A sensei must be more than just an instructor, they should be a passionate student, a supportive coach, a role model and a trusted friend. Their lessons are not isolated to the dojo, and their personal achievements reflect good judgment and discipline.
The value of a sensei may be measured by the quality of their advanced students.
Chris Gillies is a proud father, a multilingual university graduate, a passionate martial artist and the head instructor of Sobukan dojo.
Chris Gillies has coached and competed in Kudo, full-contact Karate, Kickboxing, and BJJ, winning state and national titles.
He has trained in martial arts for more than 35 years, including in Australia, Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, and Brazil.
|Jujutsu||Black belt (4th degree)||Okuyama Ryuho Soke (Japan)|
|Karate||Black belt (4th degree)||GM Vince Palumbo (Aust)|
|Judo||Black belt||Michael Headland Sensei (Aust)|
|Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu||Black belt||Patrick McCarthy Hanshi (Aust)|
|Shito-ryu karate||Black belt||Fujimoto Sadaharu Kaicho (Japan)|
John Boswell Sensei (Aust)
|Pangamot||Black belt||SGM ‘Cacoy’ Canete (Philippines)|
GM Vince Palumbo (Aust)
|Kudo / Daidojuku||Brown belt||Azuma Takashi Jukucho (Japan)|
|Brazilian Jiujitsu||Brown belt||Professor Pedro Galiza (Brazil)|
|Krav Maga||Practitioner 5||Master Graham Kuerschner (Aust)|
Steven ‘Pacey’ Pace
Pacey sempai is the first and only person to have received a Sobukan black belt. He also holds a black belt in Jissen Budo and level 1 in Kinetic Fighting. He has competed in Kudo and BJJ. His skill in all ranges of the martial arts are only surpassed by his personal character and integrity.