Itosu-ryu has been in existence in Australia for over 3 decades. This is because our teachers are highly qualified and experienced, and classes are run safely and enjoyably.
Our style specialises in kata, which is said to be the heart of true karate-do. Kata is a series of movements that are rooted in combative techniques but stylised for physical conditioning and made into patterns to make it easier to remember. Kata is also a form of meditation practice, helping our students develop the content of their character at the same time.
We regularly practice “bun-kai” which is application of these techniques in a controlled environment so as to be able to understand the true meaning of what we are doing.
Of course, we also practice “kumite” (sparring) and are involved in sports karate, many of our previous athletes have gone on to become Oceania and national champions in both kata and kumite, and have also received sports scholarships to university as a result.
History of Itosu-Ryu Karate-Do
Itosu-ryu Karatedo dates back to the Edo era of Japan . It was founded by Sensei Anko Itosu (1830-1915).
Sensei Itosu reorganised the self-defence technique “Karate-Jitsu” and improved it to be suitable for physical education curriculum, which put an emphasis on character building and physical exercise. Sensei Itosu also created many Kata and made the Pinan Kata, which are the most widely practiced Kata, adopted and taught in various modified forms throughout the world today.
History of Itosu-Ryu Karate-Do Australia
enshi Sensei Colin Leong was involved in Itosu-ryu Karate-do for over 45 years. Originally taught Itosu-ryu Karate-do by Ryusho Sakagami, he was one of the first to bring karate-do to Australia. During this time he saw many changes, and teaching karate was always his true passion. As Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Itosu-ryu Karate-do International Federation (I.K.I.F) he helped promote and grow the I.K.I.F to be better able to help people around the world. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Karate Federation and the NSW Karate Federation.
As a former World Karate Federation Referee and Judge he has participated in numerous World Karate Tournaments and has promoted Itosu-ryu Karate-do through this. He was also formerly the NSW and Australian Team Kata Coach. Many successful athletes under his teaching have become National and Oceania champions and obtained sports scholarships to Australian “Group of 8” Universities. Sadly, he passed away while travelling to Hong Kong and China to inspect the 2017 Itosu-kai World Tournament venue in May 2015. His son and long-serving students continue his teaching and further promoting Itosu-ryu karate-do.
Howard Leong, the son and successor of the late Colin Leong, is Itosu-kai Australia's Head of Style and teaches at the Chatswood dojo in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Sensei McDonald, together with Sensei Hoye, is one of Sensei Colin Leong's oldest students. He teaches at the Panania dojo in Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sensei Hoye, together with Sensei McDonald, is one of Sensei Colin Leong's oldest students. He teaches at the Mooloolah dojo on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Sensei Gregory trained directly with Sensei Colin Leong and now runs the Central Coast dojo on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia.
A black belt is a white belt that never gave up.
It is important to emphasise that karate-do is character building. Above all, karate begins and ends with respect, and we aim to instil this in our students. The development of your friendships, physical fitness and spiritual strength will be indispensable in your pursuit of mastery of Itosu-ryu karate. Almost without realising it, you will find yourself serving humanity humbly, fulfilling your presence in this world with courage and compassion. We certainly look forward to knowing you.