"the path of martial arts begins and ends with courtesy"
- mas oyama

Sensei Mel
SENSEI MELINDA BAKSI

I began my Kyokushin karate journey in 1987 in Hungary with Shihan Josef Borza www.borzakarate.hu and joined the Hungarian Army in 1997, fulfilling my childhood dream, and pursued my education at the Zrinyi Miklos National Defence University at Budapest. I studied Kyokushin fighting with military self defence & weapons under Major General (shihan) Furko www.haukis.com. I was also awarded the title of “Sport Officer”, due to my sporting achievements. During Hungary’s joining NATO, I was the only woman represent my country in a special joint exercise weapon demonstration to the NATO commanders and to the public. I was required to demonstrate my self-defence and Karate skills against multiple armed attackers. I trained new recruits in basic martial arts techniques as part of their training in the Army. I also underwent a special military training as part of the ENSZ Peacekeeping Mission to Cyprus.

I hold a Personal Close Protection Officer licence, where I benefit from my military and martial art experience. I am also a Marine Rescue volunteer where I had the privilege of completing many different life saving courses. I am First Aid certified through Marine Rescue and I am working with children checked. I also attended special Uchi-Deshi live in training camps in Hungary, employing intensive physical training prior to competitions. I was a member of the Hungarian National Championship team from 2003, winning several tournaments. I also competed in Australia on a national level, with great results. In 2005, I took part in a winter camp and I completed a 100 kumite (fight test), fighting with only men.

I began teaching in 1998 and my focus as an instructor is on technical proficiency, fitness and fighting techniques. I ran kids programs, teen and adult novice and intermediate programs overseas and also instructed at the North Bondi full-time dojo in Sydney up until 2017. I have gained invaluable experience teaching kids with various physical and mental challenges like ADHD, vision impairment, and mild autism (to name a few). I trained children for Karate competitions with great success in Hungary, and my team competed and won in both national and junior Olympic level competitions.

I regularly attend international seminars and black belt conferences held in Japan and Australia, and have been trained by the highest levels of instructors from all corners of the Kyokushin World. I enjoy all aspects of Kyokushin karate and have particular interest in self defence and the richness and discipline of the Japanese culture.

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