Our instructors

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Shihan Graham Keleher

Occupation:  AAMA Founder

Karate grade:  7th Dan Blackbelt International Karate-do Shobu-kai

# years training:  Over 45 years continuous training and 40 years instructing

  • Founder of the Australian Academy of Martial Arts Australia
  • Head of Style for International Karate-Do Shobukai in Australia
  • Former Queensland Police Officer and Queensland Police Self-Defence Instructor
  • Former World Karate Federation (WKF) Technical Committee Member and WKF Member Representing Oceania
  • Former Australian Sports Commission accredited Level 2 Karate Coach
  • Former State AKF Coach (Queensland)
  • Former Australian International Karate Team Member
  • Australian Team Member in the Inaugural WUKO World Titles 1970

Sensei Michael Howe

Occupation:  Lawyer

Karate grade:  4th Dan Black Belt

# years training: AAMA Shito-ryu – 24 years

Tournament Finalist, AKF (Qld) Kumite (Seniors) Shunpukan Dojo Kumite Champion 2006
My interest in teaching Karate is perhaps twofold in broad terms. Firstly, the imparting of information to those seeking knowledge and development and comprehension that the knowledge given is valued gives the pleasure of sharing. Secondly, the development of my own knowledge of karate as I am exposed to the differences between students (and us all) both physiological and psychological, and the challenge of clear communication of ideas.
  • Healthy Ageing Program
  • Basic Club
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Black Belts

Sensei Trevor Boddy

Occupation:  Electrical Contractor

Karate grade:  4th Dan Black Belt

# years training:  36 years – Started training at age 10 due to bullying

  • Competed in Club, State, National & International Championships from 1991 to 2008
    – 2000 & 2001 Represented Queensland
    – 2000 Aust Championship, 3rd place Light Heavyweight division
    – 2000 Australian Open, AAMA Team 3rd place
    – Competed in IKS All Japan Championships
  • Trained under Japanese National Coach Sensei Fujimoto Spanish National Coach Antonio Oliver & Great Britain National Coaches Ticky Dovovan & Wayne Otto as well as numerous Australian National coaches
  • State Kumite Judge

I train for self improvement and to help others. The more I learn about Karate, the more I realise there is to learn and understand. The systems of learning I have learnt under Shihan Keleher I have been able to also apply when teaching my apprentices.

  • Basic Club
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Black Belts

Sensei Michael Goh

Occupation:  Builder

Karate grade:  4th Dan Black Belt

# years training:  34 years – I started training when I was 8 years old in 1983

Competed at local, state and national level in kata and state level in kumite.

To pass on the knowledge I have been taught from Shihan Keleher.

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Black Belts

Sensei Stephen Webster

Occupation:  Test Lead (IT Contractor)

Karate grade:  4th Dan Black Belt

# years training:  14 years

Competitor in Kyu grade tournaments in the 1980s

It’s exciting to see someone learn and to know that you helped them. The process builds respect between the instructor and the student. Teaching helps my own training – it improves my understanding of why we do things as well as how.

  • Basic Club
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Black Belts

Sempai Alan Burnett

Occupation:  Retired

Karate grade:  3rd Dan Black Belt

# years training:  33 years, started at age 24 in 1984

AKF State Judge – 2001 to 2008

Teaching to me develops rewards, not just for the student, but for myself. Most teaching opportunities leave me with an intense feeling of success. It is rewarding to be able to show someone a new technique or to be able to develop that technique to a higher standard. My focus is on that student’s development and living in the present; whilst having some mindset for their future improvement. My reward is then realised when the student shows improvement and/or success in the activity. Teaching also allows an opportunity for me to develop a better understanding of the subject. In order to be able to show someone something new, you must first have more than a reasonable understanding of the whole concept, followed by activity development, which means I have to think about the delivery to the particular student. The various learning styles are then integrated for the best delivery.

  • Little Leopards
  • Dragons
  • Basic Club
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Black Belts

Sempai Vesa Pekkarinen

Occupation:  Administration Manager

Karate grade:  3rd Dan Black Belt

# years training:  21 years

  • Several podium placements at State level – kumite veteran’s kyu grades
  • National Referee (kumite)
  • National Kata Judge Level B
I enjoy seeing people developing themselves. One of Shihan’s sayings: He rises highest who helps another up. I also believe in giving back something to any person or organisation that supports me. Coaching clarifies questions and issues I may have myself and provides me with the satisfaction of helping others.
  • Little Leopards
  • Dragons
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Sempai Annette Pekkarinen

Occupation:  Nurse/Allied Health Assistant

Karate grade:  1st Dan Black Belt

# years training:  20 years

Table Official

The children’s classes are great fun. The kids are enthusiastic about learning karate and it’s great to see them achieving their goals. Teaching has helped me to get a better understanding of karate.

  • Little Leopards
  • Dragons

Sempai Lyndon Kurth

Occupation:  Retired

Karate grade:  1st Dan Black Belt

# years training:  20 years

Teaching helps me learn. I believe that the best way to ensure that you know something, is to be able to demonstrate and explain it to someone else. Karate for children and adults goes beyond a sport and teaches life skills that are extremely valuable for young people in particular. It is very rewarding to be involved as an instructor and see children develop.

  • Little Leopards – assistant coach
  • Dragons – assistant coach

Sempai Kees Hulsman

Occupation:  University senior lecturer

Karate grade:  1st Dan Black Belt

# years training:  14 years

There are two reasons for my enjoying teaching karate. First, it is rewarding to see others develop their karate skills and develop as an individual. The second is that I learn a great deal about the basics which adds to my understanding of karate and helps me develop my own practice.
  • Basic Club
  • Level 1

Sempai Daniel Buonora

Occupation:  Business Manager

Karate grade:  1st Dan Black Belt

# years training:  6 years

Seniors Kumite:
AKF – National Titles (Hobart, 2013)
QKA – State Titles and Summer Invitational (various)
Local competitions (various)

I feel that teaching karate offers opportunities for me to learn from people’s different experiences. It also creates a healthy pressure for me to keep broadening my knowledge and improving my own abilities.If asked to single-out the most gratifying experience from teaching karate, I would say that it is the growth in self-confidence and self-discipline we observe in students over time. Students often start with a degree of self-doubt, and soon enough they look you in the eye, brimming with confidence as if saying: “I know what I can do and you better be ready!”

  • Little Leopards
  • Dragons
  • Basic (Assistant instructor)
  • Level 1 (Assistant instructor)
  • Level 2 (Assistant instructor)

Sempai Peter Handley

Occupation:  Geologist

Karate grade:  1st Kyu

# years training:  8 years

 

Competed in 3 State tournaments in the last 5 years

 

 

I enjoy seeing students succeed or when they accomplish something they have been working to for a while, especially something that is difficult. Understanding and effectively explaining techniques also assists me with my own training.

 

 

  • Basic
  • Level 1
  • Little Leopards – assistant
  • Dragons – assistant