“Amidst The Noise And Rapid Changes Of
Modern Society One Can Find, In Karate-Do,
A Peace Of Mind That Will Never Be Shaken.”

Nagamine Shoshin
Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do

1907 – 1997

Training times

Our Training times are every Thursday night 6.00 to 7.30

Due to the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic all training has been suspended until further notice, for further information please contact us.

Karate ni sente nashi ( there is no first attack in Karate )

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Tying your Belt More info

Our Instructor More info

Kata More info

Collection of training videos

Below are some links to some of our training videos added just recently , quality on some is not the best with some tape stretch probably VHS or BETA cam.

Dojo Etiquette (Code of Conduct)

No matter how you may excel in the art of te, and in your scholastic endeavors,
nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life.

  • No idle chatter, smoking, alcohol, eating, chewing gum, etc. in the dojo.
  • All karateka must bow before entering and upon leaving the dojo. To those who practice karate the dojo is sacred place. We bow when entering the dojo to affirm our intention to train hard and seriously and we bow when leaving to show thanks for a good training session.
  • All karateka must bow to instructors or visiting instructors. We emphasis politeness at all times in the dojo and seek to cultivate a spirit based on humility and respect.
  • When the instructor or visiting instructor enter/exit the dojo, all karateka must stop whatever they are doing and face the sensei at the door and bow. Each person should seek to develop as a degree of training of the mind as it does the body.
  • A karate gi or loose comfortable clothing must be worn. No socks or shoes are permitted.
  • . Show absolute obedience to your sensei. All instruction from the sensei or designated instructor must be followed.
  • . Call your instructor “sensei”.
  • Always acknowledge criticism given by the instructor or any other person. Respond to the sensei or black belt instructor with the word “Hai.”
  • . Never stand around with your hands on your waist. The standing position is one assumed just before kata or yoi, namely two clenched fists in front of the body in standing position.
  • . When sitting, always sit cross-legged or in seiza position.
  • . Fingernails and toenails should be regularly cut in order to prevent injury.
  • Jewelry should not be worn in the dojo. It has no place in the dojo and can easily be broken or even cause injury.
  • 13. In all practice, the emphasis is placed on control, accuracy and non-contact.
  • . Do not attempt to learn or teach new forms without the expressed permission of the sensei.
  • The dojo is to be kept clean by all students. Please help to keep the floor dry, clean and free of objects. Please look for a broom to sweep the floor as soon as you enter the dojo, before the start of class. Each student should do his or her part to contribute to a proper training environment.
  • If you arrive late, wait, standing in fudo dachi until recognized by the sensei, bow and say “SHITSUREI SHIMASU” (Excuse me for being late), bow again and then join the class, walking around other karateka and entering the line from the back.
  • Report immediately to the sensei any injury or illness.
  • All karateka must stay inside the dojo. Inform the sensei if you must leave the dojo. Then follow normal procedures for leaving the dojo.



The most widely spoken language in Japan is Japanese, which is separated into numerous dialects with Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese.

The Japanese language relies on not one but three different alphabets — hiragana, katakana and kanji — which are differentiated both by their distinct appearances and by their use. all commands are given in Japanese and English

One to Ten

Ichi / shoOne / first
Shi / yonFour
Shichi / nanaSeven
some you will notice have two we use the first


Fudo dachiFormal attention stance
Heisoku dachiClosed-foot stance
Soto-hachiji shizentai dachi (Hachiji dachi)Natural stance
Ashi-mae shizentai dachiFoot forward natural walking stance
Nekoashi dachiCat stance
Jigotai dachi (shiko dachi)Squat stance
Naihanchi dachi (kiba dachi)Straddle-leg stance
Zenkutsu dachiFront stance
Naname-zenkutsu dachiDiagonal front stance
Kokutsu dachiBack stance
Kosa dachiCross stance
Ippon-ashi dachiOne leg stance
Iaigoshi dachiKneeling stance
SeizaFormal sitting position (this is not a stance)

The following are common Japanese terms used in class day-to-day.
All students should try to learn and use them. There are more, which
will be learned as the student progresses.

Line upShugoTurnMaeate
Sit DownSeizalowerGedan
Please Teach meOnegai ShimasuPunchZuki
Thank you very muchArigato GozaimasuKickKeri
You’re are welcomeDo ItashimashiteleftHidari
Way of the empty handKarate-doRightMigi
Senior instructorRenshiBegin (start)Hajime
StudentDeshi or MonteiPush-UpsUdetate Fuse
MasterSokeExcuse me(sorry)Sumimasen
House of instructionDojoJust a Moment pleaseChotto matte Kudasai
Forms Stylized (fighting)KataI understandWakarimashita
Striking postMakiwaraHow are youOgenki desu ka?

Tying your Belt


Our Instructor


Sensei John Carlyle is the Chief Instructor and National Director (Honbucho) for Matsubayashi-ryu Australia. He is also the owner and Head Instructor (kancho) for the dojo located in Wingham, Harrington, Laurieton and Taree.

Sensei Carlyle holds a 6th Dan in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and has been practising Karate-do for 45 years. He also holds the teaching licence of ‘Renshi’, awarded by the WMKA Okinawa Headquarters. Sensei Carlyle was a direct student of the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei 10th Dan, the second generation headmaster and son of the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu, Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.

Since the passing of Soke Nagamine in April 2012, Sensei Carlyle has returned to Okinawa to receive instruction from the senior instructors of Matsubayashi-ryu. Sensei Carlyle has since become a student and official representative of Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi 10th Dan, who was also a direct student of Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.

He has travelled to Okinawa and the United States multiple times to train with Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, and senior Matsubayashi-ryu instructors. Sensei Carlyle has received his grade, dojo owner licence, and teaching certification directly from Soke Nagamine.

Sensei Carlyle was also the first instructor to host Soke Nagamine in the Oceania region in 2007, when he brought Soke Nagamine to Australia for over a week of intensive training, and an open-styles seminar.

Sensei John Carlyle



Even though we take different roads to ascend the wooden mountain,each of us can achieve our goal and appreciate the moon when we reach the top.

Okinawan folk song

These clips were created and the kata performed by Sensei Jim Sindt for more information go to Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate web site

Fukyugata Ichi

Fukyugata Ni

Pinan Ni Dan

Pinan Sho Dan

Pinan San Dan

Pinan Yo Dan

Pinan Go Dan

Naihanchi Sho Dan

Karate competition 2019


1960s Matsubayashi ryu Practioners

Sensei Lara Chamberlain Kata Kyan no Sai

Matsubayashi Ryu Bo kata Shiramatsu performed by a young Nagamine Sensei

Matsubayashi ryu Shoshin Nagamine Honbu dojo training

Nagamine Shishin (Matsubayashi-ryu) demonstrates the kata Shirotaru-no-kon

Pinan Shodan Bunkai training