Anthony founded Bushido Martial Arts in 2009. He no longer actively trains but leaves a legacy that continues in BMA to this day.
He commenced his Martial Arts career when he was just 10 years old, beginning with Judo at his primary school. Anthony was intrigued at how such a small man, his Instructor Brother Joe Murphy, could throw around such large students with absolute ease.
Anthony's Judo Class - 1978 (Middle row, third from right)
After leaving school, Anthony began studying another style, Wing Chun Kung Fu, with Sifu Jim Fung. Anthony attended the classes, up to five times a week, for several years until he felt the need to further his martial knowledge.
Anthony was introduced to Dai Sempai Dave Menhennett, the Head Instructor at the Magill Primary School for the Golden Knights. Anthony instantly fell in love with the style and joined immediately.
Anthony was a dedicated student training up to 4 times per week with numerous instructors including Kyoshi Gary MacRae.
Anthony was presented with the Bushido Cross (The Zen Do Kai version of the Phoneix pendant) shortly before his Shodan Ho examination in recognition of his devotion and outstanding efforts in his training.
Shortly after this, Dai Sempai David retired as an Instructor and passed the Dojo on to Anthony for him to continue running. After consideration Anthony commenced running the club in July 1993.
Since then Anthony considerably expanded the Dojo introducing more training sessions and martial arts activities.
Over the years, Anthony has produced a number of highly skilled martial artists, many of whom now operate their own Dojos.
“It always makes me extremely proud when a junior student trains over many years, maturing into adulthood, becoming a person of strong character and full of confidence, and someone I am proud to call a friend.”
Anthony believes that Karate is for everyone, not just the naturally talented or elite athletes. His teaching style offers Karate to all, whether they are young or old, fit or unfit, coordinated or otherwise, all can benefit from the training programs Anthony has developed.
Karate is about developing strength of character and improving one self, not just physically, but spiritually as well.
Anthony firmly believes in the virtues of Bushido and everything the “warrior code” represents. He worked hard to instil these same values into all of his students and instructors, guiding them along the path of the martial arts, always encouraging them to be the best they can be.