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The instructors at the Redcliffe dojo have many years of experience to guide you on your journey to achieving your black belt.  They are dedicated to providing you with a positive training experience and helping you reach your goals.

Shihan Steve Dare


Shihan Steve commenced training in Goju Kai in 1986 under sensei Ian Hopkins.  He has trained extensively with Hanshi (Grand Master) Tino Ceberano, following the advancements in training methodology that separates the IGK from other schools.  In 1994 he began teaching Goju karate at Morayfield before moving the club to Deception Bay and now to Redcliffe.


In 2011 Steve was graded to 5th dan black belt by Hanshi Ceberano and in 2012 was awarded the title of Shihan, or master teacher.



Sempai Peter Shanco


Sempai Peter first began training in karate in the early 1970s.  He started out in Shukokai in 1971 before the club changed over to Renbukan.  In 1973 he graded to his 1st dan black belt in Renbukan and continued to train with them until 1977.


In 2007 Peter decided he wanted to get back into karate again and commenced training with, as he was then, Sensei Steve.  It was soon obvious that Peter still retained many of his skills even though it had been some 30 years since he last trained.  In 2012 Peter successfully graded to his 2nd dan black belt under Hanshi Tino Ceberano at the national training camp on the Gold Coast.

Tino Ceberano, IGK, goju
Hanshi Tino Ceberano


Tino Ceberano Hanshi, Kyudan, 9th Dan, is the Chief Instructor and head of the IGK.  He is often referred to as the father of karate in Australia. His years of experience in the martial arts have provided him with skills and knowledge that has written him into the martial arts history books. His expertise as a teacher will make any opportunity you have to spend time with him an enjoyable, motivating, stimulating learning experience.


Hanshi moved to Australia from Hawaii in 1966 and soon set about introducing the relatively unknown art of karate to the public.


After the passing on Yamaguchi Gogen in 1989 Ceberano Hanshi formed his own karate organisation and the IGK (International Goju Karate) was born.

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