Sobukan closure

Due to the instructor being posted overseas, Sobukan has closed its doors as at 28 February 2018. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience.


It is hard to believe that Sobukan classes have now ended. This dojo has been such an enormous and important part of my life, I can barely find words to express the sense of loss and sadness I feel at closing our doors.

Twenty-five years ago, I was unable to find a dojo in SA that taught street-effective Japanese martial arts covering striking, throwing and grappling in a friendly and safe manner. Consequently, I spent the next couple of decades searching for and researching the best martial arts in each fighting range. My mission was to establish a dojo for anyone who wanted to be healthier, happier and safer. The result was Sobukan, and I could not be prouder of the dojo we created together.


When I think back of the highlights, some things immediately come to mind:

  • Interstate and overseas trips
  • Competitions
  • Training days and seminars
  • Demonstrations, particularly representing Japanese martial arts at multiple Japanese and Asian festivals
  • Gradings
  • Social occasions
  • Appearing on The Project
  • Articles in various newspapers and magazines.

However, while I enjoyed all these events, they were no more important than the day to day interactions I have had with you, the Sobuclan. Training with you has been the best part of my weekly routine for many years. Although I avoid using superlatives, the main reason I believe that Sobukan was the best dojo was because of you. We have shared sweat, tears and laughs. I have loved watching the children grow into young adults, watching everyone enhance themselves.

Thank you for all the messages of support and appreciation. You have made this very difficult decision as positive as it could be.

Sobukan principles

Parting, I would like to remind you of the Sobukan principles. These were on the membership application form you all signed. I don’t claim to be a lifestyle guru, but you can’t go wrong with these:

  • Eliminate your weakness, develop strengths
  • Never use violence to gain, only to protect
  • Strive for a balanced happy, healthy, safe life
  • Learn from everyone
  • Live by your principles
  • Respect others’ choices
  • Act intelligently, not emotionally
  • Always have a goal and divide it into daily tasks
  • Always be aware and prepared
  • Focus on your abilities, not your inabilities
  • Do your best and accept the outcome.
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