Our history

Shihan Keleher founded the Australian Academy of Martial Arts in the early 1970s

Okinawa is the home of Karate.

The legendary Matsumura Sokon taught a number of students who became in turn “great”  practitioners of karate, including Azato, Itosu, Ishimine and Tawada.

Itosu is the most famous and most readily recognised of these “greats”. He in turn taught many students who became famous karate practitioners. Some went to Japan – Funakoshi, Mabuni, Toyama. Some stayed in Okinawa – Yabe (Yabu), Hanashiro, Yamakawa (Yamagawa), Yabiku, Tokuda, Oshiro, Chibana, Ausukuma.

Hiroshi Kinjyo was a pupil too and studied under a number of Itosu’s students.

Sadaharu Fujimoto Sensei (8th Dan) studied under Kinjyo. He became Kinjyo’s most senior and experienced student until he formed his own ryu (school), International Karate-do Shobukai, in Tokyo.

Shihan Graham Keleher (7th Dan) studied under Fujimoto Sensei from the 1980s. Shihan Keleher founded the Australian Academy of Martial Arts in Brisbane in the early 1970s.

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