Instructor Profiles


IOGKF – 6th Dan, Jujitsu – 2nd Dan, Kyokushinkai – 1st Dan

Sensei Joe Roses began his martial arts training at the age of 18 at the Duntroon Military College in Australia. At that time he was diligently studying Jujitsu, Judo and Boxing. His hard training lead him to a level where he was regularly instructing American troops visiting the college on practical self defense applications. His continued training and instruction left him with the rank of 2nd Dan in Jujitsu.

A few years later, New Zealand Sensei, John Jarvis, visited Australia. Sensei Jarvis was a World class instructor in Kyokushinkai and was the first foreigner to ever complete the 100 man fight in Japan. Sensei Roses studied hard and obtained his Shodan in Kyokushinkai under Sensei Jarvis. The grading was hard going and included a 40 man fight.

Around the same time Sensei Roses competed in many Local, State and National tournaments, coming away with many successes in the middle weight divisions.

Shortly after Sensei Jarvis, due to political problems in Kyokushinkai, began looking for a new style, to change his Karate Empire over to. In 1975 Sensei Jarvis brought Higaonna Morio Sensei to Australia for the first time. At this time Higaonna Sensei was still teaching at the famous Yoyogi Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Higaonna Sensei was brought to Canberra for a weekend Gasshuku as part of his Australian tour. This was the first time Sensei Roses met and trained with Higaonna Sensei. Ever since this meeting Sensei Roses has never looked back on following Higaonna Sensei and the IOGKF.

His travels to train with the Master have taken him all over the world, from America, Okinawa and New Zealand, to Spain – Sensei Joe’s home country.

In the very early 1980’s the late Sensei David Lambert moved to Goulburn in New South Wales, Australia from Scotland. Sensei Roses traveled to Goulburn every second weekend to train with Sensei Lambert at his Goulburn Dojo. In return Sensei Lambert would make regular visits to Canberra to instruct.

Since then because of Sensei Lambert and with his joint chief instructor Sensei Chris Larken, he continues to study traditional Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate-Do and makes an effort to travel to Okinawa and New Zealand to train with Higaonna Sensei and Sensei Bakkies Laubscher as much as possible.

Some of Sensei Roses’ Karate career highlights include attending the 2004 Okinawan World Budosai where he sat his 6th Dan at Higaonna Dojo, at the same time Sensei Bakkies Laubscher sat his 8th Dan.

Along with that he rates his trips to Spain in 2005 for the European Gasshuku and trips back to Okinawa and New Zealand very highly.

Sensei Roses still resides in Canberra and has had his dojo in the area for over 30 years. He credits Higaonna Morio Sensei, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and Sensei David Lambert for having the biggest affect upon him as a Karate-ka.

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