New equipment boost for Goju Ryu karate club

STUDENTS of Sensei Bob Allen’s Swan Hills Goju Ryu Karate Club in Mount Helena and Midland have hit the mats for a new year of training.

Joining the familiar faces is their latest training partner, ‘Master Ken’, a height-adjustable, freestanding boxing dummy made available through a Shire of Mundaring quick grant.

“I and my students really appreciate the support Shire of Mundaring has given us over the years,” Sensei Bob said.

“I know our newest student Master Ken will be a big hit, assisting students to accurately and safely practice striking specific targets.”

The Shire of Mundaring grant also funded the purchase of sparring mitts, for use by new students who have not yet bought their own pair.

The new items will help students develop their karate skills by training safely and accurately with good equipment.

“With karate a recent addition to the events list for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, this is a very exciting time for us,” said Sensei Bob.

“We’re always looking at new ways to engage students and help them develop their courage and spirit.”

Specific training equipment helps improve students’ understanding and performance of karate basics and fighting techniques.

Sensei Bob Allen is the WA head of Goju Ryu Australia and he has been a referee at state and national level for 21 years.

He is one of the WA Karate Federation’s senior kata coaches and he teaches students of all ages at his Midland and Mount Helena dojos.

For more information, call Bob on 0419 922 609 or email