2019 Course Instructors

Over the years we have hosted many impressive instructors from around Australia and the world of karate, and in 2019 we are again very proud and thrilled to announce Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan as our special international instructor.  The progressive announcement of the instructors will be highlighted here and on the 2019 Summer Course Facebook page. The following instructors will be at the course and will be joined by others - we still have some updating to do here!

Sensei Tony Hails 7th Dan Ishinryu


Your course host and the founder of Ishinryu Karate in Australia. Current National Mentor Coach to the Fijian Karate Federation.

Former National & Technical coach of Australia (5 times at WKF championships).

As a competitor, APUKO dual gold medallist & 4 time representative at the WKF World Championships. National captain.

Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan Ishinryu


Sensei Ticky starred most recently at our 2014 and 2015 courses and we are thrilled he is returing for our 25th annniversary.

The founder of Ishinryu Karate, former member of the European KF Technical Committee and the former British and English coach to over 100 karateka who became WKF WORLD CHAMPIONS (including 5 consecutive men's team, and 2 consecutive women's team, WKF World Championship titles).

Sensei Marco Mazzanti 6th Dan Kimekai


National Kumite Coach for Australia.

Former World Championship kumite competitor for Australia.

Former captain of the Australian team

Sensei Marco is both a kumite specialist and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, and will bring both skills to enthusiastic karateka on the course.

Sensei Phil Laing 6th Dan Ishinryu


Chief Instructor Ishinryu New Zealand.

Current executive board member of Karate New Zealand

New Zealand National coaching panel.

Former World Championship kumite and kata competitor for New Zealand.

Sensei Jim Phillips 6th Dan Kyokushinkai


Sensei Jim Phillips brings Kyokushinkai hard training to the course. Guaranteed to energise all participants who choose to participate in his classes...

Sensei Stuart Kaighin 6th Dan Ishinryu


AKF National Kata Judge

Former Australian Champion.

Kata and weapons specialist.

Sensei Ryan van Leent 5th Dan Shotokan


Weapons, kata, self and knife defence, tai chi.

Shotokan referee.

Sensei Geoff Spice 5th Dan Budokan


Former Australian Champion & International.

Grappling, self defence & weapons specialist.

Sensei Edji Zenel 5th Dan Shotokan


Former assistant National Coach for Australia.

Oceania referee.

Current international veterans competitor in kata and kumite.

Sensei Alison Peachey 5th Dan Ishinryu


WKF kumite judge.

Oceania kumite referee and kata judge.

Ishinryu Karate Australia Chief Referee.

Former international competitor for Australia.

Sensei Daniel Spice 5th Dan Budokan


Former Australian Champion & International.

Current coach to numerous international competitors

Weapons specialist on the course.

Sensei Leighton Wren 4th Dan Ishinryu


Former national champion and Australian representative at Junior World, Commonwealth and Oceania Championships.

Current personal fitness trainer with Dark Fire Fitness.

Sensei Peter Sbirakos 3rd Dan Ishinryu


Our strength and conditioning specialist. Master of High Performance Sport.

Former Sports Scientist to the Canberra Raiders NRL team.