Sensei (YWF Australian Representative)
Hebden Sensei started Karate with Steven Weir Sensei in
Forrestfield as a Junior. He has been training at
Forrestfield since then and took over the club in 1997. He
has also trained extensively with Yoshiaki Unno Sensei in
both karate and kobudo as well as some iaido and
aikido. As an instructor and the technical director
(Australia) of Yoseikan Budo Roy Sensei has over twenty
years experience in Yoseikan Karate and Kobudo having
started Yoseikan Budo in 1981. Due to the clubs'
affiliation with the Yoseikan World Federation and
the vast knowledge and expertise this world body
represents, he is able to pass this experience on to his
students. By regularly visiting Japan and the Hombu in
France and hosting Senior YWF instructors Roy Sensei
endeavours to ensure that Yoseikan-Budo uses the latest
teaching methods to help each student to reach their full
potential in both martial arts and also life.
Roy Sensei has been fortunate enough to have trained with
Hiroo Mochizuki Shihan, Mitchi Mochizuki Sensei and Mario
Ambrosini Sensei gaining significant experience and
knowledge in Yoseikan Budo. In 2002, 05, 06 Sensei travelled
to France and took part in the International Yoseikan World
Federation (YWF) Seminars presented by Hiroo Mochizuki
Shihan. At the 2002 seminar Hebden Sensei
was appointed the Australian Representative of YWF (Club
number 275). In that same year the club was honoured
to host Mitchi Mochizuki Sensei's educational visit to
Sensei has a Level One Coaching Qualification in Karate
from the Australian Coaching Council and is an instructor
recognised by the Australian Karate Federation (AKF). He
and his senior students regularly update their karate
coaching knowledge through courses and seminars offered by
this federation. Roy Sensei currently holds a third dan in
Yoseikan Budo and also Karate, a first dan in Matayoshi Kobudo and is graded
first dan in
Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido.
Sensei was born in Shizuoka Japan in 1950, he started his
martial arts training at an early age under Mochizuki Kancho at the Yoseikan dojo in Shizuoka
before coming to Australia in late 1974. Unno Sensei
introduced Yoseikan Budo into Western Australia and was the
former State Coach of the Western Australian Karate team.
He held 32 dan grades including a 6th dan in Karate. Although
Unno Sensei retired from martial arts due to failing health
he maintained a keen interest in all things budo. Unno
Sensei passed away in June 2006.
Weir Sensei one of Unno Sensei first students opened the
Forrestfield dojo in 1980. He taught Yoseikan Karate at
Forrestfield for over ten years before handing over the
day to day running of the club to his senior
students. In this time Stephen Sensei also represented both
Western Australia and Australia in sport karate.
Stephen Sensei also trained in Japan under the watchful
eye of Minoru Mochizuki Kancho. Although he did not
officially train after the mid 90s
kept his technique sharp and contributed his considerable martial arts
knowledge to Yoseikan Budo helping with gradings and tournaments.
Stephen Weir Sensei passed away in January 2007 after a
long battle with illness.