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Test Results - February: Adult Members

25 Feb 2013 - 14:19


Following the MYA Grading on 23/02/2013
The following students have been promoted to:


8th Kyu
Vinicius "Maka"Basilio Castro
7th Kyu
6th Kyu
 5th Kyu
4th Kyu


Test Details February 2013 - Adult members only

19 Feb 2013 - 21:52


MYA Grading Details


Please make sure you read and understand all the requirements. Family and students not grading are encouraged to attend; however, please ensure your conduct is sensitive to the formal nature of test day, no talking, mobile phones turned off, staying for the duration of the test.

Adult Members

Before Test Day:

Sensei will be inviting students to grade in the next 2 weeks.

  • If you are unsure whether you are testing please ask Sensei or check with the Senpai.
  • In order to test, a grading application form and test fees must be submitted in cash to the office by 8:30pm on the Friday before the test.

On Test Day:

  • Please ensure that you get to the dojo by 12:00pm
  • All candidates must be in uniform and on the mats by 12:15pm
  • Candidates should have a clean dogi, short nails and neat, managed, hair.
  • Test Begins at 12:30pm sharp. Please note the different time to previous tests. 
  • No late candidates will be excepted for review.
  • Test day is an important time for students and should be approached with as much sensitivity to dojo etiquette as possible.

Adult Test fees are:

8th 7th 6thKyu



5th 4thKyu



3rd 2nd 1stKyu





Acc. to exchange

Fees MUST be submitted with grading application in order to be accepted.

Grading is a formal occasion and as such your conduct on the day comprises part of the test. This is evaluated from the moment you enter the dojo premises until you exit. Parents please assist your child with this.Please ensure that:


  • Your test form is filled out correctly (this is correspondence with the dojo and should reflect this)
  • All etiquette is observed
  • Your dogi is clean
  • Your nails are short and neat
  • Hair is managed in a secure manner
  • You arrive at the dojo at the correct time

Students not on the tatami by the scheduled time will not be accepted for grading review.


What should I do when I am sick?

17 Feb 2013 - 20:47


"Saying that bacteria and virusis cause disease, is like saying flys cause garbage" - Teal Scott

Anthony De Mello

17 Feb 2013 - 20:42

Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert

10 Feb 2013 - 20:14

Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth's most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.
Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.

Never, ever give up.

8 Feb 2013 - 21:08

She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

7 Feb 2013 - 18:29

This is a non-commercial attempt from and, to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

7 Feb 2013 - 12:14





by Sayer Ji, Founder

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include:

  • Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable ofreducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]
  • Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).[ii]
  • Healing WoundsCoconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial.  Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]  Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]
  • NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.[vi]
  • Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”[vii]
  • Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.[viii]
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.[ix]
  • Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it.  Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.[x]
  • Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.[xi] [Note: Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]
  • Sunscreen: Coconut oil has been shown to block out UV rays by 30%. Keep in mind that this is good, insofar as UVA rays are damaging to the skin, whereas UVB rays are highly beneficial (when exposure is moderate).[i]  Make sure to check this list of other sun-blocking oils.

Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm.  Each component, including coconut hull fibercoconut protein and coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.   (REFERENCES AND MORE HERE)

P.S. From Zen : Here’s an excellent, informative article on the unique properties of coconut oil worth reading: Coconut Oil and Medium-Chain Triglycerides. (Hat tip: Peek..tx!)


who are you?

23 Jan 2013 - 22:10