Events Intensive Training Courses
Wilderness Trips







The Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts provides the opportunity for students to participate in various events designed to accelerate progress and stimulate further development. Gashuku (training camps) and the city-based Intensive Training Courses are two such events that are held annually and outside of the normal weekly training sessions.

Gashuku and Intensive Training courses are week long courses that involve concentrated daily training and students are not only encouraged to attend, but in fact, attendance of these camps is a prerequisite for certain levels/grades.



Kicking practice at the 1998 Gashuku

Sensei Nenad leads the group to a training area at the 1998 Gashuku





Intensive Training Courses fulfill two roles in the Academy: Firstly they emphasise the importance of the Chinese character (Mandarin: 'ren', Japanese: 'nin' - lit. 'to endure') in the martial arts.

This concept is epitomised in one of the eight dojo kun: 'Be untiring and unceasing in your endeavours in spite of all obstacles' - it is vital to the process of developing this sort of strength of character that students acquire experience of a particular nature that can simply not be provided during normal class time.

Secondly, it is essential for all students, irrespective of grade, to 'sharpen' their basics skills from time to time as it is on this foundation that all other techniques rely on.

Intensive Training Courses expose the student to concentrated training (the equivalent of one month of normal training in one week) featuring intensive basics and special supplementary training, both of which due to time restrictions cannot be dealt with in the usual training sessions.

With morning and evening sessions that have to be incorporated into a normal daily routine these courses are not easy for anyone; but by triumphing over the discomfort of 5.00am starts and high repetition training those students that complete the whole course will find an increased motivation not only in their training but in all facets of their life.

Next Intensive training course to be announced soon!


Students ham it up for the camera: 1995 Intensive Training

Beach kicks:1994 Intensive Training



Students watch a demonstration at dawn during the 1998 Intensive Training

Sensei Dan leads the morning run during the 1998 Intensive Training Week

Breakfast at the dojo after a morning training: 1998 Intensive training.

Tai Chi long practise at the 1994 Intensive Training



In order to develop the inner strength so prized by martial artists it is important that the serious student seek out new experiences and challenges that cannot be provided during trainings sessions fitted into a normal daily routine. As a result, students of the Academy are encouraged to attend Gashuku (or special training camps) which are held away from all of the distractions of normal city life.

Gashuku not only expose the student to concentrated training and cover material that cannot be adequately addressed during the usual weekly trainings but go one step further than Intensive Training Courses. They provide the student with a unique opportunity to 'get away from it all', experience new challenges and learn invaluable survival skills in a wilderness environment.

The Gashuku format usually involves a Sunday departure from the city so that participants can arrive at the Gashuku site early, set up camp and settle in. The training begins on Monday morning and involves 8 hours of activity per day (and 16 hours of rest!) every day until Friday. All areas of the Wu-Wei Dao system are covered, beginning with Tai-Chi practise at dawn followed by a run, basics practise, conditioning training, kata and bunkai, embu and weapons training before concluding with a yoga stretching session.

Training concludes on Friday evening and on Saturday morning we break camp and head for home; enriched by the equivalent of 2 months of normal training and invigorated by the time spent enjoying nature and the 'simple life'.

The intensive and concentrated nature of the training in combination with the wilderness setting and the unpredictability of nature means that participating students will be emotionally, physically and mentally challenged by the Gashuku experience.

Next Gashuku is in April 2009! 


Sensei Nenad and Sensei Dan practise 'ude tanren' at the 1998 Gashuku.



Weapons training session at the 1998 gashuku

Sinawali Practise at the 1998 gashuku

Morning run at Gashuku 1998

'Chi-Shi' (Strength stone) training

'Box pattern' practice



Gashuku include an additional challenge in the form of an overnight Wilderness Trip that is designed to offer a student the opportunity to practice survival skills in a remote wilderness location. This involves an overnight camping bushwalk with an ambitious but realistic objective that necessitates cooperation, contribution and a positive spirit from every member for it to be successful and ultimately rewarding and enjoyable for all.


A group head towards Ellen peak in WA's rugged Stirling Range during an overnight wilderness trip.


Climbing Mt. Trio in WA's Stirling Range - 2000 Gashuku

'Jyo' training on top of MtTrio in South Western Australia