Warana (Sunshine Coast, Queensland)

Grant started his journey of martial arts in Bob Jones Zen Do Kai in Melbourne in 1977 when he was 14 years old. He was introduced to Zen Do Kai by a friend and he started training at Greenwood High School Dojo under Gordon Kirk, Steve Nedelkos and Martin Ruzic. During that time he also trained regularly at Elizabeth Street in Melbourne City under Bob Jones. It quickly became apparent to Grant that training in martial arts was able to fill many gaps he had in his life at that time and consequently it soon become his ultimate passion.

Grant trained in Melbourne for about 4 years but as his family moved around lot during his youth, he consequently had to train in a variety of different styles depending on where they were living at the time to allow him to continue his martial arts journey. During this time he trained in Boxing, Judo, Shoot Wrestling and Kick-boxing. Over the next 2 decades, Grant trained at many different Zen Do Kai schools around the country. He would take his Gi with him everywhere he went and would seek out a Zen Do Kai school where he was and train with them. Over the 2 decades he did this he trained in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New Soth Wales and Queensland. Grant claims this was wonderful as he got to experience a huge variety of teaching techniques and learnt a lot from the various instructors.

In 1992 Grant moved to Toowoomba with his work and began training with his children in International Authentic Tae Kwon Do under Peter Sullivan and Jamie Moore. At this time he also began training privately with Kyoshi Steve Dickens, in Toowoomba in both Zen Do Kai and also in BJC Muay Thai. In 1994 when his children were old enough to attend the regular Zen Do Kai classes, they joined Shibumi Samurai as a family and Grant began training full time once again in Zen Do Kai.

In December 1999 Grant relocated to the Sunshine Coast and in April 2000, together with his youngest son Joshua, they founded Coastal Dragons Dojo firstly in the Warana High School Performing Arts hall under Kyoshi Steve Dickens Shibumi Samurai, and then later moved the club to the wonderful Sunshine Coast Thai Boxing Centre where the club has been ever since.

Grant is registered with Martial Arts Australia as a Certified Martial Arts Instructor (Membership No. 9260)

After resigning from Zen Do Kai, Grant started training in a variety of different styles in search of systems that he could incorporate into his NUCA program.  In 2012 he commenced training in GoJu Ryu under his instructor Sensei Damien Martin from Southern Cross Martial Arts on the Gold Coast.

Grant was immediately hooked on how efficient the style is and he has been extensively studying the art of Goju Ryu ever since.  He also studies the bunkai application of the Goju Ryu kata as taught by Tiara Sensei from Okinawa.  Goju Ryu kata and bunkai is now at the core of the NUCA system.  Grant was graded to 3rd Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu in December 2015 by Sensei Damien Martin and his grading panel.  

Grant was officially awarded Jun Shibu status by Taira Sensei on Saturday 3rd September 2016.

Sunshine Coast Thai Boxing Centre

3/4 Textile Avenue WARANA Q 4575

0417 004 315

Training Times:

Monday Night

7:30 – 8:30

Monday Extended Class

8:30 – 9:15


Wednesday Night

7:30 – 8:30

Wednesday Extended Class

8:30 – 9:15