Grading 10am Sunday 25 July

See you on Sunday!

$25 payable in advance.

Good luck with your preparation – if you have any questions, ask before the grading.

Detailed syllabus available in the FB Sobuchat, and grading syllabus summary available here:

Kata videos available on the Facebook page:総武館–213486968682155

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Sobukids back on tonight

Good news – I am all better, so Sobukids is back on tonight. Apologies for the inconvenience on Monday. I look forward to some fun training tonight at 6pm!

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Sobukids closed Monday 1 and Wednesday 3 March

Unfortunately due to a bit of a sniffle, kids classes are closed on Monday 1 and Wednesday 3 March. Adults classes will run as normal, taught by Sempai Steven Pace. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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The past 12 months has been a poignant reminder of the value of resilience, concentration and discipline.

Sobukan children’s classes return on Monday 1 February from 6pm to help your children develop these important life skills, while having fun, getting fit and learning self defence and bully-proofing.

This could be the best decision you ever make for your children.

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Sobukan is back on 18 Jan 2021!

If you are looking to start, return to, or shake up your martial arts training, there is no time like the present.

Benefits of training at Sobukan include:

– Safe, yet realistic & effective training methods

– Caring, passionate & experienced instructors

– Comprehensive syllabus including striking, takedowns and grappling

– Supportive community

– Value for investment… and much more!

Contact us via FB or see more info at:

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End of 2020

Classes have returned after the COVID enforced break, but we have almost reached the final class of the year.

The last class of 2020 will be on Wednesday 16 December.

We will have a small bonenkai (end of year party) at the Tonsley Hotel at 11am, Sunday 20 December. I look forward to saying good-riddance to 2020 and welcoming the new year, which I am sure will be a better year for all of us.

We will resume classes on Monday 18 January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Congratulations to all who achieved their health goals in this challenging year. Lets make 2021 a better health year for all of us!

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COVID safety measure – closure

Due to the new COVID outbreak, the SA government has announced that it is prohibiting gyms/recreation for at least 2 weeks. I apologise for any inconvenience, but safety comes first. Classes will be cancelled until further notice. Please monitor SA Health and feel free to contact me for further information/updates.

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We take safety seriously.

Safety is the very purpose of Sobukan. All members, family members and instructors should be familiar with our safety policies as we re-establish Sobukan Martial Arts dojo.

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Sobukan dojo 2.0

Sobukan will be back in 2021.

Watch this space…

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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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