SAMURAI CULTURAL CENTRE
AUSTRALIAN / OCEANIC HONBU 梟 FUKUROU DOJO
Our Australian Branch Honbu Dojo is named Fukurou
THE OWL A SYMBOLIC TAILSMAN & LUCKY CHARM
FOR OUR DOJO
Fukurou means Owl in Japanese, it includes the word
fuku 福 meaning "luck" it was linked with good-fortune.
Apart from a symbol of luck, the owl protects against suffering and hardship, because fukurou can be written as the following translation.
不苦労 as well - fu means "no" and kurou means "hardship, suffering". like most Japanese words there are of-course other translations, with alternate meanings.
Well, Owls aren't just for luck in Japan. In different parts of the World, a variety of attributions have been given to owls, mainly as a guiding bird, a bird which could predict the weather, magic and wizardry.
However, sadly many of those original folktales seems to have gradually vanished.
Since the Meiji Restoration in 1868 when Japan opened its doors to the West, the image of the owl has also changed, and the view on owls as a symbol of wisdom & education has also become prominent.
Today beliefs in lucky charms, for good fortune & protection against hardship, co-exist in an unusual and yet interesting mix, old world and new-modern world can still be discovered,co-existing in today's Japan. Therefore through our traditional training methods, a student learns to protect their mind, body and spirit.
Born in 1980 Aaron McGlade 忠久 (Tadahisa) Sensei
has trained in the Martial arts more than 35 years.
He begun Martial Arts Training at a extremely early age in order to help him recover from cancer
(acute lymphoblastic leukemia).
Which was taught to him by his mother, as she studied
Goju kai karate Yamaguchi style from this early introduction to the Martial arts grew a love for Japanese arts & culture.
In 1987, however he started Tae kwon do
Training then continuing to learn other modern martial arts
Gendai modern sport systems:
Free style Mixed Martial Arts
Bujinkan organisation for some 25 plus years.
All of which, he felt lacked a true connection,
to the Ancient Samurai Military Arts of old Japan.
Before finally meeting with Shihan Yamada Toshiyasu and embracing a legitimate Tradition of Samurai Koryu Bujutsu School - Sekiguchiryu Battou-Jutsu
Developing close bonds with his teacher,
he travels often to Japan to further enhance his understanding of Japanese Bushido.
Mr Aaron McGlade currently is responsible
Sekiguchiryu Battou-Jutsu in Australia & Oceania
Region on behalf of Shihan Yamada Toshiyasu.
Other Sekiguchiryu Dojo branch members, are located in Russia, Serbia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Indonesia, with the main Global Headquarters located in Gifu, Japan.
Sensei McGlade is a former Serviceman who has served in the Australian Defence Force - Veteran
THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY (Active Service).
For a period of 10 years between 2001 - 2011.
RAINF 6 years as Soldier within the Infantry
RAAC. 4 years as Reconnaissance Cavalry Scout
In 2013, he attained an "Diploma of Education"
from Charles Sturt University.
He has worked in numerous civilian security operations in various States around Australia, and has undertaken a variety of specialist taskings within this industry - 17 years experience.
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