Crows Nest Classes
Juniors learn respect, discipline and honor in a non-contact environment. Children prosper from improved concentration and focus during in the school years, learning karate quickly flows to other area of their lives and noticeable improvement in attitude at school can be seen.
Crows Nest Tuesday ladies class 9.30am to 11.00am (this is a new class for 2018)Tuesday and Fridays Juniors. 4-5yrs 4.00pm to 4.30pm 6-8yrs 4.30pm to 5.15pm 9-13yrs. 5.15pm to 6.00pm Adults. 14yrs and up. 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Crow's Nest Dojo
Lutheren Church Hall
Senior classes available at Crow's Nest or at the Toowoomba Dojo
Learn Discipline, Respect, Honor and Humility.
Monday and Thursday Juniors. 4-5yrs 4.00pm to 4.30pm 6-8yrs 4.30pm to 5.15pm 9-13yrs. 5.15pm to 6.00pm Adults. 14yrs and up. 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Newtown primary school Albert st Newtown
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4th Dan Renshi
I started training in 1989, in International GoJu Karate , for fitness and personal safety. As a stay at home mum karate provided the unexpected bonus of social connection. Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting incredible martial artists, and the common thread has been their ability to focus their will.
My passion now as a grandmother who has achieved the rank of 4th Dan black belt, is to give to children through karate the tools to harness their talents and their will to achieve their goals.Yours Susan Speekenbrink Renshi 4th Dan I.G.K.
4th Dan Renshi
Remco Speekenbrink Renshi began his Martial Arts journey in Judo at the age of 7 and coming to Goju Karate in 1985 at the age of 14. He was graded to black belt in 1995 by Tino Ceberano Hanshi and achieved his 4th dan in 2012 receiving his Renshi title in 2013. From 1998 to 2002 Remco studied Kenpo under Mr Thomas Darcy, grading to 1st degree black belt. Remco also studies Tino Ceberano Hanshi's FEW(Filipino Elusive Warrior) and Goju Kalis systems.
Remco regularly trains with Tino Ceberano Hanshi, ensuring quality and progression in his Martial Arts study. In 2017 Remco was announced as one of Tino Hanshi's research and development team along with Susan Speekenbrink Renshi and Chris Clayton Shihan.
Tino Ceberano Hanshi, 9th Dan, is often referred to as the father of Karate in Australia. His years of experience and selfless dedication to the Martial Arts have provided him with the skills and knowledge deserved of the Martial Arts history books.
Ceberano Hanshi was born of Phillipine/Spanish decent and raised in Hawaii on the Island of Kauai, his father was a Phillipine migrant who came to Hawaii as a professional boxer who also acquired the skills of Phillipino stick fighting.
As a young man Hanshi and his father trained together in Kempo, which was the word commonly used instead of Karate. The Chinese would refer to Shorin Kempo as what Shaolin Kempo was. The Okinawans referred to Okinawa-te instead of Karate. Kempo was actually introduced to Hanshi by a neighbour, who was a returned serviceman, "He would gather up a group of kids and we would train together after school".
In 1958 the Gojukai opened in Hawaii, Kyokushinkai and Shotokan arrived in Hawaii as well. Before that there was only Kempo and Okinawa-te and the training wasn't all that serious. With the introduction of these Japanese Karate organizations, things changed. People began to understand the values of the Martial Arts and became a lot more focussed about how they should be practised. Ceberano Hanshi's most revered teacher, as a young man, was Anton Navas Sensei. Navas Sensei took a young Ceberano under his wing and, from 1959 through to 1966, guided him in the true meaning of the Martial Arts.
Joining the Marines changed Hanshi's life, he went from living as a happy go lucky Islander, to being part of the armed forces elite and living a much more structured Western life style, this was quite a culture shock for him. As part of the Fleet Marine Force Pacific, he was a specialist in the field of teaching armed and unarmed combat with a background of reconnaissance for which his job was to be on call to engage the enemy or secure information. The Force also served as the protection squad for senior officers.
Ceberano Hanshi also participated in the Fleet Marine Force Pacific Drum and Bugle Team marching squad, where he played the bugle. It was with this team that he first came to Australia in 1962, both playing the bugle and exchanging ideas and practice on combative warfare, which was part of a highly confidential military operation at the time. The team eventually visited Okinawa and mainland Japan, it was on his first trip to Tokyo that Ceberano Hanshi met the legendary Yamaguchi Gogen Hanshi, founder of the Japanese Gojukai.
After receiving his 3rd Dan from Yamaguchi Hanshi, and at Yamaguchi Hanshi's direction, Ceberano Hanshi arrived in Australia with his family in 1966. He immediately set about introducing the relatively unknown world of Karate to Australians. From small beginnings the school of Goju Karate has become one of the most widely practiced of the styles of Karate in Australia. This is due, in no small part, to the skill and dedication of Ceberano Hanshi. After the passing of Yamaguchi Hanshi in 1989, Ceberano Hanshi formed his own Karate organization, the IGK (International Goju Karate).
Susan Speekenbrink PH: 0447 159 301