Anything is Possible with Stuart

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Jordan Springs resident Stuart Brooks has achieved so much in his martial arts career. He currently holds an 8th Degree Red Sash in Hung Su Shaolin Temple Boxing, a 7th Degree in Intsia Bijuga Eagle Boxing (Eagle Claw Kung Fu) and a 3rd Degree in Meke Ni Vala. The one that has eluded him was a black belt in karate, however, after a journey that first began six and a half years ago, he has now attained this.

The martial arts instructor achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt in Budo Ryu Kempo last month and now has 19 Degrees over 4 systems of martial arts.

Attaining his black belt in karate involved a gruelling 7-hour test, covering all aspects of martial arts, including basic techniques, self-defence, 2 person sets, kata (pre-arranged sets), teaching skills and sparring (free fighting).

“Achieving this was a personal milestone as it was a challenge that I set myself after my father passed away. It was sort of like a bucket list thing” said Stuart.

Stuart now hopes to continue his Budo Ryu Kempo journey and would like to work towards a 2nd Dan, as well as passing on his knowledge through his school – Shaolin Martial Arts Centre.

“Age is definitely no barrier. I completed my black belt with two torn ligaments in my knee. It comes down to your mental state. My oldest student is 72 and he is a 6th Degree Red Sash and he started in his 50’s. Remember, it’s your journey, do it at your pace. Martial arts is for everyone” he ended.

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