HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Sensei Reece Cummings, Kancho, 4th Dan

Sensei Reece is the Head Instructor, and the owner of the Kodokan Matsubayashi-ryu Cummings Karate Dojo. He is an internationally qualified instructor who has trained extensively in Okinawa, Japan. He is a Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do.

Sensei Reece is a Kancho (館長), or branch director/head of dojo licenced by the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association located in Okinawa, Japan. He is also the Director and Chairman of the the Centre for Martial Arts & Human Development Incorporated, an incorporated non-profit organisation.

He originally started training in Matsubayashi-ryu with Sensei John Carlyle, Renshi 6th Dan on the mid-north coast. Later, Sensei Reece also became a direct student of the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei 10th Dan (d. 2012) and had trained as a live-in student at Soke's personal home and dojo in Okinawa in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Since the passing of Soke Nagamine in April 2012, Sensei Reece has returned to Okinawa regularly to receive instruction from the senior instructors of Matsubayashi-ryu. He now also continues to train extensively with Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi 10th Dan, who was also a direct student of Osensei Shoshin Nagamine. Sensei Reece has made a trip to Okinawa every year (sometimes twice) since 2009, often staying for more than a month at a time.

For teens and adults, Sensei Reece has a strong focus on a practical approach to karate training and believes it should be a dynamic and effective method for realistic self-defence, and for children, he teaches in a way that integrates karate into their lives as more than just a physical activity.

Both Sensei Reece's Yondan (4th degree black belt) and Dojo Owner/Instructor Certificate were issued by the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association (WMKA) Headquarters in Okinawa, that was founded by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.

Sensei Reece's other qualifications include:
Kancho Reece after his Yondan (4th degree black belt) test in Okinawa with the Examination panel.
Kancho Reece (L) with Sensei Arakaki performing Yakusoku Kumite in Arakaki Karate Dojo, Okinawa.
Kancho Reece (L) with Soke Nagamine in Canberra teaching an open-styles seminar.


Outside of Karate, Sensei Reece maintains his full-time day job. Despite teaching over 300 karate classes a year, he believes that by having a day job as the primary source of income, and not using Karate or the dojo, it ensures that quality will always be paramount over quantity, and that there is no need to sacrifice tradition or hard training in order to make money. Sensei Reece also practices non-religious form of zen, and incorporates zazen (shikantaza), a form of Japanese sitting meditation, into the dojo's karate classes, and believes in the saying kenzen ichinyo (karate and zen as one).

In addition to Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do, Sensei Reece has trained in Okinawan Kobudo (weapons), Ninjutsu, Judo and military self-defence.

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Kancho Reece's Matsubayashi-ryu lineage.

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Kancho Reece's martial arts resume.

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ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS
All assistant instructors have completed a First Aid qualification, and are registered with the ACT Office of Regulatory Services for Working with Vulnerable People. For more information on the accreditation process of our instructors, please visit our policies page.

Mr Dave, Dai-Senpai, 2nd Dan
Mr Dave is the dojo's dai-senpai (大先輩), or most senior student, and has been with the dojo since its opening in 2009. He is a Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and earned both his Shodan and Nidan under a panel of judges in Okinawa. Mr Dave has also trained with Soke Nagamine, Sensei Arakaki, and Sensei Carlyle.

Mr Dave is accredited as an internal dojo 'Class Assistant' and regularly assists with the juniors program, and takes classes in Sensei Reece's absence. He is also currently enrolled in the AKF's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

Ms Helen, Senpai, 1st Dan
Ms Helen is one of the dojo's senior students, and has been training at the dojo with Sensei Reece for five years. Ms Helen has also visited Okinawa to train in Karate, and has trained with Sensei Arakaki on his visits to Australia. Ms Helen has also trained with Sensei Arakaki and Sensei Carlyle.

Ms Helen is accrediated as an internal dojo 'Class Assistant' and is also currently enrolled in the AKF's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.


Mr Mike, Senpai, 1st Dan
Mr Mike is one of the dojo's black belt students, and has been training at the dojo for more than four years. He has also visited Okinawa to train in Karate twice, and has trained with Sensei Arakaki and Sensei Carlyle.

Mr Mike is the regular instructor for the Tuesday kids (juniors) class. He is accrediated as an internal dojo 'Assistant Instructor' and is also currently enrolled in the AKF's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

BLACK BELTS
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Mr Chris, Senpai
1st Dan

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Mr Fred, Senpai
1st Dan

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Mr David, Senpai
1st Dan (Provisional)


INTERNATIONAL & AUSTRALIAN INSTRUCTORS

Osensei Shoshin Nagamine
1st Soke, Hanshi 10th Dan
Okinawa, Japan (b. 1907, d. 1997)
Sensei Takayoshi Nagamine
2nd Soke, Hanshisei 10th Dan
Okinawa, Japan (b. 1945, d. 2012)
Sensei Yoshitaka Taira
Kaicho, Hanshi 10th Dan
Okinawa, Japan
Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki
Fuku-Kaicho, Hanshi 10th Dan
Okinawa, Japan
Sensei John Carlyle
Honbucho, Renshi 6th Dan
NSW, Australia
For a list of all Australian black belts and instructors, please visit the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia (MKAA) website.