Kids don’t really go along with the whole concept of “children should be seen, not heard”. They want to participate, contribute and to be accepted. However, it’s not always a kid friendly world, even places that claim to be focused on children’s wellbeing, places like their School and their extra curricular activities, all want your kids to be quiet, to not ask questions, and not make waves. Even most Martial Arts schools operate from this well meaning (but REALLY flawed) mentality.

Instead, we’ll treat your child like they matter, like they’re worthy of respect. We don’t treat them like adults or let them run free, but we do things like give them useful information and then the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions based on that information (so that when they succeed they know it was THEIR success, and if they fail, they’ll be able to take responsibility for their mistakes and try again).

We Give Respect To Get Respect

This kind of “Guided Respect” helps to show your child how THEY should treat OTHERS. If kids are always getting yelled at, told their ideas aren’t important and not allowed to make decisions for themselves…. why would we expect them to treat other people any differently?

Our point is, we know deep down that every child is a really cool, really important person, and we’ll help empower them so that they believe it too. Over time, your child will learn to move through their lives with a level of confidence that will inspire others.

We Look For The Good, And Then We Make It Even Better

Our Martial Arts Classes take your child’s natural disposition into account. Instead of working to “fix” them (to change who they are), we can work WITH their natural physical and emotional energy, enhancing their strengths and working to shore up their weaknesses.

Now, of course, kids need Rules, Structure and Boundaries but we enforce these necessities with kind, assertive leadership exercised in a fun, high energy environment (so that kids are really excited to be here).

If we want children to be compassionate, polite, patient and calm, we have to set the example by treating them that way!

We Bring Out Their Best

So yes, we have rules (and they’re important). Our Classes are far from your average run-around-screaming, Instructor-pulling-his-hair-out, free-for-all kid’s activity. You’ll immediately see your child enveloped in a culture of excellence, a place where we expect the best out of our Students. This actually makes it EASIER for your child to reach the kind of goals we all want.

When they step onto the mat they’ll be surrounded by other children who are on the same path of excellence, and that’s more helpful than you can imagine.

Your Child Will Strive For Excellence

A super high energy, exciting Class where your child will pay attention, follow the rules and try their best? Sounds too good to be true?! A kid’s “natural” state is to seek out fun, so if we get them to that state, it becomes EASY to instil life changing Character Development Skills that they’ll take with them off the mats and apply to the rest of their lives. 

Your Children Will Become More Focused, Confident and Disciplined, and They’ll Love Every Second of It!

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.


Over the years, every time I hear about a tragedy, a disturbing event, or really crappy politicians pulling us back into the dark ages…

I get down…. Sometimes I lose it. Other times, I feel sad. Often, I feel angry. But eventually, something brings me back to one consistent realisation:

I believe in the future. In a better future. For all of us.


We Australians are renowned for being down to earth, straightforward, tell it like it is, fair dinkum folks. It comes as no surprise that the description “Nice and Polite” doesn’t always ring true when we describe the typical Aussie.


Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve shared the stories of people who failed before they eventually achieved wildly spectacular success.

We hear those stories, of…

…Steven Spielberg not being accepted into film school…
…Michael Jordan being cut from his high-school basketball team…
…Walt Disney being fired for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”…

…and we take from that the message that we shouldn’t take our last setback so hard, because the world is full of unappreciated genius.


In our last post, we shared with you some stories of people who struggled and failed, but didn’t quit, and eventually became great successes, and on a global scale.


The road to success in Martial Arts can be long, winding, sometimes painful and often difficult. That’s par for the course, but sometimes we forget. We think that the universe is sending us signs that we’re on the wrong path, that the road to Black Belt is too hard and that we should give up.


Our STORM Team are a very, very special group of dedicated Instructors and Assistant Instructors at Zen Dan Kwan School of Martial Arts. They are dedicated to Martial Arts and Personal Excellence. STORM stands for Special Team of Role Models and our STORM Team members live up to this standard every day, in and out […]

For many of us, Martial Arts is something that inspires and challenges us. Perfecting the mind, body and spirit is a challenge that few will accept, but the effort is richly rewarded by those willing to accept the “mission”.

“The best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style, to be formless, to adopt an individual’s own style and not following the system of styles.”