Sempai Peter Hogarth
Sempai Peter has been training in Kyokushin since 1973 under Hanshi Eddie Ermin and Shihan Peter Volke. Known as a passionate tournament competitor in his time fighting the tournament circuit in Australia from 1974 until 1977, Sempai Peter has recently returned to Shinkyokushin after a hiatus.
His ethos is for strong and focused training, with a rediscovered joy for the applications of karate in a self defence situation. Sempai Peter has also worked in security, and was a serving member of the Australian Defence Force from 1970 until 1973.
Sempai Peter is a qualified level 3 First Aid Responder and maintains a DHS Working with Children Check. He is dedicated to the Shinkyokushin ideals as a dojo operator and instructor, as well as a judge and referee.
Sempai Natalie "Nat” Texler
Sempai Nat has been training in Kyokushin since 2000 under Sempai Joe Vrtacic at Alpine Shinkyokushin Dojo in Bright, Victoria. Upon Sempai Joe’s relocation, Nat’s training was continued under Sensei Geoff Miller until she moved to Adelaide to pursue her studies in 2009. Returning to karate in 2016, Nat has developed a dedicated focus on martial arts, culminating in her shodan grading at the 2018 Shinkyokushin National Camp in Canberra.
Her focus is on strong technical karate, which has paid dividends in her own journey as an international kata competitor (2018 Dream Cup in Tokyo) as well as a national fighter and state champion in both kata and kumite. She maintains a strong connection to her home dojo in Victoria as well as other training operators throughout Australia. Nat often travels interstate for seminars, tournaments, and training weekends, and brings back new approaches to coaching and technique.
Nat is a qualified level 3 First Aid Responder and maintains a DHS Working with Children Check. As head instructor for Ironside Dojo, she is determined to bring the best karate to her students and inspire them to develop positive mental attitudes and a strong mind.