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Instructor Profiles

Presented below are profiles of the instructors at the UQ Karate Club. All of the club's senior instructors have over fifteen years of experience in karate. Many of the instructors have gained proficiency in other martial arts too.

Chief Instructor: Sinn Chew (5th Dan)

Sensei Sinn commenced his martial arts journey in 1973. He trained in Shotokan Karate, KungFu and Kickboxing, only switching to GojuRyu in1990. In 2004, he commenced training in Judo and BJJ

His devotion to deepen his understanding in GojuRyu is matched only with a long standing commitment to demonstrate the essence of the style, and to bring about the very best in each and every student. His teaching style undoubtedly optimises the body, strengthen the mind and encourage the fighting spirit. He is truly an inspiration to his students, or to any new or senior student interested and passionate about learning Karate, and keeping fit and conditioned, with self defense skills in mind.

The mindset for developing Karate and life skills are parallel. Sensei Sinn is unique in that he continually de-mystifies the ancient martial arts, and demonstrates the relationship between the traditional basics and modern fighting methodologies.


Lac Le (1st Dan)

Lac is UQKC youngest instructor. He obtained his 1st Dan earlier in 2012 after about 5 years of continuous training. Lac always put his best foot forward, always enthusiastic and drives students hard with fitness and strength drills. He constantly seeks to balance his karate with softer techniques, and develop his life skills alongside his karate.


Past Chief Instructors

1993 to 2005 Jerry Collins
1983 to 1993 Peter Zavalishin

Peter Neilsen

Kim Tvede
1978 to 1983 Shane Klease