The McKinnon Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai dojo is run by Pete Keogh sensei who is ably assisted by Paul Chandler sensei.
Pete has been involved in Karate since 1986 and as the founder of the TriTactics business, Pete has developed and delivered successful martial arts, self-defence and anger management programs to a number of public and private schools and is currently engaged by several Youth organizations to work with disengaged youth. Pete also runs self-defence programs in workplaces and for the general public by way of our Women's Self Defence seminars.
Pete has leveraged his martial arts knowledge, his skills as an amateur boxer/Kick boxer and his experiences in the security industry to create programs that are fun for school students, improves their fitness & self-confidence and increase their self-awareness, while at the same time equipping them with personal safety skills.
Appearances on and in national media including; Morning Show (Channel 7), 3AW radio as well as a feature in Blitz (Australasian martial arts magazine) have provided an opportunity for Pete to share his story as an abuse survivor. Pete has also been engaged as a speaker in violence prevention and high-risk youth forums discussing challenges facing youth, behavioural reactions to abuse and how to be a survivor.
Pete has developed a real passion for the teachings of Taira Sensei and the Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyukai, travelling to training sessions in Australia, Okinawa, United States of America and New Zealand. Pete is now passing on all he has learned from Taira Sensei, to in excess of 150 students.
Paul Chandler (4th dan)
Paul commenced his journey in the martial arts in 1996, training in Japanese Goju Ryu (Kai) in Shepparton Victoria, with Goju Ryu Australia (GRA) headed by chief instructor Shihan Sal Ebinez, where the main focus of the training was developing strong kata and kihon waza through repetition. In December 2000, Paul was awarded his Shodan from Shihan Sal Ebinez.
In 2001 Paul moved to London where he worked and travelled (as much as possible) for a number of years, participating when he could in karate classes and also trying Wing Chun.
Returning to Australia at the end of 2005 and relocating to Melbourne, Paul continued his training in Goju Ryu, traveling a couple times a month to train with his original Sensei, Terry Reilly in Shepparton, now independent of GRA. Over the next few years Paul gradually became frustrated, feeling there was something missing from his training and eventually took a break from karate. Still feeling the desire to train in the martial arts, he started training in Filipino Martial Arts (Doce Pares) and Jeet Kune Do concepts.
In 2011 Paul met Taira Masaji Sensei at his first Australian seminar, from that initial “light bulb” moment everything changed, discovering the link between kata and usable self-protection applications, the void he felt in his previous training was about to be filled. His first trip to Okinawa was later that same year, where he started the transition from Japanese Goju Kai to Okinawa Goju Ryu and he’s returned a number of times since.
Since that first meeting with Taira Sensei, Paul has trained continually in his methods, developing a strong passion for kata, learning to understand the sequences and movements within the kata to make them effective. Paul was awarded his Yondan from Taira Masaji Sensei in March 2016.
Paul trains and assists in teaching at the McKinnon Dojo with Peter Keogh Sensei, teaches class Monday nights from 8pm to 9pm and oversees an open training session on Friday mornings from 6am to 7am.
GojuRyu classes held at:
McKinnon Progress Hall
118 McKinnon Rd, McKinnon
Peter Keogh & Paul Chandler
Phone: Pete Keogh 0419 158 189
Mount Carmel Primary School, Cnr Macedon St and Jackson St, Sunbury
Contact Inst Terry Waston 0487110122
Contact Peter Carter 0408892623 for further details