Verlin Koch

Shoko-Ryu Karate: Nanadan(7 th Dan)
Kyoshi, Shihan
Renbukai Karate: Godan (5 th Dan)
Yuukijuku Bogutsuki Kasrate-Do:
Godan (5 th Dan)
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu: Renshi


has over 50 years’ experience in the martial arts. He began training karate in 1966 and has trained, competed and taught karate in Japan.

“I have been training and teaching karate for over 50 years and have seen the training and learning of karate build self-discipline and self-confidence in my students. The self-confidence instills the ability to deal with difficult situations, not only as a system of self-defence, but in dealing with adversity in ordinary life.”

Paul Swacha

Shoko-Ryu Karate: Sandan (3 rd Dan)
Renbukai Karate: Nidan (2 nd Dan)
Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu (Yudansha)

Paul Swacha

“I have trained karate for almost twenty-five years. I have seen firsthand the benefits karate has brought to fitness, confidence, discipline, and mental focus. If karate were easy then everyone would have a black belt. Karate, like all martial arts, is a continual process of learning and refining skills. I have had the privilege of learning from Sensei Verlin since the beginning. I believe a good dojo is based on effective self-defence, hard work, and having fun! We have a well rounded system of karate that has benefits for all. Renbukai will help reveal to you the strength you had inside you all along. I look forward to training with you.”

Meela Gunawardena sensei

Meela Gunawardena

Shoko-Ryu Karate: Shodan (1 st Dan)

Meela Gunawardena

has been training since 1998 and in 2009 earned her Shodan (1 st Dan). In 2012 Meela competed in an international full contact tournament in Tokyo, Japan. When not training karate Meela can be found at home with her husband.