Yoseikan-Ryu Karate (養正館流空手 – literally “House of Honesty and Education”), is the name given to the variant of Shotokan Karate taught at the Yoseikan Dojo in Shizuoka, Japan, under the direction of Minoru Mochizuki (望月 稔 Mōchizuki Minoru, 1907–2003).
Minoru Mochizuki trained directly under Gichin Funakoshi, the man who formally introduced Karate to the Japanese mainland in 1921. In the 1970s, Minoru Mochizuki formally organised his arts into Yoseikan Budo.
Our style stems back to the early 1900’s involving many different styles of martial arts including; karate, aikido, judo, Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, jujutsu, kobudo, iaido, kendo, jojutsu, and kempo.
We also extended the style and included self defence suited to our day and age.
The Chief Instructor for Yoseikan in Australia is Branco Bratich, 8th Dan. Branco, who, with the assistance of his senior instructors, has built Yoseikan-Ryu Karate into an Australia-wide organisation. Branco opened his first club at the Girrawheen Recreation Centre in Perth in 1978.
National Junior Coach
Branco was appointed Australia’s National Junior Coach in 1989. Since that time Australia’s National Junior Teams have achieved outstanding results. Australia’s juniors have defeated the mighty Japanese in the Junior Asian Pacific Championships and also defeated the top European countries in the Junior World Cup, winning gold medals in the male and female team events.
National Senior Coach
Branco was appointed to this position in 1992. Since Branco has been coaching National Senior Teams, Australia has won two individual gold medals and many silver and bronze medals at World Championships. His national coaching record remains unbeaten.