Instructors

under about dojo

Shihan Terry

Yushu Shihan Terry started training in the bujinkan in the early 90s under Paul Porter. He was the youngest student in what was by r
siyaeputation the hardest bujinkan dojo in Brisbane. The first few years was hard but with dedication and perseverance he ended up holding his own against the seniors. Shihan Terry would go on to become the youngest shodan and the youngest yon dan under Shidoshi Paul Porter and by the age of 18 he was already teaching regular classes in the Sunnybank dojo. He has achieved the highest rank in the Bujinkan when awarded Jugo Dan and in 2016 he was personally awarded Yushu Shihan by Soke Hatsumi in Noda.

 

Shihan Terry is also one of the highest ranking eskrimadors in the world and is a lineage holder in several traditional eskrima systems (visit eskrima.net ). Shihan Terry has received awards from many Martial Arts organisations in the Philippines, India and all over the world. An avid collector of martial arts manuscripts and books he has one of the largest collections in the country with over 1500 hard and soft cover books on martial arts and western fighting arts dating back to the 1700’s.

 

 

 


Senior Students of theDojo

Shidoshi

Andrew Southam

 

 

Started his martial arts journey as a young single guy in Tae Kwon Do under the guidance of a fellow named Warren Gray who had trained under Chong Chul Rhee. Andrew trained with him for many years, eventually becoming one of his senior black belt students. In 1990 due to personal reasons Warren decided to close his school. Andrew continued training with another Tae Kwon Do school for a short time until meeting up with someone who was training in the Bujinkan.

 

This sparked his curiosity and he decided to train in the art, under  the guidance of Iain Brotchie who received his Godan (5th Dan) from Soke Hatsumi when he visited Australia for the 1992 Tai Kai. Iain was a senior instructor of Bujinkan Roy Dojos. Andrew continued training there attaining the rank of 2nd Kyu. Due to a work injury he had to cease training for a year. When he was able to return to training, the Bujinkan Roy Dojos had broken up so Andrew decided to return to Tae Kwon Do and also began the study of Hapkido for a short time. After this Andrew helped a work colleague from the U.K. start up dojo as he was a Wado Ryu Karate instructor and Andrew trained with him in Wado Ryu for a short time. Eventually, realising that it wasn’t what he wanted to do, he found out about Shidoshi Paul Porter’s Bujinkan Warrior Arts. Andrew had known about Paul’s school in Pine Rivers for a long time and was told, because of the area in which he lived, it would be closer for him to train with Paul’s brother Mark. So in November 2001 Andrew continued on his Bujinkan journey under the guidance of Mark Porter and remained training with him until his passing in 2014.

Andrew successfully received his Go Dan in Japan in April 2017.

 

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Andrew in Dai Jodan

 

Shidoshi Ho – Yon Dan

Ross Eagles

Shidoshi-Ho Ross Eagles first and only art has been the Bujinkan. Studying the Bujinkan continuously since for over 21 years he continuous to train despite severe shoulder and leg injuries. Ross began his Bujinkan journey under Shidoshi Paul Porter and continued to train with Dean Porter and most recent with Shihan Terry.

 

 

In memory of Shihan Mark Porter

Shihan Mark Porter begun his martial arts journey over 42 years ago as a 12 year old wanting an advantage over school yard bullies. Beginning with Karate he found the Bujinkan in the mid 80’s, the oldest of the Porter siblings he followed Paul to the Bujinkan and was hooked from the beginning. Soon younger brother Shidoshi Dean Porter also began training in the Bujinkan. Shihan Mark’s love and passion for the Bujinkan was so much that he dedicated himself to the propagation of the art in the Pine Rivers, Redcliffe and Caboolture areas of Brisbane. Teaching many students during his time, many people’s lives changed for the better due to Shihan Mark Porter’s guidance.

In 2014 tragedy struck when Shihan Mark Porter was taken from us at the young age of 52. In the same year Soke Hatsumi after hearing of Mark’s years of dedication to the Bujinkan from Shihan Terry would honour Mark Porter by issuing him with a JuDan rank Posthumously, This rare occurrence is the first time Soke has done this for anyone in Australia and one of the few times in the world.

 

Soke Hatsumi, Dai Shihan Nagato and Shihan Terry discussing Bujinkan in the Philippines.

Soke Hatsumi, Dai Shihan Nagato and Shihan Terry discussing Bujinkan in the Philippines.

Shihan Mark Porter and Paul Porter in the 80s

Shihan Mark Porter and Paul Porter in the 80s