The Cummings Karate Dojo, as a non-profit organisation, aims to provide as many student development opportunities as possible, including:
  • Sport Coaching Courses through partnered RTOs
  • Soto Deshi Program (Intensive Training Program)
  • Okinawa Experience Scholarship Program
  • Student Development Program/Fund
  • Instructor Development Program/Funds

Soto Deshi Program (Intensive Student Program)
“Soto Deshi” is the Japanese term used for “outside student”. It refers to a student that lives outside of the dojo and still goes about their regular life, but also seeks greater focus and intensity in their training, and one that wants to immerse themselves in the art of karate-do. A Soto Deshi Program can most commonly be likened to an apprenticeship. This is in comparison to an “uchi deshi” who also lives inside the dojo (the Cummings Karate Dojo does not offer an Uchi Deshi Program at this time).

The Soto Deshi Program is designed for students who are serious about their karate training, and want to dedicate more time to their practise over an extended period of time, in order to immerse themselves in the training. Training, other than family and work, are considered to be the top priority of a Soto Deshi.

The program is available in 6 or 12 month blocks, and is limited to maximum of 2 students at any one time. If you have any questions about the Soto Deshi Program, please contact us.

Benefits of the Soto Deshi Program
  • You will be able to dramatically increase your karate ability over a short period, and will (should) progress at a more rapid rate than other students due to the intensity of training
  • You will have access to four adults classes per week, including the class usually reserved for brown/black belts
  • You will be able to schedule free private lessons (2x per month) with the Head Instructor
  • All grading and seminar fees are included in the Soto Deshi Program
  • Possibility to obtain government accredited Certificate of Attainments in martial arts through an external RTO
  • First Aid & CPR Certificate at no cost (must complete external course)
  • You will, if desired, be able to complete a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme qualification (through the ASC/AKF) or Certificate II and/or III in Sport Coaching through an external RTO – only for those who commit to a 1 year program and for additional, but discounted cost
  • You will be immersed in the dojo community and culture, and subsequently have much added value to your training
Requirements of the Soto Deshi Program
  • Continued commitment to effort throughout an intensive/accelerated learning program that is both physically and mentally demanding – students must commit both physically and financially to the period of training
  • Assist with maintenance and events, including cleaning of the dojo (sweeping, tidying, washing up etc) after each class, and preparing for the next class, and to offer assistance for dojo maintenance when needed or requested
  • Minimum grade of Rokkyu (6th Kyu) and no higher than Sankyu (3rd Kyu)
  • Attendance at all major dojo events, including (but not limited to): Annual Gasshuku, Chief Instructor’s Seminar, Joint Dojo Training, Junior Gradings, any WMKA seminars, and social events
  • Commitment to training four days per week (Monday through Thursday) in formal classes, supplemented by their own individual training and private lessons with the Head Instructor (Soto Deshi may miss no more than 2 classes per month without good [medical, etc] reason). If classes are missed as per the above, the Soto Deshi forfeits their access to the Soto Deshi program, but is required to continue to pay the fee unless waived by the Head Instructor
  • Assist with instructing at one kids class a week (if possible – subject to ability, etc)
  • There is a 2 month probation period where the Soto Deshi candidate or Head Instructor may withdraw from the program for any reason with no financial commitment or obligation
  • Keep a training journal of skills learnt during the Soto Deshi Program
Outcomes of the Soto Deshi Program
  • The Soto Deshi is expected to progress through the grades, if all directions in the program are followed, at an accelerated rate, but will also be subject to more intensive grading requirements, however, the focus of the program should not be on grading
  • Development of a greater sense of community and belonging to the dojo
  • A Certificate of Achivement for completing the Soto Deshi Program
  • A more diverse understanding of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo curriculum
  • Possibility of a government accredited Certificate of Attainment in martial arts coaching or a Certificate II and/or III in Sport Coaching through an external RTO, and/or National Coaching Accreditation Scheme qualification, First Aid/CPR, etc, if other criteria are met
Okinawa Experience Scholarship Program
Every two years, where finances permit, the dojo opens applications to its existing student base to apply for one of two scholarships to fund a significant financial portion of their trip to Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate, to train with Okinawan Karate masters.

Student Development Program/Fund
The dojo offers, where finances permit, financial support to members to attend competitions, seminars, workshops, and martial arts professional development opportunities.

Instructor Development Program/Fund
The dojo offers, where finances permit, its brown belts the ability to complete a First Aid/CPR course with an external provider, and have a certain percentage of it paid for. Additionally, instructors who meet the criteria of the instructor policy can obtain up to 100% of their First Aid/CPR course in funding.