Northern Goju Karate

About Us

Located on Level 1 at the 'Laurimar Town Centre', Office 108, 95 Hazel Glen Drive Doreen Victoria, Northern Goju Karate (NGK) offers coaching, tuition and education to students of all ages (from the age of 6 through adult) in traditional 'Goju' fashion with modern-day influences.

Our aim is to continually help students progress effectively through their karate journey in an enjoyable atmosphere, whilst offering excellent knowledge in self-defence strategies and techniques, and to motivate our students to aspire to greater accomplishments.

NGK prides itself on giving our students the best possible training in a friendly and caring environment.

 

About Kyoshi Adrian Delia

Kyoshi Adrian Delia is the Chief Instructor of Northern Goju Karate and is a fully qualified 6th Dan Black Belt Karate Instructor with 34 years of Goju karate experience and 30 years of teaching experience. He is an NCAS Level 1 Coach (Nationally Recognised Coach, Accredited by the AKF), and has his Level 2 First Aid. He is also recognised as a certified coach by the MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Australia) and is also recognised and certified by Coach Check. 

Kyoshi Adrian is praised for his high level of motivational, communication and technical skills in 'Karate', 'Arnis', and 'Ground Awareness', whilst creating a fun and exciting class environment for all to enjoy.

Kyoshi Adrian has instructed many students to the prestigious Black Belt grade, and higher levels, and has also trained many State and National Champions.

Kyoshi Adrian's aim is to pass on his karate knowledge and to continually help students progress effectively through their karate journey in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere, whilst offering excellent knowledge in self-defence strategies and techniques, and to motivate our students to aspire to greater accomplishments in both karate and in their everyday lives.

  

About Sensei Steven Langton

Sensei Steven is a 3rd Dan Instructor at Northern Goju Karate and has a vast history with Goju, being lucky enough to have trained under Kyoshi Tino Ceberano's tutelage (Kyoshi Tino Ceberano studied under Gogen Yamaguchi, and was his successor, bringing Goju to Australia). Sensei Steven provides a world of knowledge and understanding of techniques and technical application. Anyone lucky enough to train with Sensei Steven will appreciate his attitude towards karate and being a karate-ka.

Due to personal commitments, Sensei Steven moved to Canada in 2014, and was missed by all who were privileged to train with him. Sensei Steven did keep in contact with Kyoshi Adrian Delia, and in 2019 even returned and celebrated our end-of-year Seniors Party, catching up with many others.

Sensei Steven was always welcome back to the dojo, and in 2021 he returned to Melbourne and continues to be part of our great team and family, and is keen to help others again. 

 

About Sensei Justin Gillivour 

Sensei Justin is a 3rd Dan Black Belt Instructor at Northern Goju Karate and is a perfect example of what karate can offer to anyone who is willing to work hard.

Sensei Justin started his karate journey under Kyoshi Adrian's tutelage when he was 8 years old and was faced with a physical disadvantage (dwarfism), but with hard work, dedication, perseverance, and a focus on what he needed to do to defend himself, Sensei Justin excelled in all aspects of training.

Sensei Justin has a great understanding of Goju Techniques and has great communication skills and patients. Sensei Justin is also a Secondary School teacher, hence his knowledge in passing on skills and knowledge and his communication skills are amazing. All who have trained under/with Sensei Justin appreciate all he has to offer. 

In the later part of 2020 Sempai Justin should have had the opportunity to attempt his 3rd Dan, but due to COVID interruptions and the legislated VIC lockdowns, his grading was postponed till July of 2021. This in itself was testament to his perseverance and resilience and Sensei Justin did not disappoint the Grading Panel and performed impeccably at his grading. Kyoshi Paul Ceberano and Kyoshi Adrina Delia were both on the Grading Panel, and can attest to the skills demonstrated by Sensei Justin. 

Sempai Justin Gillivour is a true testament to being able to achieve anything if you work hard enough at it, and all that train with and under him appreciate and recognise it too!

  

About Sempai Alannah Conboy   

Sempai Alannah is a 1st Dan Black Belt Instructor at Northern Goju Karate and has trained under Kyoshi Adrian Delia's tutelage since 2012.

Sempai Alannah received her Black Belt in mid 2017 and her 1st Dan in early 2019. And in July of 2021, Sempai Alannah successfully graded to her Senior Shodan (Ist Dan) Black Belt and her effort and performance were amazing to watch. 

Her maturity, her professional, her enthusiasm, and her ability to control classes, and communicate with students, coupled with her high level of skill and determination and her passion for what she does, is truly respected and appreciated, and she is a valuable part of our team. 

Sempai Alannah helps with numerous Junior classes and is valued for her dedication and commitment to Northern Goju Karate.

 

About Sempai Callum Atwell

Sempai Callum Atwell is a highly motivated and energetic Black Belt Instructor at Northern Goju Karate.

Sempai Callum began his training with Northern Goju Karate in 2014 after a move away from his previous karate club, coming to us and being regraded to our syllabus based on what he knew. He was always eager to show his learnt and gained skills, and over the years he has been with us, Sempai Callum has shown much growth and maturity and is now helping with classes and instruction.

Sempai Callum has always competed, and it is because of his competitive nature that many of his accomplishments have been as successful as they are, including State and National Titles. 

In late 2019 Sempai Callum left Victoria to study in NSW, but has returned to the Dojo to assist and to teach from time to time, to participate in Seminars, and to help with Gradings. He intends to move back to Victoria, but the 2020 and 2021 COVID restrictions hindered that, and we expect that move will happen in the very near future, and eagerly await his return.

 

About Sempai Richard Duff 

Sempai Richard is a Shodan (1st Dan) Black Belt Instructor and has been assisting with Junior and Senior Classes since the beginning of 2017, alongside his own training.

Sempai Richard studied Martial Arts (Karate) when he was younger, and returned to Karate training in his adulthood. Whilst he had some skills already, Sempai Richard was open to learning and relearning, and has improved and honed his skills as a practitioner and as a coach, and is a great asset to the dojo.

Sempai Richard received his Black Belt at the end of 2018 and in 2020, Sempai Richard should have had the opportunity to grade to his 1st Dan. Due to the legislated 2020 VIC COVID lockdowns, it was not possible. The Grading was rescheduled in May 2021 and then rescheduled again in July 2021 when it actually took place. 

Sempai Richard was an exemplary student at the Grading and displayed his skills for all to witness. Kyoshi Paul Ceberano was present at that grading and was extremely impressed with Richard, and other students present on that day.  

Sempai Richard is a great instructor with remarkable form and ability and is always a pleasure to have at the dojo. 

 

About Sempai Marc Nuzzolese

Sempai Marc is a Shodan (1st Dan) Black Belt Instructor and has been assisting with classes from early 2020.

Sempai Mark studied Kyokushin many years ago, and in his adulthood, in early 2015, he took up Goju tutelage at Northern Goju Karate restarting at his White Belt. Sempai Marc had (and has) a huge passion for Kata, Kihon and Kumite, and has amazing form and strength through all aspects of his karate training, performance and endeavours. Over the past years, he has developed and grown into a great Goju karate-ka. Sempai Mark has competed and shown his skills obtained at tournaments with great success also.  

Sempai Marc received his Black Belt at the end of 2018 and was/is pursuant to higher grades. In 2020, Sempai Mark should have had the opportunity to grade to his 1st Dan but due to the legislated 2020 VIC COVID lockdowns, it was not possible, and occured in July 2021.

Sempai Marc regularly assists with our Senior Classes (on Tuesday and Thursday nights) during the week, and has a great passion and energy at the dojo.

Northern Goju Karate is grateful to have him assisting and belonging to the Dojo.

  

About Sempai Stephen West 

Sempai Stephen is a Shodan (1st Dan) Black Belt Instructor and Karate-Ka and is the longest serving member since we opened our doors on August 23, 2012. 

Sempai Steven graded to His 1st Dan on August 7, 2022 and has always appreciated the journey of a Karate-Ka and never raced to get to a belt or Grading, embracing the journey. Sempai Stephen endeavours to continue to train and teach and reach greater ranks and achievements through his time as a Karate-Ka.

Sempai Stephen's work commitments have always been a part of his availability to train and attend classes, but his dedication has seen him work through and around his hectic work schedule to ensure he continues to turn up and is a testament to his dedication to the dojo.  

Sempai Stephen is known to have bones of titanium (a joke amongst his peers), but all who have sparred with him know it. 

Sempai Stephen brings a level of respect, dedication, honour and hard work to every class he attends. 

  

About Natasha Pagniello and Kimberly Pagniello

Sempai Natasha and Sempai Kimberly (sisters) are both Shodan (1st Dan) students at Northern Goju Karate, and whilst their initial Goju teachings didn't begin at Northern Goju Karate, they have embraced our Dojo/Club as their own. 

Both Natasha and Kimberly originally started their journey with Kyoshi Adrian's Sensei, Sensei Terry Carberry from 2011, and when the Vic COVID Lockdowns occurred, affecting many Small and Medium Businesses, Natasha and Kimberley sought Northern Goju Karate and began training with us. They both came to Northern Goju Karate as Shodan-Ho's (Black Belts), and we endevoured to get them both to their next rank. 

In August of 2022, Both Sempai Natasha and Sempai Kimberly had the opportunity to grade and put in a great effort to achieve their Shodan (1st Dan). 

It is an honour to have these practitioners in our dojo, as part of our team.  

  

About Sempai Kaitlyn Cooknell 

Sempai Kaitlyn is a Shodan-Ho Black Belt Instructor and assists with classes occasionally (due to her school commitments).

Sempai Kaitlyn received her Shodan Ho (Black Belt) in early 2019, and showed interest in helping others on their journey, and is a delight to have around.

Students respond well to Sempai Kaitlyn, and she often helps students with a one-on-one situation to assist a student if/when struggling, aiding the student to get around the hurdle that may have been causing some frustration. Her soft nature and caring ways help her to achieve this one-on-one progress.  

  

About Sempai Zane Doolan 

Sempai Zane is a Shodan-Ho Black Belt and assists with the Junior Classes.  

Sempai Zane is a great athlete and is enthusiastic and motivated in assisting others to improve themselves, and is keen to assist and help at the dojo as required.

Sempai Zane has a huge heart and is very passionate about his Karate training and self-improvement and self-development. He is a great athlete and motivator to the students.  

In May of 2021, Sempai Zane attempted his Black Belt Grade. It was a bumpy road prior due to the Vic COVID lockdowns and restrictions, but his perseverance and hard work never let him down, and worked hard throughout these interuptions and throughout his grading, proving himself and his skills to the grading panel. 

 

About Sempai Elizabeth Detsik 

Sempai Elizabeth is a Shodan-Ho Black Belt and assists with Junior Classes typically on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and if given the opportunity would be assisting at every class.

Sempai Elizabeth was always and is an amazing student and throughout her journey was utilized to demonstrate what was expected from students. There are vivid memories/recollections where we had Elizabeth demonstrating with myself the requirements we need to see in sparring to her group/class/peers and setting a benchmark example to others of what is expected when Elizabeth was just an 8th Kyu).

Elizabeth has always practiced and excelled as a karate-ka and is enthusiastic and motivated in assisting others to improve themselves.

In the later part of 2020, Sempai Elizabeth should have attempted her Black Belt Grade. Due to the legislated 2020 VIC COVID lockdowns, it was not possible, and occured in March of 2021 instead. 

 

About Sempai Zane Saaverda

Sempai Zane is a Senior Black Belt at Northern Goju Karate, grading from his Junior Black to Senior Black on July of 2021. 

Sempai Zane has spent many years perfecting and honing his skills. These skills have been proven at competitions numerous times over and his State and National Titles are testiment of this.

Sempai Zane brings a lot of energy to the class. His positive personality compliments the dojo and the students and after receiving his Senior Black Belt, he has made a great effort to assist with classes, and we look forward to the road ahead together.