INSTRUCTORS

 

SENSEI TOM MCMAHON

SanDan

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

 

I have been involved with Martial Arts since 1986.  I first trained in Kyokushin Karate under Shihan Eddie Emin.  Shihan Eddie is a living Karate legend and one of the few Australian instructors to have personally trained under and Graded with the founder of Kyokushin Karate Mas Oyama.

Kyokushin Karate is widely recognised as the hardest style of Karate and at 14 years old it was the experience of a lifetime during my time at Kyokushin Karate. I was fortunate enough to train alongside Judd Reid- Shihan Judd is the only Australian Kareteka to have completed the 100 man Kumite.

Along with Kyokushin Karate, I have experience in other Karate styles as well.

I was 14 years old the first time I walked into the East St. Kilda Kyokushin Karate Dojo. The training hall was cold, damp and the floor was putrid.  That's 

where I first learnt to clean a floor (very well).  It had to be swept twice and then mopped. A great warm up before class!

Shihan Eddie Emin was a fantastic role model and was like a second father to me growing up.  Not only did he teach me Kyokushin Karate but he also taught me about what I now know to be Bushido and what it really stood for.  I am forever grateful to this man.

My early working life was heavily involved in the security industry working at various clubs, pubs and major shopping centres including Chadstone.

In 1996 I was successful in gaining entry into the Victoria Police Force and graduated from the Police Academy in November that same year.  I was stationed at the Oakleigh Police Station and through my work in the Police Force gained first hand insights into crime, violence and serious assault within the community. This along with my earlier security experience had a tremendous impact on my understanding of practical Self Defence and its application in the Martial Arts.

As a result of my experience, much of my Martial Arts training has been reality based. I believe that an essential component of any Martial Arts training must be reality based and must incorporate practical Self Defence skills.

Now, a number of years later I have established Shuzoku Martial Arts school.  Shuzoku means one family moving forward; having trained in a number of different Karate styles it is my experience that all Karate is of one family. The style of Karate I teach at Shuzoku Martial Arts is Shin Yu Do – ‘The way of true strength and courage’.

The modern day father of Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, is reported to have said ‘there are no styles of Karate, there is only Karate’. I believe that there is no better Self Defence system than hard, honest Karate trained properly.

The training and syllabus for Shin Yu Do Karate at Shuzoku Martial Arts is dedicated to providing effective Karate based training that has at its core a reality based Martial Arts system which will enable students, children and adults alike, to attain confidence, improved fitness and self-esteem and above all the ability to defend themselves in any situation.

My life experience in security and my personal Martial Arts experience has enabled me to construct and deliver a syllabus that I believe will meet the needs of any prospective student in a safe and structured environment.

My family, my wife, Narelle, and sons, Benjamin and Mitchell, all play an active part in the Shuzoku family and all train at the Dojo on a regular basis. My eldest son, Ben, assists with training and instruction of students. As an active Karateka, Ben has competed a number of times over the past couple of years achieving much success.

Welcome to Shuzoku!

OSU

NB: Sensei Tom has his Bronze NCAS Certificate, Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, Level 1 ICS Instructor, Level 2 First Aid and his Working With Children Check

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SEMPAI BEN MCMAHON

Shodan

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

I started Karate when I was 5yo in a school gymnasium in Berwick.  I remember Karate getting pretty hard after a few years and I wanted to quit but Mum helped me focus on a goal to keep me motivated.

I have now been training for 9 years and I love it.  I am so glad I persevered as I have learnt so much, not just about Karate but also about myself on this amazing journey.  I have learnt that you can achieve anything with the right mindset.  In November 2013, when I was Grading for my Shodan, I proved this.  I kept my mind in the right head space and kept plugging away, minute by minute until 4 hours later, I was awarded the most amazing prize of all- my black belt.  When I look back at my Grading, I still have trouble believing that I found such strength and determination to get through the day.  But I did and now I will let nothing ever stand in my way of achieving the things I want to achieve.

I have entered many Tournaments over the years, with several State Title wins in Kumite and Kata.

I am an Assistant Instructor in children’s classes at Shuzoku Dojo and I really enjoy helping the young ones with their kicks and punches.  I love seeing them improve week by week.  Some kids have come so far and I am really proud of what they have achieved.

One day I may be the Head Instructor of Shuzoku Dojo.

 

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SEMPAI BRETT ROBINSON

Shodan

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

My name is Brett Robinson and I am 52 yo and married with two beautiful children.

 

I started my Martial Arts journey as a young boy involved in Judo with my brothers.   The training was hard but fun.  Although my training was short lived I still remember getting on the mats with my brothers and rolling around, throwing each other across the floor.

 

In 2006 my children showed an interest in Karate so I took them along to an Open Day at a local Karate Club in Cranbourne. My kids joined on the day and I watched for a little while, but it wasn’t long before I started thinking that perhaps I could do this as well so I joined myself up too.  I loved training with my kids, however as they got older, their interests took another direction and I found myself continuing on with Karate while they tried other things. I was really enjoying the training.

 

After years of training, I decided that reaching the goal of Black Belt was not completely out of the question and in November 2013 I achieved that Shodan rank under the guidance of Sensei Tom of Shin Yu Do Karate at the Shuzoku Martial Arts Dojo.  I have trained under Sensei Tom for nearly 3 years now and I have become an integral part of the club. 

 

The atmosphere at Shuzoku Dojo is great and it is a credit to all the students on how the club is.  I don’t see myself slowing down at all now.  The Black Belt was a goal that I have now achieved so now it is time to focus on the next goal.

 

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SEMPAI ALICIA BLACKSTOCK

1st Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

My long running passion for Karate began in 1997 after my brother began training in Martial Arts.  After watching him compete in a few Tournaments, he asked if I would like to attend a lesson with him, which I did- and I was instantly hooked!  I then became a student at Yoseikan-ryu, training under head instructor Todd Usher in NSW.  Todd represented Australia in his chosen style on numerous occasions.  I quickly became a very dedicated Karateka and my love for Karate resulted in many hours of training and sacrifice.

In 2001 I left Yosiekan-ryu to pursue my career and working life. I moved to Melbourne in 2006, and working ridiculous hours I knew I needed to have a release from the stresses of full-time work.  My passion for Karate was still alive so I went searching for a Karate club to join. In 2008 I started training with a Karate school in Cranbourne and my first class was on a 40 degree day in a tin shed with no cooling, however that didn't deter me.

In 2009 I welcomed my first son into the world, resulting in a short break from Karate but my eagerness to return to training saw an absence of only 6 months and 2011 saw yet another forced break after I completed my 5th Kyu Grading whilst I was 5 months pregnant with my second son.

In 2012 I began training at Shuzoku Martial Arts under Sensei Tom McMahon.  Over the years Sensei Tom has pushed me to my limits and beyond sometimes resulting in tears, but those tears have been well worth it.  I love being pushed and Sensei Tom's knowledge and dedication was evident from the first moment I set foot within the Shuzoku Dojo.

I have competed in various Tournaments over the years and have come away with some State Titles in 2012 and 2013.

In 2013 Sensei Tom approached me in regards to a teaching role at Shuzoku.  I now instruct the 'Kinda Kids' Karate classes on Saturday mornings and get great satisfaction from seeing each and every students confidence and skills grow and develop over time.  I also get the benefit of teaching my oldest son, Cooper, in this class.

In December 2013 I Graded to 1st Kyu.  I was pushed to my limits and believe it was by far the hardest Grading that I have ever done but the feeling of accomplishment at the end of this Grading made everything worthwhiile.  As I look back on how far I have come and have developed over the years and the life long friends I have made and I look forward to a long future with this great club we call Shuzoku!

 

 

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