About Lee’s Karate
Founded by Sensei Belinda Lee, Lee’s Karate offers training in the traditional Goju-Ryu style of Karate. Combined with other complementary influences such as life skills and navigating the modern world, classes focus on self-improvement and the development of positive attitudes to personal safety, fitness and self-confidence.
Sensei Belinda Lee
- Over 30 years martial arts training in Australia and Japan
- 4th Dan Black Belt
- Bachelor of Education (Health and PE)
- 15 years experience teaching in classrooms
- Outdoor fitness training in all weather
Raised and trained in the discipline from a young age by her father Michael Lee (a direct student of Yip Man and contemporary of Bruce Lee), Sensei Belinda attributes his early influence as her inspiration –
“I am proud of and believe the passion I have for karate originally comes from my Dad.”
Belinda is a qualified teacher and 4th Dan Instructor with over 25 years’ experience in Karate. Sensei Belinda has travelled to Japan to enhance her martial arts training. She has continued her Karate training and learnt Aikido for a number of years before returning to Australia.
Prior to opening Lee’s Karate, Belinda’s trained under Sensei George Ciechanowicz who learnt from Ohtsuka Sensei (a sixth generation master from the founder of Goju-Ryu). Her training focused on a newly developed teaching system called Kin Shin Kai which was created to remind students of the balance of hard and soft in Goju-Ryu and to live a balanced life.
It is with a lifetime of learned technique coupled with her own training and experience that Belinda Lee opened Lee’s Karate – representing generations of martial art skill, discipline and passion.
“I envisage all students try their best and aim to improve in character. To also create leaders who seek excellence in technique and show loyalty. As Ohtsuka Sensei taught all students are to support fellow members regardless of rank and are of good nature.”
Sensei Alex Price
- 23 years Karate experience
- 3rd Dan Black Belt
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education)
- Qualified full time teacher since 2012
- Premier Cricket representative
- Plays competition Tennis (former coach)
An enthusiastic teacher who loves many aspects of sport, Alex is passionate about developing the best in her karate students.
Sensei Roslyn Wong
- 3rd Dan Black Belt
- 20 years experience
- Currently working at HEGURU – Early Childhood ‘Whole-Brain’ Learning Centre
- Bachelor of Multimedia Business Marketing
Since the age of 12, Roslyn has enjoyed the “3 S’s” of karate: Self-defence, Sport and Social interaction.
Sempai Natalie Tan
- 1st Dan Black Belt
- Over 8 years of experience in Karate Goju-RYu
- Graduated from Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Dietetic Practice at La Trobe University.
- Currently working in the Health Industry
- Mundansha (Colour Belt Student) of the Year (2014)
Natalie has always had a passion for teaching, nurturing and building up kids since high school. Combined with her dedication and drive for excellence in karate, she began teaching classes. She loves watching the kids in her class grow from Tiny Fists to Little Ninjas to Young Samurais, and every tiny bit of progress brings a smile to her face. She is all about giving tailored instructions and advice that suits the level of the student because she believes that is the best way for her students to learn. In her spare time, she enjoys checking out the culture and food scene in Melbourne, eating and cooking, hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.
“It makes me so proud when I see my kids improve in a technique they have been struggling with. Much like in many aspects of life, in karate, hard work and perseverance pays off.”
The Goju Ryu Style of Karate
In the study of Goju-Ryu, we hope to attain balance and harmony not only in our practice, but also in our mind, body, and spirit.
Goju-Ryu Japanese for “hard-soft style,” is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques.
Gō, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; jū, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Gōjū-ryū incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent.