginners heading off for their first tournament on June 30 in Canberra, and we wish them a great deal of success. Training is picking up a pace as a result, and we have scheduled extra classes on Sunday afternoons over in Lewisham for all who wish to join in and work on their sparring skills. Gold Coin donation.

July School holidays usually has Winter Camp, but I am unsure we will run it this year. Numbers are small. If you have a high school aged girl who would love a week learning martial arts and making new friends, email us to register your interest.

Our timetable for term 2 is below. See you in class!


Week 7, Term 1!

I can’t believe it is already week seven, with four weeks to go to end of term. We have welcomed a number of new students into the Hunters Hill dojo, and everybody has been working steadily on their Manners Books.

The timetable has been tweaked slightly, Tuesdays being reorganized to suit age groups attending for Tournament class.
Our free week’s trial is well and truly over, trial days are now back to being only available on the first Monday of each month.

Do you have or know of a teenage girl aged 12 – 15 years who might be interested in competitive martial arts?
We are so keen to build up our new squad we are offering all girls who might be interested the opportunity to train free in all high school classes – esp Tournament Classes on Tuesdays – free for the rest of the term.

There’s no obligation or join or sign up at the end of the term, we just want girls to come and give it a go. So far we have had some amazingly keen young women show up who are already showing great promise. Come and join us!

Term 2 will see us back with our fabulous program “Winning the Homework War”
If you are a family always fighting about homework and chores, this program will change your family life forever.
Don’t take our word for it, watch the testimonials on our facebook page!
Bookings are now open for our Information Session which will be held during the school holidays coming up.
Call 0444 577 608 to book your place.


Term 1 Program ; Manners for the Modern Warrior!

It’s that time of year again! The School holidays are over, the kids are going back to school, and you feel like you’re going to be nagging your head off for the entire year. It feels exhausting to think of the constant repeating of requests to tidy up, or help.

Manners for the Modern Warrior levels 1 & 2

Want Polite, Helpful Kids?

“Please + Thank you” have vanished along with doing things the first time you’re asked to do them.
Repeated requests to put toys away, pick up towels off the floor in the bathroom or simply put lunchboxes on the sink after emptying your bags from school feel like major fights with every friendly request.

Don’t despair! For term 1 we will be having a MAJOR good manners refresher with Manners for the Modern Warrior. We will be cleaning up after ourselves, using our manners, taking “No” gracefully, and being kind and helpful in no time at all.
Best of all, successful completion of the program gets you your medal of warrior honour!

Best of all, this program runs alongside our regular martial arts syllabus. Kids take home their manners book, and parents put the manners chart on the fridge. Each week, instead of fights and arguments, kids are given two chances to do what theyve been asked, then it’s simply a cross on the sheet, and back to Sensei the following week…. and oh dear! You can’t get your medal of warrior honour until your sheets are successfully ticked off.

This helps mums in particular break the cycle of nagging & provides them support while they learn to instill consequences for behaviour both good and bad! Everybody wins and kids feel fantastic about themselves as people everywhere start commenting almost immediately on their great manners.

We are enrolling for the 2019 season and term 1 kids off on 29th January. Don’t miss out on this great program, it is only offered in term 1 each year. Term 2 of course is “Winning the Homework War” …..

Fees + Charges 2019

Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu Hunters Hill
Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu offers affordable, family friendly training with highly qualified black belt instructors. All instructors have first aid, current working with children checks, & have completed the child safeguarding certificate through the office of the children’s guardian NSW. Junior instructors have over 80 hours of supervised teaching skills under senior dan grade instructors.

New students complete our famous “Manners for the Modern Warrior” manners program. Students are expected to extend the same good behaviour, kindness & courtesy used in the dojo to their parents & siblings at home. Our name “Philotimo” is Greek for “Love of Honour” and we take this very seriously in our students.

Manners for the Modern Warrior levels 1 & 2

We do not charge for gradings, and everything is included in what you pay for – including many extra opportunities to train throughout the year at no charge. There are no contracts to sign and we do not give out black belts to children under the age of 16. We believe our students should have not just the physical skills to fight off an adult attacker, but also the emotional maturity & grounding to withstand peer pressure & make good decisions when faced with anti-social behaviours & choices *before* we give them a black belt.

Want Polite, Helpful Kids?

Students are encouraged to train regularly to increase fitness, confidence & mastery of self defence skills.
 Our fee structure offers generous discounts for multiple classes per week & additional competition squad training.
Payments are monthly by credit card. Fees are divided evenly across 12 months, you are not paying for holidays or breaks.
 Payment can also be made by direct deposit by Semester, not term, & must be paid in full before commencement of training.

We offer prospective students the opportunity to train in a free trial class.
Trial Classes are open on the first Monday of every month. Bookings essential.

Special Offer ; Term 1 2019 parents train for free* with enrolled children.

*Uniforms, memberships & training gear not included.

Foundation Classes (“Minotaurs”) 3 – 6yo

$190 flat fee per term for 1 – 3 classes per week as suits.
Children must be potty trained to attend this class

Children & Adults

1 x per week $26 per class / $260 per term
2 x per week $15 per class / $300 per term
3 x per week $12 per class /$360 per term

Students training three times per week are offered unlimited classes including Sparring Classes

Tournament Squad
$190 per term for students doing 1 Jujitsu class p/w
$150 per term (20% discount) for students doing 2 or more Jujitsu classes p/w

Club Fees
Includes membership, uniform, first workbook for kids and training weapon for adults
Preschool – Kindy level $140 first year $60 thereafter
Primary level 1+2 $160 first year $100 thereafter
Teens level 3+4 $220 first year $100 thereafter
Adults 18+ $250 first year $100 thereafter

Training Gear
$80 Junior kit purchased at red belt (includes head guard)
$80 Adult kit purchased at red belt


Classes return Jan 28th (first week back at school)

Free trial classes are normally held on the FIRST MONDAY of the month at both locations. For term 1 2019 we are offering a ONE WEEK FREE TRIAL to all new students. Term 1 only!

Mums always train free with jujitsu – but for term 1 we are offering this special deal to ALL parents of enrolled children*. What a great way to train together as a family! Get fit, challenge yourself and set a great example for your kids about trying something new!

These offers are limited so book now to ensure your place.
*Does not include uniform, training gear or insurance


BACK to SCHOOL Life Skills & Safety Program
For primary school aged children years 3 – 5 in 2019
* Using your words – how to deal with bullies and how not to be a bully yourself.
* Speaking up – using our words instead of our feelings to express ourselves.
* physical self defence skills – what, when, where and how to use them so we are always safe.
* Safe travel to and from School – walking safely
* Social Skills – how to be a good friend.
Thursday January 17 – Friday January 18 2019

Cost $180 per child – payment must be made up front, a $50 cancellation fee applies

Bring lunch and two healthy snacks + water and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Bookings are mandatory, places are strictly limited
BOOKINGS VIA 0413 376 356 or our website ; modernwarriors.com.au


Preparation for High School Safety Camp
For children going into years six & seven 2019

* physical self defence skills – what, when, where and how to use them
* Safe travel to and from School – walking safely
* Safe travelling on public transport & how to use it.
* how to deal with bullies and bullying – using your words, managing social media
* social skills – how to be a good friend, dealing with gossip, managing friendship groups
Monday January 21 to Thursday 24th January 9am – 3pm
Cost  $250 per child – payment must be made up front, a $50 cancellation fee applies
Bring lunch and two healthy snacks + water and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Bookings are mandatory, places are strictly limited.
BOOKINGS VIA 0413 376 356 or our website ; modernwarriors.com.au

WINTER CAMP 2018 Bookings Now Open!

 THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS do something that makes a difference to your study habits…

Join us for four days and nights in a quiet bush setting!

Our all-girls self defence and study camp makes a huge difference to the confidence and empowerment of young women. Learning self defence and martial arts skills by day, girls aged 12 – 18 enjoy exposure to a variety of martial arts, visiting instructors and effective self defence techniques.

Girls in year 11 and 12 have their own dorm + study space with open log fire, tutors in all major HSC subjects and supervised study. Participation in self defence is also included, allowing time for practical fun and activities as well as focused study time.

In the evenings there are campfires, theatre sports, chill out time. Imagine going into term 3 fired up and ready for your year 11 exams or HSC trials, or just armed with the very best self defence techniques.

4 days and nights, accomodation, meals training all inclusive $350 places are limited.
Girls from other martial arts warmly welcomed.

Term 2 classes resume next week & MUMS TRAIN FREE!

Term 2 classes resume next week & MUMS TRAIN FREE!

Our classes all return with a vengeance starting Wednesday 2nd May at the Gladesville Road Community Centre, Hunters Hill, and our new Monday classes at The Tramsheds, Harold Park (Glebe) on Monday 10th May.

We want all those mums who have long thought they might like to learn a little self defence to attend with their teenage daughters and really get into it.

MONDAYS 7pm – 8.30pm Harold Park Tramsheds in the Community Space (upstairs)
If your daughter is enrolled in our classes, you train free.
If you don’t have a daughter, it’s ok, you can train for just $100 for the term! That’s still an amazing offer.

Don’t have a teenager but still want to train? That’s ok!
SATURDAYS 7am – 8am Gladesville Road Community Centre you and your primary aged kids can train to your hearts content – boys and girls.

Remember, bookings are mandatory so please contact us via the website and remember to include your mobile number in the comments section and we will give you a call straight away.

See you in class!

Modern Warriors