“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a small puddle. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop and realises the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.”
- 5th dan - All Japan Karatedo Federation Goju Kai
- 5th dan - Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai
- 5th dan - All Japan Iaido Federation
With over 20 years of continuous martial arts experience, his development has included training in Japan for up to one month each year (including as a live-in student). This underpins his unique understanding of Japanese culture and martial history, as well as training philosophies and fighting application.
The benefit of this experience brings us strong relationships with vastly capable and qualified teachers in both Australia and Japan (and Okinawa). With a strong and ongoing background in goju ryu karate, taijutsu, hishigijutsu, bojutsu and iaido, we have the breadth of diversity to teach fighting principles through a range of training methods. Put simply, we have the skills and experience necessary to develop students in a holistic and practical manner and ensure we challenge peoples variety of individual needs.
We are an open dojo and welcome adults with any, or no, martial arts background.
We are focused on our members - we are not a business. We strive to ensure that our students actively and intensively pursue a structured development in karate. Our intent is that students enjoy themselves and feel challenged, both physically and mentally, by their training.
To our knowledge, our complete training regime is not available anywhere else outside of Japan, in the same dojo. While primarily a goju ryu karate school, we draw from several disciplines including:
- Karate: All Japan Karatedo Federation Goju Kai
- Taijutsu: Shinto Tenshin Ryu
- Hishigijutsu: Asayama Ichiden Ryu (Hassun Hishigi) and Shinto Tenshin Ryu (Tanbo)
Our black belt students are able test in the Japan Karatedo Federation Goju Kai, if they wish. We hold a 100% success rate with this testing.
Beginner students will learn traditional goju ryu karate techniques such as striking, receiving, kicking and taijutsu (body method) techniques including breakfalling and basic methods of seizing and controlling. This will include learning both formalised karate techniques and kata, as well as more readily applied methods for self defence.
As students become more advanced, they also learn to apply these techniques in more practical ways such as semi-free fighting, including practice of methods to impact, lock joints, clinch, off-balance (takedown, trip, sweep, or throw), pin (ground control) and strangle (air or blood flow). This still involves learning formalised karate kata, though the focus is toward realistic application of techniques. By nature, our training develops competence in both standing and ground-based application. We aim to ensure our that advanced students are naturally effective in the methods they practice.
We practice kobudo, primarily focussing on hishigijutsu (crushing method) with the unique hassun hishigi (24cm oak version). The hassun hishigi is used in limited striking techniques, but most often bone pressure techniques, particularly on nerves around the wrists and elbows, with the purpose of controlling opponents. Our tanbojutsu training follows similar principles, though due to its size (39cm oak version) the tanbo is also more suited for striking, thrusting and interception techniques.
We regularly practice traditional goju ryu karate supplementary training methods such as the chi-shi. We also practice modernised supplementary training such as various impacting pads. We hold student safety paramount and ensure all our training is done in a safe, controlled and respectful manner. Our safety commitment also requires students to wear appropriate protective equipment when semi-free fighting.
We are proud of our valued connections with:
- Member of Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai - Japan
- Member of Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai - Japan
- Mugen Juku - Japan
- Koryu Shinjitsu Ryu Karatedo - Melbourne