GOJU RYU YONSHIN KAI KARATE DO

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Founding Instructors

Our Founding Instructors have over 120 years of combined martial arts experience with local and international certifications, master ranks and gradings. All three instructors have received the rare Bubishi Grand Master rank and associated honorific certifications directly from the late Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan in 2007. (Refer to our Bubishi page.)

John, Sensei (Hanshi) commenced his karate training in 1965 at the age of 20 in European Karate. After trying some other styles he joined Sensei Paul Guerrilot from France in late 1965. Sensei Guerrilot was a student of French Shotokan. Sensei Guerrilot was a renowned master and the founder of the Australian Shotokan Karate  Association (ASKA) in 1974. He also became head of the Melbourne University Karate Club. John trained under Sensei Guerrilot for 27 years until his untimely demise in 1992. For a few years after 1992, John continued his training with many other masters including Patrick McCarthy Sensei. In 1996 John entered full time training as a private student James Sumarac Sensei. Training was wide and varied covering Goju Ryu and Shurite karate. He has also trained in Chinese Nei Chia, Tai Chi,Ba Gua and Hsing-i martial arts. John has received black belt ranks from Sumarac Sensei in Australia, and later recieved senior master ranks and certifications from Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan (2007) and Suzuki Sensei in Japan (2016). John is also at Yudansha (black belt) rank in Shotokan. John has received the rare Bubishi Master rank and Shidoin teaching license directly from Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan. He holds official registration as a senior instructor with the Japan Goju Ryu Federation.

Frank, Sensei (Kyoshi) began his karate training in 1975. Frank has received his first Black Belt rank in Goju Kai in 1980. He later joined Goju Kensha in Australia and received his many other black belt ranks from Sumarac Sensei in Australia, and later recieved senior master ranks and certifications from Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan (2007) and Suzuki Sensei in Japan (2016). He received his Bubishi Master rank directly from Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan. Frank Sensei holds official registration as a senior instructor with the Japan Goju Ryu Federation and holds a Shidoin teaching license in Japan. Having trained in Japan since 1991 with renowned Masters he has gained a deep understanding of traditional and modern day martial arts. Frank Sensei's karate training is complemented by master level training in Ba Gua and many other related Chinese styles. Over the last four decades of training in martial arts he has authored numerous publications, created numerous DVDs and delivered many specialist classes and presentations on karate forms, applications and underlying principles.

Les, Sensei (Kyoshi) commenced his training in in Goju Kensha in 1985 at Latrobe University. He has received black belt ranks from Sumarac Sensei in Australia, and later recieved senior master ranks and certifications from Ohtsuka Sensei in Japan (2007) and Suzuki Sensei in Japan (2016). Les has also received the Bubishi Master rank and holds a Shidoin teaching license. Les holds official registration as a senior instructor with the Japan Goju Ryu Federation. He also trained in Chinese Tai Chi and Ba Gua martial arts over many years.

The training lineage of the Head Instructors can be traced back to the originators of traditional karate.

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