Adelaide Karate Seminar
Saturday Feb 17th, 10am – 4pm
We have the privilege of hosting
Kurt Graham Kyoshi 7th Dan
(from New Zealand) and
Jason Griffiths Renshi 5th Dan
Focus: ‘Kata Dai’ Applications, Self Defence and retstraint
An action-packed weekend as Kurt and Jason tour several styles and clubs across Adelaide – Hours you will remember for a very long time!
“Feel like there must be more to karate or kata? THERE IS! Are you searching for realistic kata-based applications and self-defence orientated two-person practises that further explain the practise of kata? What if there was somewhere to gain access to that knowledge?”
You will not find a better way to spend a Saturday, rest assured.
How many techniques exist in kata that have been explained as simply another way to defend against the same striking attack? Was that really the original intention? How many layers have you peeled away from your favourite katas?
“We have a strong passion for promoting this type of applied karate in realistic contexts (HAPV – Habitual Acts of Physical Violence) with the hope of enhancing the credibility and functional practise of kata (and karate), by shifting back the focus from the sports-orientated ‘form’ to its original design of providing a ‘functional’ basis of civil self-defence. It should become evident from the content on display, that kata when understood and taught correctly contains all the elements of a highly-effective self-defence system.”
Check out what some others have had to say about Kyoshi Graham and Renshi Griffiths…
…Jason Griffiths (Australia), …is a skillful martial artist, and a competent instructor as well as a reliable person. Most importantly, he has also earned the respect of everyone at the so-honbu dojo, including myself.
…Jason Griffiths is a graduate of the college instructor’s program and an accredited instructor of Koryu Uchiandi Kenpo-jutsu, with a Renshi licence. He has since gone onto become one of my most competent students. In fact, he has participated in our instructional videos/DVD’s and I recently had him help with our forthcoming publication on Yamane Ryu Kobudo, too… “because he’s that good.”
Hanshi Patrick McCarthy
9th Dan Black Belt - Koryu Uchinadi Brisbane International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Jason is a wealth of practical knowledge on the application of kata, i’ve been doing Saifa (kata) for 40 years and in less than 5 minutes he showed me a few things i hadn’t thought of or seen before.
He is especially good with grappling applications (stand up, takedowns and ground game) and great with weapons (kobudo) …this guy is really impressive.
Sensei Mark Beverstock
5th Dan Goju-Ryu, Former Chief Instructor - ZenDoKai So-Honbu
“WOW!!! – Today’s session was unbelievable!”
Every now and again you’re lucky enough to train with someone who makes such an impression that you’re left Bamboozled, and that’s exactly what happened today!
It’s hard to explain in words just how good Kurt Graham is, you really need to get hands on to experience how vulnerable you are once he has his mitts on you!
I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you and instead suggest that if Kurt is in town, make sure you catch up for a session with him. And if he’s not in town, bring him in, because you wont be disappointed!
Special thanx to Kurt and Jason (who also has amazing skill) for taking the time to give the guys at our club a real treat. We WILL be bringing Kurt back to Strategic Combatives again!
I feel I need to give you some feedback on my experience and that of my students at your recent seminar here in Adelaide. After attending 3 of your workshops so far, even after nearly 40 years of training, I still enjoy the versatility and correlation with history, motivations and modern concepts.
It’s a pleasure to have a person with so much knowledge and experience at such a young age to pass on the concepts of the Japanese Budo. My students, some having trained for over 20 years in other styles of jujitsu, rank your seminar among the best value they have attended.
Shihan Kym Reid
7th Dan, Jinen Karate Jitsuof the SzlagowskiKarate Association Inc., Vice President- IBF Australia
I have trained with Renshi Jason Griffiths [a jiki-deshi [direct student] of Hanshi Patrick McCarthy and 5th Dan in Koryu-Uchinadi and highly recommended Yamaneryu Kobudo instructor] quite a bit over the last 10 years and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
He is not only a very talented and knowledgeable martial artist but also an excellent teacher and good hearted generous person and I whole heartedly recommend Jason and his teaching to you and your students.
Renshi Rob McIntyre
4th Dan Zen Do Kai, Gladstone Martial Arts Academy Chief Instructor
Jason Griffiths has a rare depth of understanding of the martial arts. He has transcended the one-dimensionality so common in present-day karate to discover and teach a comprehensive martial art, one that reveres history, but is not limited by tradition, as taught by the world-renown Patrick McCarthy. Jason … imparts the applications of kata in a format that is as relevant to civil self-defence today as it was centuries gone when it was clad in secrecy.
4th dan Jujutsu, 4th Dan Karate, 1st Dan KU, 1st dan Shito-ryu karate, 1st dan Pangamot, 1st Dan Judo, Purple Belt BJJ, P5 Krav Maga, Brown Belt Kudo/Daidojuku
I met and trained with a gentleman named Kurt Graham a martial artist, if you hear his name, have the chance to meet and train with him please do. Our life is a journey and we meet many along the way that study the martial arts, I enjoyed the few kilometres or more spent with this special person.
Sensei David Rigby
5th Dan Shotokan WKF, Adelaide Academy of Karate-Do Shotokan
Sensei Jason Griffith’s knowledge is apparent the moment you begin talking to him and his enthusiasm emanates through anyone that trains under him. Jason has a way of taking modern techniques and turning translating them into ancient principles that are undeniably effective in today’s combat.
In addition to this, Jason has a keen interest in promoting the Martial Arts regardless of style…
…even after 20 years of training, Jason was able to show me that I still have a lot to learn! A pioneer in the making!
4th Dan KU, 2nd Dan Hapkido, 3rd Dan Shotokan, 3rd Dan JuJutsu, Denshinkan Martial Arts Academy
Jason Griffiths is one of the most creative and innovative karate-ka I have met. If you get a chance to train with him don’t pass up the opportunity!
4th Dan Yamaneryu Kobudo, 4th Dan IRKRS Shibucho
I have had the pleasure of attending three seminars by Renshi Jason Griffiths,
…was encouraging to participants of all styles and backgrounds.
…every student who attended has talked highly of the experience. Renshi Jason is very knowledgeable across topics ranging from the historical development of Karate and other martial arts, to the mechanics (and weaknesses) of the human body, to applications of Kata. We will certainly host him again.
2nd Dan Black Belt – Adelaide Traditional Japanese Karate Network
Kurt you are a scary man!!
Today’s session was a lesson in stand up grappling and clinching and how to seamlessly transition to the ground. The level of proficiency from Kurt Graham and Jason Griffiths was incredible and devastating! I felt like a pretzel in pain! Truly one of the world class instructors at our doorstep. We will definitely be visiting Kurt in NZ! It was an honor to train with Kurt and Jason.
PS now I know why guns were invented, to deal with people like Kurt!!!
Renshi Jason Griffiths Koryu-Uchinadi Seminars encourage freedom of exploration into classical Okinawan interpretations of kata and bunkai. All the attendees were able to follow along at their own pace, with students of different levels taking home a variety of techniques relevant to their current training.
Material covered was tailored specifically to appeal to our kata curriculum and promote exploration of the kata our students were currently learning.
Renshi Griffiths’ approach to teaching is thorough and thought-provoking. I would recommend his seminars to all karate-ka and practitioners or other martial arts.
2nd Dan Shito-Ryu – Adelaide Traditional Japanese Karate Network
Sensei Jason’s depth of knowledge is impressive. His seminars are not Style specific but encouraged each person to continue to pursue a deeper understanding of what was relevant and interesting to them. Jason is happy to answer questions on a broad range of subject matter.
The exploration of Kata and Bunkai has been particularly interesting and has fitted very neatly with GKR Kata and how we teach our corresponding applications.
Sensei Julie Tynan
Go Kan Ryu Karate
Jason Griffiths Renshi is an outstanding technician of both karate & kobudo. With a focus on imparting principles over techniques, training with Sensei Griffiths will lead to a karateka learning more than just a bunch of techniques that they can tick off in their training diary.
Instead, the attendee will come away with a deeper understanding of martial technique, its application against physical violence and manipulation of the human body.
Shihan Des Paroz
6th Dan Black Belt Shorinji-Ryu Kenpo - Sydney
I have found Renshi Jason Griffiths to be an extremely competent and experienced martial arts exponent who possesses not only the ability to perform at a high level, but also the ability to effectively impart his knowledge and skills to students of all ages and abilities. My students and myself have all benefited greatly from attending his seminars and look forward to training with him in the future.
Sensei Leanne Cheeseman
3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do - ITF - Bundaberg
As a long time practicing student of the martial way I was taken with Renshi Jason Griffiths knowledge, application and genuine will to share his knowledge to all level of students regardless of style during a recent seminar in Yameneryu Kobudo.
I would encourage martial artists of any style to experience training with Renshi Jason to expand their knowledge and understanding of the martial way.
Sensei Ron Jorgensen
3rd Dan Kyokushin Karate
“Seminars are available and cater for the hosts’ specific needs, a typical seminar can cover Atemi-waza (striking), Shime-waza (Chokes & Strangulations), Nage-waza (Balance-Displacement), Kansetsu-waza (Joint-Locking & Restraints), Ne-waza (Groundfighting), Tegumi Renzukogeiko (two-person drills) and if desired TCM-based Kyusho-jutsu (Pressure Point Fighting) amongst other technical aspects of traditional budo.”
Facing David Witton Drive
Right next to Haggle Co.