Sports car­ries life lessons for fam­ily

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

THE sport of ju­jutsu runs through three gen­er­a­tions of the New­combe fam­ily, who have been study­ing the Ja­panese mar­tial art since 1958.

Colos­seum Mar­tial Arts owner Dan New­combe, a fourth Dan in tsut­sumi ju­jutsu, said the sport en­cour­aged re­spect and hu­mil­ity while equip­ping stu­dents with selfdefence knowl­edge.

Mr New­combe was in­tro­duced to the sport by his fa­ther Ron, who started train­ing in ju­jutsu in the late 1950s un­der Mas­ter Jan de Jong.

He said he was proud to in­tro­duce his son to the sport as a five-year-old in 2009.

“I got my son in­volved so he could learn those same lessons and make the most out of his life and ca­reer,” Mr New­combe said.

The New­combe’s jour­ney in ju­jutsu has run par­al­lel with the fam­ily that in­tro­duced them to the sport over half a cen­tury ago.

Mas­ter Jan de Jong’s son Mas­ter Hans De Jong taught Mr New­combe the mar­tial art and now in­structs at Colos­seum Mar­tial Arts in Os­borne Park.

Mr New­combe said he had de­cided to start teach­ing ju­jutsu af­ter ob­tain­ing his first black belt in 2006, more than 20 years af­ter he be­gan in the sport.

“You learn the most when you teach, and I am still learn­ing ev­ery day along with the 80 other stu­dents in my club,” he said.

Mr New­combe said any­one could train in ju­jutsu, as strength and weight were not crit­i­cal fac­tors in the sport.

“I find that the way stu­dents at­ti­tudes de­velop as the re­al­i­sa­tion comes that there is al­ways more to learn and al­ways room for im­prove­ment,” he said.

“This is a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence and tends to trans­late to all ar­eas of a per­sons life.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d439143

Dan New­combe and son Nick (11).

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