One of the most revered martial arts masters in the world has stopped by Smeaton Grange to share his wisdom.
People from across Australia have visited Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre this week to learn from karate and kobudo master Sensei Mitsutada Iha.
The sensei, a three-time world champion, is from the birthplace of karate – Okinawa, Japan.
Mark Szalajko, the martial arts centre’s director, said it was a great honour to welcome the sensei to the area.
“To have someone of his skill here is fantastic,” he said.
“Most people won’t be able to get to Okinawa to learn from a sensei there.
“You can’t just walk into a dojo and start learning, you need to be invited.
“So to have him here, teaching our people is great.”
Sensei Mitsutada trained Mr Szalajko and is one of the world’s foremost experts in the Ryu Kon Kai discipline of Kobudo.
Mr Szalajko said there were very few people in Australia who were practised in that particular discipline.
“Sensei Mitsutada is one of the most powerful people you can ever meet,” he said.
“But he is also one of the humblest.
“If he hits you, you won’t be getting up again.”
Mr Szalajko said the sensei’s sense of dedication and commitment to the traditional learnings of martial arts had earned him a great deal of respect.
Sensei Mitsutada had only visited Australia once before his trip to Smeaton Grange.
“I’ve gone over to Okinawa and trained with him a few times so I’ve been trying to get him out to Australia for a number of years,” he said.
“All the students were really excited to have the sensei here and have the opportunity to train with him.
“We’ve even got people coming over from Perth just to train with Sensei Mitsutada.”
Sensei Mitsutada Iha will be in town delivering seminars and training sessions until Sunday.