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Garry Maher’s Testimonial 3rd Dan

Posted on: June 11th, 2018 by Tammy No Comments

Sunshine Coast Martial Arts

I take pleasure in presenting a formal written testimonial in support of Sunshine Coast Martial
Arts(SCMA), a fitness, martial arts and healthy lifestyle education and training
organisation situated at the Harvey Norman Centre, Gibson Road, Noosaville, Queensland.
As a retired former detective sergeant of police, a university academic and more recently the
principal and managing director of a registered training organisation (RTO), I have been closely
associated with SCMA for the past twelve years, initially as a student in its karate martial art
training program and more recently as an instructor in that martial art.
I commenced my karate training as a 65 year old who was at the time in somewhat indifferent
health. I was advised by my GP that I was in need of a change in diet and fitness training
program commensurate with my age and general physical condition.
Somewhat apprehensive at the time, I enquired with SCMA if it provided a program similar
to that suggested by my general practitioner. After a very friendly, sympathetic and
understanding analysis of my situation, the staff of SCMA developed a program of training
to suit my particular needs.
After some weeks into the program, I began to feel a significant difference in my agility, mobility
and general feelings of well-being. I also started to lose excess weight which added greatly to this
significant and positive lifestyle change. It was around this time I commenced my training with
its mainstream karate training program which I have continued since and which to my family’s,
friends’, former colleague’s and certainly my surprise, resulted in a 3 Dan Black Belt in the
martial art of karate.
As a former lecturer at the Australian Federal Police College, a lecturer in adult education and
field training officer with the University of Canberra, and the CEO of a registered training
organisation and having authored a government-recognised textbook, together with a bachelor
degree in adult education, a diploma of teaching in technical and further education (TAPE) plus
several other tertiary qualifications, I have been most impressed by the teaching competence,
dedication, and skills displayed by all members of the SCMA instructional staff. Each to a
person has consistently displayed the principles of pedagogy in an effective and meaningful
manner to the diverse groups under their instruction whether it be from infants to mature-age
Fellow students, like me, hold the instructional staff in high regard and personally, I regard them
as a professionals in the true sense of the word. This is not surprising given their experience and
own inhouse personal development training programs and the degree of preparation which
precedes each training session.
Each of the training sessions, the range of teaching strategies, the obvious sense of inclusiveness
which have been refined, mastered and implemented over the years, and the degree to which
students’ concerns are noted preceding. during and succeeding, their learning experience adds
greatly to the learning environment and enjoyment of their learning experience.
I cannot recommend SCMA highly enough as a first class training organisation that provides
a unique, worthwhile and healthy lifestyle experience for people of all ages and physical ability. I
am more than willing to provide formal oral testimony in support of SCMA.
Garry Owen Patrick Maher
Justice of the Peace (Q), BA(Adult Ed), DipT (TAFE), Dip( Training & Assessment Systems), AdvDip (Police
Investigation), Dip (Forensic Investigation), AdvDip( Risk Assessment), Cert lV(Assessment & Workplace Training,
SofA ”Teach the Advanced Skills or Martial Arts ‘, 3rd Dan Black Belt – Karate-do.

February 2017

Newsletter – May 2018

Posted on: May 28th, 2018 by Tammy No Comments

Dear Karate-ka and Parents,

Well so much has been happening over the last few weeks I am not sure where to start, from
the Aussie Open to even some students even winning dance competitions 😉

Congratulations to all our students and supporters that competed and represented our dojo so well in Sydney at the Aussie Opens. Rick sensei and myself felt extremally proud of each and every one of you. There was once again great karate spirit was shown and a real “never give up attitude” displayed. Keep going guys!

Also HUGE congratulations to Dannica Starkey and Caitlin Corbett for their great performance in New Zealand at the Oceania Championships. Dannica coming home with Bronze!!!

Upcoming events:
• 26th & 27th May QKA Invitationals Championships – Brisbane
• 21st June – Kyu grading by invitation only.
• 7th & 8th July – Karate Winter Training Camp “Gasshuku” for all students TBC
• 4th & 5th August – Nationals in Coloundra
• 8th September – Mike Dukas Shihan (8th Dan) seminar. Venue TBC

It has been brought to my attention that there is often a communication gap between or before events. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. As in karate, we are always looking to improve our dojo. The management will be brain-storming to find the best solutions. Should you have any ideas that could help us improve, please feel free to share with us.

Keep training hard and remember to enjoy your karate. The harder you train, the more you enjoy. 😊
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“The ultimate aim of karate does not lie in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants,” Master Gichin Funakoshi

Kind Regards,
Bryan sensei and team.

March News

Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by Tammy No Comments

Dear Karate-ka and Parents,


Firstly on a personal note, a huge thank you to everyone for my birthday wishes, presents and get-together.  I had a great 40th Birthday.


A huge congratulation to all that competed in our Sunshine Coast Karate Challenge.  It was a well-supported day, from the students, parents to visiting dojo.  We are growing and getting better and better each year.


Good luck to all our students that will be competing in the QLD State Championships on the 17th & 18th March.  We know that you will represent our dojo with pride both on and off the mat.


Two of our students, young Dannica Starkey and Caitlin Corbett have been selected to represent Australia at the Oceanic Cup in New Zealand.  From all at SCMA, we would like to congratulate them and wish them all success.  Just being selected is a huge achievement and we are proud of these two girls.


Thanks to all the families and friends that supported our Fund Raiser, Barefoot Bowls.  It was a fun afternoon enjoyed by all.


Some events coming up are highlighted below:


10th March – Referee Seminar. Venue to be advised

17th and 18th March – QKA State Titles. Brisbane

22nd March – Kyu Grading. Noosa dojo. By invitation ONLY

20th, 21st and 22nd April – Australian Open Karate in Sydney


Just a short note about karate.  Of course, although much focus is placed on tournaments, this should not be the main goal of your karate training. We also need to remember that all people are different with different personalities and physical abilities. True karate training recognises this, which makes karate a way of life. Below I have listed a few basic benefits of karate training that we sometimes tend to forget or take for granted that are not always focused on in other sports.

“People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)

Remember to share our new website:

email address: ,  Instagram:   @sunshinecoastmartialarts

Please join our Facebook Page:  Sunshine Coast Martial Arts


Kind Regards,

Bryan sensei and team.

February News

Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by Tammy No Comments

Dear Karate-ka and Parents,

Well January has just flown past and February is off to a flying start.

This weekend, the 17th February is our very own Sunshine Coast Challenge held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Collage, Noosa. Please note that there will STILL be the morning classes on the 17th February at the Noosa dojo. All Saturday Classes as normal. For those not training, get down to the tournament and support your fellow students.

Our fundraising committee has a Barefoot Bowls event on the 4th March at the Cooroy Sports Club. Please come along and support us for a day full of family fun.

Upcoming events: 24th February – Officials course. Anyone can attend this, please see front desk. 25th February – AFMA Elite Tournament. Entries open now. 10th March – Referee’s Seminar 17th, 18th March – QKA State Championships 22nd March – Kyu Grading (By Invitation Only) 20th, 21st, 22nd April – Aussie Opens 28th April – Instructors Course. Noosa Dojo

For the month of LOVE any new member and their partner/friend will receive a 50% discount off their first month’s fees. Also should you refer your friend/partner, YOU will receive a FREE GI once they have signed up and join as a member.

We still have a few cooling towels and polo shirts in stock. Please see front desk should you wish to purchase one.

Thank you again to all our wonderful members and their families for their continues support towards our dojo. I really believe that we are growing in the right direction. Please keep spreading the word.

Our new website: , email address: , Instagram: @sunshinecoastmartialarts Please join our Facebook Page: Sunshine Coast Martial Arts

Kind Regards,

Bryan sensei and team.

Newsletter – January 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Tammy No Comments

Happy New Year to everyone. We trust that have had a great break enjoying time with family and friends. 2018 is sure to be another great year.

We are back into the swing of things with an awesome training session with Mike Dukas Shihan on the 13th January. This was well attended by all ages both Kyu grades and Black Belts. We would like to give Mike Dukas Shihan a big Australian thank you and we wish him safe travels as he and Marion return to South Africa and we look forward to seeing them again soon.

Big congratulations go out to Rick Sensei and his wife, Aggie on the birth of their first grandchild. A girl to Dylan and June. At the moment Rick Sensei is over in Norway visiting with the newest addition to the family. He will be back with us at the end of the month.

Upcoming dates to remember:

1st February – Little legend grading

10th February – Preliminary Squad training at Wavell Heights. Registration for this is done on the Karate Queensland website. This is open to all previous State team members as well as anyone who is looking at being selected this year for state team.

17th February – Sunshine Coast Karate Challenge. This is our first tournament for the year and a great one for anyone to enter. No previous competition experience needed as this is a great introduction to competition karate. There are events for all ages as well as special Noodle sparring for our kindy kids. Entry forms are at the front desk. Please feel free to speak to Nauria or your sensei if you have any questions.

24th February – Officials Course- this is for preparation for Nationals this year as they will be in Qld. More details will follow with regard to venue etc. All parents welcome to volunteer for this.

25th February – AFMA Elite Tournament. Forms not out yet.

10th March – Referee Seminar. Venue to be advised.

17th and 18th March – QKA State Titles. Brisbane

20th, 21st and 22nd April – Australian Open Karate in Sydney.

E-mail address: ,
Instagram: @sunshinecoastmartialarts
Please join our Facebook Page: Sunshine Coast Martial Arts

Kind Regards,
Bryan sensei and team.

News Letter November 2017

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Tammy No Comments

SCMA-Newsletter November 2017

Newsletter September 2017

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by Tammy No Comments

SCMA-Newsletter September 2017