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Sijo Robert Z, Master of the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Hi, I am Sijo Robert Z, the main instructor of the Shaolin Academy. We also have Sifu Anthony C. who has been with us for 10 years, Sifu James R., Sifu Martyn M. and Sifu Douglas A. Working in the background is also my wife and partner Tai Chi Instructor Sibok Dagmar Z.

Sijo Robert Z

My martial art training started when my elder brother took me to his Judo lessons. Although not always regular i continued this from 1962 through to 1970 where we moved to Europe. We were there only 7 months when i joined in the local Karate School under Sensei Arno. During the next 6 years i trained often and regularly learning the language and enjoying the hard form of karate. Only interrupted by my 18 month service in the army, training was 5 times a week. This continued until 1976 where a number of significant events happened; After being runner up in 75, i won the European Full Contact Championship; achieved my Black Sash, my Sensei died in a car crash and i meet my wife to be.

Kung Fu for Health and Fitness

With the death of Sensei Arno the club disintegrated slowly but surly. A good friend of mine 'dragged' me along to this new form of martial art where you don't use strength and striking. This is where i meet Sensei 2nd Dan Christine. Aikido training went on for the next 6 years during which time i married my wife Dagmar and in 78 went back to school to do my Diploma of Electrical Engineering. In 80 i graduated successfully with my Diploma having completed a specialist additional Diploma with the Heinz-Piece Institute of Digital Electronics and Computing.

1982 was again a significant year. The chief instructor of the Aikido style we were doing was scheduled to be in Germany in August. Christine was preparing for her 3rd Dan and 'encouraged' me to go for my first. We did, it was successful and we were honored with Black belts from Sensei Miamoto. Two months later Dagmar and i migrated to Melbourne, Australia.

We were only 6 months in Australia when we both joined in a Kung Fu session. It was fantastic. Not as hard as the karate (Dagmar appreciated that) but allowed me to use my strength (which was a no-no in Aikido). It suited large northern's like us and the 3 Instructors were great especially the Chief Master. All went well for the next 8 years including my involvement as a Judge and Referee in a national martial art circuit. We were both into the style and Dagmar added Tai Chi to her training. It was 1990 that saw the death of my father and this caused problems for me and i caused problems for others. In 1992 we founded the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, originally called Liang-I Shaolin Lifestyle Kung Fu. You see why we changed it.

Over the next 10 years we ran the club a bit more like a hobby than a real Academy. We had a lot of success along the way including over 50 State and National Martial Art Titles. I was even voted the Best and Fairest Judge & Referee for 1999. It was a fun time and we did a lot of activities. But my dream was to be a full time Martial Art teacher. This opportunity gave itself in the way of Early Retirement from my Leaning and Development position after returning from our Training tour in Shaolin, Henan, China.

Since this time i have been a full time teacher and a part time Actor (for fun and interest). Dagmar has focused more on her professional life and is only involved with the training of seniors and instructors. We now have some exceedingly nice people who are really good at Kung Fu helping us and teaching.

Sifu Anthony C

Started with the Academy in 2005. A quiet but very capable martial artist and the nicest person possible. Intelligent, Anthony has a penchant for Shaolin Kung Fu. he is brilliant in understanding, remembering and performing the different Shaolin Styles and has a wicket sparring style. Sifu Anthony was promoted to Black Sash an honored as a Sifu in June 2015. He regularly teaches on Thursdays and trains on Tuesdays in Mordialloc.

Sifu Douglas A

Sifu Douglas initially joined the Academy in 1999 when the Mordialloc venue opened. He had some breaks in his training but always returned. A hard and solid martial artist, Douglas achieved his Weaponry Black Sash together with his Sifu accreditation via Skype. He could not stay for the official presentation needing to be in Japan where he teaches. It seems that he want's to stay Japan and settle down.

Sifu James R

Sifu James originally came to us for a change of life. he is a big fella and was not very flexible. Since then, he has made some significant personal, professional and martial art achievements. He has gone back to school and became a personal care worker, his flexibility is significantly improved and aside from level achievements he has successfully specialized in Cannon Fist Boxing. And he is good at it. He is now focused on Iron Body Iron Mind form whilst he teachers our Lion Cubs Kung Fu and assists me in Wednesdays Class. Sifu James is also three times winner of the Student of the Year as well as the firs ever to be awarded the Triple Honored Award.

Sifu Martyn M

Martyn was a bit like me in that he joined the Academy after his elder brother Robin was already a member. Actually,it was a family affair with Emily their sister also joining. Robin continued until he was a Red Sash and then he joined the State Emergency Services. Martyn stayed with us achieving two students of the Year Awards, his 1st Degree in Weaponry as well as his full Sifu Accreditation. Martyn is also managing our 2nd venue in Camberwell!

Next Gen.

We also have to mention the significant other members who are currently specifically training to become Kung Fu instructors. We have at this time two, Sishon Damon H and Sidi Mathew P. Both look to become exceeding ly capable and good instructors.

Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia
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