ENSO MARTIAL ARTS
Enso is a Japanese word signifying “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen and has no single fixed meaning. Enso is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It is a symbol of discipline, dedication, balance, absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the harmony of the universe, and the void. It symbolizes a moment when the mind is free enough to simply let the body or spirit create. Enso is an ancient, international symbol of inner strength, harmony, community, and peace. It symbolizes a commitment to personal growth through body and mind balance, discipline, and practice. Enso comes from the Japanese language and literally means an “open” circle and can be read as “Mutual Circle” or “Circle of Togetherness”.
So, what does this have to do with karate? To me, karate is more than just a sport, a way to stay in shape or a vehicle in which to socialize with other people…although it does provide all those things. Karate is about the pursuit of the perfection of character. It is a journey that will never end and is symbolic of the journey we all travel in our lifetimes. There is no beginning nor end to your learning.
It has been said many times that when one attains a black belt your learning just begins. The “end goal or destination” for many when they initially start training is really just a new beginning. The point is that like the circle or “Enso”, karate how you look at it, what you make if it and most of all…is a journey rather than a destination like life in general.
Budokai (Martial Arts organization) simply means “many styles” and as can be seen from our instructor profiles our instructors all come from different backgrounds. Martial Arts are all essentially the same as there are only so many ways to perform a kick or a punch, however, there are subtle differences between styles which help people of varying abilities to perform each technique. This in mind there are very few techniques, if any, that can’t be taught to people of any level.
Shihan Craig Wilson is the real deal! He holds multiple Black Belts from Kyokushin to Kenpo. He is government accredited and brings to students real world experience after having served over 20 years in the NSW Police Force and with the Australian Army. Enso Martial Arts will be a multi disciplinary art that will set the bar for the martial arts scene on the Mid North Coast!
ENSO have great instructors that focus on “real” life defence techniques. My kids really love attending Craig and Brooke’s classes because they make them fun even though it’s disciplined. They have a great friendly family focused environment and are dedicated in helping you achieve your goals. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. 5 stars.
13 Chestnut Rd Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Until you acquire the Gi (Karate Uniform) feel free to wear loose comfortable active wear. Footwear is unnecessary as we train barefoot. Jewellery and eye-glasses should be taken off prior to training to avoid any injury.
What about my level of fitness?
You do not need to have a base level of fitness to start training with us. We encourage students to train at their pace and you will slowly notice your fitness increase the more you train.
From what age can I enrol my child?
Children can join the fun and energetic Tiny Tigers Karate from 3 years plus.
How do the Karate gradings work?
Karate gradings are held every three to 6 months depending on belt rank.
Do I automatically get signed up to a membership once the trial period ends?
The trial period is an opportunity to see if both you and the club are a right fit for each other. We want to have happy clients who are committed to the values and the ethos we abide by. After the trial period, you will be invited to a quick meeting to see how you would like to proceed.
How can I prepare for class?
Not eating for at least an hour is recommended and please drink plenty of water during the class to avoid dehydration.
How many students are there in each class?
1. Little Dragons Karate (4 to 6 years) - 16 max for 40 mins
2. Junior Karate Program (7 to 12 years) - 24 max for 50 mins
3. Teens / Adult Karate (13+ years) - 30 max for 60 to 90 mins
1. Junior Kickboxing (7 to 12 years) - 20 max for 50 mins
2. Teen / Adult Combat Kickboxing (13+ years) - 30 max for 60 mins
Industry standard is 10 students to 1 instructor. Sparring classes 1:5.
Which instructors will be taking the classes?
Classes are supervised and run by Shihan Craig 5th Dan and Sempai Brooke 2nd Dan Black Belt.
Do I have to join after using my introductory lessons?
You are under no obligation to continue training if you find martial arts is not for you.