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Like most kids, Rose Smith dabbled in martial
arts as a child, trying on di erent styles like judo
and karate for size, but it wasn't until she was a
teenager when her partying ways got her in strife that
she decided she needed to really give this self-defence
thing a go. "I had a real epiphany and realised I needed
to protect myself and stop hoping someone else would
'save' me. It was a life changing thought."
ese days, Sensei Rose Smith teaches a form of
jujutsu known as hoshin to children as young as three
and adults of all ages. She rst started her journey
teaching martial arts to teenagers in refuges. "It was a
way of helping them direct their anger and focus their
lives on something positive. From there the workers
wanted to learn it, and then friends and family, and it
just kind of progressed."
Sensei Smith has opened a new dojo in Newtown
with Sensei Katherine Franklin, (an ex Olympic Tae
Kwon Do teacher) and instructor Irene Gardiner, a
highly experienced kickboxer and Smith's partner.
Franklin is responsible for the womyn only adult self
defence programs. "We do stand up and grappling,
but we are a bit more focused on modern situations
so we don't do a lot of traditional weaponry or katas.
Hoshin is popular with women and children in par-
ticular because it does not rely on strength at all."
Smith is a rm believer that learning martial arts
provides young students a lesson in more than simple
self-defence. Valuable life skills such as self-con dence
and discipline are by-products of the teachings.
Smith comments, "Kids need boundaries, rules and
resilience. In life not everyone gets a prize or wins the
game. Kids need to learn self-discipline to deal with
those feelings of loss, and resilience to keep going and
try again! Delayed grati cation, learning to hear "no"
and not lose it - all these skills can be learnt, believe it
or not, from the study of martial arts."
According to Smith, these new found skills learnt
on the oor come into play in all areas of life. "I think
Hoshin and in fact any style of martial arts gives the
student increased con dence because of their ability
to defend themselves in almost any situation. When
you know you can defend yourself you are more likely
to be able to deal with normal stressful situations with
a calm acceptance and less panic. Learning martial arts
o en involves teaching others lower graded than your-
self so it is also great for communication skills. "
Most importantly Smith is quick to stress that
learning a martial art such as Hoshin Jutsu does not
encourage bullying -- in fact, quite the opposite. "We
teach them to keep their hands to themselves and use
their words." Even the youngest of students have life-
skills to learn: "At three, my students aren't learning
physical martial arts anyway - they are learning falling
and rolling skills which increases their safety when
running and playing, ey are learning to stand still
and concentrate, and they are learning child protective
behaviours - how to escape from an adult, not talking
to strangers, how to deal with bullies using the most up
to date techniques - all verbal skills.
"We make a lot of noise and have a lot of fun. Par-
ents say they see a huge increase in good behaviour
and self control. People who think martial arts make
kids violent either have bad instructors or no idea. I say
come down and have a look!"
For more info visit hoshin.com.au
Rose Smith teaches little warriors the power and grace of martial arts.
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