We offer classes for all age groups,  training in traditional Japanese Shito-Ryu karate.  Our classes are designed to suit different age groups and their abilities and are further divided into novice and advanced classes to ensure continuity within the class environment.  We do not train by terms;  training is Monday to Saturday, all year round.   Classes are available during the school holidays but we do not train on Public Holidays.


Classes specially catering to children aged 3-7yrs



4 – 5 pm


4 – 5 pm


Classes designed for           children aged         7 – 15yrs



4 – 5 pm


4 – 5 pm


9.30 – 10.30 am




Classes for adults   over 15yrs


6 – 7 pm


6 – 7 pm


11.30 to 12.30 noon





5 – 6 pm


10.30 – 11.30 pm


We DO NOT have a joining fee or yearly membership fee.  The first karate lesson is FREE to allow you and your children the opportunity to assess if Shukokai Karate is for you.  Our regular training training fee is currently set at $10 per student/per lesson.  This fee is payable whenever you attend training.  We DO NOT charge you in advance for lessons and we DO NOT charge you for any lessons that you do not attend.  Payment can be made in the form of cash/credit card/eftpos.  

Student’s are required to carry “Player Accident Insurance”.  Our policy is renewed each September.  The fee for this insurance is due and payable on or before the student’s fourth lesson.  Student’s will be issued individual notices when that time occurs.  Again this allows you and the student some time to decide if Shukokai Karate is for you.  On average the fee for 12 months coverage is $23 to $27 per student.


No equipment is required to start.  We suggest comfortable play clothes to train in and a jacket to wear home.  We ask that students wear shoes to and from class and be a neat/tidy/clean manner for training.  Jewellery and other sharps are to be removed prior to training as they present a risk of injury for both the wearer and other participants.  Students should bring along a drink of water as hydration breaks are given during training.  Suitable drinks are also available from reception.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL YOU NEED if you decide to continue

It is not initially important to have anything other than a smile and enjoyment for attending classes.  Some protective equipment is available to use during class if you do not have your own.  The following list are some of the basic essentials in order of preferred priority.  Please note we prefer students have the appropriate protective equipment before other considerations.


  1. MOUTHGUARD                                                (standard mouldable options available at reception)
  2. GROIN PROTECTOR                                              (available in various sizes from reception)
  3. APPROVED KARATE SPARRING MITTS        (available in various sizes from reception)
  4. APPROVED SHIN/INSTEP LEG PROTECTORS (available in various sizes and styles from reception)
  5. STUDENTS KARATE UNIFORM                              with club badge – all white only                                        (available at reception)


  1. MOUTHGUARD                                                  (standard mouldable options available at reception)
  2. CHEST SHIELD/BREAST GUARD                    (available in various sizes from reception)
  3. APPROVED KARATE SPARRING MITTS       (available in various sizes from reception)
  4. APPROVED SHIN/INSTEP LEG PROTECTORS (available in various sizes and styles from reception)
  5. STUDENTS KARATE UNIFORM                              with club badge – all white only                            (available at reception)

 PLEASE NOTE – we do not stock or supply second hand equipment; however, we have no objection to students sourcing and using second hand equipment & uniforms as long as the equipment is in good condition, a suitable size and complies with the approved list eg. uniform must be all white,  sparring mitts must suitable style etc.

our main instructors

Soké Glen Smith (Godan) is the Chief Instructor of Bubishi Martial Arts and commenced his Karate training at the A.C.T Shukokai Karate Club not long after the club was first formed by Sensei Richard Harris in 1991.  Sensei Harris was a student of Sensei Alan Murdoch who had moved from Melbourne to Canberra for his work.  Soké Glen had also previously studied Judo and played as well as coached semi professional soccer.

The newly formed Canberra club started with just 5 students in a small suburban community hall, but the art being taught and the passion of those students rivalled any dojo across the country. 

In time the Canberra club grew and flourished with new students entering the Dojo on a regular basis to take up the art.  Sensei Harris regularly took selected students to other dojo’s across the Canberra region and beyond to train and gain experience.   Soké Glen soon developed a passion for kumite both in the Dojo and competition arena. 

Soké Glen’s first competition was a National All Styles event held in Sydney in a single building on a barren waste land now called the Sydney Olympic Park.  As a 9th Kyu red belt taking 2nd place in the Kumite event added further fuel to the competitive passion.  To his own surprise Soké Glen’s first State Championship title was as a 1st Kyu Brown Belt in 1994 taking out the Kata title in the open division.  From there a further 12 years on the competition arena saw additional championship wins and also inclusion on the Queensland State Squad and the privilege of being invited to train with the Australian National Squad in 2002.  Soké Glen last competed in 2006 taking 2nd place at the Queensland State Championship in the Open Veterans Division.

It was in 1994 that Soké Glen moved to Hervey Bay Queensland and after looking around at the clubs operating in the Bay he chose to stick with Shukokai.  Being only a 4th kyu purple belt he sought permission from Sensei Alan to stay with Shukokai and with Sensei’s blessing he opened a club of his own.

The Hervey Bay Shukokai Karate Dojo was first established as a part time club and then a full time Dojo was opened in 2003.  In 2009 Soké Glen added weaponry classes to the schedule and the Hervey Bay Kobudo Club was created.  It was then decided that the training centre should be named Bubishi Martial Arts to more accurately reflect the club’s future direction. 

Since forming Shukokai Karate in Hervey Bay Soké Glen has involved himself and any interested students in  the competitive side of Karate.  The competition squad has participated in Regional, State, National and International level competitions producing many great champions along the way. 

Soké Glen has been participating in Shukokai Karate for well over 20 years and says he “aims to develop the skills of our style as taught to me by my Sensei.” 

Following the passing of Sensei Alan in 2006; the Australian Shukokai Karate-Do Renmai was disbanded and in 2008 Sensei Ennio formed A.M. Shukokai and sought to affiliate with Sensei Yamada in Japan. 

In 2010 Soké Glen committed himself to the preservation of the Karate taught to him by Sensei Alan and maintain the standards he sought through the formation of Bubishi Martial Arts. OSU.

Sensei Kahlia has been part of the world of Shukokai Karate from a very young age.  As an 18 month old baby she watched from the sidelines as her parents and brother trained.  Kahlia formally commenced classes with Sensei Richard Harris at the Canberra dojo as an almost 4 yr old and has trained actively and passionately ever since.  Sensei Kahlia has over 25 yrs experience as a martial artist and more than 10 years experience in instructing all age groups.

Sensei Kahlia enjoys competing at a top level and has three times been awarded the overall Champion of Champions in the female division of the National Championships for National All Styles (N.A.S.).  She also has achieved several other National and State titles at Australian Karate Federation tournaments and been selected to join the A.K.F Australian competition Squad.

Sensei Kahlia is captain of Bubishi’s Martial Arts competition Squad.

Bubishi Martial Arts



Glen Smith – Soké

 Level                   Date Graded                  Location                      Graded by

Shodan-Ho           November 1997              Canberra                      Sensei Alan

Shodan                 November 1999              Melbourne                    Sensei Alan

Nidan                    December 2002              Melbourne                    Sensei Alan

Sandan                 November 2006              Melbourne                    Sensei Ennio

Yondan                 September 2015              Brisbane                       AFTK Dan Grading Panel 

                                                                                                            (Ian Baddock, Bob McMahon, David Portanger)

Godan                   October 2019                  Brisbane                        AFTK Dan Grading Panel

                                                                                                            (Reece Cummings, Lester McCormick, Dhanesh Walatara)


Sensei Kahlia Smith

Shodan-Ho            December 2005             Melbourne                    Sensei Alan

Shodan                  November 2006             Melbourne                    Sensei Ennio

Nidan                     December 2010             Hervey Bay                   Sensei Glen

Sandan                  September 2015            Brisbane                        AFTK Dan Grading Panel

                                                                                                             (Ian Baddock, Bob McMahon, David Portanger)


Sensei Julie Bell                    

Shodan-Ho            April 2015                       Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen

Shodan                 June 2016                       Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen


Sensei Merinda Folkard                  

Shodan-Ho            April 2015                       Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen

Shodan                 June 2016                       Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen


Sensei Curtis Reck                         

Shodan-Ho           June 2016                       Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen

Shodan                 December 2017              Hervey Bay                     Sensei Glen


Special Note:   All Instructors shall be addressed by their own title; other Sub-Instructors shall be addressed as follows:


                                                  Title                           Meaning

 1st Kyu Brown Belt                   Isso                            Master Sergeant

2nd Kyu Brown Belt                  Nisso                          Sergeant 1st Class

3rd Kyu Brown Belt                  Sanso                         Sergeant