Sensei Bruce Hyland 8th Dan

Sensei Bruce Hyland 8th Dan began his karate training in 1972. Having a grounding in Traditional , Shiai contest Karate, and Coaching. Bruce has always sought out the most advantageous methods for his own self-development and his students. Karate is neither traditional(form), shiai(contest)  or self-defence(functional), it is all these! Karate parrels life with principles and philosophies that are like having your own life coach every step of the way as you grow into the complete karateka-student and human being.

Early Bruce realised that his calling was to have an impact on others’ lives that meant by doing or seeking out the best in Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 10th  Dan or immersing himself in Traditional, Sport & Fitness, for 50 +  years he has competed, coached, trained and traveled the World extensively to reach that goal, in personal Education and Development to enhance his Performance as a Karateka and Martial artist.

He has competed in numerous open tournaments since 1975, winning   31 Gold – 25 Silver and 14 Bronze, along the way placing third at the 1985 Asian Pacific Championships and representing Australia in 1984 at the WKF World Championships and winning national and state titles. Winning USA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2011 and recently he competed in the WKA 2022 World Karate Championships in Szczecin, Poland  and was a Silver Medallist in the super veterans.

As a coach, he was National Kumite Coach from 1992 – 2005 taking 15 teams to international events, including three World Championships. At State level he has enjoyed a successful role as Senior State Coach from 1987 to 2000; he was appointed Head Kumite Coach 2009-2015.

His students have won or placed in World Championships, British, USA and International, National, and State Championships since 1975 with many of his students holding positions of state-level coaches – this is a testament to his methodology and philosophy one being that;

“we don’t just build champions – we build champion people”.

The perception is that martial arts are a destructive and dangerous activity, no doubt it has that potential, however, Ishinryu programs have been designed for children 6-12, teenagers and  adults.

Discipline, fitness, self-control, confidence, self-defense are the benefits of training and karate practice. Ishinryu has Coloured belt system that assists the student to progress at their own pace without trepidation, each student has the potential to become a Black Belt.

As a student matures with grade, so also will his/her manners and etiquette, outwardly and even more important inwardly.


Bruce conducts Kumite Training Seminars; he has a wealth of knowledge gained from coaching and competing at the highest level. He has produced style World Champions, World Games, British, USA, Oceania, National and State champions.

Bruce Hyland Kumite Competencies System.

Fitness (volume and intensity of how to prepare for a championship).

Technical (Attack and Counters)
Talents (Distance, Footwork and Timing)
Tactics (on the tatami, types of opponents, how to prepare mentally for each round, semi-final and final of a championship)-

Philosophy (Philosophy enhances an athletes problem solving capabilities, It helps analyse concepts, definitions, arguments and problems, It contributes to our capacity to organise ideas and issues , to deal with questions of value , and to exact what his essential from large quantities of information , with a simple quote or quip.

If you wish to book a Kumite Training seminar, email; or phone; 0409 782 304

Bruce’s Profile

In 1970 viewed a class conducted by Sensei Tino Cebrano then in 1972 Began Karate training, at Albert Davies Go Shin Do Karate School.
1975 15th December 1st Dan
1982 26th April 2nd Dan
1985 15th November 3rd Dan
1992 25th June 4th Dan
2000 30th June 5th Dan
2008 27th June 6th Dan
2015 18th October 7th Dan
2023 25th June 8th Dan

Major Competitor Achievements

All Styles Open-Most Exciting Fighter-Melbourne Town HallContender1975
Australia’s 1st Kickboxer – Melbourne – Australia*1976
Pro-am all styles Springvale – MelbourneGold1977
All Stars Karate Team Vs All Stars Kung Fu TeamGold1978
Canberra Open-A.C.T AustraliaGold1978
K.I.A Open Championships- MelbourneGold1979,1980,1981,1982,1983
WKF World Karate Championships-Maastricht, NetherlandsContender1984
Victorian Karate ChampionshipsGold1985
National Karate Championships-PerthGold1985
APUKO Asian Karate Champions-MalaysiaBronze1985
National All Styles N.A.S National ChampionGold2005
National All Styles N.A.S National Champion-QueenslandGold2005
Funakoshi Cup-Warrnambool-VictoriaGold2011,2012,2013
USA Open Karate Championships-Las VegasGold2011
USA Open Karate Championships-Las VegasSilver2012
Texas Open Karate Championships-USABronze2013
USA Open Karate Championships-Las VegasSilver2013
USA Open Karate Championships-Las Vegas (KATA)Silver2013
Victorian Karate League V.K.L Kobe Osaka ChampionshipsGold2014
Turkish Karate Championships-TurkeySilver2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger Karate Championships- MelbourneSilver2015
Long Fu Pai ChampionshipsGold2019-2022
WKA World Karate Championships-Szczecin, PolandSilver2022


Coaching Achievements

Southern Region Kumite Coach – Victoria1987-1988-1989
Head Kumite Coach-Victorian Karate Team1989-1990-1991-1992-1993-1994-1995-199-6-1997-1998-1999-2000
Head Kumite Coach-Oceania Championships1992-1993-1995-1997-2001-2004
Head Kumite Coach-Ladies International Cup-Tokyo, Japan1997-1999
Head Kumite Coach-World Senior Karate Championships-Germany2000
Head Kumite Coach-Australian Open-Men’s National Team-Sydney2001
Head Kumite & Kata Coach-World Games-Akita, Japan2001
Head Kumite Coach-Indonesian Open Championships2002
Head Kumite Coach-World Junior Karate Champions-France2003
Head Kumite Coach-World Junior Karate Champions-Cyprus2005
Head Kumite Coach-Commonwealth Karate Championships-NZ2005
National All Styles Kumite Coach2005
Head Kumite Coach-Victorian Karate Team2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015