Sensei Eddie began the study of Goju-Ryu karate in 1981 at the age of fourteen (14) with another Goju-Ryu school at the time. Sensei Eddie trained rigorously through his teens and early adulthood to obtain his Black belt 1st Dan (Shodan) in 1995 at the age of twenty eight (28). The closing of that Goju-Ryu school in 1995 forced Sensei Eddie to retire from Martial arts altogether. Sensei Eddie wanted to continue his study of Goju-Ryu Karate and it wasn’t until the year 2001 that he resumed his training after accidentally stumbling across the IKO Group Australia headed by Shihan Tsanidis.
Sensei Eddie was initially inspired to do Karate as a means of self defence from bullying fellow high school students. The physical and mental changes that followed his training in the arts soon put a stop to the bullying.
Through the years, Sensei Eddie has realised that karate has not only taught him how to defend himself but has also increased his fitness, agility and confidence in life’s dealings. Sensei Eddie says that “in karate you never stop learning” and can draw parallels with this claim to his everyday life.
In recent years, Sensei Eddie has obtained
2nd Dan (Nidan) in 2009
3rd Dan (Sandan) in 2015
Sensei Eddie is currently an assistant instructor at the Earlwood Dojo where he continues to train and teach students the Goju-Ryu style, particularly those suffering from bullying.