4th Dan – Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu
CCYPCG Blue Card (working with Children)
NCAS Level 2 Coach – Jujitsu
Sensei Steffi, 29yrs of age, started her martial arts career in Judo in Innisfail where her parents, Shihan Jim and Sensei Meladee, taught at Innisfail PCYC. Her first Judo competition was when she was only six years old in 1996. Sensei Steffi commenced in Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu in 2001 at Zillmere PCYC dojo under the instruction of her parents. From 2002 until 2012 Sensei Steffi competed in every Annual Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu competition taking out Overall Divisional Champion in all, but in two competitions where there were no female competitors she competed in the male’s division, where she was awarded two seconds. In 2011, Sensei Steffi was the first competitor of our School to be awarded a plaque for ‘Ten years of Dedication and Commitment to Competition’.
Sensei Steffi attained her Sho Dan in Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu on 4th August 2013 and her dissertation paper which was presented to the panel was named – ‘San Kake Jime – Ten Methods of Application’. On 26th October 2014, Sensei Steffi attained her Ni Dan, and on 1st/2nd October 2016 attained her San Dan. During this time, she also attained the rank of Senior Blue belt in Judo, but her focus was on Jujitsu.
Sensei Steffi was selected as the only female in the Australian Jujitsu Team to compete in England in September 2013 at the World Jujitsu Championships and she attained two silver medals and one bronze medal. She also attended the World Jujitsu Championships in Australia, on the Gold Coast, in October 2017 and was the team leader in the Gold Medal winning Australian Jujitsu Team in the Demonstration event. She was also one of the best and most sought-after referees at these Championships by other countries.
Sensei Steffi is a Level 2 NCAS accredited Jujitsu Coach, a Level 1 NCAS accredited Judo Coach and a Level 2 NOAS accredited Jujitsu official/referee. Due to study, her time is restricted but she is a ‘floating’ coach who coaches at any of the three PCYCs – Zillmere, Pine Rivers or Sandgate, when needed, either in Jujitsu or Judo. She assists at the Guide Dogs Queensland self defense courses when available and was a member until recently of the Sandgate PCYC dojo committee.
She was also awarded Life Membership of Kyushin Ryu School of Jujitsu in January 2019.
Sensei Steffi left school halfway through Year 11 due to an accident, and subsequently never returned but attended TAFE. She has worked in hospitality part time since 2014 with the same company and still does so. Since 2006, she has completed a Double Diploma in Events and Hospitality Management, a Diploma in Counselling, a Diploma in Justice Studies, a TAFE course in patisserie, completed two years in a Bachelor in Health Sciences (Nutrition) and switched over and has now completed her Bachelor in Behavioural Sciences (Psychology) in 2019 and is currently undertaking her Honours year at the Queensland University of Technology.