Unit 8, 59-61 Islander Rd Pialba
Hervey Bay QLD 4655 - Phone: 07 4124 0322

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Shukokai Karate Classes at Bubishi Martial Arts

title logoBubishi Martial Arts is a complete Martial Arts experience.  At Bubishi we offer a wide range of equipment and uniforms.  All styles of Martial Arts are catered for.  Shopper’s will also find Oriental style gifts, décor items and Feng Shui talisman’s.  The Bubishi Online store at features a wide range of martial arts and crossfit gear.  We ship Australia wide.  Easy Checkout.  Wide range of payment options.

At Bubishi we also have a fully equipped training centre.  Bubishi offers classes in Shukokai Karate.  Shukokai is a traditional Japanese Karate.  Shu- ko – kai means way for all.  Classes are available for 3 -7 year olds,  7 -15 yrs and 15+.

Classes are also available in Yang Style Tai Chi for Health and wellbeing and Kobudo (weaponry) – Bo Staff, Nunchaku, Sai, Katana, Cane, Fan, Ying Yang Sword.

At Bubishi our aim is to develop self respect, self confidence, coordination and fitness in a safe environment,  where a major focus is placed on the values of a traditional Japanese Martial Art.


Founder of A.M. Shukokai Australia

Sensei Alan Murdoch

Founder Australian Shukokai Karate Do-Renmai  7th Dan

Sensei Alan Murdoch 7th Dan; was the founder of Shukokai karate in Australia.  Sensei Alan was born on 29 August 1946, and sadly passed away on 18 November 2006.  Sensei Alan commenced his Karate training in January 1969 at the Kobe Osaka Karate Club in Glasgow, Scotland.  His instructor was Sensei Thomas M Morris the founder of Shukokai Karate in Great Britain.

Born in Stirlingshire,  Sensei Alan was raised in Glasgow.  He first started learning karate as a means of self defence to protect himself whilst walking home from night school.  Sensei Alan proved to be an excellent student from his very first lesson, progressing swiftly with his Karate studies.  In October 1969 Sensei Alan received his first grading going to 6th Kyu green belt.  After five months rigorous training in March 1970 Sensei Alan was graded to 5th Kyu blue belt.  He then continued his studies for a further 18 months and was graded straight to 1st kyu Brown belt.  All of Sensei Alan’s Kyu gradings were conducted by Sensei Morris at the Kobe Osaka Dojo. 

Nine months later Sensei Alan was promoted to Shodan (1st Dan), by Sensei Shigeru Kimura, who was the Chief Technical Master of Shukokai Karate.  This grading took place 1 month before Sensei Alan immigrated to Australia in October 1972.


Left: Sensei Shigeru Kimura Chief Technical Master of Shukokai. Born 1941 – Passed Away 1995 Right: Sensei Chojiro Tani Founder of Shukokai


Shukokai Karate, a form of Okinawan Karate, which has evolved from careful analysis of the dynamics and principles of traditional Japanese karate. The lineage of Shukokai is such that it can be considered a direct descendant of it’s parent style, Shito Ryu.

Shukokai Karate was developed in 1949 by Chojiro Tani.  Sensei Tani started karate just after his entry into University in Kyoto and trained under Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-Ryu. After obtaining his Nidan grading, Sensei Tani then changed to Shito-Ryu training under Kenwa Mabuni.  Kenwa Mabuni was the founder of Shito-Ryu and considered one of the greatest Karateka of all time. Sensei Tani evolved the Shukokai technique over a period of years.  In 1949 he founded the Shukokai World Karate Union.

The Chief Technical Master of Shukokai was Shigeru Kimura. Sensei Kimura commenced karate at the age of 16 under Sensei Tani. At the age of 21, he won the Open Shukokai World Championship.  After winning that title for the second time in 1964, he ceased participating in championship karate.  Sensei Tani then devoted his life to developing the style of karate now known and respected throughout the world as Shukokai.

Sensei Tommy Morris who was Sensei Kimura’s highest graded instructor, first came to Australia in 1981.  He ran a course and grading for the Shukokai Association which resulted in a great improvement in the area of technique for Australian Shukokai.

Sensei Alan Murdoch started his training in 1969 at the Kobe Osaka in Glasgow under Sensei Morris. He received his Shodan from Sensei Kimura in 1972. He was graded to 2nd, 3rd & 5th Dan by Sensei Morris.

Shukokai Karate Hervey Bay has specialised classes for juniors and adults.

All age groups are taught separately to cater for different learning standards, with each person allowed to develop at their own pace, whilst learning new skills.

Come and learn with our National Karate Champions.

“I promise to uphold the true spirit of Karate-Do and never to use the skills I learn against any person or persons, save for the defence of myself, family or friends in the instance of extreme danger or unprovoked attack, or in the support of law and order.”


I, a practitioner of Shukokai Karate; will endeavour at all times to apply the five principles of Shukokai Karate to my life; EFFORT – PATIENCE – TEMPERENCE – RESPECT – CREATIVITY