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 and 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 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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SEMPAI BRITTNEY GARVEY

1st Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Many years ago, one day after swimming, I noticed a group of people doing Karate at the YMCA. From then on I knew I had to do it too, and was very excited and loved every minute of it. Karate is very special to me. It’s a huge part of my life and has helped me with my confidence and it has given me the chance to meet new people. My mum, sister and grandad also do Karate.

I held an ISKA State Champion title with my previous Karate club and have competed in many tournaments over the years.  When I compete I feel very nervous and very proud at the same time. I feel proud in representing my club because of all the friends I have made and all the things I have accomplished.

Since starting in August in 2007 at the age of 5, I have accomplished many things in different styles of Karate.  I Graded for my 1st Kyu in December of 2012. I have been training for 8 years and in August it will be 9 years. I’m glad I’m still training and don’t think I’ll stop training any time soon. I have been a Sempai at Shuzoku Martial Arts for a few years now and have also been accepted into their Leadership Program which is run Sensei Tom.

My training at Sensei Tom’s Dojo is different every time I walk through the doors. My assistance in the kids classes (kinda kids and primary school aged kids) has taught me leadership, how to speak clearly and loudly, and has taught me how to deal with a variety of kids.

Shuzoku is a very friendly, happy and family friendly environment. 

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SEMPAI BROCK SPIERS

1st Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

I started my Martial Arts journey at 6yo and have loved it ever since.  There have been many hard times since but my dedication and determination have seen me stick it out.  I am currently on my 1st Kyu and am working towards achieving my Black Belt.

I didn’t start my Karate training with Shuzoku, however I still knew and trained with Sensei Tom over the past four years.  I transferred over to Shuzoku as a student in April 2014 and have learnt many new skills, including Tameshiwari.  Karate has taught me many things including confidence, courage, loyalty and respect.

I have competed in many Tournaments over the years, with 1 Australian Title and several State Titles in both Kata and Kumite. I also love helping in the kids’ classes, encouraging them to grow in their own Martial Arts journey by learning new things and gaining confidence.

Thanks to my love of Karate, I got into the Sports Academy and with the support and dedication I have received from Sensei Tom, I achieved the Year 7 Sports Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Sensei has a great teaching style, making it a fun and friendly environment to learn in.  The other members are very friendly and supportive of each other.

I consider myself lucky to be training at Shuzoku Dojo under Sensei Tom, while making lifelong friends whilst doing something I enjoy.

 

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SEMPAI ISAIAH CROMPTON

1st Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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2nd Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

I started Karate at Shuzoku Dojo about 4 years ago when we trained from a small Community Hall in Webb St after attending the Open Day.

The first day I walked in for training, I was really inspired with the way Sensei Tom conducted the training session. After finishing the first lesson, I was already looking forward to the next training session. Since then, I have been a senior student and I am currently on my brown belt.  And still, every time I walk out of the Dojo, I am always looking forward to the next training session.

There were few reasons I started learning Karate such as for Self-Defence, Fitness, Confidence and Discipline. Today, I can proudly say that I have fulfilled all of the reasons of why I started as well as helping others achieve their goals. Karate has become part of my lifestyle. I now look at my everyday life differently. This has also made a huge positive difference within myself, my family and friends.

I never would have imagined competing in Tournaments and to date I have competed in many Karate competitions, winning both State and Australian Titles. Winning a title or a trophy does not help you find who you are, however doing things you never thought you were capable of will, as well as helping you to gain confidence and major core values that I apply in life.

With Karate in my life, I have improved my fitness level and lost over 30kg.  I have found all the elements I need to push me through my boundaries and the endless amounts of support from all. Currently I am using Karate not just as self-defence tool, but also to maintain my fitness levels for many other non-Karate related competitions. I have found that Karate can make a huge impact on everyone’s everyday lifestyle in many different ways.

I have definitely found The Way of True Strength and Courage at Shuzoku Dojo and I look forward to learning more and applying it to my daily life.

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SEMPAI IAN WILSON

2nd Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

My involvement with Martial Arts started later in life.  As a father of two boys I saw Karate as an opportunity for my eldest son, then 8yo, to gain some of the discipline and respect that traditional Martial Artists are regarded for.  On attending an open day at our local Dojo I learnt of a mixed adult/children class on Saturday mornings and proceeded to sign up both of my boys and also myself with the intention to participate in the Saturday morning class with my children.

Following changes in my marriage I faced the personal challenges many of us encounter and the Dojo became my second home the instructors and fellow students became my extended family. My training increased and this was the beginning of my own personal Karate journey, discovering physical and mental strengths within me that I was unaware of.

After transferring my training to the Shuzoku Dojo under the teachings of Sensei Tom McMahon, I finally realised I was the one gaining the disciplines and the respect I had sought for my sons, teaching me that Karate-do is not simply a range of techniques we each try to master in the Dojo but a way of life, values and morals we use outside the Dojo every day.

I still find great pleasure in training with my two sons almost every Saturday morning and I am proud that my boys and I remain students of Sensei Tom.  It is an honour to be a Sempai at Shuzoku and my commitment is to always strive to reflect the values and morals of Shin Yu Do ‘The way of true strength and courage’ and our Shuzoku ‘family moving forward’.

I give my respect to all who chose to join us regardless of age or background and look forward to seeing you in the Dojo.

 

OSU.

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SEMPAI TREVOR TRATHAN

2nd Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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SEMPAI JIM SPIERS

2nd Kyu

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Hi my name is Jim, I’m 43 years old, married with 2 sons who also train at Shuzoku Martial Arts. I first had an interest in Martial Arts at a young age and trained Zen Do Kai for around 3 years. Due to my family moving, I reluctantly left and took up other interests.

As I grew older I ended up racing cars for many years and with the long hours I was working, returning to Martial Arts was never a possibility. I gradually become quite unfit with my life style choices and felt that I needed to make some major changes.

My eldest son started Karate in 2007 and my youngest in 2009.  They both inspired me to restart my Martial Arts training mid 2011. My aim was to get fit and to regain my self-esteem and self-confidence, while doing something I enjoyed.

Since I have returned to training, my fitness, confidence and my relationship with my family have improved. This has enabled me to challenge myself doing activities such as Tough Mudder twice, regular physical outdoor activities with the family and competing in Karate tournaments. These are things I never thought I would achieve at this stage of my life.

Training under Sensei Tom has been an inspiration  He has shown support, guidance and friendship toward me and my family. He’s renewed my drive and passion for Martial Arts and by him sharing his knowledge and his unique training style, it has made me strive for better things in my life and my Martial Arts journey.

What truly inspires me though, is the support and family atmosphere given and shown by all the instructors, students and families involved at Shuzoku Martial Arts.

 

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