[Hanshi 9th Dan/範士9段]
Researcher, author, competitive champion, sought after seminar instructor and founding director of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society/琉球唐手術国際研究会
McCarthy Hanshi is a leading authority in the field of the classical and traditional fighting art of Okinawa.
He is a Japan-accredited instructor [Hanshi 9th Dan/範士9段] whose life has been dedicated to the fighting arts – studying it since chilhood. His historical and technical studies have continued througout his life in Canada, Japan and Australia and continue as the founder and director of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society/琉球唐手術国際研究会… est.1989 in Japan.
Having translated several of the time-honoured original historicl texts of this art into the English language for the western world and pioneered a completely systematised method through which to study/teach kata application practices, it is with confidence that we can say McCarthy Hanshi has changed the way how we understand Karate. We are incredbly honored to have McCarthy Hanshi as the patron of Brisbane Koryukan Dojo.
When not overseeing the day-to-day activities of the IRKRS, McCarthy Hanshi spends much of his time travelling and teaching seminars on his HAPV-theory and 2-person drills, along with teaching instructor's classes here at the Brisbane Koryukan Dojo.