Sensei Rob Williams
Born: 1953 Victoria, Australia.
Lives: Buderim on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
Shodan, Okinawa Goju Ryu, IOGKF
Founding member of TOGKA Inc, when Sensei Ravey resigned from the IOGKF.
Yondan, Traditional Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Do. TOGKA Inc.
Principal Instructor & Developer of, Onna Do TOGKA Women’s Self Protection Program.
Certified Sports Coach and Trainer.
Instructor of Excellence in Sports, Motivational Training, and courses in Basic non-board subject Karate for High School students.
Other martial training experience:
Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Kobudo, Jo
- The opportunity to train with Sensei Ravey, a man who is living Budo and Karate.
- Sunday Bloody Sundays, training sessions of the 80’s and 90’s in the Kilcoy Ranges.
- Rob Williams Sensei ran training seminars in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to induct our East African Chief Instructor, Sensei Kheri Kivuli and students into the TOGKA. This was really an eye opener, these guys would walk or run 1 hour or more to get to training, their dedication and zeal for hard training was by far better than westerners, with our Tanzanian students were truly motivated with 95% of the students putting in 110% effort. They were the nicest and most sincere people Rob have ever meet. They had nothing but would give you everything; it was a very humbling and satisfying time for me. Our association sponsored their Dojo’s with martial arts magazines, training manuals, membership and equipment. He can remember presenting the Dar es Salaam Dojo with kick bags and using them for the first time, their looks and smiles were worth the trip. Sensei Kheri Kivuli is a very dedicated and proficient Karateka, and very worthy of promoting and preserving Traditional Okinawa Goju Ryu in East Africa.
- Teaching in England TOGKA dojos.
Rob first meet Sensei at the Caboolture Dojo in 1983. The early days of training were, by todays standards excessive, you thought yourself lucky if you could walk down the stairs after training, let alone the pain of the second day after. The bruises, lumps and broken bones all catch up. Fortunately these days we are a lot smarter with our training methods, and are aware of the damage that we can do to young developing bodies, so our training methods have become a little more scientific to protect new students, particularly the young.
Sensei moved back to Japan after 18 months of training and Rob and a couple of men by the names of Dave Houghton and Nev McCasker ran the Dojo and had regular training with Sensei Peter Obereker from Newcastle.
They trained after work starting at 6.00pm regularly going through until 10.30pm at the Dojo 3 nights a week, and at each other’s homes on other nights and Saturdays. They trained with other styles but only as a supplement to their Okinawa Goju. As a supplement they ran the streets of Caboolture carrying large rocks, doing blocks and conditioning their palms by striking them on the rocks to take our minds off the pain in their legs. Quite a bit of the training in those days was devoted to heavy Kumite and supplementary training and conditioning.
A warm up before training was 10 times around the oval with 5 activity stops of press ups, sit ups, squats, kumite etc. so you could end up doing 500 of these before you even started the lesson for the night. They were crazy days.
After Sensei returned to Australia and settled, every second Sunday was compulsory training at Sensei’s Dojo at Mary Smokes Creek in the Kilcoy ranges.
Rob wrote about these Sunday sessions back in the 80’s and has posted it in our articles section.