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.

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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





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 and kept me motivated.

I have now been training for 12 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 the 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 and have represented Victoria in the Victorian State Karate Team in Kata for the past three years.

I am an Assistant Instructor in many of the 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.






I was never going to be a Karate student.  I watched my husband and my two children train for years until one day I gave into the pressure and thought "why not"?  Then, I was never interested in Grading for belts, I was only going to do Karate for its health and fitness benefits.  Well here I am numerous Gradings later as a Shodan! And very much enjoying my Karate journey to date.  Why did I not do this earlier in life??

It wasn't (and still isn't!) easy!  Being an older woman, a wife, a mum and a business owner presents many obstacles.  The mind does not always remember the things I am meant to remember and the body does not always go the way I want it to go! But I press on, because I know I am so much stronger, fitter and more capable than I was pre-Karate.  And it's a great challenge too. 

At Shuzoku Martial Arts, there really are some truly remarkable souls- children, men and women- who inspire me to be better, to do better and to not settle for anything less than I am worthy of.  Thank you to you all.



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