Instructors

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.

Gichin Funakoshi Sensei

Jean Boussard Sensei

A 4th Dan in Shotokan KaseHa Karate-Do which he has been practicing for over 50 years and a 2nd Dan in Taekwon Do with four years spent in Korea, Jean has been initiated to many other martial arts: Vietvodao (black belt), Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Nunchaku, Tai Chi, Capoeira and Thai kickboxing; he has trained and taught in many countries and even introduced Shotokan Karate International (S.K.I.) in India from 1985 to 1987 with an Official Letter of Mission signed by Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa. Jean teaches efficiency as martial arts are lethal knowledge, but above all with a holistic approach that incorporates meditation in every session and the understanding of one’s own vital energy: your body becomes stronger and flexible, your emotions calm and serene, your mind as clear as a limpid lake (the Japanese “Kokoro”), and you ultimately gain in spiritual elevation. Sensei Jean was awarded ”  2019 Instructor of the Year”  by Kase Ha Australia.

Ben Ruble Sensei

A 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do, Ben has been training since 1992, in International Shotokan Karate Federation dojos in Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Baltimore Maryland USA. From 2001 to 2012 he trained in the ISKF Instructor Training Program at Shotokan Headquarters in Philadelphia under Sensei Teruyuki Okazaki and he has received all promotions thus far through the ISKF. After moving to Australia in 2012 he joined Byron Shire Shotokan Karate-Do and Self Defence. Ben is a qualified instructor who seeks to bring out the best in his students by challenging limits of flexibility, developing endurance and adhering to proper technique as an evolving principle based on health and wellness.

Jason Miles Sempai

Jason Miles is a 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do. Jason started training in Sydney in JKA / SKC (Japanese Karate Association / Shotokan Karate Coalition). He obtained his Shodan under Sensei Keith Geyer and Sensei Jeff Krug in 2010 and his Nidan under Sensei Jean Boussard in 2017.

Fabio Quijano Sempai

Fabio Quijano started training in Shotokan Karate Do and Self Defence with Sensei Jean Boussard in 2009. He was awarded his Shodan in 2016. Fabio is dedicated to teaching and he loves to help kids and teenagers discover the Art of traditional Karate Do.

George Rhodes Sempai

“After a 15 years hiatus from Karate training, I had a chance meeting with Sensei Jean Boussard and was impressed with his teachings in the Shotokan way. I heard the call of the wild, so I have used the words of Arnie: ‘I’m back’!!”

Pierre Albertini Sempai

A 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do, Pierre has been practicing since his childhood and joined Byron Shire Shotokan Karate and Self Defence in 2017. 

“Training in the South of France I discovered quite a few different dojos but always following the Shotokan path. In my teens, I entered Sport karate competition and was training at the Saint Eutrope karate club dojo under Sensei Rene Cabardos, where I obtained my Shodan black belt. I deeply enjoy Sensei Jean’s way of sharing karate based on self defence,  building up self esteem and mutual respect with a profound knowledge of the human body. I am deeply happy and excited to be part of the team and ready to deepen my study of this beautiful martial art.”