The 2020 AOGKF National Gasshuku will be headed by Sensei Joe Roses, IOGKF Chief Instructor for Australia and Order of Australian Medal Receipt. Sensei Joe will be assisted by his fellow executive committee members and senior instructor, Sensei Kevin Nash and Sensei David Lambert.
Sensei Roses has been a student of Higaonna Sensei since before the foundation of IOGKF International and is the highest graded instructor for Australia.
Sensei Joe Roses began his martial arts training in the early 1970's. He is one of Australia's longest training and most accomplished martial artists. He was the first person from Australia to ever achieve the rank of 7th Degree Black belt in IOGKF. This happened in 2012 and some 8 years on, there is still no one else who has been able to achieve this feat. He has been chief instructor of Australia since 2008 and prior to this was chairman of the Australian Kambukai.
Along with being Australia longest training IOGKF black belt, Sensei Joe is also a 1st Degree Black Belt in Kyokushinkai Karate and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu. These accomplishments were achieved in an era where black belts were very rare indeed.
Sensei Joe is invited to teach all over the world regularly. Including in Japan, North and South America and the Oceania where he has taught as part of Gasshuku events.
Chairman - IOGKF Australia (AOGKF)
Sensei Kevin Nash is talented exponent of traditional Karate with over 35 years of experience under his belt. His martial arts journey has saw him become a regular student at Master Higaonna's Dojo in Okinawa and he has been used by the Dojo as part of it's demonstration team on numerous occasions. A 6th Dan in Karate he was graded in Okinawa under the world's highest master.
Executive Committee Member - IOGKF Australia (AOGKF)
Sensei Lambert is the head of the largest IOGKF Dojo in the Oceania region and has taught in Europe, North America, Oceania and is the only Australian to have ever taught at the World Budosai in Japan. Sensei Lambert spends time training in both Okinawa (with Higaonna Sensei) and Canada (with Nakamura Sensei) regularly and will be sharing his knowledge with participants.
Senior Assistant Instructor - IOGKF Australia (AOGKF) Honbu Dojo
Sensei Pat Brown has been practicing traditional Okinawan Goju-ryu for over 30 years. He is one of longest training students of Sensei Joe Roses, the Australian Chief Instructor, and as a result has a vast knowledge of the effective self defence techniques of this martial art. Sensei Pat will be instructing group sessions at the 2020 National Gasshuku and sharing his wisdom and experience with all those present.
Senior Assistant Instructor - Lambert Karate Dojo
Sensei Richard Toparis was originally a student of Sensei David Lambert senior and was one of the youngest people to ever achieve the rank of 3rd Dan in IOGKF Karate. He has been an integral part of the Goulburn AOGKF Dojo for many years and in 2018 he became the first person to ever achieve the rank of 4th Dan under Sensei Joe Roses. Today he is the most senior assistant instructor of the largest IOGKF Dojo in the Oceania region.
Senior Assistant Instructor - Woden Valley Dojo
Sensei Luke Drady has been practicing Goju-ryu Karate for over 20 years. He is the most senior student of Sensei Kevin Nash, chairman of the AOGKF. Sensei Luke is the direct senior assistant instructor of the Woden Valley Dojo in Canberra where he teaches regularly. Sensei Luke will be instructing group classes during the 2020 National Gasshuku.
Head Instructor - Orange Karate Dojo & Family Fitness Centre
Sensei Geoff Tait is a veteran of traditional Karate. He has black belt rankings in multiple traditional styles. Originally for NZ, he has been operating his own Dojo in Orange, NSW for almost a decade. Sensei Geoff trains with Terauchi Sensei and his brother, Sensei Joseph Tait, annually. Having him as part of this Gasshuku will be a huge benefit to AOGKF members and Gasshuku participants.
Head Instructor - Yass & Kaleen Dojo's
Sensei Vince Robinson began his training in Okinawan Goju-ryu 15 years ago. He is the head instructor of both the AOGKF Yass and Kaleen Dojo's, making him the only Dojo instructor in Australia to be operating clubs in two different states. Sensei Vince trains regularly with Sensei Joe Roses and Sensei Kevin Nash to maintain his high standard. His incredible athletic ability at grading tests have earned him the name 'the machine' among AOGKF black belts.
Senior Assistant Instructor - Lambert Karate Dojo
Sensei Shenae began her martial arts training in Taekido where she achieve the rank of Black belt instructor, running her own Dojo for many years. In 2010 she began training in IOGKF Karate and made the style her sole focus. An accomplished primary school teacher, her class management skills and instructional skills are very high. She is a multiple time AOGKF National Champion.
Head Instructor - Bungendore Traditional Karate
Sensei Kevin Kennedy began his martial arts training in the 1980's. He has achieve Black belt rankings in various Goju and Karate styles and has represented Australia in competitions overseas. He join the AOGKF in 2012 and has been a student of Sensei Joe Roses ever since. Sensei Kennedy founded the Bungendore Traditional Karate Dojo to great success earlier last year and is a great children's instructor.
Joint Head Instructor - Lambert Karate Dojo - Marulan
Sensei Mitch began his training in 2007 under Sensei David Lambert. He has traveled the world making multiple trips to Okinawa, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to participate in Gasshuku and training events. Today he is a senior instructor at the Goulburn Dojo and Joint head of the Marulan Dojo.
Head Instructor - Bonython Dojo Kids Class
Sensei Jamie has traveled to Japan and across the Oceania area numerous times to further his own Karate training. In 2019 he assumed to role as head instructor, alongside Senpai Meghan, for our Honbu Dojo's kids program.
Head Instructor - Gungahlin Dojo
Sensei Dave has been a member of the AOGKF for many years and is the head instructor of the Canberra Traditional Karate Centre's Gungahlin Dojo. He has spent time training in Japan at the private Dojo of Terauchi Sensei under intense conditions.
Joint Head Instructor - Marulan Dojo
Sensei Jackson began his martial arts training in Rhee Tae Kwon do achieving a 1st Dan in the style before discovering Goju-ryu Karate and making the full time switch to the style. He is currently National Iri Kumi Champion and has traveled to Okinawa for training under the style highest level instructors.