The school, Southern Cross Bujutsu, started in 2001 and is owned
and operated by Debbie Clarke. The principal instructors and
Debbie and Peter Clarke. They were both long time students of
the late Jan de Jong.
The school teaches the self defence arts of jujutsu (a martial
art originating in Japan) and pencak silat (a martial art
originating in Indonesia).
The school caters for all ages and capabilities. As well
as the classes in jujutsu and pencak silat, there is a specialized
junior program and a specialized self defence courses for women and
other groups. There is also a course in stick work available
without the necessity to be doing either jujutsu and pencak
The focus is upon providing students with a modern and effective
self defence capability. The school does not do competitive
or sporting forms of martial arts. The serious objective of
developing an effective self defence capability is taught in a
friendly and relaxed way with the emphasis on training, whilst
challenging, being a fun activity that is both social and
As well as classes, private lessons are available for
individuals and small groups. Special programs can be
arranged. Debbie does talks, special programmes and workshops
for special interest groups.