Sensei Richard Gale
With almost 40 years of training and a driving passion for traditional karate, Sensei Richard is an internationally recognised instructor who is experienced and knowledgable about all aspects of karate.
After starting his karate training in 1982, Sensei Richard found a passion that has only became more a part of his life the longer he has trained. In 1990 he graded to Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) with the Japan Karate Association (JKA Shotokan) under the guidance of Mike Connolley and Takahashi Sensei. It was then he started training in Goju-ryu. In 1992 he graded to Nidan (2nd Dan) with the Nippon Seibukan Karate Academy (Goju-Ryu) under Kobayshi Sensei. In 1992 he graded to Nidan with the JKA. In 1998 he graded to Sandan (3rd Dan). In December of 2018 Richard was graded to Godan (5th Dan) under Sensei's Damien Martin and Hanna Thornton.
In 2000 Sensei Richard joined the Australian Army during his time in the Army he became qualified as an unarmed combat instructor until he discharged as a Sergeant in 2012.
Sensei Richard has an extensive competition career that started in 1986 and he continues competing today. This saw him compete as a member of state and national teams where he won state, national and world titles. In 2016 he returned to competing at all levels and has won state, national and world titles. Sensei was inducted into the ISKA Hall of Fame in 2017 for his contributions to Karate.
He has been teaching at all levels since 1990 including coaching state and national squads. Sensei Richard is also holds various qualifications including; Level 4 National Referee with the International Sports Karate Federation (ISKA), Senior First Aid, Blue Card and formal trainer qualifications with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Mel is responsible for all of the background work for the club including the administration and business, and designing and creating the website for Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate Qld.
Starting her Karate journey in 2016, she has a keen eye and a strong interest in the traditions and art of Goju-ryu. Mel trains as a student and is a major support to the students and parents in the club family.
She is a crucial member of the team behind the scenes.