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Shihan Eric Waters is a Roku Dan, and he first became interested in the art of self defence as a young boy, when he was fourteen and bought a book called "Scientific Self Defence" by W.E. Fairbairn who was Ni Dan, graded by Kano Ju Jitsu University in Tokyo. 

In 1955 he joined The International Judo & Ju Jitsu Club at Mosman and with hard training and persistence, was awarded his Shodan in 1961 from his teacher and friend Shihan Eric Steel. 

During the course of his involvement in Ju Jitsu, Shihan Waters has taught at the International Judo & Ju Jitsu Club at Mosman (where he was awarded his Shodan), Cumberland Ju Jitsu Club at Parramatta, Beacon Hill Youth Club (where Richard Morgan gained his Shodan), Macksville, Kempsey and Cremorne. 

Shihan Waters had a special night each week at his club for brown belts and above, from different clubs, so that the students could train with each other and prepare for their next grading. These students included Sensei McGregor, Sensei John Lawrence, Sensei Brian Rolfe & Sensei Serge Dubrovitch who later on opened up their own clubs. It's amazing how people's lives weave in and out over the years. 

In 1967 - 68 he was teaching at Cremorne and he had a young student there who was only just beginning to learn Ju Jitsu, but he lost track of him. Imagine his delight when many years later in 1995 while visiting Shihan Baileys club at Northmead, a young man with a Black Belt introduced himself to Shihan Waters. It was Sensei Peter Evans. 

He has also trained with Pat Harrington, Sensei, at Oatley RSL Ju Jitsu Club before going for his Ni Dan Grade. 

Shihan Waters was asked to teach at a club called Judo Ju Jitsu International P/L, which had two training locations. Lane Cove and Bankstown which was finally handed over to the Penshurst RSL Club where he taught for quite some time (the Ju Jitsu clubs were combined )

Shihan Waters has participated in a lot of Dan Gradings. To name a few of the students who received their Shodan gradings included Sensei Cliff Walker and his son Sensi Geoffrey Walker, Sensei Serge Dubrovitch, Sensei Chic McGregor & Sensei's Glenn and David Waters (Sensei Waters sons). Sensei Glenn Waters now teaches Ju Jitsu in Japan. 

Also, many others including Shihan Bailey who many of you know for his untiring efforts over many years for the good of Ju Jitsu, in his role as the National Secretary of the AJJA.

Shihan Waters would like to express his pride in his families involvement in Ju Jitsu and of the fact that both himself and two of his sons have all achieved their Dan grades and of his youngest son Brian, who achieved his Brown Belt, but unfortunately could not continue due to sustaining an injury.

In the late 70's, Sensei Waters received his life membership from the NSW Ju Jitsu Federation, which was a great honour. Finally, 

Shihan Waters would like to express his gratitude and love to his wonderful wife Phyllis, who has shown him so much patience and understanding over the years.

Sempai Thomas is opening a club

Sempai John Thomas started Ju Jitsu in 1983 at Pendle Hill Evening College under Sensei Brierley Bailey. John was an upholsterer teaching at the night school and always had a look in at Ju Jitsu before teaching his own class. 

After some weeks Sempai Thomas was eventually convinced to study Ju Jitsu and it is my belief that he never looked back and always looked forward to his training. 

Sempai Thomas always took his Ju Jitsu seriously and was always a willing helper. He was eventually graded to Shodan-Ho by Sensei Bailey under the teachings of the Goshin Ju Jitsu Kan Syllabus. 

Sempai Thomas is opening a club under the Goshin Ju Jitsu Kan syllabus calling the club The Salvation Army Ju-Jitsu Street Self Defence Academy and operating in the Hills area.


Governor-General of Australia to commemorate Sensei Walker's contribution

Congratulations to Sensei Cliff Walker of St George Goshin Jutsu at Rockdale Police Youth Club for being nominated and chosen to receive the Australian Sports Medal by the Governor-General of Australia to commemorate Sensei Walker's contribution to Australian Sport. 

The presentation of this Medal will be made at the 2000 Kogarah Olympic Street Festival on the 2nd September, 2000. Congratulations from all to Sensei Walker.

Sensei Walker on lift receiving his medal


Mum & baby are doing well

Sensei Damian & Tracy Bowers are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Kayla Louise, on 13th August at 6:58am. 
Kayla weighs a healthy 3.050Kg & is 50cm long. Mum & baby are doing well.

Sensei Damian is a shodan & Tracy is a yellow belt at the Goshin Ju Jitsu kan Club at Northmead 








The Dangers of too much too soon


When beginning an exercise program. It is very easy and very common to try and exercise to the Level we are aiming for and not working up from the level of stress we are actually at. It is also common for coaches or trainers to have certain expectations of their trainees when exercise begins.

Because of this, it is common for exercise to cause problems as a result of doing too much too soon. It is important that everyone in training is aware of the correct process of adapting to exercise. 

The Dangers: lf a person, athletes included, ceases training for just two weeks; it then takes six weeks to return to the original standard of aerobic endurance. 

The body will respond to inactivity by decreasing its potential, and if exercise is stopped for a long time, the body will only be adapted to basic daily activity. Many problems can arise from this lack of conditioning. 

It is very common to develop a cold after beginning training if the training is too intense. Draining the body of nutrients and energy too quickly will Leave the immune system working below standard. Both muscle and bone need to gradually develop strength and endurance. In bone, when exercise Begins, the bones respond by preparing themselves for exercise. 

The supportive tissue in the bone will be destroyed in order for new tissue to be formed (the bone (empties' before it can become stronger). Because of this, the bones will initially be weaker when beginning exercise. 

The worst implication of this is 'Shin Splints' - a painful condition where the weakened bone (due to emptying') in the lower leg is subject to repeated stress during the opening stages of an exercise program, resulting in fractures in the shins. 

Progressive exercise is essential to prevent injuries and reach our goal. Too much too soon results in injuries, and especially in an unconditioned individual, these injuries will create complications that may inhibit training and prevent ever reaching the goal. The 'no pains, no gain' theory will only hinder your exercise.

So how should exercise begin? Central to most exercise is muscle, and the endurance capacity of muscles. it will decrease in capability, and this is true for the most important muscle in our body - the heart. 

Improving the efficiency of the heart rate is what is need to improve fitness. If the heart can work harder without tiring, blood can be circulated around the body to all the muscles resulting in less fatigue. 
It also increases the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the body meaning you will not puff out as quickly. 

Fitness implies that the heart will do the same amount of work but with less effort. To achieve the level of fitness desired, the heart must be adapted gradually to exercise. 

To strengthen the heart aerobic or endurance exercise is prescribed. The recommended routine is 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times per week, at about 70% of your maximum heart rate (your target heart rate). 

To calculate your maximum heart rate subtract your age from 220. Eg- 220 - 19 = 201 and calculate 70% of that number. This is your target heart rate.

Perhaps take a walk 3 times a week, then progress to faster walking or uphill walking. Then perhaps some aerobics jogging. Extra activities could be added to your daily routine to aid your fitness, such as walking or cycling shorter distances as opposed to driving, or using the stairs not the lift. What is included in your exercise depends on your current level of fitness. 

The 20 minutes 3 times per week routine is the ideal routine but it is not always ideal for beginners. 

The main importance for beginners is the regularity of exercise (3 times p/w) then build on the intensity. 

So in beginning exercise, the structure of progress should be as follows; 

- Initially only do about half of what you think you can do. 

- Progress to harder to longer exercise only when the current can be comfortably completed. 

1. Light exercise (eg walking) 3 times p/w for at least 2-3 weeks 
2. Increase intensity, still 3 times p/w 
3. Begin aiming for target heart rate during exercise, 3 times p/w 
4. Increase intensity or duration as personal improvement dictates. 

The above is a general guide and different people may require longer to progress. 

It is also specifically aimed at improving aerobic fitness, but similar principles apply to weight training exercise; the progression should be from light resistance and progress as each task becomes comfortable. 

Whatever the aims of exercise are, the most common hindrance is attempting to work beyond your capabilities. 


By Michael Stone
Goshin Ju Jitsu Kan



Atemi Waza (Striking Techniques) in Goshin Ryu Ju Jutsu incorporates Te Waza (Hand Techniques) such as a straight punch, elbow strikes, knifehand etc. And Ashi Waza (Foot Techniques) such as a front kick, side kick, knee etc. 

Atemi can also be combined with Uke Waza (Defensive Techniques), therefore parrying or deflecting the attackers oncoming attack in combination with a strike to initiate a counter defence. Another important element of Atemi is Kyusho (Vital Points). 

Atemi is not just striking out at your opponent, but striking your opponent in a specific area (vital point) to obtain the maximum effect. 

Atemi Waza in Ju Jutsu is used to provide cover to our secondary defensive counter (e.g. a throw or application of a locking or controlling technique) or to assist in subduing the attacker in conjunction with various restraining and/or grappling techniques (e.g. wrist/arm locks, strangles, immobilisations). 

Primarily atemi, in the art of Ju Jutsu, is not used to knock the attacker into submission as may be found in some other martial arts, however we always have that option if considered necessary. Atemi waza literally means "striking vital point technique". 

True atemi is not just hitting your opponent anywhere, but rather aiming the correct type of strike to a vital point on the human body. Such examples are a front kick using the instep of the foot (kin geri) to the groin, knifehand (shuto) to the belly of the biceps, etc. 

Atemi in ju jutsu is not used to knock your opponent senseless or to defeat them by relying solely on atemi, as may be the case in some other martial arts, but to use atemi as a bridge from your initial defensive actions to a controlling or submission technique. 

For example you aggressor may attack you with a right hook. Your initial defensive action may be to use a parry by stepping inside of the strike. We can at this point deliver an atemi to the attackers eyes or nose, for example, to stop their secondary attack or their own counter reaction to your parry. 

This will then enable us to move into executing the throw shiho-nage to project the attacker to the ground to enable a controlling lock to be applied. During the application of your controlling technique (e.g. a wrist lock), you can if required deliver another atemi. 

Such an atemi is used to cover your controlling actions providing the time required to safely subdue your attacker. Goshin Ryu Ju Jutsu does not advocate the use of a closed fist to the human head. The skull has thick bone used to protect the various vital organs (e.g. brain, eyes, etc.). Striking someone on the head can leave you with a damaged hand. 

A punch in the mouth will almost definitely lead to lacerations to the knuckles which if infected can lead to serious problems. 

Goshin Ryu Ju Jutsu advocates the using the heel of your palm when striking to the head area. A palm heel strike can delivered safely and still be very effective in slowing down your opponent. 

Graeme Swales 
Goshin Ryu Ju Jutsu 



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Profile on Sensei Ken Forsstrom