Macquarie University Martial arts prides itself on offering students and community members the best opportunity to begin your training in a safe environment.
For experienced students the opportunity to continue your training and improve your skills with some of the most experienced instructors in Australia.
We also have the amazing benefit of being able to tie all your training needs in the one place through the option of becoming a member of the Sport & Aquatic Centre, you will have full access to our weights room, state of the art aerobic gear, or recovery sessions in our two pools.
Our martial arts program is open to everyone! You do not need to be a Macquarie student to join!
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I love watching martial arts movies, UFC and boxing and came across the martial arts program whilst looking through the university sports centre website and thought why not give it a try. It’s been several months now and I haven't looked back.
- How did you first get involved in the martial arts?
I have played rugby union for many years of my life consecutively however for this semester I really needed buckle down on my studies and get my GPA up. Team sports are fantastic and I truly do love them, but I needed time to myself whilst engaging in an extracurricular activity that allows me to take a training day or two off when I need to study. Missing rugby trainings and games is not an option when your team mates rely on your presence, so I looked elsewhere for a personal endeavour.
- Which style of martial arts do you currently practice?
Currently I participate in the boxing program. I was previously enrolled in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga and did so because I wanted to be exposed to all types of martial arts that were available for me. After some time however my study and workloads increased and I had to select one to focus on. I chose boxing simply because I enjoyed the training, made solid improvement over such a short amount of time and received a huge degree of encouragement and personalised advice from our experienced trainer.
- How often do you train?
We train three times a week at the moment scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We're meant to train for one hour, however most of the guys and girls stay back with our fantastic trainer Ben Howell for an hour or so after training to spar and practice advanced skills.
- What is the most useful skill you have developed?
Practicing boxing develops a wide range of skills and abilities. My hand - eye coordination has improved, cardio fitness and strength as well. The sparring I have done has also helped develop my confidence and has made me respect all forms of martial arts. It is very different from rugby, swimming and all other sports I have been involved with because I think that more than anything it focuses on individual development and the transformation of personal abilities.
- What would you say to someone interested in martial arts?
Get involved! You will not regret it.
I started out with a martial arts trial and was hooked from the first session. Martial arts make you a better, stronger and wiser person and I am so glad I made the decision to give it a shot.
- What have you enjoyed most about the martial arts program?
The range of choices available is unbelievable. I cannot believe it has taken me so long at this university to realise that this program existed! One more thing I would like to add is the fellow participants are wonderful people. Those experienced are more than willing to help newbies and everyone looks after each other. It is a safe and enjoyable program to increase strength, confidence and develop personal skills.
I started martial arts more than 12 years ago. I was studying engineering and realised I needed an activity to release the stress and keep me fit.
- How did you first get involved
in martial arts?
I started with Shotokan Karate, which was the only style offered in the little country town in Italy where I am originally from. I fell in love with it and haven’t stopped practising Martial Arts ever since. When I moved to Australia to do my PhD, I naturally joined the Martial Arts program at Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre without hesitation.
- Which styles of martial arts do
you currently practise?
The first martial art I started was Shotokan Karate when I was still in Italy. I practised it for over 5 years. When I first arrived in Australia, I started training in Goju-Kai Karate under Sensei David Harrison and I also started Tae Kwon Do under Master Ron Claassens and I literally fell in love with it. Master Ron is a great instructor and human being and I have now been training and teaching with him at Macquarie for the past seven years. From last August, I have become an Instructor at the Sport & Aquatic Centre and started teaching Shotokan Karate with the Mini MacWarrior Children’s Martial Arts program.
- How often do you train?
I train in Tae Kwon Do three to four times a week. When my academic duties allow, I also practice jujitsu an additional two times a week. On top of Martial Arts, I do endurance, strength, flexibility and agility training at the gym for about two hours every day.
- What gradings do you currently
I have a Black Belt (1st dan) in Shotokan Karate and a Black Belt (2nd dan) in Tae Kwon Do. I am however a true believer that the belt just serves the purpose of keeping up my pants, regardless of its colour! What I really value is the skill that comes with constant practice and persistent dedication. If you want a black belt just go and get one from the shops. They go for about $10.00 each these days!
- What is the most useful skill
you have developed?
It is hard to find just one. Overall, I developed an above average level of fitness, but I find that the most valuable set of skills I learnt from Martial Arts are respect, discipline, control, determination and an outstanding work-ethic and dedication towards achieving the goals I set myself.
- Have you ever been in a
situation where you have had to call upon your “ninja” skills?
No. It might be hard to believe but the more you know Martial Arts the more you know when it’s time to avoid a confrontation. My best self-defence technique is ‘not to be there!’ People who know me always say they can’t remember a single time when I’ve lost my ‘cool’.
- What would you say to someone
interested in Martial Arts?
Practicing Martial Arts is great, regardless of what you expect from it. Firstly, it is a fantastic way of keeping yourself fit while learning a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Secondly, practising Martial Arts is fun and social. I have met so many people who admit they do it because there is a good atmosphere and you get to make lots of new friends. Martial Arts participants generally ‘stick with it’ and form bonds and long-lasting friendship that carry on outside the gym. Thirdly, for me, Martial Arts started as a hobby, grew into a passion and eventually became part of my life.
Martial Arts has made me a better person and I have developed transferrable skills that are useful in everyday life. You learn self-control, respect, discipline and that very unique feeling that ‘giving up’ might be for others, but definitely not for you.
- What have you enjoyed most
about the Martial Arts program at the Sport & Aquatic Centre?
The best aspect of the program is its variety. Once you become a Martial Arts member, you have unlimited access to all the disciplines the Centre offers including Tae Kwon Do, jujitsu, Thai Kickboxing and Boxing. This is very valuable because everybody can find a Martial Art that suits them and their timetable. At the same time, the program provides the possibility – for those who are most keen – to try different disciplines and make the best of them.