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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Admin All Active> on Monday, March 23, 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SUSPENSION OF CLASSES

 As per the directives of the State and Federal Government, AAMA are suspending ALL classes, effective from 12:00pm today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

 WHAT WE ARE DOING:

- Our instructors are in the process of developing online training for all systems and will have information about access to online sessions as soon as possible.

- Our team will still be working in the background. If you have any questions for us please email us at admin@allactivemartialarts.com.au or call us on 03 8418 1822. Please leave us a message and allow us time to respond – we are here to support you and will get to everyone. We thank you for your patience as we work on the impact of these urgent restrictions.

- For members on direct debit payments, we ask for your patience this week as we work on providing you with a clearer picture about your options and what we hope to offer you over the required closure period so that you are able to make the best choice moving forward. Information about these options will be provided to you before any April payments are processed.

- We will be making a live announcement to members this evening at 6:30pm, via our Facebook Members Group. If you are not a member of this page, please join ASAP and your request will be approved by a team member. Please join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aama.members/

Now, more than ever, we want to emphasise the importance and clear physical and emotional benefits of martial arts training. Commitment to regular training can have great benefit toward promoting health and wellbeing for children and adults alike, especially during times of heightened stress and limited physical and social activity. We will continue to support our members to offer resources to assist you in getting the most out of your training during this time.

We appreciate your support, understanding and patience at what is a challenging time for us all. We will be providing information and updates regularly so please keep an eye on email, Team App or Facebook over the coming days.

AAMA Newsletter - March 2020

Posted by Admin All Active> on Thursday, March 05, 2020

Welcome to our first Newsletter for 2020 and wow, what a big and busy start to the year we have had so far!! 
In this newsletter we will cover what AAMA is doing to maintain a safe and hygienic training space for our members and how we’re proactively further upping our hygiene protocols given the latest news about coronavirus. Read on for information about our 2020 Grading Dates, our planning for Black Belt training sessions and Instructor Teaching Courses, and an update on the new training floor upstairs!
As we all know the start of 2020 has been full of news that has affected us all. With the tragic bushfire destruction across Australia, followed by floods and now the Coronavirus panic, and we are only in the third month of 2020. 
The coronavirus has impacted the latest news and we’ve all seen the effects of this in the recent supermarket panic buying. We’ve seen shelves completely emptied of supplies and no toilet paper to be seen! (Funny, because we make toilet paper here in Australia and suppliers have assured the public, we’re not about to run out any time soon!) Rest assured, AAMA will not be running out of paper either!  
 
Centre and Personal Hygiene 
So, what are we doing at AAMA to protect our members and provide a clean and hygienic place to train every week? Just as we have been doing in the past, we clean and disinfect our training mats, bathroom and training equipment daily. To be more hygienic, AAMA will be installing paper towel dispensers in the bathroom and above the kitchenette sink for hand washing and drying. We ask all members to help keep the centre clean, by placing all rubbish in the bin, not leaving water bottles behind after training, trying to not walk on the training mats with shoes, or leaving shoes in the way of doorways and always endeavouring to have a clean uniform, clean training gear and good personal hygiene! AAMA also request that parents of young children training or watching class accompany them to the toilet when required, to ensure proper hand washing is taking place.
 
March 2020 Gradings  
The year has flown by so far, so it’s hard to believe it’s almost time for gradings! Our March 2020 Grading dates are as follows: 
MUAY THAI - KICKBOXING   MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020 8PM 
KRAV MAGA  TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020 8PM
ESKRIMA DOCE PARES
 WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2020 7:50PM
KIDZ KARATE & ZEN DO KAI
 SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Black Belt Training  
Part of being a Black Belt with AAMA in any of our systems means exploring new training opportunities and expanding skill sets. AAMA are currently planning extra training sessions for our Black Belts. These sessions will most likely take place on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Dates are being worked out now and AAMA will advise all our Black Belts of specific dates and times soon. We encourage all our Black Belts to cross train in another system – so if you have been thinking about trying other classes, please speak with your instructor.  
There will also be an opportunity for some extra training on Sunday 5th April from 10.00am to 1.00pm at our Doce Pares Eskrima Training Day at AAMA.
AAMA is also an affiliated member of BJMA, meaning that all Black Belts can attend BJMA State Training Days. The next BJMA Training Day will take place in SHEPPARTON on Sunday 22nd March. (Please ask your class instructor for more info if you are interested in attending).
 
Instructor Training for Assistant Instructors 
It has been great to see many of our brown and black belts assisting during class. All of you have the potential to become great future class instructors! Having the opportunity to learn how to teach and pass on one’s own knowledge to others, is an important part of one’s own training. Training for intermediate and senior students at AAMA includes instructor training from Level 1 (Assistant Instructor in Training) to Level 4 (Paid Class Instructor).  
As part of our focus on personal and professional development for our students, we will continue to offer ongoing assistant instructor training, both during class times and through dedicated instructor training sessions, the next of which will take place on Saturday 21st March 2020, from 9:30am – 10:30am. 
 
AAMA Level One Training Floor Update 
AAMA’s new Training floor is still being worked on. You will see in the next few weeks that the cage will be moved, new lights put in and painting will be getting done. We are hoping to finish the new floor by June. We are looking forward to offering more training timeslots and  new classes for kids and adults once the floor has been completed. Thank you for your patience while we get this done! 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and helping us to make All-Active the best place to train in Martial Arts!
 
Kyoshi Marc Toussaint

Women's Community Self-Defence Workshop 22 Feb 2020

Posted by Admin All Active> on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Women's 90-minute Community Self-Defence Class Saturday 22nd Feb 2020 - 11am-12:30pm All Active Martial Arts will be running a 90min women's self defence workshop on Saturday 22nd Feb 2020 at 11am. Session will take place at our Epping Training Centre and is open to all females 16yrs and over. Feel stronger, more aware, more prepared and more confident!  Bring your friends, daughters, mums, coworkers! $5 to attend and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. AAMA will donate an additional $5 per participant - Every little bit counts. Please reserve your spot for the workshop via our Facebook event: Women's Community Self-Defence Workshop - Sat 22 Feb 2020 OR contact Gena at All-Active Martial Arts on 03 8418 1822 for more details.

Women's Self-Defence Course Starts 29 Feb 2020

Posted by Admin All Active> on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Our first Women's Self-Defence Course for 2020 at All-Active Martial Arts Epping is set to begin on Saturday 29th February 2020! Registrations are now open and bookings are essential to confirm your place! 

The Women's Krav Maga Self-Defence course will consist of 5 x 1 hour sessions delivered at our Epping training centre, on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12pm. 

Week 1: Saturday 29 February, 11am-12pm

Week 2: Saturday 7 March, 11am-12pm

Week 3: Saturday 14 March, 11am-12pm

Week 4: Saturday 21 March, 11am-12pm

Week 5: Saturday 28 March, 11am-12pm

Our Self-Defence classes are suitable for women of all ages and fitness levels (16yrs and over). Our goal is to empower women with the skills, knowledge, awareness, strength and confidence to feel safer on the street! 

Some of the topics covered over the 5-week women' self-defence course will include blocking techniques, break falling, choke defences, strikes, punches and kicks and ground defences. You’ll learn techniques for defending against bear hugs, arm grabs and headlocks, and how to deal with an overpowering attacker. By the end of the program, you will find that all the skills and techniques will you've been learning will come together and help you to feel stronger, more aware, prepared and confident!

Location: All-Active Martial Arts - 11/26 Miller street, Epping VIC (Directly opposite YMCA Leisure City) 

Cost: Total cost of the 5 week program is $120, including a training shirt for all participants.

What to wear: Any comfortable clothing of your choice is appropriate for class, though no shoes are worn on the training mats. 

Register Online: trybooking.com/BIFGX 

Call us on 03 8418 1822 for more info, or email us at info@allactivemartialarts.com.au 

Kids Karate 2020: Empower your child!

Posted by Admin All Active> on Thursday, January 16, 2020

KIDS KARATE IN EPPING VIC - BEGINNER CLASSES NOW OPEN AT ALL-ACTIVE MARTIAL ARTS!

Kids Karate is a great way for children to build confidence, especially in the early years of school. All Active Martial Arts in Epping VIC welcome beginners to our Kids Karate Program, with our first 4-week beginner course starting Tuesday 4th February 2020. 

Martial Arts provides children with a valuable learning experience and empowers them with strength, knowledge and respect. All Active Martial Arts karate classes for kids boost confidence and social skills, build respect and improve focus (this is great for assisting with better focus and concentration levels in the early years of school!), and assist with improving motor skills and coordination. Importantly, Kids Karate helps children to develop a positive and healthy attitude toward themselves and others while they take part in a fun afterschool activity, stay active and develop friendships within the local community, all while developing a valuable set of martial arts and self-defence skills. 

Our first Kids Karate course for Beginners aged 5-9yrs starts on Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 6:00pm. 

Our beginner program runs over 4 x 45min sessions with a certified karate instructor and includes a full Karate uniform! 

For bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 03 8418 1822 or by email to info@allactivemartialarts.com.au!



December Gradings, End of Year Graduation Ceremony & Awards Dinner | Dates to Remember

Posted by Admin All Active> on Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dear members,

2019 has been a huge year for AAMA and our members! Firstly, we would like to thank all our members and families for their support throughout the year and for your patience while we have been working on upgrading our training space! We’re almost there and hope to make the most of our new and improved Level 1 training area in 2020, with a bigger and better training floor, as well as more classes running to help our members get the most out of their martial arts training!

As we approach the end of the year, we still have some very important updates and dates to look forward to at AAMA! Please take the time to read through the following information:

Important upcoming dates

Sun 8 December

Eskrima Training Day

10:00am – 1:00pm

Tue 10 December:

Grading: Krav Maga

8:00pm

Wed 11 December:

Grading: Eskrima Doce Pares

7:50pm

Thu 12 December:

Grading: Muay Thai Kickboxing

8:00pm

Sat 14 December:

Grading Day: Kidz Karate & Zen Do Kai

9:30am – 4:00pm

Sun 15 December:

Doce Pares International 1st Grade Grading

10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 15 December:

AAMA End of Year Function:

Graduation Ceremony & Awards Dinner

4:30pm – 9:30pm

Thu 19 December:

Final day of classes for 2019 at AAMA

 

Mon 6 January 2020:

Classes resume for 2020

 

2019 December Gradings

We are very happy to see students maintaining high levels of motivation and effort throughout the year and consistently training to a high standard in the lead up to end-of-year gradings. We wish all students grading for their next rank in December the very best! We believe that each of you have worked hard and earned your place at grading!  

All students grading for Yellow to Brown ranks this December, will be notified in class by their instructor and will receive a Grading Notice which will need to be returned to AAMA with the required grading fee to confirm grading attendance, prior to grading day. Our Kidz Karate and Zen Do Kai Gradings will take place on Saturday 14th December 2019, from 9:30am - 4:00pm. It's going to be a huge day!

Next year’s gradings will take place at the end of each term, so if you’re not quite ready for grading this December, keep up the great effort, it won’t be long until term 1 gradings in the new year!

Instructors have been working closely with our Brown and Black belts in preparation for Black belt, 1st Degree and 2nd Degree gradings next month. We had a great training day for our Brown and Black ranks last Saturday with some extra coaching from the instructors to help fine tune their grading requirements. We are looking forward to seeing a very high standard from our Brown Belts going for Black and from our Black belts attempting their 1st and 2nd Degree ranks!

AAMA End-of-Year Function: Graduation Ceremony & Awards Dinner

All students who grade to Black Belt, 1st Degree and 2nd Degree ranks will be presented with their Certificates at our End-of-Year Function and Graduation Ceremony/Student Awards Dinner on Sunday 15th December.

The function will be a time for the AAMA family to come together and celebrate the year, and acknowledge our graduation students, award recipients and each other! The function will include a fully catered buffet dinner at the local Galada Community Centre in Epping North. We encourage all students and families to attend the function and join the end of year celebration! Tickets can be purchased online at: https://trybooking.com/BGNNJ or in person at AAMA.

*Please note that Grading Fees for Black Belt, 1st Degree and 2nd Degree ranks include a ticket to the end-of-year graduation and awards dinner. Please select the “Grading Students” section to pay for Grading (including Graduation Ceremony/Awards dinner ticket). Please contact the office on 8418 1822 if you require assistance.

Ticket prices: 

Graduating Black belts, 1st Degree and 2nd Degree students: Included with Grading Fee 

Parents or first 2 guests of Graduating Black/1st/2nd degree students: $25 

All other tickets (adults and children): $30 

Children 3yrs and under: Free 

2019 AAMA Student Award Nominations

Instructors are currently finalising nominations for our 2019 Student Awards, to be presented at the 2019 Graduation and Student Awards Dinner on the 15th December. We would like to open nominations to members and parents as well (in particular for AAMA Instructor of the Year). Similarly, we would like to hear from any students that have been training with AAMA for more than 5 years!

We value all member and parent feedback, so if you would like to submit an award nomination for any of the below categories, please request a nomination form from the front desk. Award nominations must be finalised by Thursday 21st November. All members nominated for 2019 award will be notified once all nominations have been received.

Award Categories are as follows:

  1. Student of the Year (Kidz Karate)
  2. Student of the Year (Zen Do Kai Intermediate/Senior)
  3. Student of the Year (Muay Thai)
  4. Student of the Year (Eskrima)
  5. Student of the Year (Krav Maga)
  6. Black Belt of the Year (Zen Do Kai Intermediate/Senior)
  7. Assistant Instructor of the Year
  8. AAMA Instructor of the Year
  9. AAMA Recognition Award: Years of Training (5 years and above) (Awarded by Kyoshi)
  10. AAMA Strength & Knowledge Award (Awarded by Kyoshi)
  11. AAMA Excellence Awards (To be awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional skill, focus and consistent demonstration of AAMA Values of strength, knowledge and respect. Students that have demonstrated a notably and consistently high level of self-determination and improvement throughout the year may also be nominated to receive an Excellence Award).

We’re looking forward to a busy and exciting December – and an even bigger and better 2020!  We want everyone to know that All-Active Martial Arts would not be the place it is without all of you – our students, instructors and the amazing families that support you in your training with us!

Thank you again for choosing AAMA as your martial arts training school, we look forward to training with you into 2020 and beyond!

Any questions or feedback are welcome! Please speak with your instructor or with an AAMA team member, or reach out to us by calling the office on 03 8418 1822, or by email to admin@allactivemartialarts.com.au

 Kyoshi Marc Toussaint

Kyoshi Marc Toussaint & All-Active Team

All-Active Martial Arts

Ph. 03 8418 1822

www.allactivemartialarts.com.au

Filipino Martial Arts: Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Training Seminar Sun 10 Nov 2019

Posted by Admin All Active> on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Filipino Martial Arts - Eskrima-Kali-Arnis can be a complimentary skill set to any other style or system of martial arts training.
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) in particular Doce Pares, has been featured heavily in many films and documentaries that feature fighting with two weapons, for example two blades, two sticks, or any combination of weapons. 
Doce Pares Eskrima training days cover a range of Filipino Martial Arts concepts and skill sets, from body movement and the principles of angling and footwork, striking techniques and using single weapons, double weapons, bladed weapons or "mano a mano" (hand-to-hand or "dirty Filipino boxing"). Eskrima Doce Pares teaches multiple ranges of offence and defence, using close, medium, to long range principles. 
Our Eskrima Doce Pares Training Days cover multiple aspects of the art of Filipino Martial Arts as well as the sporting side of the art of stick fighting - WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation). 
Training Seminars are delivered in a way that martial arts students and practitioners of all skill and experience levels and of any martial arts style or discipline are able to gain knowledge and skill to add to and enhance their own training in their current main discipline of martial arts.
Our next Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima-Kali-Arnis) Training Day will run at All-Active Martial Arts Epping VIC on Sunday 10th November 2019, from 10am to 1pm. The 3-hour Eskrima training seminar will be run by Master Marc Toussaint, 6th Grade Black Belt, Doce Pares. All martial arts students and practitioners who are looking to expand or enhance their skill set are welcomed to attend. 
Enquiries are welcome on 03 8418 1822 or to info@allactivemartialarts.com.au. You can also register your interest or share seminar details with your students or fellow martial artists here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2758866017481456
The cost of the 3 hour training seminar is $50 and is payable on the day (EFTPOS available). 
For more information about regular training in Filipino Martial Arts: Eskrima Doce Pares at All-Active Martial Arts, Epping VIC, please see our main page:  Filipino Martial Arts Classes - Eskrima-Kali-Arnis



Bring-a-Friend Week starts Mon 28 Oct

Posted by Admin All Active> on Monday, October 14, 2019

Want to show your friends what it's like to train at All-Active Martial Arts? At the end of this month all members will have the opportunity to bring a friend or family member along to join them for a class. It's completely FREE and will be stacks of fun!  So, bring a friend, family member or co-worker along to any of our Kidz Karate, Zen Do Kai (Freestyle Karate & Self-Defence), Krav Maga street defence, Women's Self-Defence, Filipino Martial Arts (Doce Pares Eskrima-Kali-Arnis), Muay Thai Kickboxing or Russian Systema classes. Friends of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to come along! BRING A FRIEND WEEK starts Monday 28 October through to Saturday 2 November in any class! Let's show our mates what we do at AAMA!