The Art of Humility

Real humility is a sign of strength, authentic confidence, and courage. It is the mark of a true man and woman but more importantly, it’s a quality (once attained) that restrains human beings from doing wrong.
In today’s age and society, we can all be led down the wrong path with dire consequences, but it’s amazing what one can achieve if they put their mind to it – with hard work, focus and dedication, anything is possible.
This is exactly what three young men of Croatian heritage have achieved recently and are now dedicated to giving something back to their community by way of committing their time and knowledge to teach kids Kokusai Bujutsu Seiryu – a very old Japanese, traditional Martial Art.
It is with their dedication to this art that has brought about positive change – both physical, mental and spiritual – and taught them the art of humility.
Sensei John Kolić, Sensei Ante Stipić and his brother Sensei Nick Stipić are about to embark on another chapter in their continuous journey of personal development by conducting children’s classes for the Croatian community.
Sensei John Kolić explains:
“ Our intention is to open up the art and make it available to the Croatian community… It’s a real gift and a great opportunity to be able to offer it to our youth. If you look at the kids today, they seem to be misguided, lack discipline and the temptation of drug abuse is ever so present. Regular training a few hours a week will provide  structure in your life, and the beauty of martial arts is it will help you in no matter what you do – it will help you with your studies, your career and your general path in life. There are many benefits to be gained.
“ I’ve been involved with the art, on and off, since my late teens and early twenties, and I went back only 3 years ago aged 40… It’s helped me focus and achieve personal goals, and I’ve never looked back,” said Sensei Kolić.
Trained by Master Biggibilla, who has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Croatian community dating back to 1983, they have received his blessing and will continue to receive his guidance as they establish their classes.
The three students/teachers have successfully reached the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt in Kokusai Bujutsu Seiryu – which specialises in Bujutsu & Kuatsu.  The instructors also have ‘Working with Children’  accreditation  – approved by The Department of Justice, Victoria.
“ It’s in teaching that you truly take your understanding of the art to another level …,” continues Sensei Kolić.
So what can parents expect their children to learn?
“Juniors will begin with physical conditioning, be taught basic techniques and self defence, giving them the self confidence and discipline to get out of trouble and to do the right thing.”
The three Sensei’s are proof that the art has the ability to transform  students of any age.
“I got involved in the art to basically change my life… to get fit and stay strong, not to get old and give up on life… the greatest satisfaction is that it’s a lifestyle, a way of life, and it’s something I want to teach my own kids!” said Sensei Ante Stipić, who is confident that parents will encourage both boys and girls to attend.
What are the fee’s ?
There will be no fee’s involved to attend the classes. Kokusai Bujutsu Seiryu is  a non profit  organization.  The instructors are volunteers and will be sharing their experience and knowledge of the art as a gift to the Croatian community. Once students advance in the art and are over 18 years of age and progress into the senior class fee’s will be applicable.
Japanese Bujutsu consists of approximately 17 Jutsu’s.
We specialise in Jujutsu, Jojutsu, Bojutsu, Yarijutsu (aka Sojutsu), Naginatajutsu, Tantojutsu, Hojojutsu, Bokenjutsu, Manrikijutsu, Kuji-kirijutsu, Taijutsu, Shurikenjutsu, Bo-shurikenjutsu, Intonjutsu, Yawarajutsu, Tessenjutsu and Kuatsu.
Jujutsu consists of Atemiwaza (Blows to the Body), Nagewazi (Throwing Techniques), Newaza (Groundwork), Shimewaza (Choking Techniques), Kansetsuwaza (Armed Locks & Joint Locks).
All of the above are effective on the battlefield – with or without armour/armed or unarmed.
Kuatsu consists of Atemiwaza (Blows to the Body) and Kappo (Medicinal & Revival Techniques).
Classes will be held at a soon to be confirmed venue in Melbourne’s west and are suitable for both boys and girls aged 8-17 years.
For further information or to register your interest please contact John Kolić on 0417 400 554 or email:

Robert Katavić



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