In 2017 after 10 years as Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre (and 22 years prior to that in Nedlands), we felt it was time to capture the feeling that comes from focusing on a dedicated practice. When we tried to land on a single word though we found it quite impossible. Everyone had a different experience and that it changed through-out the year. One thing is in common though, every feeling is positive.
Whether you want to get fit, to build flexibility, to meet new people, or to just take some time to focus on yourself, you will feel at home at Focus & Be.
Focus & Be has a welcoming and relaxing reception area that opens to a spacious and modern studio (135sqm). With high ceilings, soft lighting and sprung wooden floor and mirrors, it feels Zen.
Located within the Bayswater Village just in from the corner of King William Street on Whatley Crescent. It is very easy to access being across from the Bayswater Train Station and on major bus routes. There is also ample, easily accessible parking both across the road and behind Centre. Major bicycle paths are also nearby.
We are proud of our 12 dedicated, highly qualified instructors as they focus on ensuring you achieve your goals. No matter your reason, Focus & Be instructors will help you become the healthiest and happiest you’ve ever been. And overseeing the quality of instruction and service is our lead team - and family. With decades of knowledge and experience, you know you’ll get the focused attention and support you need. Pics of everyone will be up soon :)
Nenad is the Principal instructor and Director of Focus & Be. With 30 years international experience, Nen is a 5th Dan martial artist and a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.
Always in pursuit of furthering his own knowledge, Nen holds degrees in Sport Science and Human Biology as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Nen is currently teaching the Monday and Wednesday Martial Arts Classes and Tuesday 7.15pm Yoga Beginners Classes.
Dan, 5th Dan Chief Instructor. Shifu Dan began a formal study of martial arts in Febuary 1981. His expansive knowledge encompasses the arts of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do, Aikido, Okinawan Kobudo (Okinawan martial arts weapons system), the Japanese weapons arts of Jodo (4ft staff) and Kenjutsu (sword), Filipino Arnis (the knife and stick fighting system of the Philippines), Qin-na (the grappling and seizing fighting system of China) and the "soft" art of Taijiquan (both in its health and combat forms).
Dan is currently teaching the Thursday and Saturday Tai Chi Classes.
Tania has been teaching traditional Hatha yoga since 2007, Tailoring her classes to the students requirements, her teaching epitomize the principles of yin and yang combining dynamic asana with a focus on vinyasa to build strength, fitness and flexibility, while emphasising the yin principle of soft internal breath.
Regularly training interstate and overseas, Tania’s classes are always fresh and invigorating.
For those looking to focus on their fitness, don't miss SanchinFit with Tania.
Tania is currently teaching the Wednesday 6pm Yoga, Friday and Sunday 9.30am Yoga Classes.
Nat's background is in Hatha yoga. In addition to completing two yoga apprenticeships, Nat trained at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, practiced yoga at Centres in Shanghai and Beijing and participated in International Yoga Conferences in Hong Kong. She completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Anatomy and Human Biology with Honours at UWA in 2002. Her movement background includes instructing goju-ryu karate, tai-chi, self-defense and yoga and Natalie is the founder of Nataraja Movement.
Nat is currently teaching Kids Karate, the Thursday 6pm Yoga Beginner Classes and when not studying - Friday 9.30am Yoga Classes.
Mia is our longest serving instructor and has been teaching at Focus&Be for more than 12 years. Mia teaches a gentle-paced hatha yoga class with emphasis on holding poses longer for a deeper release and to build an awareness of alignment and posture.
Join Mia at Monday's Yoga 6pm.
Louis teaches authentic Iyengar yoga. Iyengar Yoga is a very precise and strict form of yoga, which has a special emphasis on precision and close attention to the correct alignment of each posture. Poses are held for longer periods and assisted by the use of props.
Join Louis on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Bec has been practicing yoga for 10 years and developed a dedicated teaching practice 5 years ago.
Bec’s teaching style is a vinyasa flow, to a sweet playlist of tunes. She encourages students to be the masters of their flow when they step on their mat and most importantly to have a laugh.
Bec is currently providing relief instruction and can be found covering Sue's Saturday 8am classes.
Join Sue on a heart-felt journey through the practice of hatha yoga. Sue was the owner/principal of her own full-time yoga studio many years. Although now moving away from full-time teaching we are fortunate to have Sue teach our Saturday morning 8am class when she is not travelling on a yoga retreat in an exotic location.
Andrew started his internal arts studies in 2008 under Shifu Dan and regularly trains with Master instructors interstate and in Taiwan. In 2012 he was accepted by Master Chen as a "bai shi" or "inner circle student" in his own right.
Enjoy Shihing Andrew's warm and friendly instruction on Saturdays at 9.30am
Sensei Jeff began training under the tutelage of Kancho Nenad and Shifu Dan in 1986. An inspiring role model to everyone, Jeff is now a 4th Dan Martial Artist.
Jeff is an assistant instructor across all the martial arts classes, provides corporate self-defence and tai chi classes and beach training.
Xin is a 2nd Dan black belt martial artist. A diligent student with great attention to detail, Xin immerses himself in the arts of Okinawan Goju Ryu and the Chinese Internal Arts. He is motivated to pass on the knowledge and application of these arts. He is also an advanced student of the Japanese Tea Ceremony!
Xin is an assistant instructor across all the martial arts classes.
Trevor is a 2nd Dan karate black belt having trained with the Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts since 1998. Additionally he is an expert in Tai Chi and Kungfu and is a silver medallist in WuShu.
Trevor is a practicing Physiotherapist and co-founder of AirYoga.
Trevor teaches our Kids Karate on Thursdays.
We’re ready to welcome you at our dedicated Centre at 91 Whatley Crescent Bayswater. Just in from the corner of King William Street and directly opposite the Bayswater Railway Carpark. Parking is free after 4pm and on weekends! See you on Facebook & Instagram when not at Focus & Be!