Sensei Mark Azzopardi
5th Dan Black Belt
1st Dan All Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai
Sensei Mark began training in Goju Ryu Karate in 1987. He currently holds a 5th degree Black Belt issued by Goju Ryu Karate Do Seishikan.
At the age of 16, he began competing in Karate competitions. Competing in both Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring), he went on to win the title of National Mens Open Goju Kai Kata Champion in 1995 & 1996. He also represented Australia in international competition in Japan.
In 1995, Sensei Mark travelled to Japan to train with the late Karate master Tomoharu Kisaki, founder of the International Organisation of Yuishinkan. Although his stay in Japan was brief it had a profound influence on him and his karate.
In January 2007 Sensei Mark was invited by the head of Seishikan Australia, Shihan Phil Bates, to join their organisation.
Sensei Mark is an active member of the Australian Karate Federation and Karate Victoria and holds National Coaching Accreditation with the Australian Sports Commission.
Sensei Mark regularly officiates at Australian Karate Federation tournaments and holds accreditation as a National Kata Judge and National Kumite Referee.
Sempai Marlie Feeney
2nd Dan Black Belt
Sempai Marlie commenced her Karate journey in 2006 after six months of watching her son at training. Her determination and desire to perfect technique quickly saw her rise through the ranks. She went on to test her skills in local competitions, winning many trophies along the way.
In 2014, Sempai Marlie took charge of her very own beginners group. Through her leadership and passion for traditional Goju Ryu karate, she continues to be a great role model and excellent teacher.