ABOUT US

Hoshindo Karate is a Goju Karate club with a local feel. 

Roderick Martin Shihan (6th Dan Gojuryu Seiwakai, 6th Dan JKF Gojukai) and Malwina Martin Shihan (5th Dan Gojuryu Seiwakai, 5th Dan JKF Gojukai) started the club in 2005 after teaching and training for many years around the world. 

Hoshindo karate brought them back to Brisbane with their children and they have now brought together a number of extremely talented instructors into the group.

The club is run by Rod Martin Shihan of Seiwakai Gojuryu.  Instructors of Hoshindo Karate include Rod Martin (Brisbane) 6th Dan, Malwina Martin (Brisbane) 5th Dan, Janine Boothroyd (4th Dan Gojuryu Seiwakai, 4th Dan JKF Gojukai),  Damien Seidel (Adelaide) 4th Dan, Naomi Higgs (Adelaide) 4th Dan, Stephen Sijuwade (Manchester, UK) 4th Dan, Mia Anderson Sempai, Maia Martin Sempai

Hoshindo simply means the way of protecting the body. When you examine Japanese characters, there is often a multitude of ways you can read the text so 'protecting' has multiple opportunity for meaning as does the word Body.

As the Chief Instructor of the club, Rod Martin is an Acupuncturist and runs a successful Sports Medical Clinic (Go2 Health, in Everton Park, QLD). It is a mix of Medicine, Sports Science and technology which drew Rod Shihan to Gojuryu Karate and, in particular, the teaching of Tasaki Shuji Hanshi (8th Dan) and Fujiwara Seiichi Hanshi (8th Dan). The internal development and understanding of movement parallels Exercise Physiology understanding like no other martial art. 

The key to Protecting the body is simply the ability to train, hard... and not hurt yourself. Utilise training knowledge that teaches your body the correct anatomical positions while pushing you to the next level of mindfulness and fitness. Unlike other schools, our focus is not only to teach you to be able defend yourself successfully but also to develop a body which holds you in good stead, for you entire life... good strong back... good knees.. strong posterior chain and hip stability!

So Hoshindo karate is not just self protection, its a metaphor for delving deep. Finding a better way to train, understanding the internal technology of the movement and having fun at the same time.

No other club in Brisbane will lead you in the same way!

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