Jim Gloriod started martial at as a 10 year old at a Perth PCYC doing Judo. He only trained for six months and then moved on to other interests. Jim recommenced his training in 1985 at age 17 with a style of GoJu Ryu. After 18 months he moved on try the style of Bando Banshay. He did this for 6Â months. It was in 1987 that Jim started Okinawan GoJu Ryu with Sensei Terry Lyon, WA Chief Instructor of the IOGKF. He knew after a short time, that this was the style he had been looking for.
Jim spent a year on the East coast working and joined a Kyuokoshin Kai Dojo for that period. He kept in touch with sensei Lyon whilst away and promptly joined the Dojo again upon his return. Jim trained with vigor, several times a week, eventually taking classes for Sensei Lyon on weekends.
Jim followed the Dojo through the transition from IOGKF to TOGKA, gaining the leadership and guidance offered by Sensei Ravey. Throughout these early years of Jim's journey in karate he enteredÂ several kumite/kata tournaments. These were mainly full contact and most of themÂ open to all styles of martial arts. He had a fair amount of success in theseÂ comps by winning a number of titles and also representing WA in a five man fullÂ contact team that fought against a Victorian team in 1993 at the 'Speed Dome' inÂ Perth. Jim trained in Judo throughout this period to supplement his Goju RyuÂ training and ground skills.
Jim was graded to Shodan in 1991 and Nidan inÂ 1993, both at the Mt Lawley Dojo by Sensei Ravey. In 1993 he took over as headÂ instructor of the Craigie DojoÂ from Sensei Colin Craggs. Craigie Dojo sawÂ many students over the eight years under Jim's leadership, some which haveÂ worked through to become Dansha and are still training today. Craigie DojoÂ closed in 2001 when the the high school that it was part of, wasÂ demolished.
He trained with Sensei Ravey on many occasions,Â both in Qld and WA. Jim took his Sandan grading with Sensei Ravey in 1996, likeÂ many others, in the mountains of Kilcoy. Jim moved to Qld early in the year 2001Â to pursue a career as a skydiving instructor. He jumped for a living onto theÂ beaches if Qld for two years. During this time he trained with Sensei Ravey onÂ many occasions. He returned to WA in 2003 with his wife to be, Bianca, who wasÂ carrying theirÂ first child.
Over the next 9 years, JimÂ stayed in touch with karate on a fairly casual level. He focused his life onÂ Bianca and their two sons, gaining a job offshore on an oilÂ rig.
In 2012, a long time student and great friend of Jim's,Â Chris Finn, built the Dojo at Landsdale in order to resurrect the old CraigieÂ Dojo and to provide a place continue to train Goju Ryu. Landsdale Dojo has someÂ of the old members from Craigie as well as some new students just beginningÂ karate.Â
Jim now works for an engineering firm,Â facilitating inductions for the Iron Ore and offshore sector of industry. He isÂ now the Head Instructor of the Landsdale Dojo, and training regularly onceÂ more.
The Landsdale Dojo is very impressive indeed!